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WWN Delivers Closing Statement to Ramsar COP12

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 6:24 AM

Team WWN at Ramsar COP12Following is an excerpt of the WWN closeing statemnt Presented by Rafaela Nicola, World Wetland Network Committee’s Neo-Tropics delegate.

World Wetland Network was launched at Ramsar COP 10; this is our third COP. Our participation in Ramsar is recognised in Resolution 11.6.We were formed to complement the activity of the IOPs. We fully appreciate the value and expertise of the non-governmental IOPs, who work in strong partnership with local communities and indigenous peoples. WWN was formed at the initiative of smaller, grass-roots NGOs and CSOs seeking a voice at the table.

I speak on behalf of our 2000 members worldwide and our friends at the COP: local and sub-regional organisations who have been meeting daily to engage with and monitor this important process.

The core work of the Ramsar COP 12 has been the resolutions. Crafting and revising resolutions. Collaborating, negotiating and finally reaching agreement. We humbly acknowledge the cooperation and hard work of the Secretariat, Contracting Parties and IOPs to create meaningful resolutions that ensure conservation and wise of our world’s wetlands. When we all return home the real challenge begins, turning these resolutions into action. We urge the Contracting Parties to show steadfast commitment and leadership. We stand ready to help at the local level.

The Fourth Strategic Plan is the most significant outcome of this COP, guiding our combined efforts for the next nine years. World Wetland Network welcomes the Contracting Parties initiative to strengthen engagement of NGOs, civil society groups, local communities and indigenous peoples in the Strategic Plan. These stakeholders provide a long-term and often continuous connection to wetland sites and are essential partners to achieve the Ramsar vision.

We encourage Contracting Parties to work cohesively across ministries and prioritise long-term sustainability when approving developments. A healthy environment is fundamental to our economic and social security. Cohesive implementation will be supported by the effective mobilization of National Wetland Committees. We note that establishment of these committees, with both government and nongovernment representatives, is an indicator for success of Goal 1 in the Plan, and we urge the parties to comply.

Our message is loud and clear: we are committed to Ramsar and we want to do more.

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NGO voices to be heard by Ramsar COP12.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 1:17 PM

An NGO Opening Statement, coordinated by the World Wetland Network is to be presented to the 12th Ramsar Conference of the Parties by Virginia Juele, Aguará Pope today (Wednesday 3 June).

The World Wetland Network will offer the following recommendations for Ramsar consideration:

a)      Recognize that NGOs often create a longer-term and more continuous link for Ramsar sites than Government Representatives.

b)      Develop more structured guidance for Ramsar Parties, and National Focal Points, on how to engage civil society.

c)      Explore options to include more NGOs and civil society organisations in the decision-making process for Ramsar at international, regional and country levels.

d)      Create avenues for NGO and civil society input into reporting on the state of all wetlands, Ramsar site nominations and the Montreux Record.

e)      Prioritize funding and support for NGOs and civil society organisations that are working on Ramsar listed wetlands.

Full and effective collaboration between civil society and contracting parties is critical to achieve wetland conservation at the local level. With regard to the draft resolutions for Ramsar COP 12, NGOs are calling for stronger linkages to the NGO and civil society sector in DR2 – the Strategic Plan and DR 9, the CEPA program.

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Draft NGO Opening Statement to Ramsar COP12

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 3:13 AM

A Draft NGO Opening Statement to Ramsar COP12 has been developed by World Wetland Network with collaboration of NGO participants at the WWN pre-COP Meeting, Tuesday 2 June 2015, Punta del Este.

The statement will be finlaised at 8am Wednesday 3 June (Uruguay local time). It will be presented to the 12th Ramsar Conference of the Parties by Virginia Juele, Aguará pope, Uruguay on Wednesday 3 June.

Comments for the next 8 hours are welcome.