Ramsar and Wetland NGOs: A Report of the World Wetland Network for Ramsar CoP12
In 2014 Wild Migration worked with the World Wetland Network (WWN) to conduct a survey of WWN’s members and the broader wetland conservation community. The purpose of the survey was to explore the relationship nongovernmental organisations (NGO) and civil society organisations have with Ramsar and delivery of Ramsar wetland conservation goals.
The survey overwhelmingly showed that NGOs are committed to Ramsar and want to do more.
Wild Migration and the WWN committee developed the following recommendations for Ramsar consideration:
a) Recognize that NGOs often create a longer-term and more continuous link for Ramsar than Government Representatives.
b) Develop more structured guidance for Ramsar Parties, and National Focal Points, on how to engage civil society, possibly as part of a CEPA programme.
c) Explore options to expand on the International Organisation Partners status to include more NGOs and civil society organisations in the decision-making process for Ramsar at international, regional and country levels.
d) Explore options for inviting NGO and civil society input into reporting on the state of wetlands, as well as having input to the Ramsar wetland nomination process and the Montreux Record.
e) Prioritize funding and support for NGOs and civil society organisations that are working on Ramsar listed wetlands.
Ramsar and Wetland NGOs: A Report of the World Wetland Network for Ramsar CoP12 (24 pages)
Ramsar and Wetland NGOs - Executive Summary (8 pages - English/French/Spanish)
A Natural Affiliation: Developing the Role of NGOs in the CMS Family
In the lead up to CMS CoP11, Wild Migration contributed to the preparation and facilitation of four CMS regional workshops in Latin America, the Pacific, Africa, and Central Asia. The preparatory workshops were acilitated alongside CMS staff and focused on training representatives from each of these four regions for CMS CoP 11, November 4-9, 2014 in Quito, Ecuador.
In addition to CoP preparation, the workshops introduced the major review of CMS NGOs completed by Wild Migration and developed momentum and support for the report recommendations
During CMS CoP11, the Government of Ghana working with Wild Migration brought forward CMS Resolution 11.11: Enhancing the Relationship between the CMS Family and Civil Society This was unanimously adopted by the CMS Parties.
The Resolution establishes a forward review programme to:
review options for furthering the relationship between the CMS Family and civil society including, inter alia:
1.1 Mechanisms to enable CSO- and NGO-facilitated work to be formally and consistently reported across the CMS Family and to be considered by the Parties and CMS Family agreement governing bodies;
1.2 Models for further CSO and NGO involvement in CMS processes; and
1.3 Modalities for further strategic engagement with CSOs and NGOs to provide implementation and capacity-building expertise;
for consideration at CMS CoP12.
A Natural Affiliation: Developing the Role of NGOs in the CMS Family (summary, 12 pages - English/French/Spanish)
A Natural Affiliation: Developing the Role of NGOs in the CMS Family (full document, 144 pages)
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