Memorandum of Agreement with Wetlands International

05/04/1997

[This agreement has been superseded by the memorandum of 2004.]

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MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

between the

BUREAU OF THE CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)

and

WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL

relating to

COOPERATION FOR THE CONSERVATION AND WISE USE OF WETLANDS


The Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (hereinafter referred to as the Ramsar Bureau) and the International Coordination Unit of Wetlands lnternational (also representing the Wetlands International regional licensees for Asia Pacific; Africa, Europe, Middle East; and the Americas):

RECOGNISING that the Ramsar Convention is the primary inter-governmental instrument focused on the conservation and wise use of wetlands, that the Ramsar Convention cooperates as a lead partner in the implementation of activities related to wetlands under the Convention on Biological Diversity;

FURTHER RECOGNISING that Wetlands International is the leading international non-profit organisation focused on wetland conservation, and that through its decentralised offices and expert networks on six continents, it provides an outstanding source of information and expertise for the conservation and wise use of wetlands;

AWARE that the founding partners of Wetlands International (particularly IWRB) played an instrumental role in the creation and development of the Ramsar Convention, that the Convention received long-standing technical support from IWRB (including maintenance of the Ramsar Database since 1990), and that the Ramsar Bureau had previously concluded a Memorandum of Agreement with the former Asian Wetland Bureau;

CONSIDERING that Wetlands International and the Ramsar Convention share the common goal of the conservation and wise use of wetlands for people and nature, and that to meet this goal will require enhanced and concerted actions at all levels (international, national, local), and between all sectors (governmental, non-governmental, corporate, public and private);

RECALLING the Pledge of Commitment to the Ramsar Convention signed by Wetlands International in Brisbane Australia, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention;

CONCLUDING that the past cooperation between the Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International (and its founding organisations) has been successful and that both Parties wish to intensify that cooperation, particularly in the implementation of the Ramsar Convention Strategic Plan 1997-2002;

HAVE AGREED THE FOLLOWING:


Article 1: General cooperation and focal points

1.1 The Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International shall promote the development of a global network for wetland conservation and wise use, by enhancing their existing communication and cooperation, and with other relevant global organisations (particularly with IUCN, WWF and BirdLife International through the "Ramsar Partners Group").

1.2 The Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International shall facilitate the development of cooperation and collaborative programmes by sharing in draft form, and contributing detailed comment to, their respective forward planning documents, as well as by providing articles for newsletters and publications of their respective organisations.

1.3 The Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International shall keep each other well informed of needs, issues and opportunities that emerge as a result of their activities. This shall be facilitated as much as possible by the sharing of internal project documents and mission reports.

1.4 The Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International shall endeavour to provide each other's staff with short-term office space and facilities when making visits of up to one week duration (beyond this duration should be on a cost-recovery basis), shall encourage staff interaction and exchanges, and shall assist each other with staff recruitment.

1.5 The Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International shall seek opportunities to develop and support programmes, projects and publications of mutual interest. Where both Parties agree to the development of a joint initiative (such as the work on the Ramsar Database), the specific terms of collaboration shall be agreed upon in writing prior to the initiation of activities.

1.6 The focal points for general matters between the Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International shall be the Secretary General and International Director, respectively. For matters pertaining to the three regions of Wetlands International (Asia Pacific; Africa, Europe, Middle East; Americas), the focal points for Wetlands International shall be the respective Regional Directors.

1.7 The focal points shall aim to meet to assess the implementation of this Agreement at least once per annum, and shall arrange for reviews of the Agreement as necessary.


Article 2: Contribution from the Ramsar Bureau

2.1 The Ramsar Bureau shall invite Wetlands International to participate in meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, the Standing Committee, the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, Partners and appropriate regional and technical meetings.

2.2 The Ramsar Bureau shall disseminate information on the support given to the Convention by Wetlands International.

2.3 Where specific support is requested by the Ramsar Bureau, or where the Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International agree to collaborate in the development of a joint project, the Ramsar Bureau shall seek to secure / allocate funds to assist Wetlands International in providing that support to the Convention.

2.4 The Ramsar Bureau shall involve Wetlands International, where appropriate, in the design, coordination and implementation of project activities, particularly at regional level.

2.5 The Ramsar Bureau shall keep the three regional headquarters and the International Coordination Unit of Wetlands International on its mailing list for receipt of all relevant documents, shall provide each with a single copy of each relevant technical publication that it produces, and shall provide each with copies of promotional materials about the Convention for further dissemination.

2.6 The above activities shall be conducted to the best ability of the Ramsar Bureau, and within the resources available.


Article 3: Contribution from Wetlands International

3.1 Wetlands International shall invite the Ramsar Bureau to participate in meetings of its Board, and at appropriate regional and technical meetings.

3.2 Wetlands International shall endeavour to support the Ramsar Bureau in its work, in particular through:

  • provision of technical support including:
    • managing information on Ramsar sites (under contract)
    • providing information concerning wetlands not on the Ramsar list
    • assisting organisation of technical workshops, and input to the work of the STRP
    • assisting the implementation of the Ramsar Small Grants Fund
    • facilitating technical compatibility between Ramsar and other relevant Conventions and Agreements concerning wetlands
    • assisting with conservation measures for sites of common interest, including participation in Management Guidance Procedure missions
  • assistance with the organisation of regional and other meetings
  • assistance through regional and sub-regional offices
  • joint fund-raising initiatives


3.3
Wetlands International shall endeavour to support the Ramsar Contracting Parties in their work, in particular through:

  • provision of technical support for the implementation of the Convention
  • opportunities for capacity building through training programmes
  • providing coordination of international technical programmes, when requested, concerning wetlands and wetland species
  • fundraising to support activities in developing countries and countries with economies in transition
  • dissemination of information and technical materials


3.4
In addition to the above activities, Wetlands International shall endeavour to support the implementation of the Ramsar

3.5 These activities will be carried out to the best ability of Wetlands International, through its global network, and within the resources available.


Article 4: General

4.1 This Agreement shall be effective from the date when both Parties have effected their signature.

4.2 Any amendment to this Agreement shall only be made on the basis of a written Agreement signed by both Parties.

4.3 Neither Party shall be legally or financially liable in any way for activities carried out independently by the other Party.

4.4 This Agreement supersedes any previous Agreements signed between the Ramsar Bureau and Wetlands International (or its founding organisations).

4.5 Any differing viewpoints or interpretations of the Agreement shall be resolved amicably by consultation or negotiation between the two Parties.

4.6 This Agreement may be terminated by either Party subject to written notice of 12 months. In case the Memorandum ceases to be in effect on account of termination thereof, existing cooperation shall continue to the extent necessary for the completion of existing, agreed activities.

Signed in two copies in the English language

Drs Chris Kalden
President, Wetlands International
Date and Place: Utrecht, The Netherlands, 23 March 1997
Mr Delmar Blasco
Secretary General, Ramsar Convention
Date and Place: Gland, 1 April 1997
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