29th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee -- Agenda papers

31/01/2003

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29th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee
Gland, Switzerland, 26-28 February 2003
Agenda item 10.2

DOC. SC29-10

Ramsar Bureau Budget 2003

Action requested: None.

1. In the past, the Ramsar Bureau budget was made up of the budget approved by the the COP, which included only the contributions provided by Parties in the form of annual dues, plus other non-earmarked income, such as interest earned from bank deposits and the Swiss income tax rebate. Thus, each year the Standing Committee has approved a Bureau budget which differed from the COP-approved budget by including these additional items of income (and thus additional expenditure).

2. For the current triennium, the budget adopted by COP8 includes all the foreseen income for each year. Consequently, as long as there is no additional non-earmarked income (or core budget income) that should be expended, the Bureau budget will the one approved by the COP (see attachment), and there is no need for further approval by the Standing Committee.


Annex I

Core budget 2003-2005
(Swiss francs)

INCOME

The forecast income for 2003-2005 represents a 4% increase per year, based on the forecast income for 2002. The annual 4% increase is composed of 1.5% to cover inflation and 2.5% real growth (see actual figures at the bottom of the Expenditure chart in the next page).

 

2002
(Forecast)

2003

2004

2005

1. Contributions from Parties

2,520,121

2,649,869

2,748,338

2,843,619

2. Voluntary contribution USA

696,960

732,284

760,256

787,322

3. Swiss income tax rebate

200,000

220,000

230,000

240,000

4. Interest

120,000

130,000

140,000

160,000

         
TOTAL INCOME

3,537,081

3,732,153

3,878,594

4,030,941

Budgeted expenditure  

3,678,564

3,825,707

3,978,735

Difference*  

53,589

52,887

52,206

* Items 1 and 2 of the income are calculated by applying the UN scale of assessments to the proposed expenditure (see next page), minus item 3 and 4 of the income. Nevertheless, in accord with Resolution VII.28, the minimum to be paid by a Party is one thousand Swiss francs per year. At the time of COP8, for 68 developing countries and countries with economies in transition, this is more than their percentage of contribution according to the UN scale. This creates the difference of income versus expenditure shown here. This additional amount, or portion thereof which is actually collected, shall be transferred to budget line 9 of the core budget (COP-related costs incurred by the Bureau), as per paragraph 11 of Resolution VIII.27.

Notes on income

1. Annual contributions from Contracting Parties (see Annex II with the list of contributions for 2003).
2. Voluntary contribution by the United States of America, equivalent to 22% of the total amount to be paid by Contracting Parties.
3. The Swiss Government, in addition to paying its annual dues, donates to the Ramsar core budget the income tax paid by the non-Swiss staff employed by the Ramsar Bureau.
4. Interest earned on deposits of cash not immediately needed for disbursement.


       

Annex I

 

CORE BUDGET 2003-2005

(Swiss francs)

           
   

EXPENDITURES

2003

2004

2005

           

1

STAFF COSTS

     
 

a)

Salaries and social charges

2,120,243

2,183,850

2,249,365

 

b)

Other employment benefits

194,536

198,427

202,395

 

c)

Staff hiring and departure costs

25,000

15,000

15,000

           

2

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES

     
 

a)

Ramsar Database

160,000

180,000

200,000

 

b)

STRP Support Service

110,000

110,000

110,000

           

3

SUPPORT TO REGIONAL INITIATIVES

82,386

86,150

89,596

           

4

TRAVEL ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS (International)

110,000

115,000

120,000

           

5

PURCHASE & MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT /

   
 

OFFICE SUPPLIES (including depreciation)

20,000

23,000

25,000

           

6

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES & OPERATING COSTS

   
 

a)

IUCN Services

452,000

460,000

468,000

 

b)

Operating Costs

97,000

97,000

100,000

 

c)

Simultaneous interpretation at SC meetings

15,000

15,000

           

7

COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTING

     
 

a)

Publications

145,000

150,000

150,000

 

b)

Newsletter

     
           

8

SUBSIDIARY BODIES

     
 

a)

Standing Committee delegate support

42,000

45,000

45,000

 

b)

STRP members’ support

42,000

20,000

45,000

 

c)

Regional representatives’ support

     
           

9

COP related costs incurred by the Bureau

43,399

107,280

123,379

           

10

MISCELLANEOUS

     
 

a)   Bad debt provision

20,000

20,000

20,000

 

b)

Exchange loss

     
           
   

TOTAL FORECAST EXPENDITURE

3,678,564

3,825,707

3,978,735

   

FORECAST INCOME *

3,678,564

3,825,707

3,978,735

           
   

* Including interest & Swiss income tax rebate

     
           
   

4% increase based on the 2002 forecase income and composed of:

   
   

1.5% Inflation

53,056

55,178

57,386

   

2.5% Growth

88,427

91,964

95,643

     

141,483

147,143

153,028


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