Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
was designated as the lead implementing partner on wetlands for the CBD at the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 3). Since then, the COP has frequently requested the Convention's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to work cooperatively with the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The two Conventions, and their Secretariats and Scientific Bodies, work together on issues to achieve common objectives through a joint work plan
. This close cooperation sets a good example of building synergies between conventions.
In practice, however, the Ramsar Secretariat and/or its STRP are generally better resourced than the Secretariat of the CBD regarding the required scientific work and undertake most of the technical work for joint activities. Although this arrangement is not always recognized, the SBSTTA is clearly moving in this direction, recently requesting the Executive Secretary to invite the Ramsar Convention “to take the lead” in various matters (recommendation XI/9
, paragraphs 5 and 6).
The need to avoid duplication of work and the importance of collaboration with other relevant programmes, organizations, institutions, conventions and stakeholders for the implementation of the programme of work on the biological diversity of inland water ecosystems was reiterated in the revised programme of work on inland waters, contained in the annex to decision VII/4
These partners include: