New Zealand Department of Conservation Report: Analysis of COP10 Decisions


The Ramsar Convention in New Zealand


This report provides an overview and analysis of the decisions arising from the 10th Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP10) to the Ramsar Convention. The main theme of COP10 was ‘Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People’ to emphasise the relationship between the condition of wetlands and human health and well-being, and highlight the pressure that wetlands are experiencing globally. As a result of COP10 Parties were called to act urgently to prevent wetland degradation and loss, wisely manage existing wetlands, and improve their water-use efficiency.

As the Administering Authority of the Ramsar Convention in New Zealand, DOC commissioned an analysis of the decisions taken at COP10 to identify domestic implementation requirements. The analysis considers the decisions taken, their relevance in the New Zealand context, their priority for implementation, and the appropriate mechanisms, agencies or organisations to undertake them. 

The report is available here.

Also see the factsheet posted here.

For more information:
Hugh Allister Robertson
Scientific Officer - Wetlands | Ramsar STRP National Focal Point
Freshwater Section, Research and Development Group
Department of Conservation — Te Papa Atawhai
harobertson[AT]doc.govt.nz

Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai www.doc.govt.nz

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