Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) -- Work Plan for 2000

14/01/2000

Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands

(Ramsar, Iran, 1971)

Work Plan - 2000

[preceding section]

Section 3: Regional Policy and Technical Work Plans 2000

Regional Coordinators, Work Plans and Targets

The actions described in this Section are mostly to be undertaken by the four Regional Coordinators and the respective interns for these regions acting as their assistants (see Staff chart in Section 1). The Regional Coordinators are under the direct supervision of the Deputy Secretary General and ultimately the Secretary General. Other staff assist with the implementation of the respective regional action plans as required.

In addition, the Coordinator of the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) is appointed by the Secretary General and while outposted maintains close working contact with this Team of the Bureau.

Summaries of the respective Regional Policy and Technical Work Plans are provided in the following sections as indicated. The full, more detailed Work Plan can be provided upon request.

3.1 Africa
3.2 Americas
3.3 Asia
3.4 Europe
3.5 Oceania
3.6 MedWet Action Plan 1999-2000

With regard to regional targets, paragraph 11 of Resolution VII.27 reads: The COP "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."

As requested the Bureau prepared such regional targets for the triennium 2000-2002 as attached [and these gained the endorsement of the Standing Committee at their 24th meeting in late 1999]. It has to be noted that these regional targets are rather notional as they are not based on a precise analysis of likely, or even expected progress against the various global targets within each region. To help rectify this limitation, a priority for the Bureau during 2000 is to develop "Country Profiles" describing the status of implementation of the Convention in each Contracting Party based on the National Reports submitted for COP7. These will become a key planning tool of the Bureau for its regional work plans and target setting from 2001 onwards.


 Regional priorities and target setting under the Ramsar Convention Work Plan 2000-2002

Key :

‘Regional target for COP8’ = indication of the progress it is hoped will be made at the regional level in order to contribute to achieving the global target as specified in the Convention Work Plan 2000-2002 (Resolution VII.27)

‘Global level at COP7/Target for COP8’ = the total of ‘yes’ responses at the global level as determined by the National Reports submitted for COP7/ the global target for COP8 as specified in the Convention Work Plan 2000-2002 (Resolution VII.27)

The shaded lines indicate those themes/issues recognised by COP7 as priorities for attention in this region, either in the regional overviews or the Resolutions adopted by COP7. For Europe – prior to COP7 the region was divided into East and West but is now one region only. Where the priorities varied between East and West Europe this is shown by either (East) or (West) in the shaded cell.

Strategic Plan General Objectives and (Actions)

Africa - Regional targets

Asia - Regional targets

Europe – Regional targets

Neo-tropics – Regional targets

North America -Regional targets

Oceania- Regional targets

Global level at COP7/ Targets for COP8

General Objective 1 - Universal membership              
Actions taken to encourage accession by non-Contracting Parties (Actions 1.1.1- 2)

+ 12 new CPs =40 (of 53)

+8 new CPs= 28 (of 42)

+4 new CPs= 44 (of 47)

+6 new CPs= 27 (of 32)

N/A (All 3 are CPs)

+5 new CPs= 8 (of 16)

116/150 CPs

(of 193)

General Objective 2 - Promoting the wise use of wetlands              
National Wetland Policy/Strategy/Action Plan in place (Action 2.1.2)

+ 19 = 20

+ 14 = 20

+ 21 = 30

+ 21 = 22

+ 2 =3

+ 3= 5

22/100

Review of legislation and practices which impact on wetlands has been carried out (Action 2.1.1)

+ 6 = 20

+ 13 = 20

+ 20 = 30

+ 13 = 22

+ 1 = 3

+ 2 = 5

45/100

Efforts are being made to have wetlands managed as integrated components of land/water and coastal zone resources and environments (Action 2.2.2).

40

28

44

27

3

8

74/All

(=150)

Actions taken to incorporate wetland economic valuation techniques into natural resource planning and assessment actions (Actions 2.4.1, 2.4.3)

40

28

44

27

3

8

34/All

(=150)

Environmental Impact Assessment is required for actions potentially impacting on wetlands (Actions 2.5.2, 2.5.3)

40

28

44

27

3

8

92/All

(=150)

Wetland restoration and rehabilitation is being undertaken to some extent (Actions 2.6.1-3)

+ 5 = 15

+4 = 22

+12 = 40

+ 5 = 20

3

2

76/100

An inventory of wetlands warranting restoration has been completed (Action 2.6.1)

+10= 13

+ 7 = 7

+ 14 = 1

+ 5 = 13

+ 2 = 2

+ 1 = 1

*1/50

The participation of local stakeholders in the conservation and wise use of wetlands is being encouraged (Actions 2.7.1- 4)

40

28

44

27

3

8

72/All

(=150)

There are wetland site management committees in place which include local stakeholders etc (2.7.3)

+ 20 = 20

+14 = 21

+ 31 = 31

+ 17 = 20

3

+4 = 5

26/100

Private sector involvement in the conservation and wise use of wetlands is being encouraged (Actions 2.8.1-4)

40

28

44

(West)

27

3

8

47/All

(=150)

General Objective 3 - Raising awareness of wetland values and functions              
There exist government-run programmes for Education and Public Awareness in this country which include wetlands (Actions 3.2.1-2)

40

28

44

(East)

27

3

8

62/All

(=150)

There exist non-government-run programmes for Education and Public Awareness in this country which include wetlands (Actions 3.2.1-2, 8.3.1)

40

28

44

27

3

8

66/All

(=150)

Education centres in place which are promoting wetlands conservation and wise use (3.2.3)

40

28

44

27

3

8

*2/150

Wetlands issues and Ramsar’s Wise Use principles are included as part of the curricula of educational institutions. (Action 3.2.5)

40

28

44

27

3

8

43/All

(=150)

General Objective 4 - Reinforcing the capacity of institutions              
Mechanisms are in place, or being introduced, to increase cooperation between the institutions responsible for wetlands management (Actions 4.1.1-2, 8.1.9-10)

40

28

44

27

3

8

87/All

(=150)

A National Ramsar/Wetland Committee exists - it includes non-government representatives (it is cross-sectoral) (Actions 4.1.1-2, 8.1.9-10)

+ 13 = 20

+ 14 = 20

+ 30 = 30

(West)

+ 15 = 22

+ 2 = 3

+ 3 = 5

44/100

A training needs analysis has been done (Action 4.2.1)

+ 14 = 17

+12 = 17

+ 20 = 20

+ 9 = 16

+2 = 2

+ 2 = 3

22/75

A review of training opportunities has been completed (Action 4.2.2)

+ 10 = 17

+11 = 17

+ 15 = 19

+ 11 = 16

+3 = 3

+ 2 = 3

23/75

Training modules or training programmes specifically for wetland managers have been completed, or are being developed (Action 4.2.3).

40

28

44

27

3

8

40/All

(=150)

Nationals of the country have gained wetland-related training either within or outside the country (Action 4.2.4).

40

28

44

27

3

8

74/All

(=150)

General Objective 5 - Management of Listed sites              
Management plans in place, or under preparation (Action 5.2.3)-

*3

*3

*3

*3

*3

*3

416/

1125*3

By the end of 1999 for there to be NO Ramsar sites without the appropriate description and map (Actions 5.3.2/5.3.3 & Resolution VII.12)

+ 13 = 0

+ 11 = 0

+ 98 + 0

+1 = 0

N/A

N/A

123/0

National wetland database in place (Action 5.4.4)

12

10

12

11

3

2

*4/50

General Objective 6 - Designation of Ramsar sites              
A national inventory of wetlands has been completed (Action 6.1.2)

12

10

12

11

3

2

*5/50

Actions been taken to list under-represented wetland types on the List or in response to the various related decisions from COP6 (Actions 6.2.1, 6.2.3)

40

28

44

27

3

8

All CPs - 150

(1000 sites/

1500*6)

The Party is applying the systematic approach (Resolution VII.11) to Ramsar site selection (Action 6.2.1)

3

3

5

4

2

2

20/0

The country has sites included in the Ramsar list which are transfrontier sites (Actions 6.2.5, 7.1.1)

+ 2 = 14

+2 = 4

+10 = 31

 

+1 = 3

1

42/50

General Objective 7 - Mobilising international cooperation and financial assistance              
Countries which have Ramsar sites that are "twinned" with others (Action 7.1.2)

+ 19 = 20

+19 = 20

+16 = 30

(East)

+ 14 = 20

+5 = 7

+ 1 = 3

25/100 (sites)

Multilateral and/or bilateral donors are supporting projects which contribute to implementation of the Ramsar Convention in this country (Actions 7.33, 7.4.2, 7.4.4)

31

20

25

18

1

6

73/All eligibles

The government makes an annual budgetary allocation to support the conservation and wise use of wetlands within the country (Action 7.4.1).

40

28

44

27

3

8

65/All

(=150)

The country has a development assistance programme which includes funds earmarked for wetland conservation and wise use in other countries (Action 7.4.2)

0

2

+3 = 9

(West)

0

2

2

14/All that provide ODA

There is a formal process in place for consultation between the Ramsar Administrative Authority and the development assistance programme in the country, where one exists (Action 7.4.2)

0

2

6

(West)

0

2

2

7 of 14/All that provide ODA

*1 = number of restoration inventories completed not known

*2 = number of education centres promoting wetland conservation and wise use not known

*3 = At COP7 the National Reports indicated that for 416 out 950 Ramsar sites where information was provided, management plans were in place or being developed. COP7 agreed that by COP8 the Convention should aim to have plans in place, or under development, for three-quarters of sites in each CP. The figure of 1125 sites as the global target by COP8 is based on the short-term target set in Resolution VII.11 of 2000 sites by the time of COP9. However, it is not possible to set meaningful regional targets as it is not known how the development of the List will advance in each region relative to each other.

*4 = it is not known with certainty how many CPs have such databases at present

*5 = it is not known with certainty how many CPs have completed national inventories

*6 = see *3 above. The figure of 1500 sites as the global target by COP8 is based on the short-term target set in Resolution VII.11 of 2000 sites by the time of COP9.


Section 3.1

Africa Region

Summary Work Plan for 2000

Regional Coordinator - Anada Tiega

Intern for Africa - New intern to commence in January 2000

New Contracting Parties (General Objective 1)

1. The priority countries for accession in 2000 are - Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. These countries are known to be in the process of joining the Convention or have indicated they are giving it serious consideration.

Wise Use, Training and Capacity building (General Objectives 2 & 4)

2. Promote the application of the Ramsar "Wise Use Toolkit’ and encourage use of the National Planning Tool/COP8 National Report format for national priority setting and planning.

3. The target countries for 2000 are all Contracting Parties and countries which are near accession: Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Mauritius, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Practical actions include, assistance for wetland inventories, policy formulation, management plan formulation and implementation, legislative review, and designation of Ramsar sites.

4. Other areas of work include follow up of existing National Wetland Committees, assistance for the establishment of new wetland committees and formulation of joint plans for shared watersheds:

5. The Bureau will assist Benin in undertaking activities aimed at raising awareness on wetlands. The Bureau will also facilitate the nomination of a leading agency for wetland conservation and wise use. This agency will be the Administrative Authority. Support from the Bureau will be provided for the establishment of a national wetland committee.

6. In Botswana the Bureau will continue to work with IUCN and the Okavango Research Center to assist the government in the formulation of a policy on wetlands and the preparation of a Master Plan for the Okavango Delta Ramsar Site; this will serve as a basis for the management of the entire basin.

7. In Malawi the Bureau will continue to assist: the National Steering Committee on Wetlands to facilitate the work on Malawi’s National Wetland Strategy and Action Plan; the relationship between the Conventions on Biological Diversity and Ramsar; and the Lake Chilwa conservation and development matters.

8. The Bureau will continue working with Tanzania on training issues, policy formulation, and preparation of a management plan for the Malagarassi/Muyuwossi Ramsar site in collaboartion with DANIDA.

9. In Zambia the Bureau will continue to assist in the process of establishing a Wetland Conservation Unit within the Environmental Council of Zambia and the formulation of a wetland policy.

10. For Ghana, a visit to the country will help discuss the progress on wetland policy formulation and updating wetland matters.

11. In Kenya, work with IUCN-EARO (Nairobi) to assist in the preparation of a wetland policy.

12. Work with IUCN-ROSA on the Wetland Valuation project and contribute to negotiations to seek funding for the implementation of the project.

13. Collaborate with Wetlands International for the production of training materials especially on wetland inventory.

14. Provide support to training institutes: Garoua in Cameroon, Naivasha in Kenya, Mweka in Tanzania, Makerere in Uganda.

15. Use the Wetland Valuation Project as a training opportunity to enhance national capacities in wetland valuation.

Communication-Awareness Raising- (General Objective 3)

16. Refer to the Convention’s Outreach Programme adopted by COP7 and the Communication and Awareness Raising Work Plan of the Bureau.

17. Within the African Region a major action in this area will be the encouragement of national actions to raise awareness on wetland functions and values and to promote political conviction and political will that support wetland conservation and wise use.

18. Contribute as required to Bureau Web site and newsletter.

19. Continue to undertake fund-rasing and implementation as resources allow of the Wetland Invasive Species in Africa communication project.

Listed site management and new listings (General Objectives 5 & 6

20. Planning of Ramsar Advisory Missions according to the possibilities in terms of security and funding.

21. Encourage Contracting Parties which have made statements during COP7 concerning the impending designation, or planned, extension of existing Ramsar sites, to complete this process. These are: Algeria (4 sites) Benin (4 sites), Cameroon (1 site), Central African Republic (1 site), Guinea Bisasau (2sites), Kenya (1site), Madagascar, (1site), Namibia (2 sites), Niger (1 site), The Gambia (2 sites), Uganda (3 sites), and Zambia (7sites).

22. Assist countries which are in the process of accession in designating Ramsar Sites.

23. Discuss the possibility of designation for the List when visiting countries.

24. Follow up and assist CPs with the preparation of suitable maps and RISs for Listed sites.

International Cooperation (General Objective 8)

25. Facilitate exchange of experience and information between national agencies which are responsible for the coordination of the implementation of environment-related conventions in Contracting Parties. Encourage and facilitate joint actions between conventions on the field. Share our regional work plan with relevant Secretariats for cooperation between the Conventions with which Ramsar has Memoranda of Cooperation or Understanding - CBD, CMS, World Heritage, and CCD. These will be developed through direct dialogue with the relevant persons within the secretariats of these Conventions.

26. Follow-up the outcomes of the west Africa meeting with discussions on the ways to implement various project on the Niger River basin: liaison with Burkina Faso, Benin, Niger and Togo and country offices of some donors: the European Union, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany.

27. Continue to discuss with the Lake Chad Basin Commission and potential donors (Denmark, GEF) concerning the Action Plan for the basin.

28. Continue collaborating with IUCN in Botswana, the Okavango Research Centre and the Botswana government on the development of a Master Plan for the Okavango Delta.

29. Collaborate with IUCN and WWF on their programmes/projects related to river basin management such as the one on the Zambezi River, the Niger River and Lake Malawi..

30. Assess SGF and Swiss Grant Fund projects and follow up their implementation through site visits where possible.

Institutional mechanisms (General Objective 8)

    Small Grants Fund (SGF) and Swiss Grant Fund

Role and responsibilities of the RC and Intern are listed below:

31. Ensure wide circulation of the call for the SGF proposals, through partner organizations and other contacts at national level.

32. With the cooperation of partner organizations and other national organizations, provide advice and guidance to improve the quality of proposals submitted to the SGF.

33. With the cooperation of partner organizations and other national organizations, assist CPs in determining priority proposals to be submitted to the SGF.

34. Wherever possible make site visits to SGF and Swiss Grant Fund projects and undertake followup discussions for completed projects

35. Follow-up with CPs on administrative aspects, e.g. incomplete and unsigned proposals, where necessary;

36. Review and, where necessary, provide advice to CPs to improve proposals (RC and Intern);

37. Liaise with external reviewers, where necessary;

38. Complete proposal review forms (RC);

39. Prepare short-list of proposals recommended for funding, in consultation with DSG (RC);

40. Prepare final list of recommendations, in consultation with PTG (RC);

41. Review reports of previous SGF projects, and brief the SGF officer on appropriate responses (RC)

42. Follow up with Contracting Parties on the implementation of existing projects; assess interim and final reports received from project managers.

43. Liaise with the relevant Swiss agency concerning the Swiss Grant Fund and provide reports to this agency.

Meetings of the Convention’s subsidiary bodies:

44. To provide input to the preparation of documents, and participate in meetings of the STRP and Standing Committee.

45. To maintain regular contact with representatives from Africa on the STRP and Standing Committee.

46. Assist the Standing Committee in the preparation of the Strategic Plan 2003-2008.

47. Prepare the Work Plan for Africa for 2001 and provide input to the development of the Annual Bureau Work Plan for consideration by the Standing Committee.


Section 3.2

Americas Region

Summary Work Plan for 2000

Regional Coordinator – Margarita Astrálaga

Intern for the Americas – Flor Salvador (to August 2000)

New Contracting Parties (General Objective 1)

The priorities for accession within the Americas are:

South America

1. Continue to encourage Guyana  (as the only non-Contracting Party on the mainland of the Americas) to join the Convention.

    Caribbean States -- priorities for accession (Strategic Plan 1997-2002)

2. Develop a cooperative working relationship with the Cartagena Convention to further the acceptance of the Ramsar Convention in this subregion. The Bureau will attend as an observer the Inter-Governmental Meeting (IGM) of the Caribbean Action Plan and will use this opportunity to identify possible synergies between the two organizations. After the IGM meeting, discussions with other possible partners in Jamaica will take place. Trinidad and Tobago will be invited to participate at the meeting with the management authority in Jamaica and the priority actions to assist in the accession of other Caribbean Island States will be discussed. Identify key people in the island states to encourage these countries to accede to the Convention.

3. Support, as resources allow, Trinidad and Tobago’s participation at regional fora, which could promote the accession of new countries.

4. Visits to Mexico to the UNEP Regional office and a joint visit to Cuba should be arranged later in the year.

5. St Lucia has expressed interest, as has the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). A mission will be planned for April and arrangements for the regional meeting on accession will be discussed.

Wise Use, Training and Capacity building (General Objectives 2 & 4)

6. Promote the application of the Ramsar "Wise Use Toolkit’ and encourage use of the National Planning Tool/COP8 National Report format for national priority setting and planning.

Wetlands for the Future

7. Project proposals to be considered for funding in 2000 will be invited in January 2000. The deadline for submission of projects is May 2000. Once received these will be assessed and recommendations for funding formulated. There is also ongoing project management and acquittal of funds for those projects funded in previous years.

Other training and capacity building activities will be:

8. To develop and promote a catalogue of training centres and courses in the Americas, the contents of their curricula, and disseminate this within the region. Note this forms a part of the Bureau’s global goal of housing such information and offering a "clearing house" service for training in wetlands management;

9. Where possible support participation in such training courses.

10. In conjunction with the above, develop an outline of a model proposal for the development of wetland training centres (or similar).

11. To participate in the IV international training course on design of project proposals regarding the management of biodiversity, Concepción, Chile, 17-20 January 2000.

12. Assist Colombia in their national management-training course on wetlands in March/April 2000.

13. Meeting with IUCN/ORMA to discuss joint strategy of work in Central America, San Jose, May 2000.

14. Attend the Veracruz workshop in Mexico and visit several Ramsar sites in the country.

15. Assist in the organization and attend Caribbean islands wetlands workshop in Trinidad, September 2000.

16. Assist in the preparation and attend the wetlands meeting of the South/West Atlantic, Vitoria, ES, Brazil, 16-17 October 2000.

17. Develop a module on wetland conservation, sustainable use and implementation of the Ramsar Convention for the Americas but with broader application also.

18. Support the Government of Panama with its efforts to establish a Wetland Training Centre as part of the City of Knowledge project, and, in particular, work with the Panamanian mission in Geneva towards signing a letter of intent regarding the future operations of the Centre.

19. Give priority to assisting indigenous and local people to develop suitable proposals for funding under WFF.

20. Continue to promote the formation and Government recognition of cross-sectoral National Wetland/Ramsar Committees and the development of National Wetland Policies. Visit to management authorities of Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina, 17-25 January 2000.

21. Represent the Bureau at the Millenium Wetlands Conference, Quebec, in July 2000.

Communication (General Objective 3)

22. Refer to the Bureau’s Communications and Awareness Raising Work Plan.

23. Contribute as required to Bureau Web site and newsletter.

24. Cooperate with the Regional Representative in South America (Argentina) in providing materials for the list server initiated in 1999.

25. Disseminate widely in the regions Ramsar publications in Spanish and English, (the Ramsar Manual, the Economic Valuation book, Information Packs, etc.).

26. Disseminate widely in the region the Ramsar videos in English, French and Spanish with the assistance of US Fish and Wildlife Service.

27. Continue to disseminate the Ramsar Convention leaflet for Small Island Developing States (refer also to the Oceania Work Plan).

28. Load the Directory of Neotropical Wetlands (Scott & Carbonell, 1986) onto Ramsar’s web site. Even though out of date, it is still the only wetland inventory of the region, and is being used by many people as a basis for their work. Only 500 copies were printed of each English and Spanish, and the result is for years the Bureau has been sending out photocopies when requested for copies. Support the publication of the Wetlands International et al publication on the status of wetlands in the Neotropics and disseminate it widely when published.

With resources from Wetlands for the Future (see above)

29. Continue promoting the Wetlands for the Future initiative (see below) through the Web site, the Ramsar-Forum and other list servers, as well as through the Newsletter and other mechanisms.

30. Complete and publish the Ramsar Handbook for the Americas.

31. Identify those locations of highest priority for Internet capacity building and provide assistance to bring them "on line".

32. Give special attention to informing the media within these regions about the Ramsar Convention.

Management of Listed sites and new listings (General Objective 5 & 6)

    Montreux Record and MGP

33. Follow-up to Resolution VI.1 and VII.12 by sending questionnaires to listed countries therein. Work with Uruguay as they consider the removal of its Ramsar site from the Montreux Record.

    Update of Ramsar Information Sheets (RIS)

34. Work with the relevant CPs (as identified by the Ramsar Database officer and Resolution VII.12) to bring their data and maps up to the standard now expected for all Ramsar sites.

    Under-represented wetland types and use of criteria

35. Encourage the accession of Caribbean States as a mechanism to add under-represented wetlands to the List.

36. In Central and South America, encourage the preparation of national inventories to assist the systematic identification of further Ramsar sites, national planning etc.

International Cooperation and Institutional mechanisms (General Objectives 7 & 8)

    Transfrontier wetland/watershed cooperation

37. Offer support and expertise to those countries, which are experiencing some difficulties in establishing cooperative working arrangements with neighbouring countries for the management of transfrontier wetlands/watersheds.

    Coordinating efforts with partner organizations

38. Continue to work with IUCN-ORMA as now.

39. Develop links with the new person in charge of the Latin American Program in WWF-US.

40. Develop ways to work with both IUCN-Sur and WI-Americas as with IUCN-ORMA.

Development assistance agencies

41. Increase efforts to work cooperatively with the aid agencies of the USA (USAid) and Canada (CIDA) as well as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States (OAS), the GEF and its implementing agencies, and others as appropriate.

    Global and regional networks 

42. Encourage the participation of CPs in the Global Water Partnership, International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and GREEN and work with these in relation to their programs and networks on suitable projects in the regions.

    Small Grants Fund (SGF)

43. Ensure wide circulation of the call for the SGF proposals, through partner organizations and other contacts at national level.

44. With the cooperation of partner organizations and other national organizations, provide advice and guidance to improve the quality of proposals submitted to the SGF.

45. With the cooperation of partner organizations and other national organizations, assist CPs in determining priority proposals to be submitted to the SGF.

Meetings of the Convention’s subsidiary bodies:

46. To provide input to the preparation of documents, and participate in meetings of the STRP and Standing Committee.

47. To maintain regular contact with representatives from Americas on the STRP and Standing Committee.

48. Assist the Standing Committee in the preparation of the Strategic Plan 2003-2008.

49. Prepare the Work Plan for the Americas for 2001 and provide input to the development of the Annual Bureau Work Plan for consideration by the Standing Committee.


Section 3.3

Asia Region

Summary Work Plan for 2000

Regional Coordinator - Rebecca D’Cruz

Intern - Taeko Takahashi (until December 2000)

Highest Priority Actions

New Contracting Parties (General Objective 1)

1. Develop and implement a strategic approach to promoting membership, in collaboration with members of the Standing Committee and International Organization Partners.

2. In conjunction with the government of Kazakhstan, the CMS Secretariat and Wetlands International Asia-Pacific, plan, organize and participate in the sub-regional meeting for countries of the Central Asia region (Spring 2000).

3. Plan, organize and participate in the Evian Forum for Western Asia (in October) to bring countries of the sub-region together to promote awareness and membership of the Convention. In early 2000 to organize a briefing for Western Asian diplomatic missions in Geneva about the proposed Forum.

4. Disseminate the brochure on wetlands in arid-zones to countries in Western Asia, and in conjunction with the invitation to participate in the Evian Forum.

5. Continue to work towards formalizing linkages with the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat, and the secretariats of the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) and the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

Wise Use, Training and Capacity Building (General Objectives 2 & 4)

6. Promote the application of the Ramsar "Wise Use Toolkit’ and encourage use of the National Planning Tool/COP8 National Report format for national priority setting and planning.

7. Priority attention to be given to promoting:

  1. the review of legislation which impact on wetlands
  2. the use of economic valuation to assist decision-making
  3. private sector involvement in the management of wetlands
  4. efforts to have wetlands considered as integrated elements of river basin and coastal zone management, and
  5. efforts to have wetlands considered specifically in water management policies or plans.

8. Encourage CPs to give priority to developing proposals for national wetland policy development and/or training initiatives with regional or sub-regional scope and participation, for submission to the SGF.

National Wetland Policy/Strategy/Action Plan

9. Continue to encourage and support the development of national wetland policies/action plans/strategies using the guidelines approved at COP7. Priority to be given to CPs where policy development in underway.

10. Continue to seek donor support, in cooperation with IUCN-Vietnam, for the Wetland Programme for Vietnam to assist in implementation of priority wetland actions outlined in the National Biodiversity Action Plan (1995).

National Wetland/Ramsar Committees

11. Continue to encourage and support the establishment of cross-sectoral coordinating mechanisms to increase cooperation between institutions responsible for wetland-related actions.

12. Develop criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of NRCs, and work with CPs to undertake evaluations of NRCs where they existed at the time of COP7. Where possible in conjunction with missions to the region, participate in these evaluations and/or meetings of NRCs.

Training

13. Continue to collate information on training opportunities within the Asia region, and disseminate this information through the web-based Directory of Wetland Management Training Opportunities.

14. In consultation with the International Organization Partners and other interested agencies, continue to explore the feasibility of developing a coordinating mechanism for training in the Asia-Pacific region.

15. Explore options to support the training of trainers and build the capacity of institutions in the region to implement training courses on wetland management (based on the International Wetland Management Course (Lelystad) model and with input from past participants in the region).

16. Continue to encourage and support training needs analyses at national level to identify wetland management training priorities. Urge CPs to document and share experiences for the benefit of other member countries.

17. In partnership with the International Partner Organizations, collate information on available training tools. Link this to the proposed wetland manager training initiative to be launched under the Convention (Action 4.2.3 of The Convention’s Work Plan 2000-2002).

Communications - Awareness raising (General Objective 3)

18. Encourage CPs that have not done so by end 1999, to nominate suitable government and non-government focal points for Wetland Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA).

19. Encourage and support the development of National Wetland CEPA Action Plans by 31 December 2000. Where these have been developed to make the information available to other CPs and interested parties.

20. Continue to support and work with the International Organization Partners to disseminate information about the Convention, and wetland values and functions.

21. Continue to disseminate widely the leaflet on wetlands in the Western Asia region.

22. Continue to encourage and support (where possible, financially) the production of local language versions of the Ramsar Information Pack.

23. Continue to use the Ramsar Web Site and Ramsar Newsletter as a means to disseminate information about Ramsar-related activities in the region.

24. Encourage and support (where possible, financially) the establishment of internet and email facilities in all Administrative Authorities by end 2000, and to encourage their increased use as a means of communication between CPs and the Bureau, and among CPs in the region.

25. Continue to encourage and support the incorporation of wetland issues into formal education curricula.

26. Collate information on wetland centres in the Asia region and continue to support and work with IUCN commission members in the South and South-east Asia region to establish a mechanism for enhancing cooperation between wetland education centres.

Management of listed sites and new listings (General Objectives 5 & 6)

27. Continue to try to get updated Ramsar Information Sheets and maps from Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan (for sites designated before 31.12.90). Give priority to ensuring that appropriate RISes and/or maps are submitted by India and the I.R. of Iran, if they had not done so by end 1999 and continue to encourage CPs to review and update existing RISes.

28. Continue to encourage the development of management plans for existing Ramsar sites, and give priority to proposals for management planning under SGF.

29. Continue to encourage the use of the MR questionnaires adopted at COP6, and provide advice on the application of the questionnaire, if requested. Provide input to the development of the report on positive outcomes achieved by CPs which have had sites removed from the Record.

30. Work with CPs to ensure that measures required to maintain the ecological character of Ramsar sites are documented. Encourage the application of the Wetland Risk Assessment Framework adopted at COP7 (Resolution VII.10).

31. Follow-up with India on actions taken to remove the MR sites from the Record, and with the I.R. of Iran on progress with implementation of the recommendations from the 1997 MGP.

32. Keep in view the possibility of organizing a RAM to Azraq Oasis in Jordan.

33. Continue to support and encourage the designation of additional Ramsar sites, particularly in CPs with only one Ramsar site and for under-represented habitat types, including intertidal wetlands, through consultations with CPs and National STRP Focal Points. Encourage countries to take a more systematic approach to listings as per the Strategic Framework adopted at COP7.

34. Give particular attention to promoting the implementation of Resolution VII.21 and Recommendation 7.1, in collaboration with CPs, International Organization Partners, and other interested parties.

35. In collaboration with the International Organization Partners and regional representatives on the Standing Committee and STRP, to continue to encourage Ramsar designations in Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites (e.g. Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, India (WH), Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, Philippines (WH) and Tanjung Putting National Park, Indonesia (BR).

36. Continue to encourage and support the compilation of national wetland inventories and national wetland databases. Provide input to the development of the proposal for an Inventory of Asian Wetlands.

37. Continue to promote transboundary Ramsar site designation for the Dauriia International Protected Area and Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, and to identify other candidate transboundary Ramsar sites.

International Cooperation (General Objective 7)

38. Promote site twinning as a means to enhance exchange of information and experience between Ramsar sites. Link this activity to the nomination of sites under the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Strategy.

39. Explore the feasibility of developing regional work plans, on a bilateral basis, for cooperation between the Conventions with which Ramsar has Memoranda of Cooperation or Understanding - CBD, CMS and CCD. These to be developed through dialogue with the relevant persons within the secretariats of these Conventions.

40. Continue to work towards formalizing linkages with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

41. Continue to encourage CPs in ASEAN (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) and MRC (Cambodia, Thailand & Vietnam) to promote membership through joint actions with non-member countries, and across shared wetlands and river basins.

42. Continue to pursue discussions on a possible Memorandum of Understanding between the Ramsar Bureau and the ASEAN Secretariat as a first step towards formalizing the relationship between the Convention & ASEAN. Continue to build on initial dialogues with the ROPME and MRC secretariats, and where possible, visit the offices of these secretariats in conjunction with missions to the region.

43. Continue to seek opportunities to establish dialogue with the secretariats of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Central Asian grouping (in conjunction with the Central Asian sub-regional meeting planned for Spring 2000).

44. MedWet: The Regional Co-ordinator to maintain overview of MedWet technical activities and degree of liaison with MedWet Coordinator, and to consider attendance at MedWet/Com3 in Tunisia early April 2000.

45. Work with CPs and donor agencies to ensure that funding is directed to supporting priority actions defined under The Convention’s Work Plan 2000-2002.

46. Undertake the responsibilities of International Service Provider for the duration of the UNDP/GEF project in the I.R. of Iran (expected to be completed by end 2000).

47. In conjunction with the International Organization Partners, to collate information on activities of global and regional networks active in Asia, and identify potential areas of cooperation. Encourage CPs to participate in, and support, these networks.

48. Continue to maintain contact with the South-east Asia Technical Advisory Committee (SEATAC) & South Asia Technical Advisory Committee (SASTAC) of the Global Water Partnership.

Institutional mechanisms (General Objective 8)

    Regional/sub-Regional Meetings

49. In conjunction with the government of Kazakhstan, the CMS Secretariat and Wetlands International Asia-Pacific, plan, organize and participate in the sub-regional meeting for countries of the Central Asia region (Spring 2000).

50. Explore the feasibility of organizing sub-regional meetings over the next triennium, and to look for opportunities to be involved in meetings on thematic issues of relevance to the Convention.

    Small Grants Fund (SGF)

51. Review SGF proposals and, in conjunction with the Bureau Projects Administrator and the Intern for Asia, to manage and keep under review the current SGF projects in Asia. Undertake follow-up actions where necessary, for previous SGF projects. Where possible, visit SGF project sites during missions to the region.

52. Ensure wide circulation of the call for the SGF proposals, through the International Organization Partners and other contacts at national level (particularly the National STRP Focal Points).

53. With the cooperation of the International Organization Partners and other national organizations, provide advice and guidance to improve the quality of proposals submitted to the SGF.

    The Convention’s Subsidiary Bodies:

54. Provide input to the preparation of documents and participate in meetings of the STRP and Standing Committee.

55. Maintain regular contact with representatives from Asia on the STRP and Standing Committee.

56. Assist the Standing Committee in the preparation of the Strategic Plan 2003-2008.

57. Prepare the Work Plan for Asia for 2001 and provide input to the development of the Annual Bureau Work Plan for consideration by the Standing Committee.


Section 3.4

European Region

Summary Work Plan for 2000

Regional Coordinator - Tobias Salathé

Intern for Europe - Alexander Belokurov (until September 2000)

Highest Priority Actions

New Contracting Parties (Strategic Plan Objective 1)

1. Seek establishment of a new date for Bureau visit to Belarus.

2. Prepare possible missions to Cyprus and Moldova.

3. Prepare Secretary General’s mission to Bosnia & Herzegovina, depending on outcome of the 1999 autumn visit of RC.

Wise Use, Training and Capacity Building (Strategic Plan Objectives 2 & 4)

4. Promote the application of the Ramsar "Wise Use Toolkit’ and encourage use of the National Planning Tool/COP8 National Report format for national priority setting and planning.

5. Attend meetings, where possible, of National Committees, giving priority to countries with economies in transition, or where invited to make specific contribution in Western European countries.

6. Publish report on European NWPs, including analysis of National Wetland Committees in Europe. Analyse recommendations of report and prepare action plan for Bureau.

7. Under the Evian programme, and in cooperation with RIZA, Netherlands, Tour du Valat, Wetlands International, and possibly other institutions, support development of wetland management training courses for selected countries.

8. Continue to encourage development of mechanisms to increase contact at national level between Ramsar Administrative Authorities and (a) key wetland-related institutions (b) focal points for other international conventions & agreements.

Communication - Raising Awareness (General Objective 3)

9. Work with EU Presidencies 2000 to continue Ramsar/Natura 2000 joint work initiated in 1998.

10. Identify and establish new contacts at the European Commission to promote the Convention’s objectives.

11. Contribute as required to Bureau Web site and newsletter.

12. Maintain and develop contacts with Permanent Missions of European CP at the UN offices in Geneva.

Management of listed sites and new listings (Strategic Plan Objectives 5 & 6)

13. Encourage designations of sites which include under-represented wetland types, concentrating on follow-up to commitments made during COP7 sessions, or in official contacts since. In particular: Hungary/Slovenia - karst systems; Switzerland - Alpine wetlands; France and UK coral reef/mangrove/seagrass sites in External Territories.

14. Identify CPs which have not made any designations for at least 5 years; determine scope for further designations and draw up list of priorities

Ramsar Advisory Missions (or similar technical missions), including follow-up to 1999 actions.

15. Systematic enquiries to be made for all other Montreux Record sites; aim to have MR questionnaires completed for all sites by COP8

16. Advise countries with economies in transition on preparation of good management planning project proposals for SGF and ‘external’ financial support.

17. Work with Ireland, Ukraine and other CPs to ensure completion of RISs and maps for all sites as soon as possible, using COP8 as deadline.

International Cooperation and Institutional issues (General Objectives 7 & 8)

18. Build on high-level Bureau/EU links initiated as part of 1999 Work Plan.

19. Develop a regional work plan for cooperation between the Conventions with which Ramsar has Memoranda or Cooperation of Understanding - CBD, CMS and CCD. These will be developed through direct dialogue with the relevant persons within the secretariats of these Conventions.

20. Develop enhanced cooperation with key regional and sub-regional agreements, including: Danube River Protection Convention; Environmental Programme for the Danube River Basin; and Helcom;

21. MedWet: Secretay General and RC to attend MedWet/Com3 inTunisia early April 2000. Regional co-ordinator to maintain overview of MedWet technical activities and degree of liaison with MedWet Coordinator.

22. Pan-European Biological and Landscape Strategy: Regional Co-ordinator to attend key meetings and prepare progress report on activities taken.

23. Parks for Life: RC to maintain liaison with IUCN/WCPA.

24. Secretary General and RC to continue programme of high-level visits to key donor countries.

25. Continue to contribute as required to overall Bureau implementation of the Evian Programme.

Small Grants Fund

26. Participate in the relevant aspects of the SGF project management and assessment for running projects (submitted in 1997 and 1998) and starting projects (submitted in 1999), including–project sites visitsand project follow-up preparation.

27. Seek any SGF reports still outstanding.

Meetings of the Convention’s subsidiary bodies:

28. To provide input to the preparation of documents, and participate in meetings of the STRP and Standing Committee.

29. To maintain regular contact with representatives from Europe on the STRP and Standing Committee.

30. Assist the Standing Committee in the preparation of the Strategic Plan 2003-2008.

31. Prepare the Work Plan for Europe for 2001 and provide input to the development of the Annual Bureau Work Plan for consideration by the Standing Committee.


Section 3.5

Oceania Region

Action Plan for 2000

Regional Coordinator – For 1998-99 this function has been undertaken in large part by the Deputy Secretary General, Dr Bill Phillips. With his departure from the Bureau in early 2000 it is not yet established which officer will take on the regional coordination role for Oceania. This may be either the Regional Coordinator for Asia or the new Deputy Secretary General.

Statement regarding priorities in Oceania - Within this region Australia and New Zealand are relatively well advanced in their implementation of the Convention. Therefore, due to the resource constraints of the Bureau, the priority will be to assist PNG and the other Small Island Developing States of the region with implementation of the Convention. Assistance to Australia and New Zealand will be on an ‘as requested’ only basis.

Highest Priority Actions

New Contracting Parties (General Objective 1)

1. The Bureau is to follow-up, as appropriate, from the First Oceania Regional meeting in December 1998 to continue encouraging accession by the SIDS of Oceania. Priorities are those countries - Solomon Islands, Republic of Kiribati, Fiji, Micronesia, Palau and Vanuatu - which have benefited from the Small Grants Fund project coordinated by Wetlands International – Oceania, designed to encourage accession.

2. Seek resources to allow for a Pacific Island SIDS presence at the Bureau.

3. Continue to support and work with Wetlands International in its efforts through Roger Jaensch to encourage new CPs in the Pacific sub-region.

Wise Use, Training and Capacity Building (Strategic Objectives 2 & 4)

4. Promote the application of the Ramsar "Wise Use Toolkit’ and encourage use of the National Planning Tool/COP8 National Report format for national priority setting and planning.

5. Encourage the establishment of a National Wetlands Committee and development of a Wetland Policy by PNG.

6. Promote attendance at the Australian Wetland Managers Training Programme by representatives of SIDS from the region.

Communication - Raising Awareness (General Objective 3)

7. Contribute as required to Bureau Web site and newsletter.

8. Liaise with PNG and Wetlands International about the most suitable way for disseminating information in that country. See below for actions to seek support for a major project in PNG.

Management of listed sites and new listings (General Objectives 5 & 6)

9. The Bureau to encourage the listing of the most important sites, especially those of under-represented types or those of greatest importance to migratory shorebirds, in accordance with the Vision for the List adopted by COP7.

10. PNG to be encouraged and assisted to submit a project application to the Small Grants Funds (or other suitable bilateral donors) for the preparation of a management plan for their existing sites (refer to International Cooperation).

International Cooperation (General Objective 7)

11. The Bureau to liaise with PNG and Wetlands International to develop a major Ramsar Implementation package of projects which incorporates at least those priorities identified above.

Institutional mechanisms (General Objective 8)

    Small Grants Fund (SGF) and the Evian Project

12. Encourage the submission of suitable projects under SGF and the Evian Project from PNG and the other SIDS of the region.

13. With the cooperation of the International Organization Partners and other national organizations, provide advice and guidance to improve the quality of proposals submitted to the SGF.

The Convention’s Subsidiary Bodies:

14. To provide input to the preparation of documents, and participate in meetings of the STRP and Standing Committee.

15. To maintain regular contact with representatives from Oceania on the STRP and Standing Committee.

16. Assist the Standing Committee in the preparation of the Strategic Plan 2003-2008.

17. Prepare the Work Plan for Oceania for 2001 and provide input to the development of the Annual Bureau Work Plan for consideration by the Standing Committee.


Section 3.6

Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)

Work Plan of the MedWet Team

1. Management of the MedWet Team (MW/T)

The MW/T consists today of the MedWet Coordinator (based in Athens) and three wetland centres: EKBY (Greece)), Tour du Valat (France) and SEHUMED (Spain). EKBY and SEHUMED had their funding contracts signed with the Governments of Greece and Spain, respectively, only recently. Efforts are being made to consolidate and improve the work of the MW/T through a review by the Ramsar Deputy Secretary General and regular meetings (Gland in March, San Jose in May and Tour du Valat in October of 1999). The MedWet Coordinator, who is heading the Team, is responsible for:

* planning and coordinating all the activities of the members,

* allocating tasks to specific members of the Team,

* promoting the efforts for the evaluation, refinement and dissemination of the MedWet tools,

* initiating new activities,

* reviewing and approving publications bearing the MedWet logo, as well as the MedWet Newsletter and web site,

* producing integrated reports for the work of the whole Team (to the Ramsar SG and to MedWet/Com),

* contributing to the planning, funding and establishment of the North African Wetland Centre.

2. Representing MedWet

The MW/C will represent MedWet to various international and national fora, after consultation with the Ramsar SG, with the main objective to strengthen links and increase the resources for wetland conservation and wise use. He/she will prepare oral presentations (on PowerPoint), along with written texts. These tasks can be grouped as follows:

2.1 Project-related meetings:

* MedWetCoast regional and national meetings and workshops,

* MedWet3 workshop in Odessa, in September 2000.

2.2 Meetings of organisations / members of MedWet/Com, mainly:

* European Commission,

* Barcelona Convention,

* Emerald Network (Council of Europe / Bern Convention),

* WWF International.

2.3 Other organisations, such as:

* Climate change workshops,

* Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development,

* Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy,

* MED-TAC and other workshops related to water.

3. Missions at the request of MW/Com countries

(with the main objectives of promoting national policy preparation, establishment of Ramsar Committees, and project development):

* Syria (continuing),

* Tunisia (continuing),

* Turkey (continuing),

* Bosnia and Herzegovina,

* Libya,

* Cyprus (after MW/Com3),

* Egypt (after MW/Com3).

4. Coordinating project development and management

Most of the work of MedWet (for the implementation of the Mediterranean Wetlands Strategy) is carried out through projects (see attached current list) . Therefore, this becomes a major element of the MW/C Work Plan, which includes:

* monitoring of the projects under execution, for quality control, maintenance of the MedWet approach and good use of its tools, equitable participation of the MedWet/com members;

* assistance in the development of new projects, especially as to scope and funding;

* assessment and initiation of new project concepts;

* launching of two new projects on (a) water and wetlands and (b) climate change and Mediterranean wetlands;

* forcefully encouraging the use of Logical Framework Analysis for the development of all MedWet projects;

* developing an integrated system for reporting on the status of all MedWet projects.

5. Serving MedWet/Com

In close collaboration with the Ramsar SG who chairs the Committee, the MW/C will carry out the following tasks:

* supervise the arrangements for MedWet/Com3, and meet again for this purpose with the responsible Tunisian authorities in January and March 2000;

* assist the SG in securing the funding necessary for the sponsored representatives;

* prepare the invitations, the agenda and the other working documents for the meeting;

* organise the technical session of MedWet/VCom3 on the cultural aspects of wetlands;

* contact individually the members of MedWet/Com to ensure high participation;

* attend MedWet/Com3 and assist the organisers on all issues, where required;

* draft the conclusions and recommendations of the meeting and review / edit its minutes;

* consult with the next host country in planning MedWet/Com4;

* keep regular contact with the Advisory Bureau and the MedWet/Com members between the two meetings.

6. Publications preparation

The MW/C will be responsible for the preparation, funding and editing of two MedWet publications (to be ready in early 2001):

* Culture and wetlands: A link for conservation and sustainable use.

* A Mediterranean adventure: Working together for people and wetlands.

7. Other services to the Ramsar Bureau

As a member of the Ramsar Bureau, the MW/C will also:

* attend key meetings as required (Standing Committee, regional meetings, etc.);

* contribute expert opinions on issues of general interest to the Convention (especially global biodiversity assessment, climate change, water, and sustainable resource use);

* work closely with the Regional Coordinators for Africa, Asia and Europe in furthering the objectives of the Convention in these three regions;

* contribute to the efforts of exporting the MedWet model to other parts of the World;

* represent the Convention in international fora at the request of the Ramsar SG.


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