Ramsar COP8 - Brief report and photos: day five

23/11/2002
"Wetlands: water, life, and culture"
8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2002

Day Five of the Ramsar COP

Day 5, 22 November, covered the last two of the five Technical Sessions, a large number of side events, and, as a bonus, the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ramsar Bureau and the Institute for Inland Water Management and Wastewater Treatment (RIZA) based in the Netherlands. For further details, consult the ENB's daily reports at http://www.iisd.ca.

Marie-Odile Guth (France), expert speakers Jack Rieley and George Zalidis
Geoff Howard of IUCN EARO
Chaman Lal Trisal
Technical Session 4 on "Managing wetlands for sustainable use and human well-being", chaired by Natalya Kasymova of Uzbekistan (not shown)

Technical Session 5 on "Cultural aspects of wetlands as a tool for their conservation and sustainable use"

Thymio Papayannis, Maria José Viñals, Nick Davidson, Clayton Rubec

Policy huddle: from left, Bill Phillips, former Deputy Secretary General, Nick Davidson, present Deputy Secretary General, Delmar Blasco, Secretary General

The Bureau's incoming Regional Coordinator for Asia, Dr Guangchun Lei of China, reviewing changes in the Draft Resolutions with the Secretary General. Dr Lei has been learning the Ramsar Ropes at the COP and will take up his duties in the Bureau at the first of the new year.

The signing of the Memo of Cooperation between RIZA and the Ramsar Bureau

Mr Bart Fokkens, Director, Wetland Development and Restoration Department, RIZA, and Delmar Blasco of the Bureau

The text of the new Memorandum of Cooperation is available here.

Christophe Lefebvre of the Conservatoire Littoral expressing bemused sympathy with Lisa Hadeed's Living Waters Programme sentiments just outside the venue.

IUCN's Mariano Gimenez-Dixon with WWF's Tania Paschen.

Simon Nash, Wetlands International, and Gerhard Sigmund, Austria, not protesting anything so far as can be seen


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