Standing Committee "handover" meeting, February 2006
Outgoing Standing Committee officers 2003-2005 brief their successors
On 14 February, the incoming and outgoing chairs of the Ramsar Standing Committee and its Subgroup on Finance met at the Secretariat's premises in Switzerland to carry out a "handover" of experiences for the new team in advance of the first full SC meeting (SC34), 10-13 April. As summed up by the Secretary General, Peter Bridgewater, "three of the past and present chairs met on feb 14 (with Canada, the past chair of the Subgroup on Finance, able to join by telephone), many useful items and methods of working were discussed, including setting terms of reference for the chairs and the vice-chair of standing committee, and issues dealing with the upcoming SC34. This meeting was an interesting innovation which should help to start this new triennium off to a very good start."
From left: Gordana Beltram (Slovenia), past Chair and current member of the Standing Committee; Paul Mafabi (Uganda), new Chair of the Standing Committee; and Herb Raffaele (USA), new Chair of the Subgroup on Finance.