The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), Ramsar's scientific subsidiary body

22/01/2013

The Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention was established by Resolution 5.5 (Kushiro, 1993) as a subsidiary body of the Convention to provide scientific and technical guidance to the Conference of the Parties, the Standing Committee, and the Ramsar Secretariat. Its individual members are appointed by the STRP Oversight Committee, and the Standing Committee has the overall responsibility for the work of the STRP. Resolutions VII.2 (San José, 1999) and X.9 (Changwon, 2008) modified the composition and modus operandi of the STRP, and Resolution XI.18 (Bucharest, 2012) further adjusted the Panel’s composition and its modus operandi. The modus operandi of the Panel for 2013-2015 is available here [PDF].

For the 2013-2015 triennium, Resolution XI.18 established that the composition of the Panel will be a Chairperson and 13 appointed members appointed for their expertise in their own right on aspects of wetland conservation and wise use, including Communications, Education, Participation & Awareness (CEPA), and socio-economic as well as natural science. In addition, a representative of each of the five International Organization Partners (IOPs) is appointed as a Panel member. The STRP Vice-chairperson is appointed from amongst the appointed members. In addition, the Parties have specified a list of convention secretariats, convention subsidiary scientific bodies, and scientific organizations as officially Invited Observer Organizations, and additional invited experts, consultants, and organizations are asked to participate as required. The progress of the STRP's work is guided and supervised from within the Secretariat by the Deputy Secretary General and the Scientific and Technical Support Officer.

The STRP's Work Plan for each triennium is built around the priority tasks determined by the Standing Committee, which are based upon requests from the Conference of the Parties by means of its Strategic Plan and COP Resolutions and Recommendations, and for 2013-2015 specifically in COP11 Resolution XI.17. The STRP members and observers are assisted in their work by a network of STRP National Focal Points who advise them directly on STRP matters and provide a liaison between the STRP, the Administrative Authorities and the networks of other relevant experts within each of their countries.

The work of the STRP is further assisted by the STRP Support Service, a web-based platform which was created and hosted by Wetlands International. The web-platform is currently under full redevelopment to create a new STRP work-space for the 2013-2015 triennium. The platform allows STRP members, STRP National Focal Points and other wetland experts to exchange information and opinions related to the Panel's ongoing work, to review and comment on various draft guidance materials, Ramsar Technical Reports and technical advisory notes developed to assist Contracting Parties in their implementation of the Convention.

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