7th European Regional Meeting
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7th European Ramsar Meeting
27–30 September 2011
Trnava - Slovak Republic
Final Report, Now Posted
The Final Report of the meeting is posted here as a PDF. [17/11/2011]
Summary of the Meeting
The Meeting addressed major themes that influence the ways to manage and use water-related ecosystems during the coming years. The participants identified areas of successful cooperation between different sectors of society, administration and private business. National Ramsar Convention focal points from the Ministries, together with experts for scientific and technical matters (STRP) and those in charge of national programmes for communication, education, participation and awareness (CEPA), NGO representatives and sustainable development experts, looked at progress made with the implementation of the wetland convention. They exchanged their experiences, updated newcomers about environmental challenges in the water sector, and elaborated recommendations how best to make use in the long term of ecosystem services provided by wetlands. The expected outcomes from the Meeting were:
- to obtain a better understanding where we are standing with Ramsar implementation,
- to develop a sense of priorities for action and to close remaining gaps,
- to start our active preparation for COP11 in July 2012, and
- to elaborate concrete recommendations for actions to be undertaken during the months to come.
Much more information is included in the report. For a concise summary of the issues covered by the Meeting, please refer to the bullet-point conclusions following major chapters and to the conclusions at the end of this report under the heading “Outlook from Trnava to Bucharest”.
Field Trip Guide: The field trip on 29 September will be a tour of the Morava River Floodplain Ramsar Site. The trip is guided by Mr. Dušan Vlachovič, director of Záhorie Protected Landscape Area, Mrs. Mirka Plassmann and Mr. Milan Janák of Daphne – Institute of Applied Ecology, Mr. Gerhard Egger, Mrs. Karin Donnerbaum – WWF Austria.
Participants List, Final
European Wetlands of International Importance Included in the Montreux Record. Currently, 23 European Ramsar Sites figure in the Montreux Record (48% of all Montreux Record Sites). They are listed in this document.
RIS Status: Information on Wetlands of International Importance provided by Ramsar Administrative Authorities.
Article 3.2 Ecological Changes: An overview of possible ecological changes at European Ramsar Sites.
National Ramsar/Wetlands Committees Paper
In advance of Session 11 of the European Regional Meeting, a new paper, "National Ramsar/Wetlands Committees across the six Ramsar regions: diversity and benefits" by Marcela Bonells and Monica Zavagli is now posted.
There are a variety of mechanisms to assist Ramsar Contracting Parties implement the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (the Convention) at the national level. Among those are the National Ramsar Committees (NRCs) or National Wetlands Committees. Although the text of the Convention does not explicitly address the creation of NRCs, a number of documents officially adopted by the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) encourage their creation. Many Parties have voluntarily established NRCs to help them deliver the goals of the Convention (Ramsar Convention Manual 2006; see also Pritchard 1993). Because the government structures, needs, and capacities within each Party differ, NRCs vary considerably from country to country in composition, structure, scope, and functions. Thus, there is no single model for creating the ideal NRC. Rather, NRCs should be established according to the specific needs and capacities of each Party (Recommendation 5.7 from COP5, Kushiro, 1993).
Online Registration for 7th European Ramsar Meeting
The Ramsar Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Online Registration Process for the 7th European Ramsar Meeting which will take place from 27th -30th September in the Holiday Inn Hotel in Trnava, Slovakia is open and the final programme is below, updated on 22 September.
The Meeting will address major themes that influence the way we will have to work to manage and use wetland ecosystems during the coming years. It will hopefully identify ways of successful cooperation between different sectors of society, administration and private business. National Ramsar Convention focal points, experts for scientific and technical matters (STRP) and those in charge of national programmes for communication, education, participation and awareness (CEPA), NGO representatives and sustainable development experts are invited to look at progress made and challenges to come.
The small historical town of Trnava, some 50 km northeast of the Slovak capital Bratislava, is close to Vienna and Bratislava international airport and is reasonably accessible also for participants arriving from very distant ends of Europe. Please consult Transport information and Practical information below for further information. Both these documents are also downloadable from the website containing the online registration form: www.ukh.sk/ramsar.
The European team is looking forward to seeing you in Trnava soon!
To Register: If you are interested in attending this meeting, please go to www.ukh.sk/ramsar and fill out the form completely.