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CMS 10th Conference of Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Changwon, Republic of Korea | 28 October-4 November 2008
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Penultimate Day at Ramsar COP 10

Returning refreshed from Sunday's excursions, Ramsar COP 10 delegates met in plenary in morning and afternoon sessions to consider revised draft resolutions. Delegates adopted over a dozen resolutions, including those on the Ramsar Strategic Plan, regional initiatives, avian influenza, and partnerships and synergies with MEAs. An informal working group on wetlands and climate change also met throughout the day.

Before plenary adjourned for the evening and delegates made their way to a farewell dinner hosted by Gyeongnam province, the Secretariat announced that the final day's negotiations would begin Tuesday morning at 9am, providing an extra hour to reach consensus on remaining resolutions.

Above: Ramsar Deputy Secretary-General Nick Davidson and COP 10 Alternate President Kim Chan-woo.


Monday, 3 November
Plenary

John Karau, Canada.

Deb Callister, Australia.

Olga Shugaeva, Russian Federation.

The TV camera followed each intervention.

Felix Zaharia, Romania.

Amy Hankinson, Inland Rivers Network.

Mark Smith, IUCN.

Mónica Herzig Zurcher, Mexico.

Faalavaau Perina Sila, Samoa.

Argentina received a bottle of Champagne from Averil Bones, WWF Australia, for timely action on wetlands.

Andras Schmidt, Hungary.

Edgar Araúz Ábrego, Panama.

Maria Carolina Hazin, Brazil.

Nihat Ataman, Turkey.

Technicians scrambled to load a PowerPoint presentation.
Farewell Dinner

Delegates and conference helpers welcomed the arrival of Governor Kim Tae-ho of Gyeongnam province.

Ramsar Secretary-General Anada Tiéga and Governor Kim toasted with ornate traditional goblets.

Traditionally costumed musicians.
Sunday Excursions

The Upo Wetland was a popular destination Sunday for conference goers and tourists alike.

Korean schoolchildren excitedly mobbed Sad Al-Johashi, Iraq.

Tour guides led the way.

Traffic-directing soldiers posed by the border of Upo and Mokpo wetlands.

A Vinous-throated Parrotbill at Upo Wetland.

Information was given in both Korean and English in the buses.

A traditional gate at a historic house on the tour.

Tour participants enjoyed tea and rice cakes.
Around COP 10

A sculpture at the entrance of Changwon's Ramsar Park.

The Upo Wetland Ramsar site sign, carved in stone.

Musicians played traditional instruments on the outdoor stage.

COP 10 Rapporteur Tim Jones conferred with ENB writer Asheline Appleton.

The floral pathway to CECO's main entrance.

Related Links

Ramsar Convention
COP-10 web site and documents

Related IISD-RS Coverage

ENB Coverage of Ramsar COP-9
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ENB Coverage of Ramsar COP-7
Linkages brief introduction to wetlands conservation.
Linkages Water, Wetlands, Oceans and Coasts page

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