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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining

Committee at its 31st Meeting (June 2005) for consideration by Ramsar COP9, as well as the proposals submitted by Contracting Parties at least 60 days before the opening of Ramsar COP9 (i.e., by 7 September 2005). In this Plenary Session there will be a first discussion of the proposals, to allow the search for consensus to begin before the final drafts of the decisions are submitted for approval on the last day of the Conference. (Note: Contracting Parties will be able to submit new proposals during the meeting to the Conference Committee, provided that those new proposals deal with: a) urgent issues resulting from the debates during the meeting; and/or b) new developments that it was not possible to foresee in advance.)
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

Conference of the Contracting Parties, qualifying initiatives which have zero financial implications for the Convention’s core budget, and ALSO AUTHORIZES the Standing Committee, within the global allocation for the triennium of the Convention core budget line “Support to Regional Initiatives”, to reallocate funding, if considered appropriate, depending on shifts in priorities and needs in response to requests from initiatives, and REQUESTS the Standing Committee to report to COP10 on the development and funding of the suite of initiatives established by 2008;
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

3. The purpose of the global and regional reports is to review the implementation of the Convention in the last triennium. However, as this is the first report that I have the honour to present to the COP as Secretary General, I am taking the opportunity to provide some personal perspectives and overviews which I have formed during the past two years. The structure of the report is based on the Strategic Plan 2003-2008, and the National Reports received, and also shows the activities of the Secretariat and how these dovetail with activities in Contracting Parties and the International Organization Partners (IOPs). The reports of the subsidiary bodies, namely the Standing Committee and the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), are contained in separate documents, as is my report under Article 8 on the status of List of Wetlands of International Importance. General remarks
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

Pursuant to the Rules of Procedure, the Conference will appoint a Credentials Committee on the basis of proposals made by the Conference Committee, and may establish any other committees necessary to enable the Conference to carry out its functions. The COP may wish to establish a Committee on the Work Plan 2006-2008; a Committee on finances and budget; and a Committee on content and duration of future Ordinary Meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties.
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

26. URGES Contracting Parties and INVITES relevant organizations to use the habitat and species conservation provisions of the Convention to support the introduction and/or continuance of management measures that mitigate the environmental impacts of fishing, including the use of spatial management approaches as appropriate, and ALSO URGES the Ramsar Secretariat to work with other conventions, instruments and organizations concerned with the conservation of biodiversity and the management of natural resources (including FAO at an international and regional level), in order to promote the synergy and alignment of planning and management approaches that benefit the conservation and sustainable management of fisheries resources and recognition of the contribution this makes towards meeting CBD targets, WSSD goals, and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

In this section each key strategy is linked numerically to one of the five goals. In addition to this linkage some strategies and Key Result Areas will, in the end, inevitably satisfy more than one goal. Measurement of Key Performance Measures will be undertaken by the Secretariat working with the Standing Committee. “Budget impact” gives specific costs where these are known and an indication of staff time targets needed from the Secretariat (presumed total of 19). Each strategy is cross- referenced to the operational objectives of the Strategic Plan. Where a strategy is formed from more than one Operational Objective, some slight re-wording of the objectives has been made to ensure clarity of the strategy.
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

17. DECIDES that the contribution of each Contracting Party to this budget (other than those making voluntary contributions) should be in accordance with the scale of assessments for the contribution of Member States to the United Nations budget as approved by the UN General Assembly, except in the case of Contracting Parties which, in applying the UN scale, would make annual contributions to the Ramsar Convention budget of less than SFR 1,000, in which case the annual contribution shall be that amount. The difference between the assessed contribution for these Contracting Parties according to the UN scale and the minimum threshold of SFR 1,000 shall be allocated, when actual payments have been effected, to another budget line or lines of the core budget, on the advice of the Standing Committee’s Subgroup on Finance. All other Contracting Parties will continue to be assessed in accordance with the UN scale of contributions as indicated in Annex II, except in the case of those Contracting Parties making voluntary
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

13. Further support for cooperation stems from the adoption by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (decision VI/26), and subsequent endorsement by the World Summit on Sustainable Development, of the target “to achieve, by 2010, a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level,” adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in its Strategic Plan has been endorsed by the World Summit on Sustainable Development. This broad support for the 2010 target, at the highest levels, means that it can provide a unifying focus for cooperation among all relevant Conventions and organizations. Among the biodiversity-related conventions, besides the Convention on Biological Diversity, the 2010 target has been recognized by the Conference of the Parties of CITES in decision 13.2 (see above) as well as in its review of strategic planning in decision 13.1, and by the CMS Standing Committee in the draft Strategic Plan of CMS (2006 – 2011). The target is also due to be considered by the Conferences of the Parties of CMS, Ramsar and WHC during 2005.
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

42. The proposed alteration to the Rules of Procedure which was agreed by Standing Committee for Rule 5, and which can be found in COP9 DOC. 2, is: “The Bureau shall notify all Parties of the dates, venue, and provisional agenda of an ordinary meeting at least 12 months before the meeting is due to commence. The notification shall include the draft agenda for the meeting and the deadline for submission of proposals by the Parties, which normally shall be 40 calendar days prior to the opening of the Standing Committee meeting at which approvals are made for documents for consideration by Contracting Parties at the COP. Only Parties, the Standing Committee and the Conference Committee shall be entitled to submit proposals.”
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

This initiative is focused on the full participation of all Ramsar Convention parties in the Western Hemisphere, as well as other key actors. The design of the plan of work for CREHO has been based on a needs assessment which was carried out consulting all parties as well as an extensive list of contacts working on wetland issues in the region. CREHO will generate and facilitate alliances with different key wetland actors in the region, as well as promote their close involvement in the development of multiple activities performed by the Center, directly or indirectly. To achieve this, CREHO is establishing technical and research cooperation agreements with universities, research centers, governmental and non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental institutions at local, regional and international levels.
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

NOTE: The host government is arranging for a Ministerial Dialogue for ministers attending the COP to take place during the day’s proceedings. The Technical Sessions and the Ministerial Dialogue will also consider a draft declaration which the COP may wish to adopt.

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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 36 th Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 36 th Meeting of the Standing Committee

The recent International Conference on Combating Desertification (Beijing, January 2008) was convened as an intersessional event in contribution to the 16th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in May 2008, which will address the issue of desertification, along with agriculture, land, drought, rural development. The Secretary General addressed that meeting and found that it has provided an even better opportunity than the CSD Session itself to integrate wetlands and water issues into the debate. If we had missed that opportunity, we would not have been able to promote wetland issues into the CSD conclusions even if we were to attend the 16 th Session.
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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

20. URGES Contracting Parties to take the necessary steps within their frameworks for integrated river basin and coastal zone management to maintain or reinstate fish migration pathways, to reduce the impacts of point source and diffuse pollution in all its forms, to establish and implement environmental flow allocations supporting the conservation of fish, to protect critical spawning and nursery grounds, and to restore relevant habitats where these have become degraded, taking into account the guidance adopted in Resolutions VIII.1 on water allocation, VIII.4 on ICZM, and VIII.32 on mangrove ecosystems;
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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

frameworks for different major aspects of Convention implementation, including a Strategic Framework for the implementation of the Convention ([COP9 DR9]); the conceptual framework for the wise use concept ([COP9 DR1 – Annex A]); an integrated framework for wetland inventory, assessment and monitoring (([COP9 DR1 – Annex B]); an integrated framework for Ramsar’s water-related guidance ([COP9 DR1 – Annex C]); and the revised Strategic Framework and guidelines for the further development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance ([COP9 DR1 – Annex D]); represents a helpful step in equipping Parties better to implement the Convention and also in identifying gaps in guidance;
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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 40 th Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 40 th Meeting of the Standing Committee

• Intensifying our working relationships with the United Nations agencies and ongoing processes, including UNEP, EMG and UN-Water, UN-Habitat, World Meteorological Organization, GEF, and World Bank. However, integrating wetland issues into the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) remains challenging. The Convention will be understood and wetlands recognized as key assets for sustainable development only if the Contracting Parties emphasize their importance during global debates such as UN General Assemblies, CSD Sessions, Climate Change deliberations and other priority areas for decisions and actions. In this regard, the Secretariat continues to seize any opportunity to explain the importance of wetlands and to convey the key messages of the Changwon Declaration to five major sectors, covering:
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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

Council), held from 21st to 22nd June 2004 in Abuja, Nigeria, “expressed satisfaction with the take-off of the Lake Chad Basin Initiative. To this effect, they decided that the five pilot projects undertaken within the framework of the LCBC/GEF project (all of them coinciding with existing or planned Ramsar sites in the Lake Chad Basin) be considered as concrete contribution to the ChadWet Initiative launched in June 2003 at Izmir (Turkey). In addition, they directed that the ChadWet Initiative be presented as a Ramsar Regional Initiative at the next Conference of the Parties in Kampala (Uganda) in November 2005, in accordance with Resolution VIII.30 of Ramsar
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9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to he Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to he Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) “ Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods”

62. Continue participation in the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza as resources and competencies permit; provide relevant input on practical measures to reduce the risk of disease transmission between wild, captive and domesticated birds, to those agencies developing contingency and wetland management plans related to HPAI; and assist, with relevant international agencies and the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza, in sharing information, including practical advice that will assist countries to respond to this serious and rapidly developing situation, reporting back on progress to the Standing Committee and to COP10. [STRP; Secretariat] (Resolution IX.23)
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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 35 th Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 35 th Meeting of the Standing Committee

descriptive context but probably none of which is either critical or not repeated elsewhere, and the majority of its is priorities only for the next triennium. Annex 2 is in effect a forerunner of what later became Strategic Plans for the Convention (also time- limited), despite not being clearly described as such in later materials, and has thus been superseded. The operative parts of the Resolution itself are similarly time-limited. Res VI.14 (para 6) purports to quote Res 5.1, as instructing the Standing Committee to “prepare strategic plans for the following two triennia for presentation at the 6th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties”, which might appear to be the origin of a mandate that might have continuing value - but this is an error and those words are in fact from Res 5.2. The preamble of Res 5.1 contains perhaps two paras that may have continuing value (the 2 nd , on
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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

9. The Ramsar guidance, on river basin management and environmental flows particularly, has its origins in the environment/wetlands interest sector, and it is aimed at providing supporting material for the Ramsar implementing authorities in each Party to use in persuading or influencing the water sector to change the way they do or have done river basin management. Given that, the Ramsar guidance on this issue is encouraging and provides a sound, useful framework, but it may not be detailed enough to fully inform water resource managers at the level of daily operational practices.
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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) 31 st Meeting of the Standing Committee

i) Desk based information. Investigations normally start with information available in the office. Spatial data will often include topographical, land use/vegetation, and geological maps and photographs taken from aircraft or satellites. Old photos have proved to be very useful in explaining hydrological links with wetlands in Costa Rica, where restoration practices benefit from historical knowledge. Geological maps can reveal the proximity of aquifers to the wetlands. However, these maps are generally drawn by extrapolating information from limited geological data (such as cores) – hence in parts of these maps the presence and thickness of impermeable strata lying between a wetland and an aquifer may be very uncertain. In addition, the
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