The Ramsar Convention’s relationships with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs) were strengthened through the signing of a new Memorandum of Cooperation for 2011-2017 during a session of the Standing Committee meeting. The representatives of the five IOPs : Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International; Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International; Deborah Bossio, team leader at IWMI; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN; and Marco Lambertini of BirdLife International gathered to sign the new MoC in front of the Regional Representatives on the Standing Committee. The aim of the new memorandum is to maximize the synergies between partners and the secretariat, to be even more effective in wetland conservation. The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of member countries to maintain the ecological character of their “Wetlands of International Importance” and promote the sustainable use of wetlands in their territories.

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