Analysis of National Reports
A relational database has been created to store and analyze the information provided by the Parties in their National Reports for COP8. The database includes 135 indicators related to the implementation status of the actions included in the Convention Work Plan 2000-2002, as reflected in the National Reports format. Nearly 70 of these indicators are classified as "main indicators" and have been used in the preparation of Secretary General report, regional implementation reports and other documents approved for consideration by the COP.
The answers given by the Parties to each question were used to assign a standard "implementation status code" to each indicator in order to allow the calculation of regional and global statistics. In addition, 25 "numeric indicators" were defined to store the information provided in National Reports in relation to wetlands/Ramsar sites in each Party (wetland committees, management plans, educational centres, potential Ramsar sites, zoning, strict protection measures, etc). Finally, the full text of the answers is also kept in the database for future reference.
In some cases it has been difficult to interpret the answers given by the Parties. For this reason the results of the National Reports analysis have to be seen - for the country-level implementation indicators - as the "Bureau interpretation" of the information provided by the Parties. In the case of the numeric indicators they should be considered as "minimum numbers", because detailed answers covering all the wetlands/Ramsar sites are not always provided.
Statistics produced from COP8 National Reports Database
The underlying thinking in the design of the "COP8 National Reports Database" and the indicators is the definition of a "baseline" that will allow in the future - for the first time - an assessment of the progress in Convention's implementation during periods longer than three years.
Following COP8, if the COP does not decide otherwise, the Bureau will begin the design of the new "COP9 National Report Format and related database". Once the new reporting format has been defined, the information in the "COP8 National Reports Database" will be transferred to the new system and standardized according to the revised list of implementation indicators in light of the new Strategic Plan 2003-2008 and its application in the next triennium.
Statistics and charts for the main indicators have been produced to help in the assessment of the implementation of the Convention on each Ramsar region and globally since COP7. Some examples of the analysis made are shown in the links below. More information on the methodology used, the indicators database and other outputs will be posted after COP8.