“This is a matter of deep concern. We are talking about 16 Ramsar Sites being damaged, and 15 threatened with harm.” — Ukrainian delegate
Delegates opened discussions on the highly-anticipated Ukraine resolution, which focuses on damage to wetlands, including at least 16 Ramsar Sites, “stemming from the Russian Federation’s aggression.” The proposal generated both strong support and opposition. The Russian Federation called for its dismissal, saying its consideration would politicize Ramsar. Ukraine requested continued consultation with parties.
With the first round of consultations of all draft resolutions now completed, the task before the COP is to find compromise, defer, or forego action on the outstanding proposals. Throughout the day, parties heard updates on advances made in contact groups and informal consultations. Several draft resolutions seemed close to the finish line, likely aided by some extra time in the afternoon.
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For instance, the draft resolution on financial and budgetary matters appears ready for adoption. Parties also heard that the draft proposal on the Ramsar Sites within disputed territories would be deferred to COP15, and that the International Mangrove Center would be put forward as a Ramsar Regional Initiative.
The day closed with the Wetland City Accreditation ceremony, recognizing 25 cities from 12 countries that have demonstrated strong and positive relationships with wetlands. Authorities from each newly-accredited city were present to receive the award.
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