Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels
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6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland, Switzerland.

The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 […]

6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,
Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for
the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved
for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and
wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.

The DR on climate change (DOC. SC37-27)
aims to recognize the state of play and draws attention to the importance of
wetlands in the climate change debates. Further to some parties’ request, the Scientific
and Technical Review Panel (STRP) indicated it would try to provide additional
references both to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) work
and to other peer-reviewed research. Furthermore, the DR takes into account, in
square brackets, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP9 decision,
which recognizes Ramsar’s work and the importance of wetlands, especially
peatlands, in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and invites Ramsar
COP10 to consider appropriate actions. The Standing Committee also approved for
transmittal to the COP a DR on wetlands and biofuels, which aims to ensure that
all policy takes account of the potential for adverse impacts upon wetlands (DOC. SC37-28).
A number of parties suggested including a reference to the pollution of
wetlands, as well as a definition of biofuels. Parties also agreed to cross-reference
the work of the CBD, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and other relevant
bodies to avoid duplication. In addition, the Standing Committee
determined that the theme for World Wetlands Day 2010 will be “Wetlands,
Biodiversity, and Climate Change” (Decision SC37-42). [Ramsar Standing
Committee decisions
]