Ramsar Pre-COP13 Asia Regional Meeting

The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) participated in the Ramsar Pre-COP13 Asia Regional Meeting held on 26 February to 2 March 2018 in Chilaw, Sri Lanka. The meeting aimed to:

  • update the Asian Contracting Parties on activities of the Ramsar Secretariat and bodies of the Convention since COP12 held in 2015,
  • assist Asian Contracting Parties in understanding better the key Draft Resolutions that will be presented at COP13, and
  • allow the exchange of experiences among Asian Contracting Parties, especially those related to the Draft Resolutions.

Representatives of the Heads of Ramsar Administrative Authorities and Ramsar National Focal Points from 28 Contracting Parties in Asia joined the meeting together with delegates of Ramsar International Organization Partners (IOPs), Ramsar Regional Inititiaves (RRIs), and intergovernmental and non-government organizations. During Session 2 of the meeting, the RRC-EA Executive Director, Mr. Suh Seung Oh, provided a short overview on the accomplishments and plans of the RRC-EA as one of the RRIs. The RRC-EA also contributed to the report writing for two sessions of the meeting.

The 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) is scheduled to be held on 21-29 October 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.