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40th Meeting of the Standing Committee Gland, Switzerland, 11th-15th May, 2009

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Agenda item 4

Briefing for new members on the roles and responsibilities of the

Standing Committee Chairs and members

Action requested: The Standing Committee is invited to review this background document and its suggestions, and amend them as needed to create guidelines to inform its work for this triennium.

1. The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention was established by Resolution 3.3 (Regina, 1987) to oversee Convention affairs and the activities of the Secretariat between ordinary meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP), within the framework set by the COP at each of its meetings.

2. The regional composition, functions, and responsibilities of the Standing Committee and its members are governed by Resolution VII.1 (1999). Rules of Procedure for meetings of the Standing Committee (SC), in all matters not specified in Resolution VII.1, are governed by the Rules of Procedure for the Conference of the Contracting Parties, mutatis mutandis. 3. In addition to clarifying the regional categorization of countries under the Convention and

defining a proportional system of regional membership of Parties elected by the Conference of the Parties to represent the COP intersessionally on the SC, Resolution VII.1 lays out the roles and responsibilities of the SC members. In particular Resolution VII.1:

“19. DECIDES that the Standing Committee shall meet at least once each year, normally at the seat of the Convention Bureau [i.e., Secretariat]. The costs of participation of Committee members from developing countries and countries with economies in transition shall be borne by the Convention;

20. DETERMINES that within the policy agreed by the Conference of the Contracting Parties, the functions of the Standing Committee shall be to:

a) carry out, between one ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties and the next, such interim activity on behalf of the Conference as may be necessary, giving priority to matters on which the Conference has previously recorded its approval;


c) supervise, as a representative of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, the implementation of policy by the Ramsar Bureau, the execution of the Bureau’s budget, and conduct of the Bureau’s programmes;

d) provide guidance and advice to the Ramsar Bureau on the

implementation of the Convention, on the preparation of meetings, and on any other matters relating to the exercise of its functions brought to it by the Bureau;

e) act as Conference Committee at meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in accordance with the Rules of Procedure; f) establish subgroups as necessary to facilitate the carrying out of its


g) promote regional and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands;

h) submit proposals to the COP for the election of members of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP);

i) approve the work plan of the STRP on the basis of the decisions of the COP, receive the reports of the STRP on the progress made with its implementation, and provide guidance for its future development; j) adopt for each triennium the Operational Guidelines for the Small

Grants Fund for Wetlands Conservation and Wise Use and decide on the allocation of funds;

k) review each triennium the criteria for and select the laureates of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award established by Resolution VI.18; l) report to the Conference of the Contracting Parties on the activities it

has carried out between ordinary meetings of the Conference.

21. DETERMINES that the tasks of the regional representatives elected to serve in the Standing Committee shall be those contained in Annex II of this resolution;

22. DECIDES that the Standing Committee, as a subsidiary body of the

Conference of the Parties, shall be governed, mutatis mutandis, by the Rules of Procedure for meetings of the Conference.”

Decision-taking by the Standing Committee appointed members


5. Thus, unlike a meeting of the COP itself, at which all Contracting Parties are voting members of the meeting, only the Standing Committee members set out in those

paragraphs of Resolution VII.1 are empowered by the COP to take decisions at Standing Committee meetings. Traditionally, Standing Committee decisions are made whenever possible by consensus, but if a vote is needed, the COP Rules of Procedure concerning voting come into play for those Standing Committee voting members.

6. In recent years, an increasing number of Contracting Parties have been welcomed at Standing Committee meetings as observers. At the discretion of the SC Chair, such observer Parties and other observer organizations contribute to the richness of the discussions during Standing Committee agenda items. Under the Rules of Procedure, however, observer Parties are not in a position to vote, if a vote should be necessary, or to block any decision that needs to be taken by the Standing Committee itself.

7. If at any time the Standing Committee should deem it necessary to go into a closed session of SC members only, in order to consider confidential matters or to reach a consensus on a decision, the Chair will request all observer Parties and organizations to leave the room during that discussion.

8. Subgroups of the Standing Committee are likewise composed of Standing Committee members who are preparing advice on various matters for the full Standing Committee, but those subgroups will normally also welcome observer Parties and organizations, who may express their views freely but may not vote or block consensus.

Roles and responsibilities of the Chair and appointed members of the Standing Committee

9. The Secretariat proposes that, in line with Resolution VII.1, the 40th meeting of the Standing Committee should consider making a formal decision that confirms the tasks and responsibilities of the Chair of the Standing Committee and the Regional Representatives elected to serve in the Standing Committee, as follows:

Chair of Standing Committee

10. At the request of the current Chair of the SC, the Secretariat prepared the following note on the role of the SC Chair.

11. The Chairperson of the Standing Committee performs the following role and responsibilities:

Standing Committee and other meetings

• Chair meetings of Standing Committee;

• Chair meetings of the Management Working Group and of the Transition Committee of the Management Working Group (ref. Resolution X.4); • Chair the STRP Oversight Committee (ref. Resolutions IX.11 and X.9);

• Participate as far as possible in STRP meetings in order to be aware of and advise on any important issues in relation to reporting to the Standing Committee;


• Maintain oversight of the activities and functioning of all Standing Committee Subgroups;

• Represent the Convention at key meetings, when a high level presence is necessary, in consultation with the Secretary General.

Conference of the Parties (COP)

• Chair the Conference Committee during meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties;

• Report to the COP on Standing Committee activities between ordinary COP meetings.


• Between meetings of the Standing Committee, maintain liaison with the Vice-Chair, Chair of the Subgroup on Finance (Chair FSG), and Secretary General on developing and urgent issues.


• Endeavor to receive from the Chair FSG information and advice on Convention state of finances;

• Approve travel for the Secretary General. Personnel

• With the Chair FSG and the Vice-Chair, review the terms of reference of any new posts to be established by the Secretariat before advertisement;

• Advise on the recruitment of professional positions;

• With the Vice-Chair and Chair FSG, carry out the performance appraisal process for the SG.

In carrying out these tasks, the Chair of Standing Committee should expect: • To be briefed regularly by the SG on issues of upcoming importance; • To be briefed fully on all aspects of upcoming SC, SC Subgroup, and STRP


• To receive full support from the Secretariat during SC and other meetings;

• To receive technical support from the Secretariat for documents and presentational materials for external meetings;

• To be kept informed by the Secretary General or the Human Resources liaison person at the Secretariat of new professional staff recruitments, especially during the process of appointment to newly-created positions, and to receive a short note detailing the selection procedure and the candidate selected;

• To be briefed by the Deputy Secretary General on issues regarding the STRP Oversight Panel and the STRP.


12. The Contracting Parties that have accepted to be elected as Regional Representatives on the Standing Committee shall have the following tasks:

• To designate their delegates to the Standing Committee taking into account their significant responsibilities as Regional Representatives, according to paragraph 9 of this resolution, and to make every effort that their delegates or their substitutes attend all meetings of the Committee.

• When there is more than one Regional Representative in a regional group, to

maintain regular contacts and consultations with the other regional representative(s). • To maintain regular contacts and consultations with the Contracting Parties in their

regional group, and to use the opportunities of travel within their regions and of attending regional or international meetings to consult about issues related to the Convention and to promote its objectives. To this effect, when there is more than one regional representative, they shall agree among themselves which Contracting Parties will be the responsibility of each regional representative.

• To canvass the opinions of the Contracting Parties in their regional group before meetings of the Standing Committee.

• To advise the Bureau in setting the agenda of regional meetings.

• To assume additional responsibilities by serving as members of the subgroups established by the Standing Committee.

• To provide advice as requested by the Chairperson and/or the chairs of subgroups and/or the Bureau of the Convention.

• In the regions concerned, to make deliberate efforts to encourage other countries to join the Convention.

13. To perform the above tasks and responsibilities, Standing Committee members should maintain regular contacts and consultations with each Contracting Party according to paragraph 3 of the tasks for Standing Committee members listed in Annex II of Resolution VII.1. The Secretariat proposes the following assignments for discussion and amendment as needed.

14. Annex 1 provides the contact details of relevant officers including National Focal Points and Standing Committee members for the coordination of the implementation of the Convention from 2009 to 2012.



Mauritius maintains regular contacts and consults with Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome et Principe, Seychelles, South Africa and Zambia.

Nigeria maintains regular contacts and consults with Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Tanzania maintains regular contacts and consults with Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda.


Jamaica maintains regular contacts and consults with Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Paraguay maintains regular contacts and consults with Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Panama maintains regular contacts and consults with Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Mexico maintains regular contacts and consults with the United States of America (USA) and Canada.

Asia & Oceania

Lebanon maintains regular contacts and consults with Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

Thailand maintains regular contacts and consults with Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam. China maintains regular contacts and consults with Japan, Republic of Korea, and Mongolia.

Marshall Islands maintains regular contacts and consults with Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa.

The Republic of Korea is a member of the Standing Committee because this country hosted COP10 (cf. Resolution VII.1).



The Czech Republic maintains regular contacts and consults with Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

Finland maintains regular contacts and consults with Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation and Sweden.

Georgia maintains regular contacts and consults with Armenia, Austria Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

Romania is a member of Standing Committee because the country will host COP11. The Netherlands and Switzerland are permanent observers (cf. Resolution VII.1).

Annex 1

Contact details of relevant officers, including National Focal Points and Standing Committee members for the coordination of the implementation of the Convention from

2009 to 2012.

This is a reference list of e-mail contacts for communication among Contracting Parties to the Convention. It lists the national focal points in each country, to which information from the Convention Secretariat will be sent, as of 3 April 2009:

• National Ramsar focal point to whom all information will regularly be sent STRP National focal point for the scientific and technical review panel

CEPA Governmental national focal point for communication, education and public awareness CEPA Non-governmental focal point for communication, education and public awareness

The right-hand column lists the Standing Committee member who will be consulting with the respective Contracting Party on matters to be addressed by the Standing Committee.

National Focal Points & Standing Committee Members – Africa region

Country National Focal Point (all accents omitted for ease of e-mail transfer) SC contact

Algeria Cameroon

Monsieur Abdelmalek Titah - Mlle Ghania Bessah (STRP) -

CEPA GOV: Mlle Hamida Salhi -

CEPA NGO: M. Mounir Bencharif -,

Benin Nigeria Dr Sabi Sommè Orouyé -,

M. Camille-Alex Dagba (STRP)-

CEPA NGO: M. Stéphan Ogou -,

Botswana Mauritius Mr Mattias Chakalisa -


STRP: Ms Portia Kelefilwe Segomelo - CEPA GOV: Ms Arabang Kanego - CEPA NGO: Mr Felix Monggae -

Burkina Faso Nigeria

Madame Mariam Gui Nikiema -

Madame Andréa Ouédraogo -, STRP: Monsieur Jean-Noël Poda -

CEPA GOV: Monsieur Joachim Ouédraogo -

CEPA NGO: M. Georges Henri Oueda -,

Burundi Tanzania S.E. Mme Anatole Kanyenkiko -

M. Jean-Marie Bukuru (STRP) -, 3 34

Cameroun SC Member

S.E.M. Pierre Hélé

Mr Serge Hervé Ondoua -

STRP: Dr Dieudonné Marius Mbog -, CEPA GOV: Monsieur Laurent Cyrille A. Effala -

CEPA NGO:M. Angel Gansop Kouomegne -

Cape Verde Nigeria

Ms Celestina Gomes Lopes -

Central African Republic Cameroon S.E. Madame Yvonne Boïssona -

Monsieur Pierre Gaba-Mano -, STRP: Mr Dominique Ngouadakpa -

CEPA GOV: Monsieur Gaston Prosper Nakoé -

CEPA NGO: Monsieur Patrice Passe-Sanand -,

Chad Cameroon

Mr Ban Ymary Daboulaye -,; Monsieur Commanda Behera -;,;

STRP: Monsieur Edouard Boulanoudji -,

Comoros Mauritius Mme Siti Kassim -

Monsieur Abdourahaman Ben Houssen - STRP: M. Mohamed Halifa

CEPA GOV: Monsieur Abdourahaman Ben Houssen -

Congo Cameroon

Dr Alexis Minga -, Monsieur Gilbert Madouka -


Congo, Democratic Republic of Cameroon S.E.M. José Endundo Bononge -

Monsieur Crispin Sedeke Okwul -

STRP: Monsieur Kabemba Muembo -, CEPA GOV: M. Louis Lungu -

CEPA NGO: Mme Maria José Mfiri Munkaju -

Côte d’Ivoire Nigeria Col. Amani Denis Kouame -, M. Camille Groga Bada -

STRP: Prof. Valentin N’Douba -, CEPA GOV: Madame Elvire Joëlle Zouzou -, CEPA NGO: Dr Mathieu Egnankou Wadja -

CEPA NGO: Dr Hilaire Beibro -

Djibouti Tanzania

S.E.M. Elmi Obsieh Waiss -

M. Houssein Abdillahi Rayaleh -,

Egypt Cameroon

Dr Moustafa M. Fouda (STRP)-, CEPA GOV: Mr Adel Soliman -

CEPA NGO: Mr Gabriel Mikhail -

Equatorial Guinea Cameroon Don Santiago Engonga Osono -

Don Jose Nsi Nguema Nsang -

STRP: Ing. Francisca Eneme Efua -

Gabon Cameroon

Dr. Faustin Ondamba Ombanda - M. Côme Ndjokounda -

STRP: M. Magloir-Désiré Mounganga -, CEPA GOV: Mme Sylvie Momboua -

CEPA NGO: M. Constant Allogho -

Gambia Nigeria

Mr Alpha Omar Jallow (STRP) -,;

Mr Kawsu Jammeh -, CEPA GOV: Mr Lamin Drammeh -

CEPA NGO: Mr Baboucar Mbye -

Ghana Nigeria

Mr Nana Kofi Adu Nsiah -

Mr Charles C. Amankwah (CEPA GOV) - STRP: Professor Chris Gordon -, CEPA NGO: Mr Patrick Cofie -


M. Namory Keita - M. Atigou Balde (STRP) -

CEPA GOV: Monsieur Bakary Keita - CEPA NGO: Ibrahima Sory Conte

Guinea-Bissau Nigeria Monsieur Lourenco Vaz -

Monsieur Seco Cassamá -,

Kenya Tanzania

Dr Julius Kipnge’tich -, Dr James Gichiah Njogu -, STRP: Dr Samuel M. Kasiki -,

CEPA GOV: Dr Cecilia Gichuki -, CEPA NGO: Mr Hadley Becha -,

Lesotho Mauritius

Mr Bataung Leleka -

Mr Sekhonyana Lerotholi -, STRP: Mr Motlatsi Mokhothu -

CEPA GOV: Ms Limpho Motanya -, CEPA NGO: Mr Moshe Tséhlo -

Liberia Nigeria

Mrs Cecelia Smith-Kollie -, STRP: Mr Richard S. Sambolah -

CEPA GOV: Ms Eunice N. Dagbe - CEPA NGO: Mr Flomo P. Molubah -

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Cameroon

H.E. Dr Mahmoud S. Elfallah -, Mr Essam M. Bouras -

STRP: Dr Musbah Farag Mohamed -,

CEPA GOV: Mr Almokhtar M. Saied - CEPA NGO: Mr Mohamed Elhadi Sherif -

Madagascar Mauritius

M. Gérard Eugène Rambeloarisoa -, Mme Laurette Hermine Rasoavahiny -, STRP: Mr Simon Rafanomezantsoa -, CEPA GOV: Mme Lucie Ambinitsoa Noasilalaonomenjanahary -,

CEPA NGO: M. Lala Jean Rakotoniaina -

Malawi Mauritius

Mr Leonard D. Sefu -

Dr Roy Bhima (STRP) -,


CEPA NGO: Mr Samuel Kamoto -,

Mali Nigeria

Monsieur Félix Dakouo -

Monsieur Soumana Timbo -, STRP: Monsieur Namory Traore -

CEPA GOV: M. Amidou Traore -

CEPA NGO: Monsieur Moriba Nomogo -

Mauritania Nigeria

S.E. Aïcha Mint Sidi Bouna - Monsieur Amadou Ba -

STRP: M. Mohamed Ould Hamza -, CEPA GOV: M. Abdallahi Magrega -, CEPA NGO: Monsieur Mohamed Lafdal Chah -

Mauritius SC Member

Mr Manikchand Puttoo (STRP) -,

CEPA GOV: Mr Sewajee Pandoo -,

Morocco Cameroon

Dr Abdeladim Lhafi - Monsieur Mohamed Ribi - STRP: Prof. Mohammed Dakki -

CEPA GOV: M. Abdelaziz El Edrissi Essougrati - CEPA NGO: M. Mohammed Aziz El Agbani - Mozambique Mauritius

H.E. Alcinda de Abreu

Ms Sidónia Muhorro -

STRP: Mr Carlos Bento -,

Namibia Mauritius

Mr Kenneth H. Uiseb (STRP) -

CEPA GOV: Mr Frans Munkhata Kamenye -,

CEPA NGO: Ms Shirley Bethune -

Niger Nigeria

Monsieur Abdou Malam Issa -,; Monsieur Idrissa Yaou Adamou -

STRP: Dr Moustapha Adamou Mahaman -, CEPA GOV: M. Alassane Makadassou -

CEPA NGO: M. Abdou Elhadj Mamane -,

Nigeria SC Member


CEPA GOV: Mrs Esther Okunade -

CEPA NGO: Professor Emmanuel Obot -

Rwanda Tanzania

Prof. Bikoro Munyanganizi

Mme Juliet Kabera -

STRP: Prof. Jean Bosco Gashagaza - CEPA GOV: Ms Jackie Musoni -

Sao Tomé et Principe Mauritius Monsieur Arlindo de Ceita Carvalho -,

M. Victor Bonfim -, STRP: M. Faustino de Oliveira -

CEPA GOV: M. Teotónio de Menezes - CEPA NGO: M. Luís Mário de Almeida

Senegal Nigeria

Colonel Mame Balla Gueye -, Monsieur Ousmane Kane (STRP & CEPA GOV) -,

CEPA NGO: Ms Marième Ndour -, Seychelles Mauritius

Mr Wills Agricole -

Dr. Pugazhendhi Murugaiyan (STRP) -,

Sierra Leone Nigeria Mr Sheku Mansaray -

Mr Kalie I. Bangura -

STRP: Mr Arnold D. Okoni-Williams - CEPA GOV: Mr Edward P. Bendu - CEPA NGO: Mr Daniel D. Siaffa -

South Africa Mauritius Ms Wilma Lutsch -

Mr Edward Netshithothole - (NFP Technical)

Ms Judie Combrink -, (NFP Administrative)

CEPA GOV: Ms Lufuno Ravhandalala - CEPA NGO: Mr David Lindley -

Sudan Tanzania

Dr Saad Eldin Ibrahim -, Dr Salwa M. Abdelhameed -

STRP: Professor Asim I. El Moghraby - CEPA GOV: Dr Mutasim Bashir Nimir -


Tanzania, United Republic of SC Member Mr Erasmus M. Tarimo -, - Bernadeth magahyane STRP: Dr Shaaban M. Mgana -

CEPA GOV: Mr Erasmus M. Tarimo - CEPA NGO: Mr John Chikomo -

Togo Nigeria

M. Kokou Trévé Tengue -,

STRP: Mr Koukoh Nada-Abi -,

CEPA GOV: M. Kossiwavi Ogoua Abamy -, CEPA NGO: Monsieur Ogouhoundé Kokou -

Tunisia Cameroon

Monsieur Ridha Fekih Salem -

Monsieur Abdelhamid Karem -, STRP: Mr Mohamed Saleh Romdane

CEPA GOV: Monsieur Md. Faouzi Khelil - CEPA NGO: Mr Moez Twihri

Uganda Tanzania

Mr Paul Mafabi Gumonye - Mr Deo Ndimo -

STRP: Dr Frank Kansiime - CEPA GOV: Ms Regina Namakula - CEPA NGO: Mr Douglas Lugumya -

Zambia Mauritius

Dr Lewis Saiwana -, Mr Wilbroad Chansa -

STRP. Dr Harry Chabwela -, CEPA GOV: Mr Godwin Fishani Gondwe -,

CEPA NGO: Mrs Dora Kamwenesha -

National Focal Points & Standing Committee Members – Americas Regions

The right-hand column lists the Standing Committee member who will be consulting with the respective Contracting Party on matters to be addressed by the Standing Committee.

SC contact Antigua and Barbuda Jamaica AA: Mrs Cheryl Appleton -

FP: Mr Philmore James -, STRP: Mr John Mussington -, CEPA GOV: Mr Philmore James (CEPA GOV)-,


Argentina Paraguay AA: Mrs María Esther Bondanza -

FP: Mrs Sara Beatriz Sverlij (NFP Technical) -,

Mrs Corina Lehmann (NFP – Political)-

STRP: Mr Rubén Quintana -, CEPA GOV: Mr Oscar H. Padín -

CEPA NGO: Mr Jorge Cappato -,

Bahamas Jamaica AA: Mr Philip Weech -,

FP: Mr Deon Stewart -, STRP: Mr Philip Weech (STRP)-,

CEPA GOV: Mr Deon Stewart (CEPA GOV) -, CEPA NGO: Mrs Shelly Cant -

Barbados Jamaica AA: Mr Steve A. Devonish -

FP: Mrs Kim Downes Agard - STRP: Mr Steve A. Devonish - CEPA GOV: Mr Steve A. Devonish - CEPA NGO:

Belize Panama AA: Mr Wilber Sabido -,

FP: Mr George Hanson -, STRP: Mrs Anna D. Hoare -,

CEPA GOV: Mr Ismael Fabro -

CEPA NGO: Mrs Anna Hoare -,

Bolivia Paraguay

AA: Mr Juan Pablo Ramos -

FP: Mr. Omar E. Rocha Olivio -,

STRP: Mr Omar E. Rocha Olivio (STRP) -,

CEPA GOV: Mrs Claudia Flores Prado - CEPA NGO:

Brazil Paraguay AA: Mrs Ana Paula Prates -

FP: Mrs Maria Carolina Hazin -,


CEPA GOV: Mr Marcos Sorrentino -,


Canada Mexico

AA: Mrs Virginia Poter -

FP: Mr Robert McLean -, STRP: Mr Randy Milton -


Chile Paraguay AA:Mr Cristián Maquieira -

FP: Mrs Nancy Céspedes - STRP: Mrs Irma Vila -

CEPA GOV: Mr Juan Carlos Torres-Mura -,


Colombia Paraguay AA: Juan Lozano Ramirez -

FP: Mrs María del Rosario Guzmán (Technical NFP)-

STRP: Mrs Andrea Albán Durán (Policital NFP) -

CEPA GOV: Mr Juan Carlos Velásquez, CEPA NGO:

Costa Rica Panama

AA: Mr Ronald Vargas -, FP: Mr Marco Vinicio Araya Barrantes -,

Lic. Jorge Gamboa Elizondo -

STRP: Mr Gerardo Umaña Villalobos -,

CEPA GOV: Mrs Elizabeth Ramírez Ramírez -,


Cuba Jamaica AA: Mr Fernando González Bermúdez -

FP: Mr Jorge Luis Fernández Chamero - STRP: Mrs Maritza García García -

CEPA GOV: Mrs Mario Abó Balanza -

CEPA NGO: Mrs Maria Elena Ibarra -,


FP: Mrs Amarilis Polonia -, STRP: Mrs Gloria María Santana Zorrilla -,

CEPA GOV: Mr Horacio Arredondo Chávez - CEPA NGO: Mr Eulalio Holando Quiroz -

Ecuador Paraguay AA: Mrs Marcela Aguiñoga Vallejo -,

FP: Mr Sergio Lasso B. -, STRP: Mr Tarsicio Granizo -, CEPA GOV: Mrs Olga Quevedo -,

CEPA NGO: Mr Stefan Bohórquez Gerardy -,

El Salvador Panama

AA: Mr Carlos José Guerrero Contreras -,

FP: Mr J. Enrique Barraza Sandoval (STRP)- STRP:


Guatemala Panama AA: Mrs Claudia E. Santizo Arroyo -,

FP: Mr Julio Fernando Castro Escobar - STRP: Mr Juan Carlos Godoy Herrera -,

CEPA GOV: Mr Luis Rios -

CEPA NGO: Mr Jean-Luc Betoulle,

Honduras Panama AA: Mr Tomás Eduardo Vaquero Morris -

FP: Mr Carlos Hernan García -, STRP: Mr Carlos Cerrato -

CEPA GOV: Mr Juan Pablo Suazo -,

CEPA NGO: Mr Juán Carlos Carrasco -,

Jamaica SC Member

AA: Mr Leary Myers -, FP: Mrs Yvette Strong -

STRP: Mr Dale Webber -,


CEPA NGO: Mrs Keisha Spencer -,

Mexico SC Member

AA: Mr Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada -,

FP: Mr Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich -,

STRP: Mrs Patricia Moreno-Casasola Barceló -,

CEPA GOV: Mr Salvador Morelos Ochoa -, CEPA NGO: Mr Arturo García Lozano -

Nicaragua Panama AA: Mr Cristobal (Tito) Sequeira-

FP: Mr Bayardo Quintero Guatemala - ;

STRP: Mr Martin A. Lezama Lopez -,

CEPA GOV: Mrs Aura M. Izquierdo Munguía - CEPA NGO: Mr René Pérez Torres-

Panama SC Member

AA: Mrs Ligia Castro de Doens -, FP: Mr Edgar Arauz -


CEPA GOV: Mrs Lourdes Lozano - CEPA NGO: Mrs Rosabel Miró R. -,

Paraguay SC Member

AA: Mr Carlos Antonio López Dose -,

FP: Mrs Carolina Pedrozo Silva -,

STRP: Mrs Nelida Rivarola Paredes -,

CEPA GOV: Mrs Isabel Gamarra de Fox -,

CEPA NGO: Mr Oscar Rivas -

Peru Paraguay AA: Mr José Luis Camino Ivanissevich -

FP: Mr Omar A. Ubillús Tolentino -,

STRP: Mr Victor Pulido Capurro -,


CEPA NGO: Mr Antonio Tovar Narvaez -,

Saint Lucia Jamaica

AA: Mr Hubery Emmanual - FP: Mr Hubery Emmanual - STRP: Mr Michael Bobb (STRP & CEPA GOV) -

CEPA GOV: Mr Michael Bobb (STRP & CEPA GOV) -


Suriname Paraguay

AA: Mrs Ir Marijem Djosetro -, FP: Mrs Claudine Sakimin -,

Mr Bryan Drakenstein -,

STRP: Mr H. van Brussel -

CEPA GOV: Mr Hesdy Esajas -, CEPA NGO: S. Koenders -

Trinidad & Tobago Jamaica AA: Mrs Pennelope Beckles -

FP: Mrs Nadra Nathai-Gyan -, STRP: Mr Sheriff Faizool

CEPA GOV: Mrs Nadra Nathai-Gyan

CEPA NGO: Mr Gupte Lutchmedial,

Uruguay Paraguay

AA: Mrs Angelita Gómez -, FP: Mr Fernando Olmos -

STRP: Mr Fernando Olmos - CEPA GOV:


United States of America Mexico AA: Mr Dale Hall -,

FP: Mr Herbert A. Raffaele - STRP: Mr Gilberto Cintron-Molero - CEPA GOV: Mrs Jean L. Schlegel - CEPA NGO: Mrs Suzanne Pittenger-Slear -

Venezuela Paraguay AA: Mr Yuvirí Ortega Lovera -,

FP: Mr Jesus Ramos Oropeza - STRP: Mrs Elizabeth Gordon Colón -,


CEPA NGO: Mr Ernesto Estévez -

National Focal Points and Standing Committee Members – Asia region

The right-hand column lists the Standing Committee member who will be consulting with the respective Contracting Party on matters to be addressed by the Standing Committee.

Country National Focal Point SC Contact

Azerbaijan Lebanon

Prof. Hussein Bagirov -,

Mr Rachad Allahverdiev -

CEPA GOV: Mr Arzu Mustafayev Actinc -,

Bahrain Lebanon

Dr. Ismail M. Al Madani - Mr Shaker Khamdan (STRP) -

CEPA GOV: Mrs Suhad Al-Shehabi -,

CEPA NGO: Dr Saeed Abdullah -

Bangladesh Thailand

Mr Raja Devasish Roy

Mr A.H.M. Rezaul Kabir - STRP: Mr A K M Shamsuddin -

CEPA GOV: Mr Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad - CEPA NGO: Dr Ainun Nishat -,

Cambodia Thailand

H.E. Mr Samith Chay - Dr Sunleang Srey (STRP & CEPA GOV) -,

China SC Member

HE Mr Zhibang Jia - Mr Jiming Yuan –

STRP: Mr Daming Bao - CEPA GOV: Ms Hong Xiao -,

CEPA NGO: Mr Chaode Ma -

India Thailand

Shri Vijai Sharma -, Mr Anil K. Goyal -

STRP: Dr Sidharth Kaul (CEPA GOV) - CEPA NGO: Dr Chaman Lal Trisal -

Indonesia Thailand


Country National Focal Point SC Contact

STRP: Ms Sulastri -, CEPA GOV: Mr Tonny R. Soehartono -

CEPA NGO: Mr Dibjo Sartono -,

Iran, Islamic Republic of Lebanon Mr Mahmoud Babaei -,

Mr Jafar Barmaki -, STRP: Mr Masoud Bagherzadeh Karimi - CEPA GOV: Mr Arezu Ashrafizadeh - CEPA NGO: Mr Hossein Rafi -,

Iraq Lebanon

Dr Hassan Janabi -,

Ms Ekram Qassim -

STRP: Dr Adnan Hassan -

CEPA GOV: Dr Kamal Hussain Latif -

Israel Lebanon

Dr Miriam Haran -

Dr Eliezer Frankenberg -

STRP: Dr Reuven Ortal -, CEPA GOV: Ms Tammy Keren-Rotem -

CEPA NGO: Mr Raanan Boral -

Japan China

Mr Kazuaki Hoshino -,

Ms Risa Kasai -, STRP: Dr Makoto Komoda -

CEPA GOV: Mr Naoki Amako - CEPA NGO: Ms Miki Sasaki -,

Jordan Lebanon

H.E. Mr Khaled Anis Irani - Eng. Faris Al Junaidi (STRP & CEPA GOV) -,

CEPA NGO: Mr Nasha’t Hmedan -

Kazakhstan Lebanon

Mr Naurazbai Khadyrkeev

Mr Khairbek Shahvalievich Mussabayev (CEPA GOV) -,

STRP: Dr Sergei Yerokhov -,

CEPA NGO: Dr Sergey Sklyarenko -


Country National Focal Point SC Contact

Mr Beyng-young Son - STRP: Mr Tae-bong Choi -,

CEPA GOV: Ms Na-mue Lee - CEPA NGO: Mr Yong-un Ma -,

Kyrgyz Republic Lebanon Mr Arstanbek Davletkeldiev -,; Mr Kylychbek Jundubaev -

STRP: Mr Askar Davletbakov - CEPA GOV: Ms Nazgul Turdumatova -

Lebanon SC Member

Ms Lara Samaha - Mr Nabil Assaf -

STRP: Ms Lina Yamout - CEPA NGO: Mr Chris Naylor -

Malaysia Thailand

Secretary-General - Dr Lian Kok Fei -

CEPA GOV: Mr Ravikumar Suppiah - CEPA NGO: Dr Chi Leong Loh -,;

Mongolia China

Mr Shiilegdamba

Dr Ayush Namkhai -, STRP: Ms Janchivlamdan Choikhand -,

Myanmar Thailand

U Sann Lwin -

U Tin Tun (STRP) -, CEPA GOV: U Tin Aung -

Nepal Thailand

Mr Shyam Sundar Bajimaya - Mr.Shiv Raj Bhatta – STRP: Dr Narendra Man Babu Pradhan -, CEPA GOV: Mr Laxmi Prasad Manandhar -,,

CEPA NGO: Mr Bhawani Kharel -,

Pakistan Thailand

National AA to be confirmed

Mr Umeed Khalid -,

STRP: Mr Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani - CEPA GOV: Mr Mian Mohammed Shafiq -


Country National Focal Point SC Contact

CEPA NGO: Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb -

Philippines Thailand

Ms Theresa Mundita S. Lim -,

Ms Marlynn M. Mendoza (STRP) - CEPA GOV: Mr Carlo C. Custodio - CEPA NGO: Ms Amy Lecciones -;,

Sri Lanka Thailand

Mr Ananda Wijesooriya -,

Mr Wasantha Rathnayake -

STRP & CEPA GOV: Mr S.R.B. Dissanayake - CEPA NGO: Vimukthi Weerathunga -

Syrian Arab Republic Lebanon Ms Mayada Kodmani -

STRP: Mr Fayez Karimeh -

CEPA GOV: Mr Mohamad Walid Issa - CEPA NGO: Prof. Mohamad Kayyal -,

Tajikistan Lebanon

Dr Kokul Kasirov -, STRP: Dr/Ms Ada Tsoy (CEPA GOV) -,

CEPA NGO: Mr Eldar Shafiyev -

Thailand Member

Mr Wichien Jungrungruang -,

Ms Nirawan Pipitsombat (CEPA GOV)-;, STRP. Dr Sansanee Choowaew -

CEPA NGO: Dr Surapol Duangkhae -

Turkmenistan Lebanon

Ramsar AA: Ministry of Nature Protection. Makhtumkuli

AKMURADOV, 102 Kemine Str., 744000, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Phone: (99312) 35 43 17, 39 54 07

Daily Focal Point: Prof. Eldar Rustamov, 59, Azadi Str., Ashgabat, 744000,

United Arab Emirates Lebanon H.E. Salem Musarri Al-Dhaheri -

Eng. Hamdan Al Shaer - STRP: Mr Mohammed Anisuzzaman Khan -

CEPA GOV: Mr Mohammed Abdul Rahman Hassan Abdulla -

CEPA NGO: Ms Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak -


Country National Focal Point SC Contact

Dr Bory Alikhanov -,;

Mr Nodirjon Yunusov - STRP: Dr Yevgeniya Lanovenko -

CEPA GOV: Mr Aleksandr Grigoryants -,;

CEPA NGO: Dr Sergey Zagrebin -, zagrebin@uz.scinet

Viet Nam Thailand

Dr Hong Ha Tran - Mr Xuan Dung Nguyen -

STRP: Mr Chi Thanh Nguyen -,

CEPA GOV: Ms Le Thanh Binh -,

CEPA NGO: Dr Van Thang Hoang -

Yemen Lebanon

Mr Abdulghani Al-Bakooli -

National Focal Points and Standing Committee Members – Oceania region

The right-hand column lists the Standing Committee member who will be consulting with the respective Contracting Party on matters to be addressed by the Standing Committee.

Country National Focal Points SC Contact


Mr Tony Slatyer - Marshall Islands Mr Ian Krebs (CEPA) -

STRP: Ms Deb Callister - CEPA NGO: Ms Christine Prietto -, Fiji

Mr Epeli Nasome -,

Marshall Islands

CEPA GOV: Ms Eleni Tokaduadua -

CEPA NGO: Ms Nunia Thomas -

Marshall Islands Member Mr John Bungitak (STRP) -,

CEPA GOV: Mr Julian Alik -,

CEPA NGO: Yashuo Jeruj -


Mr Alastair Morrison - Islands Ms Nicola Scott -

STRP: Dr Hugh Robertson - CEPA GOV: Ms Jan Simmons - CEPA NGO: Mr Kevin Hackwell - k.hackwell@, Palau

HE Mr Fritz Koshiba - Marshall Islands Ms Tarita Holm (STRP & CEPA GOV) -, CEPA NGO: Ms Tiare Holm - Papua New Guinea

Dr Wari Iamo -,

Marshall Islands Mr James Sabi -

CEPA GOV: Mr Ian Liviko -,


Tu’u’u Dr Ieti Taule’alo - Marshall Islands Mr Nanai Tony Leutele -, STRP: Mr Tolusina Pouli -

CEPA GOV: Mr Maturo Paniani -

CEPA NGO: Ms Adimaimalaga Tafunai -

National Focal Points & Standing Committee Members – Europe region

The right-hand column lists the Standing Committee member who will be consulting with the respective Contracting Party on matters to be addressed by the Standing Committee.

country national focal point (all accents omitted for ease of e-mail transfer) SC contact

Albania Croatia

Mr Sajmir Hoxha (STRP, CEPA) – Andorra not yet a contracting party

Armenia Georgia Mr. Minister Aram Harutyunyan -

Dr Karen Jenderedjian (STRP) –; CEPA: Ms Ruzan Davtyan –

CEPA: Dr Susanna Hakobyan –;

Austria Georgia Mag. Valerie Zacherl –

Dr Gerhard Sigmund (CEPA) – DI Wolfgang Pelikan –


CEPA: Mr Gernot Neuwirth –

Belarus Georgia DM Ms Leonty Choruzhyk-

Ms Tatiana Trafimovitch –, STRP: Dr Alexander Kozulin –

CEPA: Ms Natalya Minchenko –; CEPA: Mr Yury Soloviev –

Belgium Czech Republic

Mr Philippe Blerot - Mr Filiep Cardoen – Dr Machteld Gryseels -

Els Martens(STRP) -

Mr Geert Raeymaekers - Catherine Debruyne -

CEPA: Mr Wim Van den Bossche –

Bosnia & Herzegovina Czech Republic Reud Hadzibegic -

Minister Ramiz Mehmedagic - (Sarajevo)

Mr Jaroslav Vego – (Mostar) Dr Mihajlo Markovic – (Banja Luka) Bulgaria Georgia

Mr Dzhevdet Chakarov -;

Ms Aylin Hasan (CEPA) –

STRP: Dr Georgi Hiebaum –; CEPA: Dr Tanyo Michev –;;

Croatia SC Member

Minister Bozo Biskupić – Mr Eugen Draganovic – Mr Goran Gugic –

Cyprus Czech Republic

Mr Antonis Antoniou -;

Christina Pantazi (CEPA) - Ms Myroula Hadjichristophorou (STRP) – Czech Republic SC Member

Dr Peter Roth –

Dr Libuse Vlasakova (CEPA) – STRP: Dr David Pithart –

Denmark Finland


Mr Alfred Emil Rosing - (Greenland) Mr Sten Asbirk (STRP) –

CEPA: Ms Inge Thaulow (Greenland) –; CEPA: Mr Knud Flensted –

Estonia Finland

Andres Kruus (Head AA) - Ms Herdis Fridolin -

Ms Kai Kimmel –

STRP: Mr Toomas Saat – CEPA: Mr Tiit Randla –

CEPA: Mr Andres Kuresoo –;

Finland SC Member

Mr Jussi Soramäki - Ms. Tiina Niikkonen - France Czech Republic

Mr Jean-Marc Michel – Mr Christian Barthod

Emmanuel Thiery -; STRP: Mr Patrik Triplet –; CEPA: Mr Alain Pibot –

CEPA: Mr Thierry Mougey –

Georgia SC Member

Dpty Minister Sophiko Akhobadze – Ms Anna Rukhadze (CEPA) –

CEPA: Mr Mamuka Gigineishvili - CEPA: Mr Levan Butkhuzi –

Germany Finland

Mr Jochen Flasbarth - Christiane Paulus -

Cornelia Neukirchen – STRP: Ms Barbara Petersen – CEPA: Mr Karl-Heinz Erdmann - CEPA: Mr Stefan Stübing–

Greece Croatia

Mr Iannis Vournas –

Ms Demetra Spala (STRP, CEPA) – Holy See not yet a contracting party

Hungary Croatia

Mr Laszlo Haraszthy – Mr Andras Schmidt –


CEPA: Mr Andras Boehm – CEPA: Mr Laszlo Musicz –

Iceland Finland

Ms Kristín Linda Árnadóttir - Mr Trausti Baldursson –

Mr Sigurdur Thrainsson (CEPA)-

Ireland Czech Republic

Mr Chris O’Grady – Mr Jim Ryan -

Ms Mary Moore (CEPA) -; Ms Karin Dubsky (CEPA) -

Italy Croatia

Dr Aldo Cosentino (STRP, CEPA) –;

Ms Patrizia De Angelis - Mr Angelo Ciasca –

Mr Damiano Luchetti –

Latvia Finland

Mr. Guntis Pukitis - Ms Vija Busa –

Ms Ivita Nagle –

STRP: Ms Valda Baronina –

CEPA: Ms Skaidrite Ruskule –;

CEPA: Ms Ilze Kuze – CEPA: Mr Uldis Cekulis –

Liechtenstein Czech Republic Dr Felix Naescher –;

Mr Michael Fasel (CEPA) –

STRP: DI Hermann Schmuck –

Lithuania Finland Mr Arturas Paulauskas -

Mr Dalius Sungaila –

STRP: Mr Vidmantas Bezaras –

Luxembourg Czech Republic Mr Claude Origer –

Ms Sandra Cellina (STRP, CEPA) –

Malta Croatia

group address covers persons below –¨ or Mr Martin Seychell –


Mr Charles Farrugia –

Moldova Georgia

Minister Violeta Ivanov – Ms Veronica Josu –

STRP: Dr Alexandru Teleuta – CEPA: Dr Ilya Trombitsky –

Monaco Czech Republic

Mr Patrick van Klaveren (STRP, CEPA) –;

Montenegro Croatia Minister Predrag Nenezić - ministarstvo.turizma@mn.yu

Mr Viktor Subotic – viktors@mn.yu ;

Netherlands SC permanent observer

Mr Giuseppe B. Raaphorst - Mr Gerard van Dijk –

CEPA: Ms Marjan van Meerloo - (RISs) STRP: Mr Jielis van Baalen –

CEPA: Mr Luc Hoogenstein –

Norway Finland

Ms. Janne Sollie -;

Mr Jan-Petter Huberth-Hansen (STRP) – CEPA: Ms Kristine Stene -

Poland Finland

Prof Maciej Nowicki -

Mr Krzysztof Lissowski – Mr Michał Borowiak -

STRP: Mr Dariusz Piechowski –

Portugal Georgia

Mr Tito Rosa -

Mr Joao Carlos Farinha (STRP) –;

Romania SC Member COP11

Mr Mihail Lucian Manoiu –; Ms Mihaela Diana Cocai –; STRP: Mr Grigore Baboianu –;

Russian Federation Finland Mr Igor Maydanov –;

Ms Zinaida Muzileva – Ms Olga Lerman -

STRP: Dr Tatiana Minayeva –


San Marino not yet a contracting party

Serbia Croatia Mr Radislav Momirov –

Jelena Ducic -

STRP: Mr Branislav Mickovic – CEPA: Ms Natasha Panic –;

Slovak Republic Czech Republic Klauco Stanislav –

Mr Ivan Koubek – (RISs)

Mrs Jana Durkosova (CEPA) – STRP: Tomáš Derka –

CEPA: Dr Milan Janák –

Slovenia Croatia

Minister Janez Podobnik -

Dr Gordana Beltram –; CEPA: Ms Minka Vicar –

CEPA: Mr Milan Vogrin – Ms Branka Tavzes -

Spain Georgia

Dr José Luís Herranz Sáez -

Mr Antonio Fernandez de Tejada – Ms Magdalena Bernues –

STRP: Dr Enrique Andreu-Moliner –; CEPA: Ms Susana Calvo –

CEPA: Mr Fernando Ramos –

Sweden Finland

Mr Michael Lofroth –

Ms Henrik Schreiber (STRP, CEPA) – CEPA: Mr Lennart Gladh –

Switzerland SC permanent observer

Mr Bruno M.C. Oberle -

Dr Olivier Biber (STRP, CEPA) – Ms Sibylle Vermont –

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Croatia Minister Dzelil Bajrami -

Mr Aleksandar Nastov –

CEPA: Ms Kosana Mazneva Nikolik - Prof. Branko Micevski (STRP,CEPA) –

Turkey Georgia

Prof. Mustafa Kemal Yalinkilic –


Mehmet Golge -; STRP:Hatice Yurttas -

STRP: Şerif Hizli -

CEPA: Mr S. Serhan Çağirankaya – CEPA:Ümit Nabi Ülkutasir - CEPA: Mrs Buket Bahar Divrak -

Ukraine Georgia

Minister Georgii Filipchuk - Mr Mykola Stetsenko -

CEPA: Mr Igor Ivanenko – CEPA: Dr Gennadiy Marushevskyi – STRP: Dr Vasyl Kostyushyn –

United Kingdom Czech Republic Simon Hopkinson (CEPA) -

Mr Andy Tully – STRP: Mr Wyn Jones –