Update on other decisions taken at 3rd joint meeting on 9 October

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Update on other decisions taken at 3rd joint meeting on 9 October


    st41 Meeting of the Standing Committee

    Kobuleti, Georgia, 26 April 1 May 2010

    DOC. SC41-21

    Agenda item 12

    Review of the Ramsar Convention’s relationship with its International

    Organization Partners

Action requested: The Standing Committee is invited to note the review of the Ramsar

    Convention‟s relationships with its International Organization Partners and advise on how to

    strengthen these partnerships.

1. In Decision SC40-6, the Standing Committee instructed the Secretariat to develop a

    collaborative review with the International Organization Partners of the Conventions

    relationships with the IOPs, in order to strengthen them strategically and make them more

    concrete and detailed, including in relation to in-country implementation support


2. The following is a preliminary review, in summaries and table form, including

    consideration and completion by the IOPs.

     rdUpdate on decisions taken at the 3 joint meeting on 9 October 2007: Joint action and special support as of March 2010

3. Review of joint activities with Ramsar IOPs: It is expected that, ideally, there will be a

    significant contribution to the implementation of the Ramsar Convention from all IOPs

    through their comprehensive policies/strategies, programmes and initiatives. The reality is

    that, for most IOPs, only a few programmes are significantly working in collaboration with

    the Ramsar community at global, regional and national levels. Almost all programmes have

    a relevance to the Ramsar Convention, however, and a number of the IOPs programmes

    influence wetland conservation and wise use. For instance, the following programmes are

    highly relevant and can significantly influence wetland management at different levels.

BirdLife International

4. BirdLife International consists of a global partnership of national conservation NGOs,

    structured within six regions and supported by a decentralised Secretariat. BirdLife

    Partners also maintain large local networks (e.g., Site Support Groups and Important Bird

    Area Caretakers). BirdLife thus works to support implementation of the Ramsar

    Convention in a diversity of ways at the local, national, regional and global level. At

    regional or global level, many specific activities are carried out or coordinated by the

    BirdLife Secretariat. The very significant work of numerous BirdLife Partners in

    promoting and supporting Ramsar implementation nationally and locally is less visible and

    less easy to track and report on. However, it represents an area where the strategic

    relationship with Ramsar could be strengthened and should not be overlooked in this


    DOC. SC41-21, page 2

    5. BirdLife‟s strategic conservation objectives include saving species, protecting sites, conserving habitats and empowering people, with cross-cutting strategic themes on seabirds, flyways and climate change. BirdLife is carrying out work relevant to Ramsar within all of these broad areas. A particularly strong and well-established link is through the Important Bird Areas programme, since the great majority of IBAs identified for waterbirds at global level are also actual or potential Ramsar sites. Other, still emerging programmes are also very relevant, including Preventing Extinctions, Climate Change, Flyways, Seabirds and Conservation Leadership. More information is available on

    BirdLife‟s Web site: .


6. IUCN‟s global programme and initiatives include Climate Change, Energy, Ecosystems

    and Livelihoods, Mangroves for the Future, Conservation for Poverty Reduction, Future of Sustainability; Water Programme; Marine Programme; Business and Biodiversity;

    Economics; Ecosystem Management Programme; Environmental Law Programme; Forest

    Programme; Global Policy; Social Policy; Species; and Protected Areas.

7. In practice, direct working relationships with the Ramsar Secretariat and sometimes with

    Ramsar Administrative Authorities are mainly through the Water Programme. The

    Secretariat is developing more working relationships with the Business and Biodiversity Programme, the Climate Change Initiative, Protected Areas and Forest Programmes. It is worth noting that the administration of the Ramsar Secretariat is provided by IUCN.


8. IWMI is a research centre of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural

    Research (CGIAR). Its mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and the environment. IWMIs Strategic Plan encompasses four

    thematic areas of work:

- Water Availability and Access;

    - Productive Water Use (with Sustainable Use of Wetlands as one of the sub-


    - Water Quality, Health and the Environment;

    - Water and Society;

9. IWMI conducts research, primarily in Asia and Africa (but also partly in South America),

    with a range of national and international partners and stakeholders, including other institutions of the Consultative Group for Interantional Agricultural Research (e.g., WorldFish and the International Livestock Research Institute). Many of the projects and programs with which IWMI is involved have direct relevance to the Ramsar Convention. These include:

- projects of the Challenge Programme on Water and Food (i., Wetlands-based

    livelihoods in the Limpopo basin: balancing social welfare and environmental

    security; ii., Water allocation in the Tonle Sap; iii., Valuing wetland resources in

    China; iv., the Nile Basin Focal project);

    DOC. SC41-21, page 3

- the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, which Ramsar


    - a GEF project on Sustainable Management of Inland Wetlands in Southern Africa:

    A Livelihoods and Ecosystems Approach;

    - an EU project on enhancing the role of wetlands in integrated water resources

    management of twinned river basins in EU, Africa and South-America in support of

    EU Water Initiatives.

    10. IWMI has collaborated with Wetlands International and other partners on the Wetlands

    and Poverty project and the Guidelines on Agriculture, Wetlands and Water Resource

    Interactions (GAWI) project. IWMIs staff participate in the Japanese Space Agency‟s

    (JAXA) Kyoto and Carbon Initiative investigating remote sensing techniques for wetland

    inventory and monitoring. IWMIs projects on water resource management, irrigation, small-holder agriculture, environmental flows, water storage and climate change all have

    aspects that are relevant to Ramsar. In addition, key components of IWMIs work relate to

    capacity building and outreach and knowledge dissemination.

    11. Regarding the Ramsar Convention, IWMI clearly affirms: At international level, we will

    make sure that IWMI has a voice in key organizations like the Global Water Partnership

    and the Ramsar Convention.

    Wetlands International

    12. Wetlands Internationals mission is to sustain and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity for future generations. The Wetlands International Strategy identifies four long-term strategic global goals:

Global Goal 1: Stakeholders and decision-makers are well-informed about the status and

    trends of wetlands, their biodiversity and priorities for action;

    Global Goal 2: The functions and values of wetlands are recognised and integrated into

    sustainable development;

    Global Goal 3: Conservation and sustainable use of wetlands is achieved through

    integrated water resource management and coastal zone management;

    Global Goal 4: Large scale, strategic initiatives result in improved conservation status of

    species, habitats and ecological networks.

    13. All Wetlands International programmes are directly correlated with the work of the

    Ramsar Convention: Protecting wetland biodiversity; Improving peoples livelihoods;

    Increasing resilience of vulnerable coasts; Mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change;

    and Improving water management. All specific programmes and projects are also

    contributing to the implementation of the Ramsar Convention: Central Kalimantan

    Peatland Project in Indonesia (CKPP); GreenCoast; Wetlands and Poverty Reduction

    Project; Avian Influenza and Waterbirds; Wings Over Wetlands; Wetlands and Biofuels;

    Wetlands and Livelihoods Project. In addition, there are also relevant projects under the

    Regional Coastal and Marine Conservation Programme for West Africa‟

    14. In addition, Wetlands International delivers the Ramsar Sites Information Service (RSIS)

    for the Convention, under a contractual arrangement with the Secretariat. This is one of

    the key services that the Secretariat provides to Contracting Parties through this

    arrangement with WI. The RSIS is meant to provide on-line access to all official

    DOC. SC41-21, page 4

Information Sheets on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS), and increasingly it also includes links to

    other relevant but unofficial information sources concerning Ramsar sites in different

    countries, such as external Web sites, publications and management plans. Wetlands

    International also provides the STRP Support Service to ensure effective communication among STRP members and STRP National Focal Points.

WWF International

15. WWFs approach to achieving its twin goals of saving biodiversity and reducing humanitys

    impact on nature is consistent with Ramsars mission and Resolutions: Tackling the causes; Global initiatives, including the Amazon, the Arctic, China for a Global SHIFT, Coastal

    East Africa, Coral Triangle, Forest-based Carbon, Global Climate Deal, Green Heart of

    Africa, Heart of Borneo, Living Himalaya, Market Transformation, Smart Energy, Smart

    Fishing, Tigers. These are WWF‟s 14 so-called “Network Initiatives”. In addition, there are also 35 so-called “WWF Priority Places” to be taken into account.

16. WWF Programmes are also all related to wetland conservation and wise use: Freshwater

    Programme; Forest Programme; Marine Programme; and Species Programme.

17. The Ramsar Convention is considered by WWF as a “Species and Biodiversity

    Convention” as much as a “Freshwater Convention” (for example, several WWF-

    supported projects have included coastal wetland conservation, e.g., deltas and mangroves,

    as part of Freshwater Programme activities).

18. The Ramsar Convention receives tremendous support and significant contributions in its

    implementation on the ground, thanks to the commitment of WWFs Freshwater

    Programme. However, it would be extremely useful to extend collaborative work with all

    other programmes as well.

19. WWF International Freshwater Programme covers anything related to supporting

    implementation of Ramsar‟s Three Pillars, the Strategic Plan, goals, objectives, etc., as well as for the day-to-day relationships between WWF and the Ramsar Secretariat. Depending

    upon the issues, regions, countries or even places, the International Freshwater

    Programme represents, promotes, and supports the views, objectives, policy and field

    work of the entire WWF network as far as Freshwater (including coastal) Ecosystems /

    Biodiversity issues are concerned, through historically long-established and regular

    cooperation with other WWF Programmes, Offices, Network Initiatives, Priority Places,


20. In addition to the International Freshwater Programme, many WWF National

    Programmes Units or staff (including Freshwater, Forest, Species, Marine, each WWF

    Office having its own way of organizing itself and its own local/national/regional

    priorities) collaborate closely with environment/wetland conservation authorities in the

    region and/or country corresponding to their areas and subjects of priority engagement. In

    this respect, WWF‟s International Freshwater Programme‟s key role is one of coordination

    as well as promotion and communication of WWF‟s worldwide wetland conservation


DOC. SC41-21, page 5

21. This summary is not comprehensive; it is rather a preliminary overview that needs to be

completed in a meeting with IOPs. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to hold a stmeeting with all IOPs before the 41 meeting of the Standing Committee.

    DOC. SC41-21, page 6

    Areas of common BirdLife IUCN IWMI Wetlands WWF International work between IOPs International International and the Ramsar

    Secretariat/ special


    Administrative and Hosting the Secretariat Ramsar Sites Support to promote financial services to and providing Information Service; accession process to Ramsar Secretariat administrative and STRP support service the Convention (10

     financial services new Contracting

     Parties during the

     1999-2009 period).

     Financial support to

     facilitate designation of

    Ramsar sites (through

    occasional co-funding

    of Ramsar SGF

    projects, or funding

    through WWF relevant

    offices or through

    relevant governmental

    offices, etc.)

    DOC. SC41-21, page 7

Areas of common BirdLife IUCN IWMI Wetlands WWF International

    work between IOPs International International and the Ramsar

    Secretariat/ special


    Technical support - IBA monitoring of Data and analyses services to the Ramsar-listed sites and from International Convention other wetlands Waterbird Census

    - National waterbird used as a tranche 2

    census coordination in indicator on success of

    many countries, in implementation of the

    liaison with Wetlands Convention;

    International RSIS analyses

    - Review and tracking

    of waterbird species

    conservation status, as

    the Red List Authority

    for birds

    - Development of

    indicators of


    effectiveness and the

    associated guidelines

    - Support to

    implementation of Art.


    - Lead on specific

    issues within STRP

    - Review of site

    selection criteria

    - Leading side events

    during COP

    - Arranging/organising

    technical workshops

    - Contribution to the

    Secretariat and the

    Culture Working

    Group with

    development of

    guidance on

    considering wetland

    cultural values.

    DOC. SC41-21, page 8

    Areas of common BirdLife IUCN IWMI Wetlands WWF International work between IOPs International International and the Ramsar

    Secretariat/ special


    Ramsar Advisory - Financial support Contribution of IUCN - Highly appreciated Mission (RAM): Lake (RSPB) and direct Regional Office in contribution of WWF Natron Ramsar site, participation Asia and IUCN Intl HQ and WWF Tanzania - Partner support and Specialist Group on office in Mozambique

     backstopping in-Flamingos (2009);

     country - Promoting

     - Partnership advocacy governments interest

     for implementation of and will to request

     RAM RAM is part of

     recommendations WWF‟s priorities for

    the 2010-2020 decade IOP support events at - Organisation of X X 1) Climate Change X COP10 technical meetings Policies and Wetland

    - Key side events: Conservation

    „Crane conservation in Conflict and Synergies

    north-east Asia‟; and 2) Wetlands and

    „IBA Local Biofuels

    Conservation Groups 3) Flyways

    and wetland - Events were

    conservation‟ strategically placed to

    - Support to campaign support resolutions (as

    for conservation of well as others) on

    Lake Natron, Tanzania wetlands and climate

    - Support in drafting change and wetlands

    resolutions. and biofuels Excellent participation - Support to the X X WI is contributing to X in STRPs work development of new several tasks under

    guidance materials, e.g. TWA 2, TWA 3, TWA

    further “wise use” 4, TWA 5, TWA 6 ,

    conceptual TWA 9 and TWA 10

    frameworks and within the current

    DOC. SC41-21, page 9

    Areas of common BirdLife IUCN IWMI Wetlands WWF International work between IOPs International International and the Ramsar

    Secretariat/ special


    promotion of related STRP Work Plan.


    - Technical inputs on

    indicators & reporting,


    management and


    resolutions, assessing

    coherence, gaps,


    conflicts, user needs,


    - Assistance to the

    Convention Secretariat

    and STRP with

    reviews of guidances

    and COP.

    Active participation in Asia Division, Japan, Vietnam, Regional Thailand,Oceania, Regional pre-COP Ramsar regional Thailand, Vietnam, Asia Office Japan, China meetings; and several meetings Cambodia, Cameroon, regional Initiatives

     UK meetings/workshops

     (detail hereafter)

    Financial support to Cambodia &UK office Yaoundé, Cameroon, Yaoundé, Cameroon, regional meetings IUCN Central Africa WWF Central Africa

     Office Office

    Financial arrangements Reg Asia and Lao Nepal Office and logistics to Office

    organize regional


    DOC. SC41-21, page 10

    Areas of common BirdLife IUCN IWMI Wetlands WWF International work between IOPs International International and the Ramsar

    Secretariat/ special


    Special contribution to Many inputs from Assistance in drafting Assistance in prepare COP10 BirdLife to help draft Resolutions (on redrafting COP9

     specific resolutions, Biogeographic Resolution 14 on

     guidance documents, regionalization in the poverty eradication,

     etc. prior to the COP application of the flyways partnership,

     Strategic Framework and wetlands and climate

     Wetlands and biofuels) change, wetlands and Staff time to develop and input to several biofuels key documents other resolutions:

     Refinements to the

     modus operandi of the

     STRP; Wetlands and Financial support BirdLife provided human health and well WWF International

     financial support to 19 being; Wetlands and sponsored some

    delegates to attend poverty reduction; African delegates

    COP 10 Enhancing biodiversity

    in rice paddies

    Specific campaign for Funding, technical and X the conservation and political support for

    wise use of peatlands peatland restoration in


    Joint action in Bali, X UNFCCC COP13

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