National Reports for Ramsar

08/11/2002

"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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CONTRACTING PARTIES WHOSE NATIONAL REPORTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE ANALYSIS

Africa (32): Algeria, Benin , Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.

 

Asia (21): Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand and Viet Nam.

 

Europe (40): Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The FYR of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.

 

Neotropics (20): Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.

 

North America (3): Canada, Mexico and United States of America.

 

Oceania (3): Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.


In order to facilitate the assessment of implementation progress and future priorities and needs, the statistics 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. The available indicators are listed under each section in the tables below.

NOTE: 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.   


KEY TO TABLE HEADINGS

PCTYES: Percent of Contracting Parties answering YES.

PCTPRG: Percent of Contracting parties answering YES or PARTLY or IN PROGRESS. That is, some progress in relation to the relevant indicator has been made.

Description PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
1.1. WETLAND INVENTORY PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Comprehensive wetland inventory with national coverage 23.5 66.4
National wetland database 27.7 56.3
1.2. WETLAND ASSESSMENT PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Regular internal reviews to identify factors potentially altering ecological character of Ramsar sites 53.8 65.5
2.1. POLICY INSTRUMENTS FOR WETLANDS WISE USE PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
National Wetland policy or similar instrument 34.5 61.3
Ramsar obligations considered in national environmental policies and plans 88.2 96.6
2.2. DEVELOPMENT, REVIEW AND AMENDMENT OF POLICIES, LEGISLATION INSTITUTIONS AND PRACTICES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Review of laws and institutions related to wetlands 32.8 57.1
Review of all government plans and policies which may impact wetlands 29.4 46.2
Rewiew of national institutions related to wetlands to ensure that resources are available to implement the Convention 44.5 49.6
Enviromental Impact Assessment required for any action which can potentially affect any wetland 63.0 90.8
Enviromental Impact Assessment carried out in all likely cases of change in ecological character of Ramsar wetlands 38.7 65.5
Economic valuation of wetlands required as part of impact assessment 31.1 61.3
3.1. METHODOLOGIES FOR WETLAND CONSERVATION AND WISE USE PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Review of resource materials related to wetland management policies and practices 21.0 30.3
3.4. INTEGRATION OF WETLAND POLICIES INTO BROADER PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT FROM LOCAL TO NATIONAL SCALES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Implementation of integrated management approaches (river basins/coastal zones) 31.1 84.9
4.1. RESTORATION AND REHABILITATION PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Assessment to identify priority wetlands for restoration or rehabilitation 20.2 71.4
Resource information on wetland restoration 54.6 59.7
5.1. INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Resource information on wetland management available in relation to invasive species 48.7 51.3
6.1. LOCAL COMMUNITIES, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND CULTURAL VALUES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Promotion of local stakeholder management of wetlands 82.4 87.4
Govt support to site managers [and local communities] in monitoring ecological character of Ramsar sites 77.3 80.7
Wetland site management committees in place 65.5 73.1
Govt support for the application of traditional knowledge and management practices 64.7 70.6
7.1. PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Efforts to encourage private sector support for wetland conservation 65.5 73.1
Efforts to encourage private sector involvement in monitoring ecological character 36.1 42.0
8.1. INCENTIVES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Review of incentive measures 21.0 36.1
9.1. COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Actions to identify regional EPA needs 50.4 56.3
Actions to assist in the development of international CEPA resource materials 34.5 37.8
Support to international programmes that encourage transfer of information, knowledge and skills among wetland education centres and educators 50.4 52.9
Task force to review national status of wetland CEPA 21.8 42.9
Country has encouraged the establishment of educational centres at wetland sites 57.1 68.9
Support to wetlands CEPA exists in all facilities [e.g. museums,etc] 10.9 49.6
Wetland issues incorporated into curricula 15.1 63.9
Voluntary contribution to Outreach programme made 7.6 8.4
Steps to provide internet access to Ramsar sites managers 41.2 48.7
10.1. APPLICATION OF THE STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Directory of potential Ramsar sites with national coverage 62.2 79.8
Systematic approach to identify sites at national level 61.3 65.5
Special attention to identify suitable sites of under represented wetland types 69.7 71.4
Designation of Ramsar sites not previously protected 45.4 47.1
All suitable shared wetlands designated as Ramsar sites 15.9 47.7
11.1. MAINTENANCE OF THE ECOLOGICAL CHARACTER OF RAMSAR SITES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Measures to maintain ecological character of Ramsar sites documented 63.9 76.5
All Ramsar sites with management plans in place 20.2  
Zoning measures being used to regulate activities in those wetlands where it is warranted 67.2 72.3
Strict protection measures being used to regulate activities in those wetlands where it is warranted 65.5 72.3
11.2. MONITORING THE CONDITION OF RAMSAR SITES, INCLUDING APPLICATION OF ARTICLE 3.2 AND MONTREUX RECORD PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Regular internal reviews to identify factors potentially altering ecological character of Ramsar sites 53.8 65.5
Application of RAM recommendations (note: only for CPs with sites in Montreux Record and RAMs completed prior to COP7) 29.2 66.7
12.1. INVENTORY AND INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF SHARED WETLANDS AND HYDROLOGICAL BASINS PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Implementation of integrated management approaches (river basins/coastal zones) 31.1 84.9
Cooperative management of shared wetlands 30.8 33.6
12.2. COOPERATIVE MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT OF SHARED WETLAND-DEPENDENT SPECIES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Data on bird populations gathered regularly 73.9 78.2
13.1. COLLABORATION WITH OTHER MULTILATERAL AGREEMENTS AND INSTITUTIONS PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Mechanism at national level to coordinate / integrate implementation of international / regional conventions /treaties to which country is signatory 58.0 58.8
Review of Joint Work Plan Ramsar-CBD to establish priority areas of cooperation 29.4 31.1
14.1. SHARING OF EXPERTISE AND INFORMATION PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Activites (exchange of information, technical assistance and expertise) with regard to South-South cooperation 37.0 41.2
Ramsar sites twinned with those in other CPs 30.3 35.3
15.1. PROMOTING INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION AND WISE USE OF WETLANDS PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Project proposals submitted to funding agencies which were intended to assist Ramsar implementation 63.0 63.9
CP government represented in governing bodies or scientific advisory bodies of multilateral donors or the GEF 34.5 35.3
Development assistance agencies allocating funds for wetland related projects on a regular basis 38.7 48.7
15.2. ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AND ASSESSMENTS AS PART OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (INCLUDING FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC INVESTMENTS) AFFECTING WETLANDS PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
EIA required for any action which can potentially affect any wetland 63.0 90.8
CP government represented in governing bodies or scientific advisory bodies of multilateral donors or the GEF 34.5 35.3
18.1. INSTITUTIONAL AND FINANCIAL CAPACITY OF CONTRACTING PARTIES PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Review of national institutions related to wetlands to ensure that resources are available to implement the Convention 44.5 49.6
National Ramsar Committee or similar body 58.0 79.8
Mechanism at national level to coordinate / integrate implementation of international / regional conventions /treaties 58.0 58.8
Funds allocated to conservation and wise use of wetlands 78.2 78.2
19.1. WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION PARTNERS (IOPs) AND OTHERS PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
National Ramsar Committee or similar body includes representatives of International Organisation Partners 42.9 44.5
20.1. TRAINING PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Analysis of training needs for implementing wise use guidelines 26.1 34.5
Review of training opportunities 25.2 36.1
Development of training activities and modules 35.3 37.8
Training provided to wetland managers through personal exchanges for on-job training 49.6 52.1
Support to Wetlands for the Future style initiatives (Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and Africa) 5.0 5.9
21.1. MEMBERSHIP OF THE CONVENTION PCT YES
GLOBAL
PCTPRG
GLOBAL
Actions made to recruit new CPs (for CPs neighbour or having  regular dealings or diplomatic-level dialogue with non-CPs) 45.6 45.6
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