Focus on Caribbean island states
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Ramsar Mission to the Caribbean, September 2002
As requested by the Pan-American Meeting of the Ramsar Convention, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1-5 July 2002, a Ramsar Mission to key Caribbean Island States is taking place from 16-19 September 2002 to encourage them to accede to the Convention on Wetlands before its next COP to be held in Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2202.
This decision was taken in consideration of the vulnerability of the vast Caribbean coastal wetlands such as coral reefs, marine sub-tidal aquatic beds, rocky marine shores, estuarine waters, intertidal muds, marshes and mangroves, and coastal lagoons, which require efforts for their conservation and sustainable use, through the commitment of national governments and the international community.
All Caribbean continental nations are Parties to the Convention. Caribbean Island States which are already Parties include: Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Participants in the Ramsar Mission
· A government official from Trinidad and Tobago, as the Party which acts as Regional Representative in the Ramsar Standing Committee: Ms. Nadra Nathai-Gyan, Forestry Division, Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment
· A government official from the Bahamas, as the first Caribbean Island State that joined the Convention: Mr. Eric Carey, Conservation Unit, Department of Agriculture
· A government official from the United States of America, as the main donor for projects in the region: Dr. Herbert Raffaele, Division of International Conservation, US Fish & Wildlife Service
· Ms. Margarita Astrálaga, Regional Co-ordinator for the Americas at the Ramsar Bureau (the Convention's secretariat)
Timetable and countries that will be visited:
MONDAY Sep 16 - BARBADOS
TUESDAY Sep 17 - SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
WEDNESDAY Sep 18 - GRENADA
THURSDAY Sep 19 - ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA