New Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between IOPs and the Convention Secretariat signed this Thursday


The Convention’s relationships with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs) were strengthened through the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation for 2011-2017 yesterday during a session of the Standing Committee meeting. The representatives of the five IOPs: Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International; Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International; Deborah Bossio, team leader at IWMI; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN; and Marco Lambertini of BirdLife International gathered to sign the new MoC in front of the Regional Representatives on the Standing Committee.

The MoC sealed the IOPs renewed commitment to keep working with Parties to achieve the Ramsar mission by signalling an even stronger intent to plan and implement joint actions that advance international and national Ramsar commitments. The aim is to focus the partnerships and maximise the synergies between IOPs and with the Secretariat to be even more effective in wetlands conservation.

Right to left: Jim Leape (WWF International); Jane Madgwick (Wetlands International); Anada Tiéga (Ramsar); Deborah Bossio (IWMI); Julia Marton-Lefèvre (IUCN); Marco Lambertini (BirdLife International); Yeon-Chul Yoo (Chair of SC); and Rafael González Bordón (SC Vice-Chair).

On this special occasion, BirdLife International produced a leaflet (see PDF here) that was made available during the session which depicts their work in supporting governments to implement the Convention locally.

Ms Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN, presented an anniversary gift to the Secretary General, a map of the world showing sites that are inscribed under both the Ramsar and the World Heritage Convention.

The joint IOP statement is available for download here.

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