18-26  Nov. 2002
The Eighth Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands 
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TUESDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2002


REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL:

Ramsar Secretary General Blasco reported on the implementation of the Convention at the global level (COP8 DOC.5), highlighting key challenges for implementation. Reporting on the WSSD (COP8 DOC.7), Blasco said the challenge is to identify how the Convention can contribute to sustainable development and the WSSD's outcomes. Regarding the report on the List of Wetlands of International Importance pursuant to Article 8.2 (COP8 DOC.6), he highlighted new designations, changes in areas and ecological character, and restrictions on sites.

In response to General Blasco's speech, COTE D'IVOIRE (top left), MAURITIUS (top right) and PAPUA NEW GUINEA called for financial assistance.










The Climate Change Contact Group considered the draft resolution on wetlands (COP8 DR3), with Parties and representatives of the Global Biodiversity Forum proposing a number of ammendments. The Contact Group is Chaired by Olav Nord-Varhaug (Below)


Ines Gonzalez Doncel, Spain's Director General for Nature Conservation, presented a comprehensive overview of wetland conservation and sustainable use in Spain, goals for the future, and plans to designate 11 new wetlands sites, which she said improves the geographic spread of wetlands listed.

Theo Oberhuber, of Ecologistas en Accíon
said the Plan
would build over 100 dams.

Eva Hernandez of Greenpeace International critiqued the
manner by which Spain's Coastal Law was implemented.

Listen to Greenpeace International



It was a day of discussion with many interventions from delegates and NGO's


 

Links to further information:

*ENB Summaries of COP-7 http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/vol17/

*ENB Linkages site of COP-7 (photos and audio)
http://www.iisd.ca/ramsar/cop7/

*RAMSAR COP 8 Homepage: http://www.ramsar.org/index_cop8.htm

    

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