| Meeting report of regional technical seminar
National strategies and policies for wetlands
Beirut, Lebanon, 16-18 February 2004
Thursday 18 March 2004, by Web Team
9. Summary points of the seminar
The participants registered that a significant number of steps have been taken in each country towards the development of a National Wetland Strategy: legal framework, strategic framework, National Wetland Committees, etc.
In addition, the participants recognize (that):
the process of preparing a National Wetland Strategy requires: a leading agency to ensure coordination a drafting team or steering committe to involve different governmental, social and economic actors through a consultation and participation process to consider both natural, cultural and socio-economic aspects
the strategy should be built upon an analysis of the status of wetland resources that is based on the best available information from inventories, assessments, research, etc. analyzes the uses, problems and causes makes a diagnosis of the present situation allows to define priorities for the strategy
the strategy should incorporate: clear statement of objectives: general and specific, Ramsar Strategic Plan clear statement of actions at national, catchment and local level clear statement of the actors in charge of each action a multisectoral approach consideration of transboundary rivers and waters priorities and calendar for implementation provision of funding for implementation
the scope of the strategy should be defined based on: a wetland definition : "areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres" including areas which "may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands"
a wetland classification
the timing for the National Wetland Strategy should be: Development phase: 10-18 month Implementation phase: 5-10 years
See annex 28(Pere Tomas presentation)
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