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Saturday 1 May 2010

The news of the oil slick from the accident at the BP drilling well in the Gulf of Mexico reached the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC). The Chair said that Switzerland has suggested that the Standing Committee drafts a declaration about this incident on behalf of the Convention. The SC agreed the following statement by consensus:

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands expresses its deep concern at the news of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, reaching now its internationally important wetlands and the coast of Louisiana. 

The SC urges the extractive industries concerned to take all possible measures to ensure that no further such incidents occur and to undertake due diligence in their business operations to minimize any risk of such spillages occurring in the future.

The Ramsar Convention has instructed its Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) to prepare guidance for its Contracting Parties on addressing and managing issues of extractive industry business in relation to wetlands and that work is presently underway.


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