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Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

6-13 July 2012 | Bucharest, Romania

Ramsar COP11The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands convened on Friday, 6 July, at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. Traditional Romanian music headlined the opening ceremony, which included presentation of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. COP 11 will continue until 13 July on the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination” to highlight the tourism and recreation opportunities provided by wetlands. COP 11 delegates will assess implementation of the Ramsar Convention and discuss a variety of issues including: sustainable use of wetlands; knowledge and best practices on technical issues; and work by member states and the Secretariat for the next triennium. The COP was preceded by the 44th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee on 4 July, and regional meetings on 5-6 July.
Zamfir, master of the pan flute.
Pan flute master Gheorghe Zamfir entertained participants during the opening ceremony.
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Opening Ceremony
View from the Palace of Parliament

A view down Bulevardul Unirii from the Palace of Parliament.

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Opening Statements
Magor Csibi, WWF Romania
Magor Csibi, Director, WWF Romania.
Yeon-Chul Yoo, Korea
Ramsar Standing Committee Chair Yeon-Chul Yoo, Republic of Korea.
Corneliu Mugurel Cozmanciuc, Romania
Corneliu Mugurel Cozmanciuc, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Romania.
Ovidiu Silaghi, Romania
Ovidiu Silaghi, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Romania.
Bogdan Aurescu
Bogdan Aurescu, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania.
Remus Cernea, Romania
Remus Cernea, Prime Minister’s Counselor on Environment, Romania.
Anada Tiéga
Ramsar Convention Secretary General Anada Tiéga.
Julia Marton-Lefèvre
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN.
Emmanuel Faber, Vice Chairman of the Board, Groupe Danone
Emmanuel Faber, Vice Chairman of the Board, Groupe Danone.
Masa Nagai, UNEP
Masa Nagai, Acting Deputy Director, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP.
James Leape, WWF
James Leape, Director General, WWF International.
Bernard Giraud, Livelihoods Venture
Bernard Giraud, President, Livelihoods Venture.
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Musical Performance
Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute
Pan flute master Gheorghe Zamfir played during the opening ceremony.
Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute
Pan flute master Gheorghe Zamfir imitated bird songs during his performance.
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Ramsar Awards
Anada Tiéga
Ramsar Convention Secretary General Anada Tiéga presented Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards.
Award for Leadership in Wetlands Education
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association received the award for leadership in wetlands education.
Augusta Henriques
Augusta Henriques received the award for leadership in wetlands management.
Tatsuichi Tsujii
Tatsuichi Tsujii received the award for leadership in wetlands science.
Thymio Papayannis
Thymio Papayannis received a Recognition of Achievement Award for his contributions to wetlands conservation.
Luc Hoffmann
Luc Hoffmann, a founding father of the Ramsar Convention, received the 40th Anniversary Honorary Ramsar Award.
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Around the Ceremony
Ovidiu Silaghi
Ovidiu Silaghi, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Romania, (middle) before the opening ceremony.
Participants taking photos
Participants took photos before the opening ceremony.
Room Shot
The opening ceremony convened at the Palace of the Parliament.
Handing over the Ramsar flag
Ramsar Standing Committee Chair Yeon-Chul Yoo, Republic of Korea, handed over the Ramsar flag on behalf of the COP 10 Presidency to Corneliu Mugurel Cozmanciuc, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Romania.
Danube Sturgeon
A life-sized model of the endangered Danube Sturgeon waited in the wings.
Participants
Participants during the opening ceremony.
Anada Tiéga hugs Thymio Papayannis
Ramsar Convention Secretary General Anada Tiéga embraced award recipient Thymio Papayannis.
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Related Links
Meeting resources
*Ramsar Convention website
*Ramsar COP11 website
*Ramsar COP11 provisional agenda
*Ramsar COP11 documents
*Draft resolutions
*Fortieth Anniversary booklet
*Convention introductory brochure
*Convention brief history
*Host Country web site

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