The CEPA Oversight Panel

The CEPA Oversight Panel monitors and reports on the implementation of the Convention’s CEPA Programme and sets priorities for communication, education, participation, awarness and capacity building.

The Panel advises Standing Committee and Secretariat on CEPA priorities at national and international level, including CEPA priorities of STRP (Scientific and Technical Review Panel)

Terms of Reference for the CEPA Oversight Panel.

The CEPA Oversight Panel was established at Standing Committee 34 in 2006, following the request of the Contracting Parties through Resolution IX.18 of 2005. 

The CEPA Panel meets several times in each triennium and reports to Standing Committee as necessary to deliver advice and information on implementation.  The Panel also oversees the preparation of the implementation report by the Secretariat for each Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties. 

The composition of the CEPA Panel for the period 2019-2021:

The Chair of the CEPA Oversight Panel: Jenny Lonnstad (Sweden)

The Vice Chair of the CEPA Oversight Panel: Lisa-Maria Rebelo (Lao PDR)

Six representatives of Contracting Parties; one representative per region:

  • Africa: Regina Ceali Namakula (Uganda)
  • Asia: Hari Bhadra Acharya (Nepal)
  • Europe: Olesya Petrovych (Ukraine)
  • Latin America and Caribbean: Andrea Mendizábal (Honduras)
  • North America: Kristen Koyama (United States)
  • Oceania: Mark Taylor (Australia)

Two NGO Focal Points:

  • Asia: Jasim AlAsadi (Republic of Iraq)
  • Africa: Salwa Abdelhameed (Sudan)

Representative of the IOPS: Chris Rostron, WWT