Ramsar COP8 - Brief report and photos: day eight

Ramsar COP8 - Brief report and photos: day eight

7 December 2002
"Wetlands: water, life, and culture"
8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2002

Day Eight of the Ramsar COP

On Monday, 25 November, the penultimate day of the COP, the delegates got down to the long concluding task of making final amendments to and adopting or not adopting the 46 Draft Resolutions that had been under negotiation, sometimes intense negotiation in regional meetings and contact groups, throughout the past week. Roughly half the DRs glided through the process on Day 8, leaving only the other half, the most contentious ones in many cases, to struggle through last minute rounds in the contact groups and come to gavel on the morrow. Further details of the give-and-take and thrust-and-parry are available from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/ramsar/cop8/.

Vice-President Javad Amin Mansour of Iran was in the President's Chair as Day 8 got under way with a final review of the Draft Resolutions.

Deputy Secretary General Nick Davidson talks the plenary through the amendments made to the Draft Resolutions during the week's discussions, before putting each of them up for adoption.

The Ramsar staff desk near the plenary head table, with consultant Bill Phillips (formerly Ramsar Deputy Secretary General, right) monitoring the progress of the Draft Resolutions closely.

The delegations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of Republic of Moldova and Republic of Korea

The delegation of the UK (left). The Phillipines delegate addressing the plenary on matters of principle for the Ramsar Convention (Victor Pulido of Peru, winner of the Ramsar Award for 1999, left).

Brazil entering a reservation to one of the Draft Resolutions (left). Jamie Pittock, head of WWF's Living Waters Programme.

The delegations of Namibia and New Zealand

The delegation of Latvia (missing Inga)

The delegations of Greece and Guatemala

The delegation of Guinea Bissau

The delegations of Mali, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India

The delegation of the USA (Dr Herb Raffaele caught looking uncharacteristically gloomy).

Paul and Tom, other members of the USA delegation (left). The Syrian delegation.

The Bahamas!

The delegation of Australia (the Chair of the Standing Committee seeking revenge)

The delegations of Japan and Jordan

Ramsar's Julio Montes de Oca with the delegation from his native Costa Rica

Just starting to get ready to start getting ready to relax

The night before the final plenaries, the Ramsar Bureau and associated staff don goofy T-shirts and prepare to start packing up again on the morrow.

How many white-bread sandwiches are left in there? We still have one more day to go!