Pan-Asian Regional Meeting, February 1999, Programme

15/02/1999

Pan Asian Regional Meeting of the Convention on Wetlands
(Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Manila, the Philippines, 22-24 February 1999

Provisional Programme - Summary

General Information on the meeting

Day 0: Sunday, 21 February

arrival of participants

Day 1: Monday, 22 February

08.30 - 09.30 Registration

09.30 - 13.00 Plenary Session A: Official Opening - Welcoming Statements

09.30 - 09.45 Government of the Philippines

09.45 - 10.00 Regional Representative for Asia (Malaysia)

10.00 - 10.15 Ramsar Bureau:

Mr Delmar Blasco, Secretary General

10.15 - 10.30 Representative of Partner Organisations

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break & Press conference

11.00 - 12.30 Plenary Session B: General introduction to the meeting

11.00 - 11.15 Election of the Meeting Chair and Vice Chair

Adoption of the agenda

11.15 - 11.35 Implementation of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 1997-2002 in Asia: progress and challenges

Rebecca D’Cruz, Regional Coordinator for Asia

11.35 - 12.00 Discussion

12.00 - 12.20 COP7 Overview

Delmar Blasco, Secretary General

12.20 - 12.30 Q & A

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 17.00 Plenary Session C: 7th Conference of Parties, Costa Rica, May 1999

Chair: Regional Representative for Asia (Malaysia)

14.00 - 14.30 Introduction to draft proposals which require regional input

Ramsar Bureau

14.30 - 17.00 Discussion

Evening Official reception hosted by the Government of the Philippines

Day 2: Tuesday, 23 February

08.30 - 12.30 Theme 1: National Planning for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use

(incorporating: Ramsar & Water; Wetland Policy Development)

08.30 - 10.05 Introduction to COP7 documents and invited interventions

10.05 - 12.30 Discussion and conclusions

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 17.00 Theme 2: Regional and transboundary cooperation

14.00 - 15.30 Introduction to COP7 documents and invited interventions

15.30 - 17.00 Discussion and conclusions

Evening Free for subsidiary meetings

Day 3: Wednesday, 24 February

08.30 - 12.30 Theme 3: Building financial and technical capacity for wetland conservation and wise use

08.30 - 10.00 Introduction to the session and invited interventions

10.00 - 12.30 Discussion and conclusions

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 17.00 Theme 4: The vision for the List of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar List)

14.00 - 15.30 Introduction to COP7 documents and invited interventions

15.30 - 17.00 Discussion and conclusions

17.00 - 17.30 Plenary Session D: Concluding session

17.00 - 17.15 Concluding remarks

Mr Delmar Blasco, Secretary General

17.15 - 17.30 Concluding remarks and formal closure of meeting

Regional Representative for Asia (Malaysia)

Day 4: Thursday, 25 February

Departure of participants

 NOTE: The detailed programme will be made available in Manila.

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