41st meeting of the Standing Committee

24/03/2010

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CONVENTION ON WETLANDS (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
41st Meeting of the Standing Committee
Kobuleti, Georgia, 26 April – 1 May 2010

DOC. SC41-9

Agenda item 8

Ramsar Secretariat non-Core requirements and activities 2010

Action requested: The Standing Committee is requested to note this report and advise the Secretary General as appropriate.

1.       On a cash basis, total voluntary contributions received fell from CHF 2,032,000 in 2008 to CHF 1,818,000 in 2009, of which the amounts coming from Contracting Parties fell from CHF 1,344,000 to 782,000. The amounts received from Danone increased from CHF 579,000 to CHF 874,000 due to significant contributions for the Danone “Ecoles de protection de l’eau” programmes. Attached is an analysis of all voluntary contributions for 2005-2009.

2.       Contracting Parties will recall that the Secretary General in October 2009 sent a request to all Parties to provide voluntary funding for a number of specific non-Core funded activities of the Convention and Secretariat, without which the third Strategic Plan of the Convention could and cannot be delivered. The response to this request was not as positive as was hoped. We had sought CHF 615,000 for key activities in 2009, including the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, the Small Grants Fund, Ramsar Advisory Missions, CEPA workshops, and World Wetlands Week. We received only CHF 208,000 from Contracting Parties with CHF 114,000 coming from Danone, as shown below, leaving us with underfunding on these activities of 46% as shown below:


CHF ‘000

2009 need

2009 receipts from Contracting Parties

2009 receipts from Danone

2009 receipts - other

STRP Priority Tasks

128

79

0

0

STRP Additional Tasks

27

5

0

0

World Wetlands Week

53

0

75

0

RAMs

100

5

0

11

CEPA Action Planning workshops

7

0

0

0

SGF projects

300

119

38

0

Regional Meetings

0

0

0

0

COP 11

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Total

615

208

113

11

Note: Excludes activities planned under the Wetlands for the Future, Swiss Grants for Africa and Danone funds, and smaller project activities.

3.       For 2010, 2011 and 2012 we anticipate the following needs for these specific areas:

CHF ‘000

2010 need

2010 received/pledged

2011 need

2012 need

 

 

 

 

 

STRP Priority Tasks

104

0

256

100

STRP Additional Tasks

36

0

17

18

World Wetlands Week

0

0

0

0

RAMs

100

0

100

100

CEPA Action Planning workshops

75

35

100

100

SGF projects

300

0

300

300

Regional Meetings

100

45

570

0

COP Sponsored delegates

0

0

0

1,045

 

 

 

 

 

Total

322

80

1,343

1,663

 

 

 

 

 

Note: In addition to this we anticipate monies from to the USA (Wetlands for the Future and other regional support) and Switzerland (Swiss Grant for Africa) for our ongoing project activities and Danone Funds (CHF 430,000).

4.        The Standing Committee is invited to consider how they might help to meet these needs, taking into particular account the very significant demands of 2011 and 2012. The Secretariat would welcome suggested avenues to pursue and is ready to provide any necessary support and additional information, including detailed and tailored proposals for funding. The Secretariat expects to be able to expand and diversify sources of funding through the work of the Partnership Coordinator, working with the Contracting Parties and Ramsar partners.

 See PDF version for appended table

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