Draft Strategic Plan 2003-2008 now available

16/04/2002

On 10 April 2002, the new printed version of the sixth draft of the Convention's Strategic Plan 2003-2008 was communicated to the Parties by diplomatic notification and shipped in five copies to each of the Administrative Authorities. The sixth draft has been approved by Standing Committee for circulation in an attractive printed form at this time, and the purpose of doing so is two-fold. First, although earlier drafts have been circulating for comment by the Parties for nearly the past two years, the intention is that plenty of time will again be allowed for the Parties to consult through all the relevant sectors of government, the National Ramsar/Wetlands Committees where they exist, and appropriate members of the NGO community, with a view to arriving at broad-based final inputs to the Plan at the 8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Valencia in November 2002.

The second purpose is to allow time for the Parties to follow a similar multisectoral consultative process in arriving at "provisional national targets" for each of the Draft Strategic Plan's objectives and actions, and to that end "Provisional National Target forms" have also been supplied to the Administrative Authorities in Word format on diskettes. The Standing Committee is strongly urging the AAs to return the Provisional National Target forms to the Bureau by 31 August 2002 so that Bureau staff can use them to build realistic global targets for all actions called for and complete the draft Convention Work Plan 2003-2005 in time for presentation to the COP.

Copies of the printed Draft Strategic Plan 2003-2008 are available to Administrative Authorities in numbers up to 20 and in single copies to the general public; please write to Ms Valerie Higgins (higgins@ramsar.org) and specify whether you wish English, French, or Spanish. HTML, PDF, and Word versions of the Plan can be found in the three languages on the Ramsar Web site, as COP8 document DR-25, at http://ramsar.org/cop8_docs_index_e.htm (_f for French, _s for Spanish). The form entitled "Towards a Ramsar Convention Work Plan 2003-2005: Establishing global targets from provisional national targets identified by Contracting Parties" can be downloaded in Word format from http://ramsar.org/cop8_dr_25_targets_e.doc (_f for French, _s for Spanish).

Please note that the Bureau is no longer welcoming proposed revisions to the Draft Strategic Plan in advance of the COP8; the next round of discussion on the Plan will take place at the COP itself.

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