Memorandum of Cooperation with The Nature Conservancy


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Memorandum of Cooperation


The Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)


The Nature Conservancy

Taking into account the continuing important role of NGOs generally in the implementation of the Convention, including the support provided by them to the Ramsar Bureau;

Aware of the strong, active and significant contribution that The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is making internationally regarding sustainable use of resources and implementation of environmental conventions;

Further aware that the conservation aims of TNC and the aims expressed in the text of the Ramsar Convention as interpreted by a number of decisions of the Conference of the Parties, and in particular in the Strategic Plan 2000-2002 adopted by the 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, are fully compatible;

Desiring to formalise in an explicit and enduring manner a joint commitment of intent to seek productive partnership collaboration in respect of the conservation and wise use of wetlands world-wide;

The Bureau of the Ramsar Convention and TNC therefore decide as follows:

1. The Nature Conservancy will endeavour to use its networks of Partners, representatives, Associate Organisations and individual experts to assist and further the work of the Ramsar Convention, in line with the Convention's Strategic Plan 2000-2002.

2. The Nature Conservancy will incorporate promotion of the wetland conservation and wise use agenda of the Ramsar Convention in its programmes of work at international, regional and national levels, as appropriate.

3. The Nature Conservancy will, in particular, promote a high level of recognition, where relevant, of the status of sites included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance, or candidate sites for listing, in programmes relating, for example, to identification and conservation of Important Bird Areas.

4. The Nature Conservancy will promote enhanced awareness and understanding of all aspects of the Ramsar Convention through TNC's networks, and will provide support, in appropriate ways, to the promotion of increased general public awareness of, and sympathy for, the Convention and its aims.

5. The Nature Conservancy will seek to use its good offices to encourage efficient and effective synergy and cooperation among the group of Ramsar Partner Organisations.

6. The Ramsar Bureau acknowledges the independent right of The Nature Conservancy to voice its policy position on any matter within the scope of the Convention's work, recognising that informed and reasoned NGO advocacy is generally a valuable and valid motivating force contributing to the better achievement of the Convention's mission.

7. The scope for specific initiatives to further cooperation, such as exchanges of staff, joint projects and publications, will be explored.

8. The Nature Conservancy and the Ramsar Bureau will ensure regular exchanges of information about their respective activities, by appropriate means and using all possible avenues.

9. As much as is feasible, The Nature Conservancy and the Ramsar Bureau will each take account of the other's various corporate and strategic planning processes and documents when any of these are being drawn up or reviewed, aiming to enhance synergy among their respective plans, programmes and actions.

10. The parties to this Memorandum will institute consultations to review its implementation, reporting accordingly to their respective governing bodies and inviting further guidance on possible new areas of cooperation.

11. This agreement may be reviewed at the request of either party and will be terminated by either party giving one month's written notice.

Mr. Delmar Blasco
Secretary General
Convention on Wetlands
Date: 26 September 2000
Alexander F. Watson
Vice President for International Conservation
The Nature Conservancy
Date: September 21, 2000
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