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Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

6-13 July 2012 | Bucharest, Romania

Ramsar COP11On Sunday, 8 July, COP 11 met in plenary throughout the day. The day commenced with a special presentation on the outcomes of Rio+20 and their implications for the Ramsar Convention. The plenary addressed issues arising from Resolutions and Recommendations of the previous meetings of the COP, the financial report for 2009-2012 and the proposed budget for the triennium 2013-2015, and election of parties for the Standing Committee (SC) 2013-2015. The COP began consideration of the draft resolutions and recommendations submitted by parties and the SC including the institutional hosting of the Secretariat, adjustments to the Strategic Plan for 2013-2015, and the status of sites in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. The Credentials Committee and the Finance and Budget Committee also convened.

A number of side events took place during lunch, including on: wetlands monitoring by Earth observation satellites; responsible management of wetland agro-ecosystems for food security and biodiversity; the MedWet Initiative; an STRP briefing on wetlands in a changing climate; and the launch of the Waterbird Population Estimates V and report of the first Global Inter-Flyway Network meeting.
Parties raised their flags during a vote on whether to have an informal indicative vote.
Parties raised their flags during a vote on whether to have an informal indicative vote on the institutional hosting of the secretariat.
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Special Presentation
Dais shot

A view of the dais before the special presentation on the outcomes of Rio+20 and their implications for the Ramsar Convention.

Mihail Fâcă
COP 11 President Mihail Fâcă, Romania.
Brice Lalonde
Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of Rio+20, UNDESA.
Brice Lalonde and Anada Tiéga
Brice Lalonde and Ramsar Secretary General Anada Tiéga shook hands.
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Plenary
Tiina Niikkonen
SC Subgroup on Finance Chair Tiina Niikkonen, Finland.
Serge Hervé Ondoua
Serge Hervé Ondoua, Cameroon.
Grégoire Nkeoua
Grégoire Nkeoua, Congo.
Malta Qwathekana
Malta Qwathekana, South Africa.
Javad Moemeni
Javad Moemeni, Iran.
Barbara De Rosa-Joynt
Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, United States.
Peter Pouplier
Peter Pouplier, Denmark.
Sibylle Vermont
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland.
Yoliangel Rivas Orta
Yoliangel Rivas Orta, Venezuela.
Mehmet Gölge
Mehmet Gölge, Turkey.
Catherine Debruyne
Catherine Debruyne, Belgium.
Marisol Dimas
Marisol Dimas, Panama.
Pedro Mo Amaro
Amb. Pedro Mo Amaro, Uruguay.
Victoria Gobbi
Victoria Gobbi, Argentina.
Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts, Canada.
María Cristina de la Garza Sandoval
Amb. María Cristina de la Garza Sandoval, Mexico.
Danial Lee Bin Abdullah
Danial Lee Bin Abdullah, Malaysia.
Angela Patricia Rivera
Angela Patricia Rivera, Colombia.
Marisa Aramaki
Marisa Aramaki, Japan.
Vladimir Ivlev
Vladimir Ivlev, Russian Federation.
Evariste Rufuguta
Evariste Rufuguta, Burundi.
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Side Events
JAXA EOS Side Event

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency presented a side event on the current state of the art in wetlands monitoring by Earth observation satellites.

Wetland Agro-Ecosystem Side Event

Wetlands International and FAO presented a side event on management of wetland agro-ecosystems for food security and biodiversity conservation.

STRP climate briefing
STRP presented a briefing on wetlands in a changing climate.
Waterbird Population Estimates Launch
Wetlands International and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership launched the Waterbird Population Estimates V and reported on the first Global Inter-Flyway Network meeting.
Regional Cooperation Side Event

The MedWet Initiative presented a side event reviewing twenty years of regional cooperation.

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Around the COP
Participants conferring
Participants conferred outside Plenary.
Ștefan cel Mare
A bust of Ștefan cel Mare, Prince of Moldavia from 1457 to 1504.
Mihail Fâcă with staff
COP 11 President Mihail Fâcă conferred with staff outside Plenary.
Norwegian delegates
Norwegian delegates read brochures about ecotourism in Romania.
Secretariat conferring
Secretariat staff conferred before a vote.
IOSF Booth
The International Otter Survival Fund's exhibit booth.
Sibylle Vermont and Krishna Roy
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland, conferred with Krishna Roy, United States.
Vote Tally
Staff tallied the results of a vote.
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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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