Ramsar COP7 DOC. 26

19/04/1999

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 Ramsar COP7 DOC. 26

Information document

Status of Projects Managed by the Convention Bureau for Triennium 1996 to 1998

as of 31 December 1998

Project Number Project Title / Description   Project Funders during Triennium Total Expenditure 1996-1998 Balance
        SFR   SFR SFR
7002 Management Guidance Procedure (MGP).            
  Technical missions, at the request of the countries concerned, to Ramsar sites included in the Montreux Record in order to prepare recommendations on how to address the problems involved. Management Guidance Procedures (MGP) over the past triennium have been carried out in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy and Trinidad and Tobago. A joint government/Ramsar Commission was established in Greece. Preparatory work has been carried out in Croatia and full MGPs are planned for the end of 1998 or early 1999 in India, and Spain.   Carried forward 141,171   82,633 103,914
    Switzerland 10,000      
    Australian NGOs 1,605      
    RSPB 26,032      
    Other income 7,739      
             
    Total 186,547      
             
               
7009 Ramsar Newsletter            
  Periodic publication of the Convention bulletin in English, French, and Spanish. These project funds complement the core budget allocation. When funds are available, a German translation is also made, but unfortunately recent issues have not been produced in German because of lack of funds. It is hoped that this will be a temporary situation.   Carried forward 27,032   95,648 10,582
    France 9,198      
    WWF 10,000      
    Core 60,000      
             
      106,230      
               
7026 Twinning of Wetlands of International Importance            
  (Camargue/Danube)            
  A three-year project planned for the period 1993-1995 for assistance by the Bureau in designing and helping to co-ordinate information and expert exchanges between France and Romania for the management of the Camargue and the Danube Delta. Future activity in relation to the remaining funds will be determined in consultation with the Government of France.   Carried forward 72,800   66,498 6,302
             
             
             
             
             
               
7036 Information Materials for Developing Countries            
  A small-scale long-term project which enabled the Bureau to provide information materials, including publications and video cassettes, to developing countries in the context of promotional work under the Convention.   US - EPA     1,364 103
Closed            
             
             
               
7038 MedWet I            
  A major initiative aimed at arresting and reversing the degradation of Mediterranean wetlands by establishing a forum of governments of Mediterranean countries, the CEC, the Ramsar Bureau, WWF, Wetlands International, and the Station biologique de la Tour du Valat; the main emphasis in this first phase of the project was on EU countries while Phase II addressed non-EU countries (see Project 7068).   Carried forward -223,611   250,128 0
Closed            
    European Commission:        
    ACNAT 441,468      
             
    MEDA 32,271      
               
7043 Wetland Conservation in Poland            
  Support for the development of a national wetlands plan and its implementation in Poland; also the publication in Polish and English of the resulting national wetland overview and action plan entitled The Strategy of Wetland Protection in Poland.   Donor: USA     14,493 6,926
             
             
             
               
7051 Wetland Database / Directory Expertise            
  Support for the development of the Ramsar literature database. A consultant was appointed to set up and compile a database of wetland experts, particularly from developing countries and countries whose economy is in transition, and thereafter to maintain the database. The database was launched on World Wetlands Day, 2 February 1998 and currently has entries on over 350 experts from 68 countries.   Donor: USA     24,359 3,618
             
             
             
             
             
             
               
7053 Swiss Grant 1994 / African Regional Meeting 1994            
  The Swiss annual grant for work in Africa was used, together with funds from France, South Africa, and the UK, in support of Ramsar's African Regional Meeting in Kenya (29.08.94 - 02.09.94); part of the Swiss grant was also used to support Wetlands International's flyway studies in Africa.   France 19,608   19,608 0
Closed   (Late payment)        
             
             
             
               
7054 CIS Inventory            
  Support for a project co-ordinated by Wetlands International for the identification and inventory of wetland sites of international importance in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The balance of funds was used to supplement a grant to the Russian Federation from the Small Grants Fund (Proj. 7500).   Donor: USA     12,570 0
Closed            
             
             
             
               
7055 Countries with Economy in Transition            
  Support, in parallel with the Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use (see Project 7500), for wetland conservation in countries whose economies are in transition.   Donor: USA     47,300 0
Closed            
             
               
7056 Neotropics: Training/Education (Wetlands for the Future)            
  Support for wetland training and education in the Neotropics in the context of the agreement between the Government of the United States and the Bureau concerning the partnership for effective implementation of the Convention in the Western Hemisphere in honour of the Convention's 25th Anniversary. Projects are jointly approved by the US Department of State, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau. Expenditure to date has funded 78 projects in the Neotropics in the field of training and capacity building. It has also covered the appointment of an intern from the Neotropics (initially from Guatemala and currently from Honduras) to gain international experience working in the Ramsar Bureau in Switzerland and to give technical assistance to the Regional Coordinator for the Neotropics. The monies in the balance have all been committed.   Balance forward 157,778   1,171,900 218,385
             
    USA 795,737      
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
               
7057 Manual (French)            
  Translation and publication of the French version of the Ramsar Manual. The remaining funds are to be used for updating the text and subsequently disseminating it.   Donor: Switzerland     12,459 12,177
             
             
               
7058 Brisbane Conference 1996            
  Support from the host country, channelled through the Bureau, for the organization of the 6th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Australia in March 1996.   Carried forward: -271,689   538,947 0
Closed            
    Australia 810,636      
               
7059 Swiss Grant 1995            
  In addition to supporting Wetlands International's flyway studies in Africa, the 1995 grant for work in Africa covered assistance to Togo for adhesion to the convention and travel and subsistence costs of participants attending a regional meeting in Uganda.   Donor: Switzerland     60,929 0
Closed            
             
             
               
7060 Pan-European Regional Meeting 1995            
  Support for Ramsar's Pan-European Regional Meeting held in Varna, Bulgaria in May 1995, covering the cost of the conference facilities and materials, travel and subsistence costs of sponsored participants and staff, and hospitality provided at the meeting.   France 30,876   0 0
Closed   (Late payment)        
             
             
             
               
7061 Brisbane Conference of the Parties - Delegate Support            
  Support for delegates and observers from developing countries and countries whose economies are in transition to attend the 1996 Conference of the Parties.   Australia 130,530   698,292 0
Closed   AusAID 43,510      
    Austria 3,495      
      Belgium 3,959      
      Canada-CIDA 21,449      
      Denmark 41,388      
      France 11,825      
      Germany 44,257      
      Japan 117,150      
      Netherlands 61,639      
      Norway 18,638      
      Sweden - EPA 17,450      
      Switzerland 80,000      
      UK - Dept of Env. 36,570      
      WWF 5,000      
      Cross charges 61,432      
      Total 698,292      
               
7062 Economic Valuation of Wetlands Publication            
  Publication in English of Economic Valuation of Wetlands -   Carried forward 14,788   49,002 0
Closed Publication in English of Economic Valuation of Wetlands - A Guide for Policy Makers and Planners, prepared for the 1996 Conference of the Parties. The project allowed for translation of the text into French and Spanish, but other funds, including core, were used for the publication of the translations.   Sweden 28,463      
    Caixa Catalynia 5,751      
             
             
               
7063 Wetland Biodiversity Publication            
  Publication of Wetland Biodiversity in connection with the celebration of the Convention's 25th Anniversary; the publication was printed in India. The remaining funds are being used for its dissemination.   Carried forward 20,463   12,492 7,971
             
    India Printing      
               
7064 Brisbane Conference Technical Session            
  Funding for a workshop Funding for a workshop held at the Brisbane Conference of the Parties, focusing on expanding local community participation in Ramsar wetland management. Final transactions were made at the start of the 1996-1998 triennium.         745 0
Closed            
             
             
             
               
7066 25th Anniversary Pledges            
  In honour of the Convention's 25th Anniversary, pledges from a number of Contracting Parties have been earmarked for support of goals listed in the Ramsar Strategic Plan 1997-2002. Certain Contracting Parties pledged funds to be used in their own countries. Listed here are the Contracting Parties and NGOs whose pledges have been channelled through the Bureau. Some of the funds have been allocated to the Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use (see Project 7500), some to other projects (see Projects 7002, 7070, and IUCN 75413). Nine additional projects have been funded during the triennium. The remaining funds received by the Bureau are being used for further activities defined in the Strategic Plan.   Hungary 9,920   270,915 176,470
    New Zealand 1,364      
    Switzerland 360,000      
    United Kingdom 55,050      
             
    Pledges received and transferred      
    to projects      
    Denmark/Danida 228,071      
    Hungary 15,080      
    Iceland 8,530      
    Switzerland 286,039      
    UK 50,000      
    Australian NGOs 4,427      
    RSPB 7,188      
    WWF 25,000      
               
7067 25th Anniversary Campaign            
  Production in English, French, and Spanish of a brochure on the Convention for the Brisbane Conference in 1996; a brochure for decision makers on the economic valuation of wetlands; and a multiple-language poster sent to all Contracting Parties to publicize World Wetlands Day.   Japan 34,890   33,566 1,324
Closed            
             
             
               
7068 MedWet II (LIFE) Extension            
  The second phase of a major initiative, aimed at arresting and reversing the degradation of Mediterranean wetlands by establishing a forum of governments of Mediterranean countries, the EC, the Ramsar Bureau, WWF, Wetlands International, and the Station biologique de la Tour du Valat; the main emphasis in Phase I was on EU countries while Phase 2 addressed non-EU countries, namely Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Morocco, and Tunisia. This project is presented on the European Commission's web site as one of its "successes".   European 1,171,039   1,173,100 -2,061
Closed   Commission (LIFE)        
             
             
             
             
             
             
               
7069 Swiss Grant 1996            
  The annual grant for work in Africa was used for a site inventory in Benin; conservation measures prior to the addition to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance of a site in Algeria; a site inventory and wise use analysis in Mali; the organization of a subregional meeting of wetlands experts held in May 1997 in Senegal; and payment to a consultant to prepare a paper on national legislation related to the Convention for presentation at a regional workshop in Mozambique.   Switzerland 101,742   101,003 739
Closed            
             
             
             
             
             
               
7070 Special Requests Project            
  The funds in this project (donated by WWF as its 25th Anniversary Pledge - see Project 7066) are designed to be made available at short notice to governments, NGOs, and other bodies (normally within Ramsar Contracting Party States, though exceptionally in non-Party countries) for activities related to the Convention and Strategic Plan which only require limited funds. Expenditure to date has funded six projects.   WWF 25,000   22,214 2,786
             
             
             
             
             
               
               
7071 Swiss Grant 1997            
  The 1997 grant for work in Africa was used for the assessment of potential Ramsar sites in The Gambia; for initial studies on populations of water birds in a Ramsar site in Gabon; for the preparation of a management plan for a national park in Niger; for an emergency rehabilitation plan in a biosphere reserve in Senegal; for Wetlands International's 1997 African Waterfowl Census Report; and for seed funding for a project to evaluate wetland systems in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).   Switzerland 135,605   98,496 37,109
             
             
             
             
             
             
               
7072 MedWet 2 Co-ordination            
  WWF's Mediterranean Programme provided funds to cover the MedWet Co-ordinator's part-time salary and travel and office expenses in 1997 and 1998.   WWF 210,000   210,027 -27
           
             
               
7073 Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties            
  Expenditure relating to the 7th Conference of the Parties in Costa Rica in 1999.   Greece 8,000   112,517 393,672
    USA State 98+99 119,575      
      Core Budget 170,000      
  * These amounts were paid directly to the COP7 Trust   Reserve Fund 158,614      
  Fund opened in Costa Rica.   Switzerland 50,000      
      Total 506,189      
    * US FWS 100,000 $    
    * Netherlands,Embassy 50,000 $    
    * Spanish Int'l        
      Cooperation Agency 45,000 $    
      Promised      
    * Spain, MoE 105,000 $    
               
7074 African Intern            
  Financial support to provide the training of an intern from Africa and to expose him/her to the workings of the Convention as an instrument for international co-operation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The intern gives technical assistance to the Bureau's Regional Co-ordinator for Africa.   USA 45,270   61,131 -23,133
             
             
             
             
               
7075 Workshop on Biodiversity of Inland Water Systems            
  Funding for the organization of a three-day workshop in July 1997 in Wageningen, Netherlands on Biodiversity of Inland Water Systems - A Review of Initiatives and Terms of Reference for Implementation. The workshop, organized jointly by the Bureau, Wetlands International, and IUCN brought together some 20 technical experts working on the biodiversity of inland waters so as to co-ordinate their input into the Global Biodiversity Forum 8 and SBSTTA meeting held in Montreal in August/September 1997.   Netherlands 39,810   39,810 0
Closed            
             
             
             
             
             
             
               
7076 Austrian-Kenyan Twinning Project on Studies on White            
  Stork in their Wintering Grounds   Austria 5,795   9,016 -3,405
  Support from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Environment and the Provincial Government of Styria for the Bureau to draw up a contract with the East African Wildlife Society to conduct studies on Austrian-African migratory birds that winter in tropical Africa with special emphasis on European White Stork in their wintering grounds. It is hoped that Austria will be in a position to provide additional funds for the continuation of the studies.            
    Promised funds      
    Austria 2,025      
             
             
             
             
               
               
7077 Uganda Pan-African Regional Meeting            
  6-10 July 1998 preparatory meeting for the 1999 Conference of materials, travel and subsistence costs of sponsored participants and staff, and hospitality provided at the meeting.   Sweden/Sida 84,814   259,814 0
    Switzerland 170,000      
    Regional Represen- 5,000      
    tative's Budget Allocation        
               
               
7078 Latvia Pan-European Regional Meeting   Finland 466   185,163 -67,689
  3-6 June 1998 preparatory meeting for the 1999 Conference of the Parties, covering the cost of the meeting facilities and materials, travel and subsistence costs of sponsored participants and staff, and hospitality provided at the meeting.   Germany-MoE 40,250      
    Hungary 10,000      
    Latvia (in country) 7,637      
    Norway 2,175      
      Sweden, EPA 18,253      
      UK 38,693      
      Promised funds      
      Austria 8,140      
      France 36,900      
      Norway 22,649      
               
7079 Evian Project   Received to date:        
  The Evian project, known formally as the 'Caring for Water Resources and Water Quality Initiative', is a portfolio of activities in support of the Convention, funded by the Groupe Danone (which includes the Evian mineral water company) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), and developed with the support of the Government of France. the town of Evian, and in particular the Conservatoire du Littoral. * Some activites in 1997 were subcontracted and funds were transferred to contractees.   France/FFEM 59,006   144,543 21,103
    Danone 106,640      
             
  * Total project budget:        
    1997-1999 1,662,500      
             
             
             
               
               
7080 Costa Rica Pan-American Regional Meeting            
  17-20 June 1998 preparatory meeting for the 1999 Conference of the Parties, covering the cost of the meeting facilities and materials, travel and subsistence costs of sponsored participants and staff, and hospitality provided at the meeting.   Switzerland 44,520   85,982 0
Closed   Regional Represen- 13,332      
    tative's Budget Allocation        
    USA - WFF 7056 28,400      
    Allocation        
               
               
7081 Swiss Grant 1998            
  The 1998 grant for work in Africa covered the balance of seed funding for a project to evaluate wetland systems in the Southern African Development Community (SADC); development of an integrated management plan at a Ramsar site in Botswana; support for the development of a common approach to shared water catchment areas in Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Togo; support for a public awareness campaign on invasive species in wetlands; completion of the national wetland policy in Zambia; and Wetland International's 1998 African Waterfowl Census Report.   Switzerland 135,480   61,513 73,967
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
               
               
7082 COP7 Workshop on Indigeneous Peoples' Involvement            
  in Wetland Management (Brisbane Recommendation 6.3)   WWF 4,500     4,500
  Funding for a workshop being convened at the 1999 Conference of the Parties by WWF, IUCN's Social Policy Group, and the Caddo Lake Institute.            
             
               
               
7083 Costa Rica Conference of the Parties - Delegate Support   Austria 4,603     663,455
  at 31 March 1999   Belgium 19,775      
  Support for delegates and observers from developing countries and countries whose economies are undergoing transition to attend the 1999 Conference of the Parties.   France 50,000      
    Germany 40,735      
    Hungary 29,700      
      Italy 53,000      
      Japan 100,000      
      Netherlands 74,869      
      Sweden, SIDA 146,457      
      Switzerland 50,000      
      United Kingdom 21,105      
      From 7061 15,321      
      UNESCO 29,000      
      WWF 28,890      
               
      Total 663,455      
               
7084 Asian Regional Meeting            
  Preparatory meeting for the 1999 Conference of the Parties, covering the cost of the meeting facilities and materials, travel and subsistence costs of sponsored participants and staff, and hospitality provided during the meeting which was held in.Manila, Philippines February 1999. There are still monies to be returned from Malaysia, which was the original site of the meeting.   Sweden, Sida 160,888   116,888 44,000
             
             
             
             
             
               
               
7085 New Zealand Oceania Regional Meeting            
  December 1998 preparatory meeting for the 1999 Conference of the Parties, covering the cost of the meeting facilities and materials, travel and subsistence costs of sponsored participants and staff, and hospitality provided at the meeting.   Sweden - Sida 16,483   18,983 0
    France, Evian 2,500      
             
             
               
               
7087 Japan Asia Fund            
  A fund set up for the 1997, 1998 and 1999 voluntary contributions from Japan. Conditions for the use of this fund are being drawn up.   Japan 1997 211,677     457,757
    Japan 1998 246,080      
      Promised      
      Japan 1999 100,000      
               
7500 Small Grants Fund for Wetland Conservation and Wise Use (SGF)   Austria 20,000   2,039,824 536,116
  Assistance for wetland conservation and wise use initiatives in developing countries and countries whose economy is undergoing transition. The Fund's resources are being directed to small-scale projects not traditionally covered by larger funding agencies. Some of the funds in the project reflect 25th Anniversary Pledges. All monies have been committed, the balance reflects second payments awaiting written reports.   Denmark/DANIDA 228,071      
    France, MoE 19,551      
    Germany, MoE 100,650      
    Iceland 24,170      
    Monaco 883      
    Netherlands 89,068      
    New Zealand 1,157      
      Sweden, EPA 96,000      
      Sweden, Sida 761,125      
      Sweden, WCF 2,692      
      Switzerland/DDA 420,000      
      United Kingdom 21,105      
      OMPO 20,000      
      WWF 20,000      
      Core transfers 290,000      
      Total 2,114,472      
               
75413 Brisbane Recommendation 6:3   Australia 21,500   40,393 54,648
(IUCN) These funds have been channelled directly to IUCN's Social Policy Unit for implementation of Brisbane Recommendation 6:3, in the form of guidelines to encourage active and informed participation of local and indigenous people in wetland management, for submission to COP7.   Switzerland 40,000      
    UK 23,541      
    WWF 10,000      
      95,041      
             
               
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