Ramsar signs MOC with Barcelona Convention

Ramsar signs MOC with Barcelona Convention

20 February 2000

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In ceremonies in Nairobi, Kenya, 11 February 2001, presided over by Mr Klaus Töpfer, Director of UNEP, during the 21st Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr Delmar Blasco, Ramsar Secretary General, signed a memorandum of cooperation with M. Lucien Chabason, Coordinator of the Coordinating Unit of the Mediterranean Action Plan of the Secretariat of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (also known as the Barcelona Convention). Among the objectives of the new agreement are to:

  • assist the Governments of the Mediterranean countries to grant legal protection to Ramsar sites so that all Ramsar sites fulfil the eligibility conditions for inclusion in the list of 'Specially protected areas of Mediterranean importance';
  • reinforce the conservation and integrated management of the Mediterranean wetlands;
  • ensure the coordination and complementarity of technical tools and modules prepared by MedWet and the RAC/SPA for the survey of sites and training on subjects related to wetlands; and
  • cooperate to establish guidelines for the sustainable use of wetlands in the region, especially within the activities of the Mediterranean Committee on Sustainable Development.

These new actions will reinforce the Barcelona secretariat's participation in and support for the work of Ramsar's MedWet/Com.