Resolution VII.27: The Convention Work Plan 2000-2002

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7th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971),
San José, Costa Rica, 10-18 May 1999

1. RECALLING Resolution VI.14 which adopted the Strategic Plan 1997-2002 of the Convention and NOTING that Contracting Parties were requested to submit National Reports for this Conference using the same format;

2. EXPRESSING APPRECIATION to the 107 Contracting Parties that submitted their National Reports for this Conference, and URGING the remaining Parties to do so as a matter of priority;

3. EXPRESSING SATISFACTION that the format of the National Reports adopted for this Conference permitted a more structured and in-depth analysis of the implementation of the Convention; and TAKING NOTE of the recommendations made by the Secretary General in his report to this Conference to further improve the format of the National Reports;

4. NOTING the content of the Regional Overviews of the implementation of the Convention, and the Reports of the Chairpersons of the Standing Committee and of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), and the Report of the Secretary General;

5. NOTING WITH SATISFACTION the progress made in the implementation of the Strategic Plan 1997-2002, in particular in the areas of new members, legislative reviews, policy formulation, environmental impact assessment, restoration, involvement of local people, management planning at Ramsar sites, and synergy with other conventions at the global level;

6. CONCERNED that the application of the Strategic Plan 1997-2002 has been uneven in the Contracting Parties and that only slow progress has been made, globally, in relation to some of its General Objectives, in particular in relation to the application of economic valuation methods, private sector involvement, introduction of wetlands into formal education programmes, establishment of National Ramsar/ Wetland Committees, training, Ramsar site designations, national inventories, Ramsar site twinnings and designation of transboundary Ramsar sites, harmonised implementation of environment conventions at the national level, the ongoing level of support for the Small Grants Fund, and liaison between Ramsar focal points and their bilateral development assistance agencies;.

7. CONVINCED that for an effective implementation of the Strategic Plan 1997-2002 in the next triennium it will be useful to establish more precise targets for a range of appropriate actions in order to encourage more significant results in some areas;

8. WELCOMING the proposal to approve a Work Plan for the next triennium based in the Strategic Plan 1997-2002 that involves the Convention as a whole, including the Contracting Parties, the COP subsidiary bodies, the Ramsar Bureau and the International Organization Partners;


9. APPROVES the Convention’s Work Plan for the 2000-2002 triennium as attached in Annex I, noting that the Standing Committee in its annual approval of the Ramsar Bureau’s Work Plan may have to establish an order of priority for the many actions expected of the secretariat;

10. INVITES the International Organization Partners of the Convention and other relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions to continue to provide policy, technical and financial assistance to the Convention in order to ensure the effective implementation of the Work Plan 2000-2002;

11. ENDORSES the global targets for the Convention set under a range of themes in the Work Plan 2000-2002 and requests the Ramsar Bureau to prepare, based on the information contained in the COP7 National Reports and the Regional Overviews, regional targets for each for these same themes, for consideration and approval by the 24th meeting of the Standing Committee, and to disseminate these to all Contracting Parties for their information and consideration in guiding national and regional priority setting;

12. INVITES Contracting Parties to consider preparing and adopting by the end of 1999 "National targets for the Ramsar Strategic Plan for the period 2000-2002" on the basis of consultative processes involving National Wetland/Ramsar Committees, or similar bodies, and taking into consideration those targets set in the Convention Work Plan 2000-2002 and the subsequently determined regional targets;

13. REQUESTS the Standing Committee, at its 24th meeting, to review the National Report format used for COP7 and to introduce appropriate changes with a view to making the Ramsar COP8 format available in early 2000, so that Contracting Parties wishing to apply this framework can establish and maintain at the earliest opportunity an ongoing record of implementation for national planning and reporting purpose;

14. URGES all Contracting Parties to undertake the preparation of their National Reports for Ramsar COP8 in consultation with their National Ramsar/Wetland Committees, where they exist, and also with all other relevant Government Ministries;

15. REITERATES its encouragement, as expressed through Actions 8.1.9 and 8.1.10, for Contracting Parties to establish National Ramsar/Wetland Committees and to constitute these with appropriate representation from government and non-governmental stakeholders;

16. REQUESTS the Ramsar Bureau to prepare for consideration at Ramsar COP8 a detailed review of the membership, terms of reference and operations of National Ramsar/ Wetland Committees, so that Contracting Parties may benefit form each others’ experiences in this area;

17. URGES Contracting Parties, pursuant to Action 8.1.10 of the Strategic Plan 1997-2002, to review their designated national Administrative Authority for the Convention to ensure these have the necessary resources to support the increasing demands being placed upon them by the growing expectations of the Convention;

18. ALSO ENCOURAGES Contracting Parties to review their internal processes and mechanisms for harmonising the implementation of international and regional conventions and agreements to which they are signatories, and to report on actions taken in this regard in their National Reports prepared for Ramsar COP8;

19. URGES the Ramsar Bureau, as resources allow, to continue its efforts to assist and work with the bilateral and multilateral donors in mobilizing funds for development assistance projects relating to the conservation and wise use of wetlands and integrated river basin and coastal zone management; and CALLS UPON all Contracting Parties with bilateral development assistance agencies to ensure close collaboration with their Ramsar Administrative Authority to ensure that their obligations pursuant to Article 5 (Resolution VII.19) are met;

20. FURTHER URGES all Contracting Parties, and especially the member countries of the Standing Committee in each region, those with neighboring countries that are not yet Parties to the Ramsar Convention, and those that share the range area of wetland-dependent migratory species with non-Contracting Parties, to increase their efforts for achieving the goal of universal membership contained in General Objective 1 of the Strategic Plan by encouraging those countries to accede to the Convention, so that the target of 150 member States can be reached before Ramsar COP8 and the Convention can pursue its global mission more effectively;

21. GREATLY APPRECIATES the advice received during this Conference of the accession of Lebanon (the 115th Contracting Party) and the impending accession of Cuba;

22. INSTRUCTS the Standing Committee to prepare for consideration and adoption at Ramsar COP8 a revised Strategic Plan for the Convention to cover the period 2003-2008, in consultation with the Contracting Parties, International Organization Partners, other convention secretariats and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions.


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