STRP 2019-2021 draft work plan for consultation

Date: 05.04.2019

From the Ramsar Secretariat on behalf of the STRP Chair
The Conference of Contracting Parties, through paragraph 50 of Resolution XII.5, New framework for delivery of scientific and technical advice and guidance on the Convention (link), requested the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) to develop a draft work plan at its first meeting of the triennium, in consultation with Administrative Authorities, National Focal Points and STRP National Focal Points, for approval by the Standing Committee at its 57th Meeting (SC57, 24-28 June 2019). Please find the draft work plan attached.
The Resolution also requested the Panel to conduct a literature review of existing STRP guidance and other relevant information. The literature review, which is also attached, has been updated on the basis of work undertaken by the Panel in 2016-2018.
The new Panel for 2019-2021 was appointed on 27 February 2019, with the Chair and Vice-Chair appointed on 20 February. Its first meeting (STRP22) took place from 18 to 22 March in Gland. Thus the timeline to develop the work plan and circulate it for consultation is extremely short, constrained by the deadline for SC57 in late June.
The Panel developed its draft work plan taking into account the five thematic work areas approved by Contracting Parties at COP13 in Annex 2 of Resolution XIII.8: Future implementation of scientific and technical aspects of the Convention for 2019-2021 (link).
The Secretariat invites you to provide comments to the draft work plan to ensure that the proposed tasks respond to:
  • the five STRP thematic work areas;
  • the two audiences outlined in Resolution XII.5 (paragraph 54):
i)       Policy-makers, including those from the environment and water sectors and other related sectors such as energy, health and sanitation, agriculture, infrastructure; and
ii)      Practitioners and in particular wetland managers and stakeholders, but also others from related fields, such as protected area managers and staff of wetland education centres.
  • the goals and targets of the fourth Strategic Plan of the Convention;
  • elements of the Strategic Plan which the Secretariat reported that Parties are struggling to implement (see Annex 2 of COP13 Doc.11.1 Rev.1: Report of the Secretary General on the implementation of the Convention: Global implementation - link).
The Secretariat also welcomes your input on any additional tasks that you may think are relevant to any of the five thematic work areas (and responsive to the above-mentioned points), as well as on any additional guidance for inclusion in the literature review. The Panel would also appreciate information about any related national initiatives or ongoing work that might contribute to the delivery of proposed tasks.
Please send your comments by 16 April 2019 at the latest to, marking suggested changes using the Microsoft Word “track changes” function. Many thanks in advance for your consideration and input.
Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
28 rue Mauverney, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel. +41 22 999 0365; fax +41 22 999 0169