Photos from the 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties -- the plenary sessions
"People and Wetlands: The Vital Link"
7th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
San José, Costa Rica, 10-18 May 1999
The Plenary Sessions
|Mr Delmar Blasco, Secretary General of the Convention, welcoming the delegates|
|Dr Maritta R. von Bieberstein Koch-Weser, Director General of IUCN, welcoming delegates on behalf of the International Partner NGOs|
The Contracting Parties
Broad view of the proceedings (with Josef Chytil [CZ] on the left and Meinrad Küttel [CH] on the right)
The UK delegation (Brazil in the foreground)
Canada (showing forbearance with the paparazzi): Clayton Rubec and Jim McCuaig
"Still Life with Nadra Nathai-Gyan"
The USA delegation scanning the morning papers and performing meditation rituals. [Dr Arthur "Tex" Hawkins (right) was later elected to the STRP.]
The Observer States
The Intergovernmental Organizations
The International Non-Governmental Organizations
John O'Sullivan and Dave Pritchard of BirdLife International (Australia's Eddie Hegerl and Angela Brady in the second row).
Faizal Parish on the right.
Wetlands International's Marcel Silvius on the left, President Chris Kalden in the second-row center, and Robin Schaap on his left.
The Special Guest Speaker
-- photos by Dwight Peck and Tim Jones