COP8 Master PPT Final version by dandanhuanghuang

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The Ramsar Convention


   Margarita Astrálaga
     Senior Advisor
   Ramsar Secretariat
        www.ramsar.org




Providenciales, 17-19 November 2003
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                 Present status

• Covers very wide range of wetlands - from coral
  reefs to mountains

• 138 Contracting Parties (24 in Neotropics)

• 1317 Ramsar sites
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   What is the “wise use” of wetlands?

“… their sustainable
    utilization for the
 benefit of humankind
  in a way compatible
with the maintenance
      of the natural
    properties of the
       ecosystem”

  (Ramsar COP3, 1987)
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Integrated coastal management &
             policies
          Ramsar’s COP 8 – Nov. 2002, Valencia,
            Spain
          Resolution VIII.4 Principles and
            guidelines for incorporating wetland
            issues into Integrated Coastal Zone
            Management (ICZM)

                  Support projects in all regions to
              test guidelines

          National Policies: Bahamas, Guatemala
            and Iran
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    Regional and Sub-regional policies

• Resolution VIII.43 A sub-regional strategy of the
  Ramsar Convention for South America
• Sub-regional strategy on mangrove conservation
  Res. VIII.32 – Central America, Colombia &
  Ecuador
• NEPAD
• WW2BW
• Central American Policy




                      Los Olivitos Ramsar site - Venezuela
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             New Ramsar sites

•   Africa: 19 + 38 in progress
•   Americas: 13 + 20 in progress
•   Asia & the Pacific: 10
•   Europe: 13 + 19 in progress




                    Mauritania
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What is missing from the Ramsar site
              network?

Under-represented      No. sites
types
Karst & caves             3
Coral reefs               39
Seasonal pools            14
Subtidal marine beds      17
Forested peatlands        25
Intertidal forests        42
(e.g. mangroves)
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                Implementing WSSD

– Joint work with CBD, EIA
  Association & Ramsar (Res.
  VIII.9 )

– Support to national
  inventories of wetlands Res.
  VIII.6

– Res. VIII.11 Guidance for
  identifying and designating
  Wetlands of International
  Importance: corals &
  mangroves                      Prespa Lakes Ramsar site, Greece


– Res. VIII.16 Principles and
  guidelines for wetland
  restoration
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The Ramsar List – application of Criteria
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Thank you




    Los Roques Ramsar site, Venezuela

								
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