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ESA Participation to Ramsar COP10

ESA will participate to the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which will be held in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008.

ESA will contribute with a stand and/or a dedicated side event on ESA initiatives to support the Convention during the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.


The implementation of the Ramsar Convention is a continuing partnership among the Contracting Parties or member states, the Standing Committee, and the Convention Secretariat, with the advice of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) and the support of the five International Organization Partner NGOs.

Every three years, government representatives of the Contracting Parties meet as the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP), the policy-making organ of the Convention which reviews the general trends in the implementation of the Convention as reflected in the National Reports and adopts decisions to improve the way in which the Convention works. The programme of each meeting of the Conference also includes a series of technical presentations and discussions which analyze issues of importance in the field of wetland conservation and wise use, including further interpretation and development of the key Convention concepts. Ramsar COPs have gained the reputation of being highly effective events, allowing an active involvement and participation of the non-governmental and academic community.

Ordinary meetings of the Conference of the Contracting Parties have been held at:

  1. Cagliari, Italy, 1980
  2. Groningen, Netherlands, 1984
  3. Regina, Canada, 1987
  4. Montreux, Switzerland, 1990
  5. Kushiro, Japan, 1993
  6. Brisbane, Australia, 1996
  7. San José, Costa Rica, 1999
  8. Valencia, Spain, 2002
  9. Kampala, Uganda, 2005

The provisional agenda of the Conference, is available here.

More information are available at the Ramsar COP 10 Website or via the Ramsar Convention Secretariat (

ESA Contact point:
Marc Paganini
Phone: +39 06 94 180 563

Related links

Teseo-Wetland Project Page

GlobWetland Project Page

Webcast of ESA side event at UNCBD COP 9

Annex images