Highlights and images of main proceedings for 23 October 2018

Summary

Highlights for Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The dais during the morning plenary session

On Tuesday, the COP13 met in plenary throughout the day to address organizational matters and consider reports.  Plenary elected: Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, as COP13  President; Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Director General, Fujairah Municipality, UAE, as Alternate President; and Kristina Niikkonen, Finland, and Paul Mafabi, Uganda, as Vice Presidents.Delegates heard reports related to:

  • work of the Standing Committee (SC);
  • global implementation of the Convention and other work of the Secretariat;
  • the List of Wetlands of International Importance;
  • implementation of the Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) Programme;
  • work of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP); and
  • finance and budgetary matters.
  • The day concluded with the presentation of the Global Wetland Outlook. Key highlights included:

  • the critical role wetlands play in providing valuable ecosystem services;
  • increasing accuracy of global wetland area data;
  • loss of 35% of wetland sites since 1970;
  • decline in populations of wetland-dependent species, including 25% of animal and plant species at risk of extinction;
  • negative trends of water quality; and
  • insights on the way forward, including enhancing the network of Ramsar sites, integrating wetlands into the post-2015 development agenda, capacity building, and action at national and local levels.
  • A working group was organized to progress work during COP13 on finance and budget.Key takeaways included:

  • significant efforts by the Secretariat to address identified challenges;
  • complementary work of the STRP and CEPA Programme; and the
  • sobering, yet compelling messages of the Global Wetland Outlook.
  • IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided a curtain raiser, daily web coverage, and a summary and analysis report from COP13.


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    Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE, assumes the COP13 presidency from Jorge Rucks, Vice Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay
    COP13 President Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE
    Jorge Rucks, Vice Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay
    Jonathan Barzdo, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General
    Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General
    L-R: Jonathan Barzdo, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General; Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General; and COP13 Alternate President Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Director General, Fujairah Municipality, UAE
    Günter Liebel, Austria for the EU
    Nancy Cespedes, Chile
    Serge Hervé Ondoua, Cameroon
    Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, US
    Yoshiko Motoyama, Japan
    Raed Bani-Hani, Jordan
    Ali Mansoor Abbas Abdulla, Bahrain
    Cai Lyu, China
    Maia Sarrouf Wilson, World Wetland Network
    Mark Taylor, Australia, CEPA Oversight Panel Chair
    Royal Gardner, STRP Chair, presenting the STRP report to COP13


    Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General, introducing the Global Wetland Outlook to COP 13
    Royal Gardner, STRP Chair
    Tobias Salathé, Ramsar Secretariat
    Abdou Salam Kane, Senegal, Chair, Finance Subgroup
    Max Finlayson, STRP Scientific Expert

    Participants

    Negotiating blocs
    European Union