National Reports


"Wetlands: water, life, and culture"
8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2002

Analysis of COP8 National Reports Home page

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In order to facilitate the assessment of implementation progress and future priorities and needs, the charts are structured using the 21 Operational Objective "themes" of the new Strategic Plan. To help this, relevant actions in COP8 National Planning Tool have been identified in relation to each of the new Strategic Plan's Themes and Operational Objectives.

Certain Operational Objective "themes" of the new Strategic Plan may have not relevant actions in COP8 National Reports, or have no actions relevant to Contracting parties. On the other hand, some indicators may have some relevance for more than one Operational Objective "theme". Finally, for most indicators total that is used to calculate the percentages is the total number of National Reports in the analysis (i.e. total number of Contracting Parties whose National Reports are included in the database). Where this is not the case, it is indicated in the indicator description.   

Note: Only some of the main indicators are represented here. More information will be posted after COP8.  

1.1. Wetland inventory

1.2. Wetland assessment (also relevant to Operational Objective “theme” 11.2. Monitoring the condition of Ramsar sites, including application of article 3.2. and Montreux Record)

2.1. Policy instruments for wetland wise use

Note: For the indicator above, "Partly" means there is not a National Wetland Policy as such, but it is integrated in other conservation policies

2.2. Development, review and amendment of policies, legislation, institutions and practices

Note: For the indicator above, "Partly" means EIA required only in some cases

3.1. Methodologies for wetland conservation and wise use

4.1. Restoration and rehabilitation

5.1. Invasive alien species

6.1. Local communities, indigenous people, and cultural values

7.1. Private sector involvement

8.1. Incentives

9.1. Communication, education and public awareness

Note: For the indicator above, "Partly" includes those Contracting Parties reporting the National Wetlands Committee acts as task force

Note: For the indicator above, "Partly" means wetland issues incorporated only at some levels of education, or only in some institutions

10.1. Application of the Strategic Framework

Note: Percents in the chart above are calculated using applicable CPs only (that is, those with shared wetlands)

11.1. Maintenance of ecological character of all Ramsar sites

12.1. Inventory and integrated management of shared wetlands and hydrological basins  (also relevant to Operational Objective “theme” 3.4. Integration of wetland policies into broader planning and management from local to national scales).

13.1. Collaboration with other multilateral environmental agreements and institutions (also relevant to Operational Objective “theme” 18.1. Institutional and financial capacity of Contracting Parties)

18.1. Institutional and financial capacity of Contracting Parties

Note: For the indicator above, "Partly" has been used to code those Contracting Parties that without having a Ramsar Committee, have reported the existence of a similar body.

20.1. Training


For further information about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, please contact the Ramsar Convention Bureau, Rue Mauverney 28, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland (tel +41 22 999 0170, fax +41 22 999 0169, e-mail Posted 8 November 2002, Carlos Villalba, Ramsar.

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