Strategic Plans of the Convention

The Strategic Plan is intended to provide guidance, particularly to the Contracting Parties but also to the Standing Committee, the Secretariat, the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), the regional initiatives, and the International Organization Partners (IOPs), as well as the Convention’s many other collaborators, on how they should focus their efforts for implementing the Convention on Wetlands over the next two triennia.

The Ramsar Convention’s first Strategic Plan, for the period 1997-2002, was negotiated by a wide array of stakeholders during 1995 and adopted by a Resolution of the Parties at the 6th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP6) in Brisbane in 1996. It was a groundbreaking document, the first plan of its kind for a global environmental convention, and it was seen at the time as a model for emulation by the other major environmental instruments.

Since then, a second Strategic Plan period has been concluded, for 2003-2008, and the Convention is midway through its third Plan, for 2009-2015. For each triennial meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, the Parties prepare National Reports to assess their progress in implementing the various objectives of the current Plan.

Find the current Strategic Plan, and for historical purposes the first and second plans, below.

The Strategic Plan 2009-2015, amended in 2012 (PDF) English | Français Español Arabic | Russian

The Strategic Plan 2003-2008 (superseded)

The Strategic Plan 1997-2002 (superseded)

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