34th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee

06/04/2006

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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
34th Meeting of the Standing Committee
Gland, Switzerland, 10-13 April 2006
DOC. SC34-21 Add.

Agenda item 12.6

Regional initiatives (Resolution IX.7) - clarification of requests for core budget funding for 2007 and 2008
Action requested: The Standing Committee and Subgroup on Finance are invited to consider what clarifications are needed in requested core budget funds in their consideration of arrangements for budget allocations to regional initiatives for 2007 and 2008.

1. In DOC. SC34-21 the Secretariat noted that "it is not clear from all the budget tables submitted by proponents of the regional initiatives and provided in COP9 DOC. 21 what funds (if any) each initiative is anticipating requesting for 2007 and 2008".

2. In order to assist the Standing Committee and its Subgroup on Finance in its deliberation on this matter, the Secretariat has compiled the budget tables for each regional initiative which has been allocated Ramsar core funding for 2006, from COP9 DOC. 21 and DOC. SC34-21. These are annexed to this note.

3. For each of these regional initiatives, a comment on its budget is provided below, as it relates to the core budget line for regional initiatives for 2007 and 2008, and any issues of clarification which may need to be made with the proponents of each regional initiative are identified.

4. West African Coastal Zone Wetlands Network (WacoWet). The budget provided to COP9 (DOC. 21) indicates a request for Ramsar core funding for Financial Years 02-03 of US$ 7,000 (= CHF 9,000). From the figures provided it appears that this is for each of the two years (i.e., CHF 9,000 for 2007 and CHF 9,000 for 2008), but this should be confirmed. Note also that the sum requested for 2006 (US$ 139,000) was considerably larger than the CHF 60,000 approved by COP9 Resolution IX.7.

5. Regional Strategy for the Conservation and Wise Use of High Andean Wetlands. The budget information supplied to the Secretariat and provided in DOC. SC34-21 appears to be for one year only (i.e., 2006). The Secretariat is seeking clarification from the proponents of the initiative as to whether a request for core budget funds for 2007 and/or 2008 can be expected as well.

6. Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in Western and Central Asia in Iran (RRC-CWA). The information provided in COP9 DOC. 21 indicates that financial support from the Convention's core budget will be requested for first three years. However, the budget table supplied includes only total budget figures for 2007 and 2008, and does not indicate the amounts for each of these years to be requested from the Convention core budget. These amounts should be clarified. The amount for 2006 requested and approved was CHF 20,000.

7. Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO). Budget figures provided in COP9 DOC.21 indicate that US$ 80,000 is requested for each of the three years (2006, 2007 and 2008). COP9 approved CHF 80,000 for 2006. The requested US$ 80,000 for 2007 (and 2008) is approx. CHF 102,500 per annum.

8. As indicated in DOC. SC34-21, COP9 approved MedWet allocations from the core budget of CHF 15,499 for 2007 and CHF 10,849 for 2008.


Annex

i) Regional (and subregional) networks for capacity-building and cooperation:

West African Coastal Zone Wetlands Network (WacoWet) - Budget 2006-2008

Items

Total cost (CFA)

FY01 in $

FY02-03 in $

Support

Internet communication infrastructure

 

 

 

 

Setting up

700000

1400

 

Benin

Bandwidth allowance (64 Kbp) per month

6696000

13392

13392

Benin

WacoWet Website development and management

 

 

 

 

Basic Website development

300000

600

 

Benin

Website management

200000

400

400

Benin

Bilingual secretary

 

 

 

 

Recruitment process (announcement and selection)

300000

600

 

Benin

Salary per month

4800000

9600

9600

Ramsar Core Budget or ECOWAS

Material of bureau

 

 

 

 

Desktop (Pentium IV, DVD, Graver and Zip)

1500000

3000

 

Benin

Laptop (Pentium IV, DVD, Graver)

2000000

4000

 

CBCM* Project

Printer

400000

800

 

CBCM Project

Scanner

150000

300

 

CBCM Project

Video projector

1500000

3000

 

CBCM Project

Numeric (i.e., digital) camera

250000

500

 

CBCM Project

Table (bureau)

400000

800

 

Benin

Seat

120000

240

 

Benin

Document storage units

100000

200

 

Benin

Tel/Fax

200000

400

 

Benin

Office running costs and communication

 

 

 

 

Furnitures (paper, bubble for printer, etc.) per month

600000

1200

1200

Benin

Telephone / communication

600000

1200

1200

Benin

Stamps

10000

20

 

Benin

Acquiring of bank account

500000

1000

 

Benin

Creation of the Network, Adoption and
Implementation of the Strategic Plan of Action

 

 

 

 

Preparation of fundamentals (MoU, Strategy Plan)

2000000

4000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Launching workshop (02 persons / 8 countries) for adoption of the fundamentals

24000000

48000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Elaboration of the detailed action plan

3000000

6000

 

Benin

Sensitization of decision makers at subregional level
(ECOWAS, States)

1000000

2000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Creation and updating of the Network’s Database

20000000

40000

2000

Ramsar Core Budget
CBCM Project

Adoption of WacoWet Transboundary Guidelines on Wetland management (elaboration, adoption)

20000000

40000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Creating and updating a professionals register

2500000

5000

5000

Ramsar Core Budget

 

93826000

187652

32792

 

Total FY1-3

253236 $

Note. CBCM project is a GEF-funded project on "Community Based Coastal Biodiversity Management" running from 2006-2010.

Contribution of Benin

 

 

 

 

Items

Total cost (CFA)

FY01 in $

FY02-03 in $

Support

Internet communication infrastructure

 

 

 

 

Setting up

700000

1400

 

Benin

Bandwidth allowance (64 Kbp) per month

6696000

13392

13392

Benin

WacoWet Website development and management

 

 

 

 

Basic website development

300000

600

 

Benin

Website management

200000

400

400

Benin

Bilingual secretary

 

 

 

 

Recruitment process (announcement and selection)

300000

600

 

Benin

Material of bureau

 

 

 

 

Desktop (Pentium IV, DVD, Graver and Zip)

1500000

3000

 

Benin

Table (bureau)

400000

800

 

Benin

Seat

120000

240

 

Benin

Document storage units

100000

200

 

Benin

Tel/Fax

200000

400

 

Benin

Office running costs and communication

 

 

 

 

Furnitures (paper, bubble for printer, etc.) per  mo.

600000

1200

1200

Benin

Telephone / communication

600000

1200

1200

Benin

Stamps

10000

20

 

Benin

Acquiring of bank account

500000

1000

 

Benin

Creation of the Network, Adoption and
Implementation of the Strategic Plan of Action

 

 

 

 

Elaboration of the detailed action plan

3000000

6000

 

Benin

 

15226000

30452

16192

 

Total: years 1-3

62836 $

 

Contribution requested from Ramsar Core Budget

 

 

 

 

Items

Total cost (CFA)

FY01 in $

FY02-03 in $

Support

Internet communication infrastructure

 

 

 

 

Material of bureau

 

 

 

 

Creation of the Network, Adoption and
Implementation of the Strategic Plan of Action

 

 

 

 

Preparation of fundamentals (MoU, Strategy Plan)

2000000

4000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Launching workshop (02 persons / 8 countries)
for adoption of the fundamentals

24000000

48000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Sensitization of decision makers at subregional level
(ECOWAS, States)

1000000

2000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Creation and updating of the Network’s Database

20000000

40000

2000

Ramsar Core Budget
CBCM Project

Adoption of WacoWet Transboundary Guidelines on Wetlands management (elaboration, adoption)

20000000

40000

 

Ramsar Core Budget

Creating and updating a professionals register

2500000

5000

5000

Ramsar Core Budget

 

69500000

139000

7000

 

Total: years 1-3

153000 $


Contribution from CBCM Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items

Total cost (CFA)

FY01 in $

FY02-03 in $

Support

Material of bureau

 

 

 

 

Laptop (Pentium IV, DVD, Graver)

2000000

4000

 

CBCM Project

Printer

400000

800

 

CBCM Project

Scanner

150000

300

 

CBCM Project

Video projector

1500000

3000

 

CBCM Project

Numeric camera

250000

500

 

CBCM Project

 

4300000

8600

0

 

Total: years 1-3

8600 $


Other contribution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items

Total cost (CFA)

FY01 in $

FY02-03 in $

Support

Bilingual secretary

 

 

 

 

Salary per month

4800000

9600

9600

ECOWAS

Material of bureau

 

 

 

 

 

4800000

9600

9600

 

Total: years 1-3

28800 $

Regional Strategy for the Conservation and Wise Use of High Andean Wetlands - Estimated budget

ITEM

Ramsar (Sfr.)

Total Swiss francs - counterpart contribution

Total Sfr.

Workshop for the elaboration of the Financial Plan and project profiles

 

 

 

 

Air fares

 

11000

 

11000

Country of origin - Chile - Country of origin (10 People)

 

 

 

 

Accommodation

 

4680

 

4680

(15 people x 5 days)

 

 

 

 

Food

 

1560

 

1560

(15 people x 5 days)

 

 

 

 

Consultancy

 

780

 

780

Preparation of Financial Plan

 

 

 

Materials

 

 

500

500

Use of computer, mail, toner…

 

 

 

 

Publication

 

2000

3000

5000

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EXPENSES Sfr.

 20,020

 3,500

 23,520

 

 

 

 


ii) Regional (and subregional) centres for training and capacity-building:

Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in Western and Central Asia in Iran (RRC-CWA) - Provisional Budget

Estimated expenses for the period 2006-2008

Activity

Specification

Total budget (CHF)

2006

2007

2008

Total budget

From the Ramsar core budget

Other sources of funding

Staff costs

 

Interim secretariat salary

12000

-

12000

13800

16200

Assistant of interim secretariat

5040

-

5040

5820

6720

External staff

Specialists/consultants

14000

-

14000

16100

18500

Travel

Travel expenses of the center staff

14000

4000

10000

15700

17600

Travel expenses of participants from some regional countries (4 countries) and invited speakers for meetings

9000

6000

3000

10100

11300

Conference expenses

Local, regional, international workshops, management board meetings (every 2 years), (space rental, hospitality, stationery, copying, technical services, etc.

42000

5000

37000

47000

52600

Office costs

General expense/utilities

8400

-

8400

9400

10500

 Communications

4200

-

4200

4700

5300

Purchase/maintenance of equipment

9800

5000

4800

11000

12300

Printing costs for publications and materials

Posters, leaflet, newsletter

5600

-

5600

6300

7100

Insurance

Insurance

560

-

560

650

750

Total

 

124600

20000

104600

140570

158870

Ramsar Regional Center for Training and Research on Wetlands in the Western Hemisphere (CREHO) - Provisional Budget 2006 - 2008 (in US $)

Budget Component

2006

2007

2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panama

Ramsar

Others

Panama

Ramsar

Others

Panama

Ramsar

Others

 TOTAL

1) Operation

71800

50000

205000

39800

60000

229400

39800

55000

317900

1068700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.1. Personnel

43200

30000

104000

13200

40000

163400

13200

42000

228900

677900

1.2. Subcontracts

10000

5000

5000

8000

5000

5000

8000

5000

10000

61000

1.3. Travel

11000

5000

20000

11000

5000

20000

11000

5000

25000

113000

1.4. Capital goods

0

5000

18000

0

0

0

0

0

0

23000

1.5. Perishable goods

7600

0

1000

7600

0

1000

7600

0

1000

25800

1.6. Other expenses and income in kind

0

0

50000

0

0

50000

0

0

50000

150000

1.7. Board of directors - follow up

0

5000

3000

0

5000

3000

0

3000

3000

22000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Training courses

0

30000

611550

0

25000

614550

0

25000

619550

1925650

2.1. Regional courses (2 -E & S- per year for 30 partici-pants 2 weeks)

0

30000

439250

0

20000

447250

0

20000

447250

1403750

2.2.Courses per country (4 one week event per year for 30 participants)

0

0

172300

5000

167300

5000

172300

521900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Informa-tion and monitoring system for wetlands

0

0

219600

0

0

116800

0

0

124300

460700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Regional and subregional initiatives CREHO participation

0

0

35800

0

0

35800

0

0

35800

107400

 TOTAL

71800

80000

1067950

39800

80000

1009550

39800

80000

1097550

3566450

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