The 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties

08/07/2005


"Wetlands and water: supporting life, sustaining livelihoods"
9th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Kampala, Uganda, 8-15 November 2005
Agenda item XV
Ramsar COP9 DR 8

Regional initiatives in the framework of the Ramsar Convention

1. RECALLING that the Guidelines for international cooperation under the Ramsar Convention (Resolution VII.19) provide the appropriate framework for promoting international collaboration amongst Contracting Parties and other partners;

2. ALSO RECALLING that in Resolution VIII.30 the Contracting Parties recognized, inter alia, the importance of regional initiatives in promoting the objectives of the Convention and established Guidelines for the development of regional initiatives in the framework of the Convention on Wetlands;

3. RECOGNIZING that the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet) Coordination Unit already operates under the authority of the Secretary General and was recognized by the Parties in Resolution VIII.30 as a model example of such regional initiatives;

4. TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Government of Greece has offered to continue hosting and contributing financially to the operation of the MedWet Coordination Unit in Athens for the triennium 2006-2008; and

5. AWARE that a number of regional initiatives for wetland conservation and wise use are under development in different parts of the world, and NOTING the submissions by Contracting Parties to the Standing Committee of proposals for developing regional initiatives to be recognized as working within the framework of the Convention (COP9 DOC. 21);

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6. ENDORSES the Regional Initiatives listed in Annex I.A to this Resolution as being within the framework of the Convention on Wetlands in line with the Annex to Resolution VIII.30;

7. RECOGNIZES the potential for those regional initiatives listed in Annex I.B to this Resolution to become operative within the framework of the Convention, subject to further development, and URGES the Parties concerned to progress their development and report to COP10 for consideration for endorsement;

8. [AGREES to contribute financial support from the Convention core budget line "Support to Regional Initiatives" for the 2006-2008 triennium for specific regional initiatives, at the levels indicated in Annex I.C for 2006]; and ALSO AGREES that levels of financial support for 2007 and 2008 will be determined by the Standing Committee, based on recommendations made by the Subgroup on Finance;

9. AUTHORIZES the Secretary General to conclude, where appropriate, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with relevant governments and appropriate bodies with regard to the specific financial and institutional arrangements of the regional initiatives identified in the annex, and DIRECTS the Secretary General to report to the Standing Committee and COP10 on progress with these MoUs and the progress of regional initiatives in general;

10. AUTHORIZES the Standing Committee to approve, between meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, proposed initiatives which are fully in line with the guidelines in Annex to Resolution VIII.30 and which have zero financial implications for the Convention's core budget, and ALSO AUTHORIZES the Standing Committee, within the global allocation for the triennium of the Convention core budget line "Support to Regional Initiatives", to reallocate funding depending on shifts in priorities and needs, and REQUESTS the Standing Committee to report to COP10 on the development and funding of the suite of initiatives established by 2008.

11. RECOGNIZES specifically the critical importance of financial and political support from Contracting Parties of the region to the MedWet Initiative, and especially from the host country of its Coordination Unit, EXPRESSES ITS SINCERE GRATITUDE to the Government of Greece for hosting the MedWet Unit in Athens, and ACCEPTS the generous offer of the Government of Greece to continue providing office facilities and financial support during the triennium 2006-2008 for the same purpose; and

12. APPROVES the budget of the MedWet Coordination Unit 2006-2008 as contained in Annex II of this Resolution.



Annex I

A. Regional initiatives for wetland conservation and wise use endorsed as operating within the framework of the Ramsar Convention

i) Regional (and subregional) networks for capacity-building and cooperation:

o West African Coastal Zone Wetlands Network (WacoWet) - Africa
o ChadWet - Africa
o NigerWet - Africa
o WSSD Type II Partnership for the conservation and sustainable use of sites of international importance for migratory waterbirds in East Asia, South East Asia and Australasia (The Partnership) - Asia/North America/Oceania
o Regional Strategy for the Conservation and Wise Use of High Andean Wetlands - Neotropics

ii) Regional (and subregional) centres for training and capacity-building:

o Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in Western and Central Asia in Iran (RRC-CWA) - Asia
o Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO) - Neotropics/North America

B. Regional initiatives recognized as having potential for operating within the framework of the Ramsar Convention, subject to further development and consideration by COP10
o Ramsar Centre for Eastern Africa (RAMCEA) - Africa
o Himalayan Initiative - Asia
o Carpathian Wetland Initiative (CWI) - Europe
o The Nordic-Baltic Wetlands Initiative (NorBalWet) - Europe
o Regional initiative for the protection and wise use of wetlands for the Pacific Islands - Oceania
[C. Financial support to regional initiatives from the Convention's core budget line "Support for regional initiatives" for 2006]
 
Swiss Francs (for year 2006)
[MedWet Initiative:
26,000]
[West African Coastal Zone Wetlands Network (WacoWet)
60,000]
[Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in Western and Central Asia in Iran (RRC-CWA)
20,000]
[Regional Strategy for the Conservation and Wise Use of High Andean Wetlands
20,000]
[Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO)
80,000]
[TOTAL
206,000]

Annex II

MedWet Coordination Unit Budget 2006-2008

INCOME (in Swiss Francs)

 

         2006

              2007

              2008

1. Host country (Greece)

    263,483

         263,483

         263,483

2. Ramsar core budget

      26,000

           15,499

           10,849

3. MedWet countries

    146,354

         149,020

         149,700

4. Projects

    166,678

         189,180

         214,719

5. To be secured

      20,497

           30,998

           35,647

TOTAL INCOME

     623,012

          648,180

         674,399

Budgeted expenditure

    623,012

         648,180

         674,399

Notes on Income

1. Contribution by the Host Country (Greece), [as confirmed in the letter of the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works to the Secretary General of the Convention, dated 3 June 2005].

2. Contribution from the Ramsar core budget for the triennium 2006-2008 (budget line xx - Support to Regional Initiatives).

3. Additional annual contributions from the Contracting Parties participating in MedWet earmarked to cover costs of the MedWet Coordination Unit (see table 1 for the list of contributions for 2006). These figures assume that 100% of contributions will be made by these countries.

4. Income from project overheads and project implementation undertaken by and through the MedWet Coordination Unit.

EXPENDITURES (in Swiss Francs)

 

2006

2007

2008

1. STAFF COSTS

 

 

 

a. MedWet Coordinator

127,168

132,254

137,545

b. Policy Officer (100%)

99,358

103,332

107,465

c. Programme development officer

72,416

75,313

78,325

d. CEPA Officer

72,416

75,313

78,325

e. Office Executive Assistant

49,454

51,432

53,490

f. Administration / accounting assistant

22,412

23,308

24,240

Total Staff Costs

443,223

460,952

479,390

2. EXPERTS & CONSULTANTS

23,249

24,178

25,146

3. TRAVEL

86,794

91,134

95,691

4. OFFICE COSTS

 

 

 

a. General expenses / utilities

21,699

22,567

23,469

b. Communications

18,599

19,343

20,116

c. Equipment purchase & maintenance

13,949

14,507

15,087

Total Office Costs

54,247

56,416

58,673

5. MedWet/Com ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION

15,499

15,499

15,499

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

623,012

648,180

674,399

Notes on Expenditure

1. A 4% annual increase in gross salaries is foreseen for cost of living and performance-related salary increases.

2. From assessment of the tasks and workloads of MedWet Coordination Unit staff during the 2003-2005 triennium related to project implementation, the Policy Officer post will be increased from a 50% time post to a full-time post for the 2006-2008 triennium, and a new post of Administration/ Accounting Assistant will be created to handle financial matters, which in the 2003-2005 triennium have had to be handled by the MedWet Coordinator.

3. The MedWet/Com Annual Contribution budget line provides a contribution towards the MedWet Coordination Unit's costs of preparing meetings of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee to be held once every three years, between two consecutive COP meetings.

Table 1: Additional country contributions earmarked for MedWet Coordination Unit costs (in Swiss Francs)

Name of Country

UN %

Ramsar %

2006

2007

2008

 

 

 

corrected for minimum CHF 550

corrected for minimum CHF 550

corrected for minimum CHF 550

Albania

0.0050

0.0314

550

550

550

Algeria

0.0760

0.4777

672

685

681

Bosnia & Herzegovina

0.0030

0.0189

550

550

550

Bulgaria

0.0170

0.1068

550

550

550

Croatia

0.0370

0.2325

550

550

550

Cyprus

0.0390

0.2451

550

550

550

Egypt

0.1200

0.7542

1,061

1,081

1,075

France

6.0300

37.8993

53,308

54,332

53,997

Greece

0.5300

3.3311

4,685

4,775

4,746

Israel

0.4670

2.9352

4,128

4,208

4,182

Italy

4.8850

30.7028

43,185

44,015

43,744

Jordan

0.0110

0.0691

550

550

550

Lebanon

0.0240

0.1508

550

550

550

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

0.1320

0.8296

1,167

1,189

1,182

Malta

0.0140

0.0880

550

550

550

Monaco

0.0030

0.0189

550

550

550

Morocco

0.0470

0.2954

550

550

550

Portugal

0.4700

2.9540

4,155

4,235

4,209

Serbia & Montenegro

0.0190

0.1194

550

550

550

Slovenia

0.0820

0.5154

725

739

734

Spain

2.5200

15.8385

22,278

22,706

22,566

Syrian Arab Republic

0.0380

0.2388

550

550

550

FYR Macedonia

0.0060

0.0377

550

550

550

Tunisia

0.0320

0.2011

550

550

550

Turkey

0.3720

2.3381

3,289

3,352

3,331

TOTALS

 

100

146,353

149,019

148,150

Note. This table is calculated using the UN scale of contributions for 2006. The calculations for 2007 and 2008 are indicative only: the exact figures will be calculated on the basis of the UN scale for each year, when it is known. The minimum contribution is set to 550 Swiss Francs.

For reasons of economy, this document is printed in a limited number, and will not be distributed at the meeting. Delegates are requested to bring their copies to the meeting and not to request additional copies.

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