COP13 - Highlights for Tuesday, 23 October 2018

COP13 - Highlights for Tuesday, 23 October 2018

24 October 2018

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On Tuesday, the COP13 met in plenary throughout the day to address organizational matters and consider reports.

On Tuesday, the COP13 met in plenary throughout the day to address organizational matters and consider reports.  

Plenary elected: Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, as COP13  President; Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Director General, Fujairah Municipality, UAE, as Alternate President; and Kristina Niikkonen, Finland, and Paul Mafabi, Uganda, as Vice Presidents.

Delegates heard reports related to:

  • work of the Standing Committee (SC);
  • global implementation of the Convention and other work of the Secretariat;
  • the List of Wetlands of International Importance;
  • implementation of the Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Programme;
  • work of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP); and
  • finance and budgetary matters.

The day concluded with the presentation of the Global Wetland Outlook. Key highlights included:

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Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General, introducing the Global Wetland Outlook to COP 13
  1. the critical role wetlands play in providing valuable ecosystem services;
  2. increasing accuracy of global wetland area data;
  3. loss of 35% of wetland sites since 1970;
  4. decline in populations of wetland-dependent species, including 25% of animal and plant species at risk of extinction;
  5. negative trends of water quality; and
  6. insights on the way forward, including enhancing the network of Ramsar sites, integrating wetlands into the post-2015 development agenda, capacity building, and action at national and local levels.A working group was organized to progress work during COP13 on finance and budget.

Key takeaways included:

  • significant efforts by the Secretariat to address identified challenges;
  • complementary work of the STRP and CEPA Programme; and the
  • sobering, yet compelling messages of the Global Wetland Outlook.

source: IISD reporting & photos