Ramsar's CEPA Oversight Panel
Through Resolution IX.18 adopted at COP9 in November 2005, the Parties instructed the Standing Committee at its 34th meeting to establisha CEPA Oversight Panel to monitor and report on the implementation of the Convention's Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Programme established by Resolution VIII.31, and to examine and set priorities for communication, education and capacity building in collaboration with the Wetlands International CEPA Specialist Group and the Advisory Board on Capacity Building for the Ramsar Convention.
Although the Resolution noted that the CEPA Panel should meet mostly through electronic means, at Standing Committee's 34th meeting it was agreed that the first meeting should take place face-to-face on the 29th May, 2006, in Gland.
Members of the CEPA Panel 2013-2015
From left, front row: Malta Qwathekana (Chair), Sari Airas, Stanley Tshitwamulomoni, Edwar Netshithithole (Observer), Sandra Hails (ex-officio), Chris Prietto.
From left, back row: Suh Seung-Oh, Esther Koopmanschap, Chris Rostron.
Missing: James Clarke, Nunia Thomas, Nick Davidson (ex-officio)
Membership of the CEPA Panel
The composition of the CEPA Panel for the period 2012-2015, as established by SC40, includes:
Vice Chair of SC [Chair of the Oversight Panel]: Ms Malta Qwathekana (South Africa)
Chair of the SC Subgroup on Finance: Ms Elizabeth Roberts (Canada)
Vice-Chair of the STRP: Ms Chris Prietto
STRP CEPA Expert: Ms Chris Prietto
CEPA Government NFP: Mr Stanley Tshitwamulomoni (South Africa)
CEPA Government NFP: Ms Sari Airas (Finland)
CEPA NGO NFP: Ms Nunia Thomas (Fiji)
CEPA NGO NFP: (to be confirmed)
IOPs representative: Mr James Clark (IWMI, International Water Management Institute)
Additional expert: Ms Esther Koopmanschap, Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation (Participatory skills expert)
Additional expert: Mr Chris Rostron Head of Wetland Link International (Wetland centre expert, )
Regional Ramsar Centre representative: Mr Suh Seung Oh (Ramsar Regional Centre - East Asia)
Ramsar Advisory Board on Capacity Building representative: To be decided
Ex officio: Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary General; Sandra Hails, CEPA Programme Officer
Resolution IX.18 Establishment of an Oversight Panel for the CEPA activities of the Convention
Standing Committee DOC. SC34-11 Establishment of an Oversight Panel for CEPA activities and adoption of a modus operandi
Standing Committee DOC. SC34-14 Report on training activities and capacity building from the Ramsar Advisory Board on Capacity Building
Standing Committee Decision SC36-16 on CEPA Focal Point membership of the Panel
Resolution VIII.31The Convention's Programme on communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) 2003-2008 (now superceded by Resolution X.8)
Resolution X.8 The Convention's Programme on communication, education, participation and awareness (CEPA) 2009-2015
Standing Committee Decision SC40-34 (2009) on the criteria for nomination of CEPA NGO Focal Points to the Panel
Standing Committee Decision SC43-8 (2011) on the replacement of CEPA Focal Point members of the Panel who leave their posts during a triennium