Ramsar cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity

Cooperation between the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Convention on Biological Diversity

Ramsar and the 4th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 4-15 May 1998

Cooperation between the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Convention on Biological Diversity

leaf.gif (1974 bytes)Resolution VI.9 (Brisbane, 1996), noting the importance of wetlands for the conservation of global biodiversity and the need to make the best use of scarce resources by promoting synergy between the work of environment-related conventions, called for a range of actions to promote cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which were reinforced through Action 7.2.3 of the Strategic Plan as adopted by Resolution VI.14. At its 3rd Conference of Contracting Parties (COP3) the CBD adopted Decision III/21 which called on Ramsar to act as a "lead partner" of CBD on wetland biodiversity issues. In accordance with these mandates, and the Memorandum of Cooperation between the two Convention secretariats, the Ramsar Bureau has been actively involved in an ongoing process to identify areas of common interest and potential cooperation.

The Joint Work Plan between the two Conventions

Based on its review of the areas of common interest and possible cooperation between the Conventions, the Ramsar Bureau prepared a Proposed Joint Work Plan, including a introductory essay on cooperation and common objectives between the two conventions, as an Information Document for CBD’s COP4.  The Proposed Joint Work Plan was endorsed by the 4th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, May 1998 in Decision IV/15 of COP4, which also recommended it as a model for future cooperative arrangements.  The full text of the Proposed Plan as approved has been reprinted in the Proceedings of CBD's COP4, A programme for change: decisions from the Fourth Meeting . . . , United Nations, 1998, pages 116-37.  At the expiration of the Joint Work Plan 1998-1999, a second Joint Work Plan 2000-2001 has recently been endorsed by the 5th COP of the CBD in Nairobi, Kenya, May 2000. The third Joint Work Plan, for 2002-2006, was endorsed by the 6th COP of the CBD in the Hague, April 2002, and by Ramsar COP8 (Resolution VIII.5) in November 2002. The draft of the fourth JWP, 2007-2010, was endorsed by the Ramsar Standing Committee in February 2007 and awaits final endorsement by the CBD SBSTTA.

CBD press release on future cooperation, January 2007

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Third Joint Work Plan 2002-2006

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Troisième Plan de travail conjoint (2002-2006)

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Tercer Plan de Trabajo Conjunto (2002-2006)

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Second Joint Work Plan 2000-2001

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Plan de Travail Conjoint 2000-2001

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Plan de Trabajo Conjunto 2000-2001

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First Joint Work Plan 1998-1999

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Plan de Travail Conjoint 1998-1999

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Plan de Trabajo Conjunto 1998-1999

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Progress Report on Implementation of the Joint Work Plan

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Rapport sur les Progrès de l'application du Plan de Travail Conjoint

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Informe sobre los Progresos en la Implementación del Plan de Trabajo Conjunto


Signing of MoC

The Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention and the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, signing the Memorandum of Cooperation between the secretariats, Switzerland, January 1996

button-ramsar.gif (1925 bytes) Memorandum of Cooperation with the secretariat of the CBD (January 1996)
button-ramsar.gif (1925 bytes) Protocole de Coopération avec le Secrétariat de la CDB (janvier 1996)
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button-ramsar.gif (1925 bytes) "Wetlands and Biodiversity"  Paper prepared by the Ramsar  Bureau, with input from Dr David Stone with financial assistance from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), distributed to the delegates to the 3rd Conference of the Parties to the CBD, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 4-15 November 1996, by the CBD Secretariat, as document UNEP/CBD/COP/3/Inf.21.

wi-logo.gif (2676 bytes)Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diverstiy and Wetlands International relating to Cooperation for the Conservation and Wise Use of Wetlands and their Associated Biodiversity (September 2000)


Ramsar at the 4th CBD Conference of the Parties

leaf.gif (1974 bytes)The 4th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity met in Bratislava, Slovak Republic from 4 to 15 May 1998.  Ramsar Bureau staff were present to ensure that the Ramsar message was heard and reflected in the decisions of the Conference.  Many of the COP's decisions embody Ramsar themes, such as the ecosystem approach and the wise use principles, but here are the texts of the four decisions that most directly involve the Ramsar Convention itself.

Decision IV/4: Status and Trends of the Biological Diversity of Inland Water Ecosystems and Options for Conservation and Sustainable Use
Decision IV/5: Conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biological diversity, including a programme of work
Decision IV/10: Measures for implementing the Convention
Decision IV/15: The relationship of the convention with the Commission on Sustainable Development and biodiversity-related conventions, other international agreements, institutions and processes of relevance

Here are some of the other documents concerning the Ramsar Convention that emanated from the 4th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Ramsar Secretary General's address to the Opening Session, 4 May 1998 Secretary General's brief summary of significance for Ramsar
Pledge of Commitment to the CBD by the Ramsar Partner Organizations Standing Committee Chair introduces the Proposed Joint Work Plan, 6 May 1998
Press: "Secretaries General Stress Synergy with CBD", 6 May 1998 Press: "Why Reinvent the Wheel? - Inland Waters, Ramsar and the CBD"

newspapers.gif (1709 bytes)A Special Edition of the Ramsar Bulletin Board followed the news of COP4 almost daily.

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