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GlobWetland II at the Ramsar COP11 in Bucharest

The further development of internationally coordinated actions for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands came into focus last week at the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP-11) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands held in Bucharest, Romania.

GlobWetland II is accepted as the first implementation step of the Global Wetland Observing System (GWOS) and was presented at the COP-11 at the ESA booth, the ESA side event an the African regional meeting.

At COP-11, ESA organised the side event to present the GW-II toolbox and products, and to show how their use is being extended to other wetlands in the Mediterranean basin by the Tour du Valat wetlands research centre, host of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory.

Participants at the side event acknowledged the GW-II / ESA’s efforts and resources in promoting and demonstrating the benefits of Earth observation technology for the Ramsar Convention, and in developing a toolbox that can be used by the Contracting Parties.

The convention acknowledged the results of the project in particular by integration GlobWetland II into its resolutions (Resolution XI.6, paragrapg15 : "...WECOMING the establishment by the Ramsar Secretariat of new Memoranda of Cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA, concerning the “Globwetland-II” wetland observing system),...)

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