The 11th meeting of the contracting parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat will be preceded by the 44th meeting of Standing Committee planned for 4 July 2012, and an additional day of regional meetings on 5-6 July 2011, as requested by many Contracting Parties. The Standing Committee agreed that the broad theme for World Wetlands Day 2012 and COP 11 is “Wetlands, Tourism and Recreation.”
dates: 6-13 July 2012 location: Bucharest, Romania
This session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will carry out an evaluation of the Madrid Action Plan (MAP) and review proposals for new biosphere reserves as well as for extensions/modifications to existing ones.
dates: 9-13 July 2012 location: Paris, France additional: UNESCO headquarters
The 30th session of COFI will review activities of the COFI Sub-Committees on Aquaculture and Fish Trade, progress on the implementation of the CCRF and associated IPOAs, as well as the priorities for the FAO work programme on these issues.
dates: 9-13 July 2012 location: Rome, Italy
With the theme “Building a Blue Economy: Strategy, Opportunities and Partnerships in the Seas of East Asia,” the Congress 2012 will address the new opportunities for the ocean economy of East Asia, the range of partnerships that have developed and are required in order to realize the full potential of a blue economy, and the progress and achievements in governance of regional/sub-regional seas within the framework of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia.
dates: 9-13 July 2012 location: Republic of Korea additional: Changwon
The 22nd session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will continue text-based negotiations for an international instrument/instruments, focusing on traditional cultural expressions.
dates: 9-13 July 2012 location: Geneva, Switzerland
The ICRI General Meeting will focus on the theme of Management Effectiveness: assessing the effectiveness of management actions in protected areas, looking at the extent to which management goal and objectives are being met.
dates: 9-16 July 2012 location: Cairns, Australia