19 NOVEMBER 2002
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL:
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.
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) |
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.
Oberhuber, of Ecologistas
said the Plan
would build over 100 dams.