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12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties
to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP12)

2-9 June 2015 | Punta del Este, Uruguay


Highlights for Friday, 5 June 2015

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Local children visited COP12 and learnt about wetlands

On Friday, 5 June, Ramsar COP12 met in plenary throughout the day to consider draft resolutions on: enhancing the languages of the Convention and its visibility and stature, and increasing synergies with MEAs and other international institutions; the Convention’s programme on communication, capacity development, education, participation and awareness 2016-2021; Ramsar wetland city accreditation; a call to action to ensure and protect the water requirements of wetlands for the present and the future; and peatlands, climate change and wise use: implications for the Ramsar Convention.

A special session for World Environment Day was held at lunchtime. COP12 President Rucks highlighted this year's World Environment Day under the theme “Seven billion dreams. One planet. Consume with care,” as a reminder of global commitments to the environment and ways to fulfil them, including through the Ramsar Convention. Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP, delivered a statement on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, emphasizing that World Environment Day draws attention to the impact on wetlands of the increasing global population and a growing middle class. Eneida de León, Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay, emphasized structural and technological transformation assisting sustainable development, that is compatible with macroeconomic considerations and provides for equity and participation. On this occasion, a ministerial decree was signed for the protection of the environment and freshwater of the Laguna del Sauce in Maldonado, Uruguay, and a commemorative stamp was introduced under the theme, “wetlands for the future.”

The contact group on the strategic plan met at lunchtime. The SC finance sub-group met at lunchtime and in the evening. A contact group on Ramsar wetland city accreditation met in the evening.

Plenary

Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP

Kathleen Kutschenreuter, United States

Maja Aaronaes, Norway

Serge Hervé Ondoua, Cameroon

Jan Kadlecik, Slovakia

Abdou Salami Amadou Siako, Benin

Maria Ximena Alvarez, Uruguay

Laura Martinez Pepin, Mexico

The handbook on best practices for wetland education centres is now available in English, French, Russian, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Arabic and Korean

Badan Al Bulushi, Oman

Zouhair Amhaouch, Morocco

Doo Hun Park, Republic of Korea

Nadia Hassan, Sudan

Victor Canton, Uruguay

World Environment Day

Jorge Rucks, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay, Eneida de León, Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay, and Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention

Eneida de León, Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay

Ania Grobicki, Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Secretariat

COP12 Vice President Scott Johnston

Alejandro Nario, National Director of Environment, Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay

A commemorative stamp was introduced under the theme “wetlands for the future”

Solange Moreira, Uruguay Post, Uruguay, and Eneida de León, Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay

 

 

Secretary Briggs presents Eneida de León with a commemorative photograph of Bañado del Este, Uruguay

Side Event: A Global Partnership for Wetland Restoration: ideas on a way forward

 

 


Around the conference center

 

 

 

 

The Mediterranean Agora - the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet)

 

 

 

 

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