35th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee

31/01/2007

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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
35th Meeting of the Standing Committee
Gland, Switzerland, 14-16 February 2007
DOC. SC35/SG Finance-3

Agenda item 8

Towards a new budget framework for COP10

Action requested: The Subgroup on Finance is invited to consider the suggested method for presenting the Core Budget and provide its advice to the Standing Committee on this matter.

1. During discussions in September 2006 between the Standing Committee Chair and Vice-Chair, the Chair of the Subgroup on Finance, and the Secretariat, the issue of the form of the framework and presentation of the Convention's Core Budget was discussed.

2. One option that was considered in those discussions was to reorganize the main budget line headings in such a way as to group all forms of expenditure (staff salaries and social costs, travel costs, service costs, etc.) under a series of major headings for each of the thematic work areas under which the Convention and its Secretariat operates. It was felt that this might allow Parties to see more clearly what implementation purposes the various budget line amounts in the Core Burdget are applied to.

3. The attached table has been prepared by the Secretariat to provide the Standing Committee with an initial suggestion of how such a reorganized budget might be presented. To provide the example, the attached table uses the budget expenditures from the COP9-approved core budget for 2007.

4. It must be stressed that this table is provided for illustrative purposes only. The overall budget figure and allocations in this illustration are unchanged from those approved by COP9; rather each of the budget lines in the COP9-approved format has been reallocated to one or more of the thematic work areas used for the illustration, solely in order to suggest what an eventual COP10 budget proposal might look like if Standing Committee should find this approach to be promising.

Illustration of Core Budget organized by thematic work areas

 

2007 EXPENDITURES – by Thematic Work Areas

Sub-totals (CHF)

Thematic totals (CHF)

 

A. SECRETARIAT SENIOR MANAGEMENT

 

525,729

i.  Salaries & social costs (SG/DSG)

488,729

 

ii. Travel on Official Business (International)

37,000

 

 

B. REGIONAL ADVICE & SUPPORT

 

1,296,928

i.  Salaries & social costs (SRAs, Oceania officer, Assistants, DSG-RA)

1,223,928

 

ii. Travel on Official Business (International)

73,000

 

 

C. SUPPORT TO REGIONAL INITIATIVES

 

202,382

i.  Regional networks (cooperation)

102,382

 

ii. Regional centers (training & capacity-building)

100,000

 

 

D. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES

 

263,310

i.  STRP (implementation/meeting & staff costs)

203,310

 

ii. Ramsar Sites Information Service

160,000

 

 

E. CEPA - COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION & PUBLIC AWARENESS

 

464,446

i.  Salaries & social costs

322,196

 

ii. Communications & Reporting implementation

142,250

 

 

F. ADMINISTRATION & PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

 

703,633

i.   Administration (salaries & social costs + IUCN services)

485,875

 

ii.  Human Resources (salaries & social costs + IUCN services)

93,913

 

iii. Other employment benefits

98,470

 

iv. Staff hiring and departure costs

25,375

 

 

G. FINANCE MANAGEMENT

 

433,328

i.  Salaries & social costs

178,048

 

ii. Finance Services - IUCN

255,280

 

 

H. OPERATING COSTS

 

194,789

i.   Information Technology (IT) services - IUCN

66,489

 

ii.  Operating Costs

91,500

 

iii. Travel on Official Business (contingency)

11,800

 

iv. Purchase & Maintenance of Equipment/Office Supplies (including depreciation)

25,000

 

 

I. STANDING COMMITTEE SERVICES

 

71,735

i.  Standing Committee delegates' support

46,360

 

ii. Simultaneous interpretation at SC meetings

25,375

 

 

J. MISCELLANEOUS

 

50,000

i.  Bad debt provision

50,000

 

ii. Exchange loss

 

 

 

COP related costs incurred by the Secretariat

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL FORECAST EXPENDITURE

4,206,277

4,206,277

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