Ramsar Convention Work Plan 2006-2008

09/06/2006



Convention Work Plan 2006-2008

adopted by the 34th meeting of the Standing Committee

Preamble

1. The 8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands, held in Spain on 18-26 November 2002, adopted a Strategic Plan for the application of the Convention during the period 2003-2008. That Strategic Plan recognized the adoption by the Convention of a broader approach to wetland conservation and sustainable use in achieving full application of the wise use principle and safeguarding wetland resources. The Conference of the Parties meeting in Kampala, Uganda, November 2005, agreed that the Convention's Work Plan should bring together the elements of the Strategic Framework and the immediate and high priorities for the STRP.

2. The Conference of the Parties was aware that to achieve the Convention's objectives in wetland conservation and wise use, a comprehensive but simple and easy-to-use document would be helpful to Contracting Parties for the promotion and implementation of the Convention. It recognized the need for a clear document by which the Standing Committee can monitor the effectiveness of the Convention's implementation in terms of resources and staff time, at the same time providing a clear window for public scrutiny of the Convention's actions.

3. Within this Work Plan each Contracting Party is free to choose the extent to which it will implement the Strategic Plan, the resources it will allocate to that implementation, and the timeframes to be followed.

4. COP9 agreed five Goals to be achieved through a series of strategies, each with key result areas and key performance measures to measure effectiveness. This Work Plan will also interact with the developing STRP "outcome-oriented" indicators for assessing the implementation effectiveness of the Ramsar Convention. Each key strategy is linked numerically to one of the five goals. In addition to this linkage some strategies and Key Result Areas will, in the end, inevitably satisfy more than one goal.

5. Measurement of Key Performance Measures will be undertaken by the Secretariat working with the Standing Committee. Each meeting of Standing Committee will receive, via the report of the Secretary General, an update of progress in the KRAs and degree of achievement of the KPMs. A final evaluation will be presented to COP10. "Budget impact" gives specific costs where these are known and an indication of staff time targets needed from the Secretariat (presumed total of 19). Each strategy is cross-referenced to the Operational Objectives of the Strategic Plan 2003-2008.

6. Where a strategy is formed from more than one Operational Objective, some slight re-wording of the objectives has been made to ensure clarity of the strategy. This document also incorporates all the agreed immediate and high priority STRP actions as noted in Resolution IX.2, arranged under strategies if there is a specific relationship, or directly under one of the five goals if not.

7. This Work Plan helps the Convention implement its COP Resolutions and contributes to, inter alia:

§ the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico 2006;
§ achievement of Millennium Development Goals;
§ achievement of the 2010 Biodiversity targets; and
§ implementation of decisions from the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD13) policies on water and sanitation.

The mission of the Convention

8. "Conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local, regional and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world." The Convention stresses that it is essential to integrate conservation of wetlands and sustainable use as a contribution to the health and well-being of people through sustainable development everywhere.

What do we want to achieve? - Our goals at a glance

Conservation and wise use of wetlands and water resources

GOAL 1. The wise use of wetlands:
Delivers Articles 3.1, 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5 of the Convention.

GOAL 2. Wetlands of International Importance:
Delivers Articles 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2 of the Convention.

GOAL 3. International cooperation:
Delivers Article 5 of the Convention.

Managing the Convention

GOAL 4. Implementation capacity:
Delivers Articles 6, 7, and 8 of the Convention.

GOAL 5. To progress towards universal membership of the Convention.
Delivers Articles 2.4 and 9 of the Convention.

How are we going to do what we want? (Our Strategies),
What are the results we want to achieve? (Our Key Results Areas - KRAs),
How effective are we being? (Our Key Performance Measures - KPMs)

GOAL 1. The wise use of wetlands: to stimulate and assist all Contracting Parties to develop, adopt and use the necessary and appropriate instruments and measures (including guidance on wise use of wetlands as modified by Resolution IX.1 Annex A) to ensure the wise use of wetlands within their borders, when necessary applying inter alia the ecosystem approach sensu CBD.

STRP immediate priorities:

  • Prepare guidelines on good agricultural practices and policies for different wetland types, drawing on information provided by the Comprehensive Assessment on water management in agriculture (CA) and other initiatives, and in line with existing legal frameworks.
  • Review the relationships and issues concerning the wise use of wetland ecosystems and human health.

STRP high priority:

  • Review the case studies in Towards the Wise Use of Wetlands (Ramsar, 1993) and other relevant case studies, review subsequent implementation progress with these cases, and provide updated studies.

STRATEGY 1.1 (Operational objective 1.1)
Describe, assess and monitor the extent and condition of wetland resources at relevant scales, in order to inform and underpin implementation of the Convention, in particular in the application of the wise use principle. (CPs, advised by STRP and assisted by IOPs)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ All Parties without completed inventories to have initiated action in line with the Ramsar Framework for Wetland Inventory, and as far as possible to have completed and disseminated comprehensive national wetland inventories, including information on wetland importance, potential Ramsar sites, wetlands for restoration, location of under-represented wetland types, and ecosystem benefits/services, in particular in relation to poverty eradication strategies.
§ A Web-based metadatabase in place and populated with information on all national wetland inventories, managed by the Secretariat.

KPM
§ All stakeholders to have access to wetland inventories.

STRP immediate priorities:

  • Conduct a review of data and information needs for Ramsar sites and of the implications for official reporting, the further development of the Ramsar Sites Information Service, and the scope for harmonizing such reporting with the needs of other multilateral environmental agreements.
  • In light of the conclusions of this review, conduct a fundamental review of the structure of the Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS), having regard to Resolution VIII.6 on a Framework for wetland inventory, Resolution IX.1 Annex A on a Conceptual Framework for the wise use of wetlands and the maintenance of their ecological character, including its revised definition of the term "ecological character", and other relevant COP9 decisions. Priority issues to address include:
    • preparation of guidance for the description of the ecological character of wetlands;
    • development of protocols for the electronic submission of Ramsar Information Sheets;
    • harmonization of the layout and information fields of the RIS with the core data fields of the Framework for wetland inventory and the description of ecological character;
    • approaches to handling transboundary sites; and
    • investigation of the possible inclusion of a core data field in the RIS to allow for the insertion of a precise site boundary description.
  • In conjunction with these reviews, develop a scheme of data needs for wetlands more generally, addressing separately both the global level and the site level.

Budget impact: STRP work programme; Web database development, 0.5stt.

STRATEGY 1.2 (Operational objective 2.1+2.2)
Develop, review, amend when necessary, and implement national or supranational policies, legislation, institutions and practices, including impact assessment and valuation, in all Contracting Parties, to ensure that the wise use principle of the Convention is being effectively applied, where possible specifying the appropriate policy instrument(s) in each CP which ensures wise use of wetlands. (CPs, Secretariat)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ At least 50 CPs, spread amongst all regions, to have undertaken water quality and quantity assessments relating to wetland management.
§ National Wetland Policy or equivalent instrument fully integrated into other strategic and planning processes by all Parties, including poverty reduction strategies, water resources management and water efficiency plans, and national strategies for sustainable development in line with WSSD targets. SC/Secretariat to identify at least 100 Parties to initiate and if possible complete comprehensive reviews of their laws and institutions as they relate to implementing the Convention.
§ SC/Secretariat to have identified at least 50 Parties to have in place a strategic Environmental Assessment process in place for policies, programmes and plans impacting on wetlands.
§ Strategy elaborated to promote the economic valuation of wetlands.

KPM
§ Number of policies, strategies and programmes in place and being implemented by CPs.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.5stt.

STRATEGY 1.3 (Operational objective 3.1 -3.3 )
Increase recognition of the significance of wetlands for reasons of water supply, coastal protection, flood defense, climate change mitigation, food security, poverty reduction, cultural heritage, and scientific research, with a focus on under-represented ecosystem types, through developing and disseminating methodology to achieve wise use of wetlands. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ Development and implementation of wise use wetland programmes and projects that contribute to poverty reduction objectives and food and water security plans at local and national levels in place.
§ Full implementation of the Guidelines for global action on peatlands (VIII.17) through the activities of the Coordinating Committee for Global Action on Peatlands.
§ The social and cultural heritage of wetlands to be fully taken into account in their wise use and management.
§ Parties with mangrove ecosystems within their territory to have established ways and means of exchanging information on the conservation and wise use of these ecosystems.

KPM
§ An analysis of the ecosystem benefits/services provided from Ramsar sites achieved for all CPs.

STRP high priority:

  • Further review the harmonization of definitions and terms related to ecosystem benefits/services (with reference to Resolution VIII.7 paragraph 15 and COP9 DOC. 16, and taking into account the usage of such terms in other international fora).

Budget impact: Staff time for analysis, 0.2stt.

STRATEGY 1.4 (Operational objective 3.4)
Integrate policies on the conservation and wise use of wetlands in the planning activities in all Contracting Parties and in decision-making processes at national, regional, provincial and local levels, particularly concerning territorial management, groundwater management, catchment/river basin management, coastal and marine zone planning, and responses to climate change, all in the context of implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). (CPs, STRP, IOPs)

KRAs
By COP10
§ All CPs to have made available to civil society guidance on water allocation and management for ecosystems to support decision-making on water resource management, as a contribution to achieving the WSSD target on water resources management and water efficiency plans.
§ Promotion of IWRM as part of the national Ramsar approach.
§ Information on wetlands and their role in mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change completed.
§ Report to CSD 16 on IWRM activities in the framework of the Convention.

KPM
§ The Convention's role in IWRM plans established as part of international environmental governance.

STRP immediate priorities:

  • Undertake a strategic review of water quality and wetland issues; develop a medium-term plan and terms of reference for addressing water quality issues in Ramsar guidance; and subsequently prepare guidance for Parties on including water quality in environmental water requirement determination and implementation.
  • Develop in more detail an adaptation to the Ramsar context of the "Critical Path" approach for river basin management and (as appropriate) coastal zone management, including case study analysis, and prepare operational guidance, including for the application of CEPA tools.
  • Develop guidance on good practice in the integration of wetlands into Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), based on case studies to be sought from Parties.
  • Prepare guidelines for Parties on the implementation of environmental water requirements for wetlands.

STRP high priority:

  • Prepare technical review reports on: i) groundwater-wetland interactions and ii) the use and management of groundwater to maintain ecosystem functions. Once these reports are complete, review the present Integrated Framework for Ramsar's water-related guidance (Resolution IX.1 Annex C) and prepare detailed technical guidance on developing groundwater management strategies which aim at maintenance of wetland ecosystems and minimizing or mitigating the impacts of groundwater abstraction, and make other updating amendments as necessary.

Budget impact: 0.5 stt

STRATEGY 1.5 (Operational objective 4.1)
Identify priority wetlands where restoration or rehabilitation would be beneficial and yield long-term environmental, social or economic benefits, and implement the necessary measures to recover these sites. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRA
By COP10:
§ All CPs with lost or degraded wetlands to have identified priority sites for restoration; restoration projects underway or completed in at least 100 CPs.

KPM
§ New case studies and methods added to Ramsar wetland restoration pages on the Web site.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time for Web site management, 0.1stt.

STRATEGY 1.6 (Operational objective 5.1)
Develop guidance and promote protocols and actions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive alien species in wetland systems. (CPs, STRP, other agencies, IOPs)

KRA
§ By COP10 CPs to have identified problems posed by invasive species in wetland ecosystems documented in a decisive and holistic manner, and formulated potential solutions.

KPM
§ Comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on invasive species management in use for especially protected areas and other important land zones.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time for interaction with institutions, 0.2stt.

GOAL 2. Wetlands of International Importance (delivers Articles 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2 of the Convention): to stimulate and support all Contracting Parties in the appropriate implementation of the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance, including the monitoring and management of listed sites as contributions to implementing outcomes of the 13th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD13) and implementation of the 2010 targets for biodiversity.

STRP immediate priority:

  • Elaborate and update the list of appropriate population estimates and 1% thresholds for non-avian animal species for the application of Criterion 9 (Resolution IX.1Annex B).

STRP high priorities:

  • Develop an interpretation of the term 'under-represented' wetland type and investigate methods for defining targets for representation of wetland types in the Ramsar List.
  • Review existing guidance on designation of specific wetland types, assess the need for additional guidance, and as necessary develop such guidance.
  • Keep the Ramsar Criteria and guidelines as a whole under review to ensure that they reflect global wetland conservation and wise use priorities.

STRATEGY 2.1 (Operational objective 10.1)
Apply the Strategic Framework and guidelines for the future development of the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Handbook 7). (CPs, STRP)

KRA
§ By COP10 all CPs implementing the Strategic Framework for Ramsar sites, adapted as required for the domestic situation in each Contracting Party.

KPM
§ Adequate management planning processes submitted with all new site nominations.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time needed for additional inputs and management of the List, 4stt.

STRATEGY 2.2 (Operational objective 10.2)
Maintain the Ramsar Sites Information Service and constantly update it with the best available information, and use the Ramsar Sites Database as a tool for guiding the further designation of wetlands for the List of Wetlands of International Importance. (CPs, STRP, Secretariat, IOPs, other agencies/organizations as appropriate)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ The Secretariat to have received all necessary updated Ramsar Information Sheets, and all new designations to conform to the latest version of the RIS.
§ Ramsar Sites Database to have improved its functionality and accessibility to stakeholders, including through links between the Database, the Ramsar Sites Directory Web presentation, the Ramsar Web site, and other interactive systems, as well as the publication of special reports and other outputs.

KPM
§ The Ramsar Sites Database information used as a key resource by all Ramsar stakeholders.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time for Web site management, funding for external data base management (CHF 160,000 pa), 1.0stt.

STRATEGY 2.3 (Operational objective 11.1)
Maintain the ecological character of all Ramsar sites. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ Zoning measures for larger Ramsar sites, wetland reserves, and other wetlands (Recommendation 5.3 and Resolution VIII.14) and strict protection measures for certain Ramsar sites and other wetlands of small size and/or particular sensitivity in place.
§ Cross-sectoral site management committees in place for Ramsar sites, involving relevant government agencies, local community representatives, and other stakeholders, including the business sector in place.
§ Management mechanisms for transboundary or shared Ramsar sites developed and in place.

KPM
§ CPs in implementing their obligations under Articles 3 and 8.2 using the integrated package of Convention tools for site management, as presented in Ramsar Handbook 8, as well as the supplementary guidance adopted by COP9.

STRP high priorities:

  • Prepare advice on delineating and mapping wetlands, in conjunction with the description of their ecological character, including issues concerning digital mapping.
  • Prepare further consolidated guidance on the overall process of detecting, reporting and responding to change in ecological character.

Budget impact: Core budget funding for Secretariat support to CPs, 0.4stt.

STRATEGY 2.4 (Operational objective 11.2)
Monitor the condition of Ramsar sites, notify the Ramsar Secretariat without delay of changes affecting Ramsar sites as required by Article 3.2, and apply the Montreux Record and Ramsar Advisory Mission as tools to address problems. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRAs
§ All CPs with Ramsar sites whose ecological character has changed, is changing or is likely to change owing to human-induced actions to have reported this, without delay, to the Ramsar Secretariat, in line with Article 3.2.
§ For sites on the Montreux Record which have not been subject to a Ramsar Advisory Mission (RAM), a Mission be mounted should the CP desire, prior to COP10.
§ Promote the Montreux record as a desirable part of Ramsar site listing and management.
§ Finalisation of STRP outcome-oriented indicators.

KPM
§ The Montreux Record being used as part of the Convention's governance process, in parallel with nomination and management planning of sites.

STRP immediate priority:

  • Establish and implement mechanisms for the collection, collation, analysis, assessment, reporting, publishing and disseminating of the results and conclusions of the indicators of effectiveness of the implementation of the Convention.

STRP high priority:

  • Develop, test and put forward for use by Parties further indicators of effectiveness of the implementation of the Convention.

Budget impact: Staff time and funding for RAMs, 0.2stt.

STRATEGY 2.5 (Operational objectives 12.1 + 12.2)
Promote inventory and integrated management of shared wetlands and hydrological basins, including cooperative monitoring and management of shared wetland-dependent species. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ All CPs to have identified their transboundary wetlands; where appropriate, CPs to have identified cooperative management mechanisms.
§ Where appropriate CPs with shared basins and coastal systems to be part of joint management commissions or authorities.

KPM
§ Regional site networks and initiatives in place for wetland-dependent migratory species, as exemplified inter alia by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), the Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and the Central Asian Flyway Initiative.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Some staff time to monitor progress and for visits, 0.2stt.

STRATEGY 2.6 (Operational objective 12.3)
Support existing regional arrangements under the Convention and promote additional arrangements. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRAs
§ Mediterranean Wetlands Committee (MedWet/Com) and its related action programme, the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) and its Coordination Unit continuing to develop.
§ Development of regional arrangements under the Convention, applying the Guidance for the development of Regional Initiatives in the framework of the Convention on Wetlands (Resolution VIII.30), resulting in the establishment of new regional initiatives and/or centers.

KPM
§ Effectiveness of the Convention working in a regional way, within a global context.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: New funding required in core budget to support additional initiatives start-ups, 0.6 stt.

GOAL 3. International cooperation (delivers Article 5 of the Convention): to promote international cooperation through the active application of the Guidelines for international cooperation under the Ramsar Convention and in particular to mobilize additional financial and technical assistance for wetland conservation and wise use.

STRATEGY 3.1 (Operational objective 13.1)
Collaboration with other institutions: Work as partners with international and regional multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and other agencies. (CPs, Secretariat)

KRAs
§ CBD-Ramsar Joint Work Plan (updated as required) and CMS/AEWA Joint Work Plan being implemented and full participation in the CBD Biodiversity Liaison Group. UNESCO-MAB Joint Work Plan being delivered. Joint activities developed with UNCCD and UNFCCC, including through participation in the Joint Liaison Group and the Biodiversity Liaison Group.
§ NEPAD's Action Plan to have fully incorporated Ramsar issues and mechanisms and being implemented by relevant CPs, in lines with WSSD targets.
§ Partnership approaches initiated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), other relevant UN agencies, UN Water and relevant regional management authorities.

KPM
§ Effectiveness of partnerships with biodiversity-related conventions at national, regional and international level.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Funding required in core budget to support liaison activities, mainly travel for staff, 0.5stt.

STRATEGY 3.2 (Operational objective 14.1)
Sharing of expertise and information: Promote the sharing of expertise and information. (CPs, Secretariat)

KRA
§ Better quality and more timely reports, including national reports, produced by CPs.

KPM
§ Harmonized information management and reporting systems available and widely used with the appropriate MEAs.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: staff time in secretariat, 0.5stt

GOAL 4. Implementation capacity (delivers Articles 6, 7, and 8 of the Convention): to ensure that the Convention has the required implementation mechanisms, resources and capacity to achieve its mission.

STRP immediate priorities:

  • Perform a true "review" function of addressing issues of strategic scientific and technical direction for the Convention, acting as a response mechanism to give scientific and technical advice to the Convention on emerging issues, with an overall aim of achieving a balance between these proactive guidance and reactive advice functions;
  • Maintain an overview of progress with scientific and technical aspects of the implementation of COP Resolutions;
  • Review the range of existing Ramsar guidance (in conjunction with actions requested in Resolution IX.17), with a view to:
    o identifying gaps;
    o repackaging older guidance into updated documents, and proposing retiring or withdrawing outdated documents.

STRATEGY 4.1 (Operational objective 6.1)
Local communities, indigenous people, and cultural values: Encourage active and informed participation of local communities and indigenous people, including women and youth, in the conservation and wise use of wetlands, including in relation to understanding the dynamics of cultural values. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRAs
§ By COP10 further guidance developed on the application of the Guidelines for establishing and strengthening local communities' and indigenous people's participation in the management of wetlands (Ramsar Wise Use Handbook 5).
§ By COP10 an approach developed to including cultural benefits/services of wetland ecosystems in aspects of the Convention's work.

KPM
§ More participative management of wetlands seen in all CPs, and greater awareness of the importance of cultural benefits/services in wetland ecosystems developed.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.25stt.

STRATEGY 4.2 (Operational objective 7.1)
Promote the involvement of the private sector in the conservation and wise use of wetlands. (CPs, Secretariat)

KRA
§ By COP10, private sector applying the wise use principle (Ramsar Handbooks 1 to 6) in their activities and investments affecting wetlands.
§ Organise, with Groupe Danone, a high-level Evian Encounter in 2007 on the role of the private Sector (especially water, mining and tourism enterprises) in promoting wise use of wetlands.

KPM
§ Increased private sector engagement in the conservation and wise use of wetlands, particularly at Ramsar sites.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.25stt.

STRATEGY 4.3 (Operational objective 8.1)
Promote measures which encourage the application of the wise use principle. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRA
§ By COP10, 50 CPs to have reviewed policy and legal and institutional frameworks to give effect to the promotion of the wise use of wetlands.

KPM
§ Better design, implementation, monitoring and assessment of positive and negative incentive measures.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.1stt.

STRATEGY 4.4 (Operational objective 9.1)
Support, and assist in implementing at all levels, the Convention's Communication, Education, and Public Awareness Programme (Resolution VIII.31) for promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands through public participation and communication, education, and public awareness (CEPA). (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ At least 50 CPs to have established national Ramsar-CEPA action plans.
§ At least 75 CPs to have established at least one wetland education centre at a Ramsar site.
§ CEPA oversight panel established and operational
§ At least 50 CPs to have established national CEPA groups to promote the ecological, social, cultural and economic values of wetlands.
§ Active implementation of the CEPA Programme (VII.31) with the advice of the oversight panel.

KPM
§ Extent to which CEPA is used throughout all aspects of the Convention's activities.

STRP immediate priority:

  • Seek opportunities to prepare materials for outreach purposes, particularly for decision-makers and those in other sectors, on topics which are the subject of substantive guidance prepared by the STRP, including on mainstreaming Ramsar issues within the water sector.

STRP high priority:

  • Ensure that CEPA issues are fully covered in each of the substantive guidance documents prepared by the STRP through input to the Panel's work from CEPA experts.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, funding for design and delivery of global outreach products, 1.6stt.

STRATEGY 4.5 (Operational objective 15.1 + 15.2)
Promote international assistance to support the conservation and wise use of wetlands, while ensuring that environmental safeguards and assessments are an integral component of all development projects that affect wetlands, including foreign and domestic investments. (CPs, Secretariat, IOPs)

KRA
§ Each CP with a bilateral donor agency to have encouraged it to give priority for funding for wetland conservation and wise use projects in relation to poverty reduction and other WSSD and MDG targets and priorities.

KPM
§ Proposed grants, loans, and development projects from international development agencies, including banks, financial institutions and private investors and developers, include environmental safeguards and environmental assessments of possible impacts.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.1stt.

STRATEGY 4.6 (Operational objective 16.1)
Provide the financial resources required for the Convention's governance, mechanisms and programmes to achieve the expectations of the Conference of the Contracting Parties. (CPs, Secretariat)

KRA
§ Better governance of the Convention and more effective promulgation of decisions by COP10.
§ Better and prompter payment of dues by CPs and the amount of arrears reduced.

KPM
§ Adequate resources and supporting financial policies in place to enable the Convention to discharge its responsibilities in an efficient and effective manner.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 1.4stt.

STRATEGY 4.7 (Operational objective 17.1)
Ensure that the Conference of the Contracting Parties, Standing Committee, Scientific and Technical Review Panel, and Ramsar Secretariat are operating at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness to support implementation of this Framework. (CPs, Secretariat)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ A comprehensive and flexible staffing policy for the Secretariat in place allowing response to key issues as they emerge.
§ National Reports used to evaluate and report on the implementation of the Strategic Plan at each meeting of the COP, and to prepare an updated Framework for the forthcoming triennium within a rolling six-year plan.
§ A complete review of all past COP decisions undertaken and recommendations on future actions presented to COP10.
§ A full review of the legal status of the secretariat undertaken.

KPM
§ The organs of the Convention have adequate funding and logistic support to deliver their agreed modus operandi and work plans, with full use of the staff time targets.

STRP immediate priority:

  • Establish and implement mechanisms for the collection, collation, analysis, assessment, reporting, publishing and disseminating of the results and conclusions of the indicators of effectiveness of the implementation of the Convention.

STRP high priority:

  • Develop, test and put forward for use by Parties further indicators of effectiveness of the implementation of the Convention.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 4.2stt

STRATEGY 4.8 (Operational objective 18.1)
Develop the capacity within, and promote cooperation among, institutions in Contracting Parties to achieve conservation and wise use of wetlands. (CPs,IOPs)

KRA
§ By COP10, CPs to have undertaken reviews of existing national institutions responsible for the conservation and wise use of wetlands with a view to improving cooperation internally.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.2stt.

STRATEGY 4.9 (Operational objective 19.1)
Maximize the benefits of working with the Convention's International Organization Partners (IOPs) and others. (Secretariat, IOPs)

KRA
§ By COP10, each IOP and the Secretariat to have established a programme of joint work in support of the Convention, including, where relevant and appropriate, joint actions by several IOPs.

KPM
§ Support for the Convention's scientific, technical and policy work integrated into the ongoing programmes of IOPs.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.5stt.

STRATEGY 4.10 (Operational objective 20.1)
Identify the training needs of institutions and individuals concerned with the conservation and wise use of wetlands, particularly in developing countries and countries in transition, and implement appropriate responses. (CPs, Secretariat, training centres, IOPs)

KRAs
By COP10:
§ The RIZA-Ramsar cooperative effort being fully implemented, linking existing and proposed training centres.
§ At least half of CPs to have assessed national and local training needs and an appropriate capacity-building effort in place.

KPM
§ Capacity-building accepted and understood as part of the Convention's activities.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.5stt.

GOAL 5. Membership: To progress towards universal membership of the Convention.

STRATEGY 5 (Operational objective 21.1)
Membership of the Convention: Secure universal membership of the Convention. (CPs, Secretariat)

KRA
§ Achieve membership of at least 160 parties by COP10.

KPM
§ Rate of new parties joining the Convention increasing over the last triennium.

STRP priorities: None identified.

Budget impact: Staff time in Secretariat, 0.1stt.


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