Ramsar partners sign new memorandum of cooperation

The Ramsar Convention’s relationship with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs), of which the IUCN is a long standing partner, were strengthened on May 19th through the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation for 2011-2017.

Delegates from the 5 Ramsar IOPs sign the new Memorandum of Cooperation, Gland 19 May 2011 Photo: RAMSAR

During the session of the Ramsar 42nd Standing Committee meeting, representatives from the five IOPs: Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International; Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International; Deborah Bossio, team leader at IWMI; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director-General of IUCN; and Marco Lambertini of BirdLife International, gathered to sign the new MoC in front of the Regional Representatives of the Standing Committee.

The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) sealed the IOPs renewed commitment to keep working with Parties to achieve the Ramsar mission by signalling an even stronger intent to plan and implement joint actions that advance international and national Ramsar commitments. The aim is to focus the partnerships and maximise the synergies between IOPs and with the Secretariat, to be even more effective in wetlands conservation.

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director-General of IUCN, presented an anniversary gift to the Ramsar Secretary General, Ananda Tiega, a world map showing sites that are inscribed under both the Ramsar Convention and the World Heritage Convention.

About the Ramsar Convention:

The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) -- called the "Ramsar Convention" -- is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories. Unlike other global environmental conventions, Ramsar is not affiliated with the United Nations system of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, but it works very closely with the other MEAs and is a full partner among the "biodiversity-related cluster" of treaties and agreements.

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