The 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)


Some photos of COP10

1-5 November 2008

Bill Mitsch, director of the USA's newest Ramsar site, the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in Ohio, presenting Secretary General Anada Tiéga with a copy of the fourth edition of his well-known textbook Wetlands, 1 November 2008.

Early November flowers

Taking an important phone call

3 November 2008 was Korea Kimchi Day, with more than 40 varieties on display

Tigers everywhere

Dawn over Changwon on the last day of the COP, 4 November 2008

Lunchtime side events

The famous "Climate Change and Wetlands" draft Resolution, which made it to Revision 3 and then, as time was running out, had to go directly up on the screens

Gordana Beltram on TV

An ad hoc drafting group on climate change huddling in the lobby with a very tight deadline

"And so on,"

Alternate President Kim Chan-woo briefing the Minister of the Environment, Lee Maanee, President of the COP, on the next agenda item

Romania offering to host Ramsar COP11 in 2012, an offer that was gratefully accepted by the Parties by acclamation

Clay Rubec of Canada receiving his "Wetland Person of International Importance" certificate

Ramsar's Pragati Tuladhar, COP Vice President Patrick van Klaveren of Monaco, Kim Chan-woo, Director-General of the Ministry of Environment, and Rapporteur Tim Jones

Conclusion of another successful meeting of the COP

A delegate from Iraq with Korean volunteers

The team from the IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Ramsar's Monica Zavagli and Mila Llorens with Jiyoung Hwang, who was seconded to the Secretariat in Switzerland for the months prior to the COP to facilitate communications between Ramsar and Korean preparation teams.

The documentation and translation teams, after a couple of 3 a.m. nights in a row

Another translation error

A party for Ramsar and Korean staff hosted by the Ministry of Environment

The Secretary General congratulating the translation teams

Toasts all round and a general sense of relief

How soon they forget. The Secretariat offices on the morning of 5 November

Street markets in the Changwon neighborhoods, 5 November 2008

A citizen waiting to cross the road at the light

A back seat driver

Our last view of Changwon, Gimhae Airport: "Sweet Bun's"

Some photos of COP10
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Potpourri 1
Potpourri 2
Photos by Ramsar staff
1-5 November 2008
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