The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

28/03/2014

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention was established by Resolution 3.3 (Regina, 1987) to oversee Convention affairs and the activities of the Secretariat between ordinary meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties. The regional composition, functions, and responsibilities of the Standing Committee and its members are governed by Resolution VII.1 (1999) as amended by Resolution XI.19 (2012). Rules of Procedure for meetings of the Standing Committee, in all matters not specified in Resolution VII.1, are governed by the Rules of Procedure for the Conference of the Contracting Parties, mutatis mutandis.

The structure and present composition of the Standing Committee

Subsidiary bodies of the Standing Committee, 2013-2015
Subgroup on Finance (established by Decision SC16-1, 1995)
(members: English, français, español)
Subgroup on COP11 (Decision SC34-6)
Subgroup on the Strategic Plan (as needed, Decision SC34-5)
Management Working Group (Resolution IX.24, Decision SC34-3)
(members: English, français, español)
Transition Committee of the MWG (Resolution X.4)
CEPA Oversight Panel (Resolution IX.18, Decision SC34-12)
STRP Oversight Committee (Resolution IX.11)
Standing Committee 2013-2015 subregional representatives


Generic Hosting Agreement for a Ramsar Standing Committee Meeting (2009)


Meetings of the Standing Committee


  • 1987-1990
  • SC 1-7
  • Rao (Pakistan)
  • Clarke (Canada)
  • 1990-1993
  • SC 8-12
  • Turner (USA)
  • Rao (Pakistan)
  • 1993-1996
  • SC 13-17
  • Lakos (Hungary)
  • Koyo (Kenya)
  • 1996-1999
  • SC 18-22
  • Lakos (Hungary)
  • Cal (Uruguay)
  • 1999-2002
  • SC 23-27
  • Hunter (Australia)
  • Mafabi (Uganda)
  • 2002-2005
  • SC 28-32
  • Beltram (Slovenia)
  • Mansour (Iran)
  • 2006-2008
  • SC 33-37
  • Mafabi (Uganda)
  • Bowleg (Bahamas)
  • 2009-2012
  • SC38-45
  • Kim, Yoo (Rep. of Korea)
  • Insfran Ortiz (Paraguay)
  • 2013-2015
  • SC46-
  • Faca (Romania)
  • Qwathekana (South Africa)
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