The Ramsar Convention Secretariat

The Secretariat carries out the day-to-day coordination of the Convention’s activities. It is based at the headquarters of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Gland, Switzerland.

The functions of the Secretariat are to:

  • maintain the List of Wetlands of International Importance and note any additions and changes to the List and the Ramsar Sites Database;
  • assist in recruiting new Contracting Parties;
  • help convene and organize the Conferences of Contracting Parties (COP) and regional pre-COP meetings, the meetings of the Standing Committee and of the STRP;
  • publish the Decisions, Resolutions, and Recommendations of the COP and the Standing Committee;
  • provide administrative and communications support to the STRP;
  • provide administrative, scientific, and technical support to Contracting Parties, especially in relation to the implementation of the Ramsar Strategic Plan;
  • organize Ramsar Advisory Missions at the request of Contracting Parties and contribute to follow-up of RAM reports;
  • develop cooperation with other conventions, intergovernmental institutions, and national and international NGOs;
  • administer funding programmes set up to support the implementation of the Convention, seeking financial contributions, inviting and evaluating project proposals, and overseeing expenditure;
  • inform the Contracting Parties and the public of developments related to the Convention.

Funding Secretariat activities

The Convention’s core funding is based on contributions from Contracting Parties to the Convention. These contributions are based on the United Nations scale of assessment adjusted to take account of the fact that not all members of the United Nations are Contracting Parties to the Convention. The status of assessed contributions to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is shown here. This information is updated on a monthly basis.

Secretariat staffing

The Secretariat follows IUCN procedures and policies on staffing and recruitment. The structure of the Secretariat and the current postholders are shown in this organizational chart. Any vacancies are advertised on the Convention website here.

 

Secretary General
Martha ROJAS URREGO
+41 22 999 0170

Deputy Secretary General
Jonathan BARZDO
+41 22 999 0284

Director Resource Mobilization and Outreach
Jay ALDOUS
+41 22 999 0169

Senior Advisor for Africa
Paul OUÉDRAOGO
+41 22 999 0164

Senior Advisor for Asia-Oceania
Reiko IITSUKA
41-22-999-0177

Senior Advisor for the Americas
María RIVERA
+41 22 999 0175

Senior Advisor for Europe
Tobias SALATHÉ
+41 22 999 0173

Documentation Officer
Edmund JENNINGS
+41 22 999 0365

Finance Officer
Sandra RÜCKER
+41 22 999 0280

Executive Assistant to the Secretary
Delphine BRÉMOND
+41 22 999 0395

External Relations Officer
Sharon OSEKU-FRAINIER
+41 22 999 0269

Communications Officer
Magdalena LUCZAK
+41 22 999 0309

Scientific and Technical Support Officer
Marcela BONELLS
+41 22 999 0182

Regional Officer for Africa
Rasamoelina RAKOTOMAMONJY
+41 22 999 0174

IT Officer
Manuel KERN
+41 22 999 0201

HR Business Partner
Maud PITOISET
+41 22 999 0109

Conference Assistant
Charlene KNOETZE
+41 22 999 0285

Administrative Communications Assistant
Veronique CHARLES
+41 22 999 0185

Administrative Assistant
Catherine LOETSCHER
+41 22 999 0279

Assistant Advisor for Africa
Marie JEANNE SENGHOR
+41 22 999 0172

Assistant Advisor for Asia-Oceania
Yaiphaba AKOIJAM
+41 22 999 0138

Assistant Advisor for the Americas
Pablo LÓPEZ GUIJOSA
+41 22 999 0145

Assistant Advisor for Europe
Kasia NIKRASZEWICZ
+41 22 999 0178