Ramsar’s STRP meets for its 2010 ‘mid-term workshops’
The Convention’s Scientific & Technical Review Panel (STRP) met in the Secretariat/IUCN offices in Gland, Switzerland from 22-26 February 2010 for its ‘mid-term workshops’ to further progress its 2009-2012 Work Plan. Some 50 STRP members, invited experts and representatives of observer organizations gathered to review and undertake substantive work on the wide range of high priority and other tasks requested of it by Parties at COP10. Working intensively in a series of parallel Thematic Work area (TWA) and task workshops and plenary sessions (led by STRP Chair Heather MacKay), as well as in several pre-sessional workshops including on developing guidance on managing urban wetlands (jointly with UN-HABITAT), on carbon storage in wetlands and on developing mechanisms for a Global Wetland Observing System G-WOS), the Panel achieved major progress in reviewing, scoping and drafting materials for many of its priority tasks, and identified which outputs from these tasks would likely lead to draft Resolutions and guidances to be submitted to COP11 in 2012. Outputs from this important stage in the STRP’s intersessional work are being compiled, and will include a summary report of the plenary sessions, updated and refined task pro-formas in the STRP Work Plan, reassessment of the additional funds needed to undertake and complete certain tasks in the light of progress to and through the workshops, and a provisional list of anticipated products from the Panel’s 2009-2010 work. These will be made available soon, including as part of the STRP Chair’s report to the 41st meeting of the Standing Committee in late April 2010.
Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary General