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GTOS and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: working together towards conservation and wise use of wetlands

10 July 2006

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GTOS has the pleasure to inform you that a Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971) so as to formalise joint efforts of the two institutions towards conservation and wise use of wetlands globally. The signature ceremony took place at FAO headquarters (Rome, Italy) in the presence of Dr Peter Bridgewater, Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention, and Mr Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Sustainable Development Department.

The Memorandum of Cooperation formalises the work that GTOS and, in particular, its Panel on Coastal ecosystems (C-GTOS) is currently undertaking within the framework of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on issues related to wetlands mapping and inventory for monitoring and assessment.

GTOS/Ramsar cooperation will be presented at the 27th International Conference of the Society of Wetland Scientists (Cairns, Australia, 9 - 14 July, 2006) where Prof. Robert Christian, Chair of the C-GTOS Panel, will be presenting a paper, co-authored with Stefano Mazzilli, Lucilla Spini, and Peter Bridgewater on “Ramsar Wetlands as Sentinels for Global Coastal Observations”.

Useful links:

1 - FAO News story

2 -Text of the Memorandum of Cooperation

3 - GTOS Newsnote on GTOS/GLCN Side Event at Ramsar

4 - Coastal GTOS strategic design and phase 1 implementation plan

4 - Coastal Module in TEMS

5 - MedWet Initiative

6 - Society of Wetlands Scientists

7 - Abstract of the Paper

Photos of the MoC/signature

Cooperazione Italiana
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

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