Resolution 5.1: The Kushiro Statement and the framework for the implementation of the Convention


5th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
Kushiro, Japan
9-16 June 1993

CONVINCED of the need for the Convention to respond positively to global environmental challenges and to the decisions of other international fora, in particular the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992;

CONSIDERING that, in relation to the implementation in the immediate future of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ramsar Convention can and should play the leading role in the conservation of wetland biodiversity and that projects related to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in wetlands should benefit from the new sources of finance envisaged for the Convention on Biological Diversity;

NOTING further that the Resolution on International Cooperation attached to the final Act of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Articles 23(4) and 24(1) of the said Convention call for full cooperation between the managing bodies of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the secretariats or executive bodies of major national and international environmental conventions, agreements and organizations dealing with matters covered by that Convention;

RECOGNIZING the value of the `Framework for the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention', adopted by the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention held at Montreux, Switzerland in 1990, as a basis from which a general triennial programme of priority activities for the Contracting Parties, the Standing Committee, and the Bureau derives;

RECOGNIZING that the implementation of the Convention is a partnership between the Contracting Parties, the Standing Committee, and the Bureau;

RECALLING the function of the Standing Committee to supervise the conduct of the Bureau's programmes, which should be based upon a permanent framework of action to implement the Convention;

EMPHASIZING the importance of linking the triennial programme of activities of the Bureau to the triennial budget;

NOTING the need to update the Framework in the light of decisions of the Conference of the Contracting Parties;

THE CONFERENCE OF THE CONTRACTING PARTIES

1. ADOPTS the Kushiro Statement attached as Annex 1 as the basis for the Contracting Parties' priorities in the 1994-1996 triennium;

2. TAKES NOTE of the "Framework for the Implementation of the Ramsar Convention" attached as Annex 2 as the basis for determining Convention activities;

3. ADOPTS the "Programme Overview for the Bureau 1994-1996" attached as Annex 3;

4. DIRECTS the Bureau to transmit to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development a copy of the Kushiro Statement and appropriate information on the Ramsar Convention; and

5. DIRECTS the Bureau to prepare for each year of the 1994-1996 triennium, for adoption by the Standing Committee, a detailed annual work plan, based upon the approved general programme for the triennium.

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