Highlights and images for 28 October 2018


Delegates from Japan and UAE in informal consultation

On Sunday, 28 October, plenary met in the morning to hear updates from the Credentials Committee, and updates on discussions from contact and informal groups. They adopted resolutions on:

  • governance;
  • responsibilities, roles, and composition of the Standing Committee, and regional categorization of countries;
  • language strategy;
  • Ramsar’s fourth Strategic Plan;
  • Ramsar Advisory Missions;
  • restoration of degraded peatlands to mitigate and adapt to climate change and enhance biodiversity and disaster risk reduction;
  • identifying peatlands as Ramsar Sites for global climate change regulation as an additional argument to existing Ramsar criteria;
  • gender and wetlands;
  • conservation and management of small wetlands; and
  • sea turtle breeding, feeding and nursery areas, and the designation of key areas as Ramsar Sites.

The draft resolution on wetlands and peace and security was withdrawn, with the intent to submit text for consideration by the 59th meeting of the Standing Committee. Final agreement on some draft resolutions were pending translation, including on:

  • financial and budgetary matters;
  • enhancing implementation, visibility, and synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements  and other international institutions;
  • future implementation of scientific and technical aspects of the Convention for 2019-2021;
  • promoting the conservation and wise use of intertidal wetlands and ecologically associated habitats;
  • wetlands in polar and subpolar regions;
  • promoting conservation, restoration and sustainable management of coastal blue carbon ecosystems; and agriculture in wetlands

After the close of plenary, revisions on the remaining resolutions were submitted to the Secretariat, including some with bracketed text, on:

  • Ramsar Regional Initiatives 2019-2021;
  • cultural values, indigenous peoples and local communities, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in wetlands;
  • rapid assessment of wetland ecosystem services; and
  • wetlands in West Asia.

As COP13 began to wind down, delegates seemed committed to working through the remaining challenges to complete their work.

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L-R: Jonathan Barzdo, Ramsar Deputy Secretary General; Martha Rojas Urrego, Ramsar Secretary General; COP13 Alternate President Mohamed Saif Al Afkham; Marwa Al Amiri, UAE; and COP13 Vice President Kristiina Niikkonen, Finland
José Manuel Mateo Féliz, Dominican Republic
María Claudia Vélez Crismatt, Colombia
Hugh Robertson and Andrea Stewart, New Zealand
Jaime González and Anayeli Cabrera Murrieta, Mexico
Marlynn Mendoza and Daniel Nicer, the Philippines
András Schmidt, Hungary
Gert Michael Steiner, Austria
Jules Tombet, Central African Republic
Irene Lindblad, Norway
Martina Eiseltová, Czech Republic
Barney Kgope, South Africa
Abdou Salam Kane, Senegal
Philippe Deletain, France
L-R: Obaid Ali Al Shamsi, Shaima Alaydaroos, and Hiba Al Shehhi, UAE
L-R: Lyle Glowka, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), consulting with Marlynn Mendoza and Daniel Nicer, the Philippines


L-R: Jorge Rucks, María Gracia Delgado, and Walter Regueiro, Uruguay
Delegates from Colombia and Australia consulting
Mark Taylor, Australia, in conversation with Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
COP13 delegates formulating language on the resolution on agriculture
L-R: Naomi Goto and Mariko Abe, Ramsar Network Japan
Mangrove tree replica at the exhibitions area