Acronyms in daily use by the Ramsar Convention

AAsAdministrative Authorities, Ramsar implementing agencies
AEWAAfrican-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement
BBOPBusiness and Biodiversity Offsets Programme
BLGBiodiversity Liaison Group (CBD, CITES, CMS, Ramsar, and World Heritage)
CBDConvention on Biological Diversity
CECIUCN Commission on Education and Communications
CEMIUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
CEPACommunications, education, participation, and awareness
CIConservation International
CICOSCommission Internationale du Bassin Congo-Ougangui-Sang
CIESINCenter for International Earth Science Information Network
CITESConvention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
CMSUNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
COPConference of the Contracting Parties
COP1111th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
CPContracting Party, or member state, of the Convention
CSABChairs of Scientific Advisory Bodies
CSDUN Commission on Sustainable Development
DACDevelopment Assistance Committee of the OECD
DSGDeputy Secretary General
EIAEnvironmental impact assessment
EKBYThe Greek Wetland / Biotope Centre
EMGUNEP Environmental Management Group
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
ESAEuropean Space Agency
EWSEarly warning system
GAPPGlobal Action Plan for Peatlands
GBFGlobal Biodiversity Forum
GEFGlobal Environment Facility
GGAP-CoCoCoordinating Committee for the Guidelines for Global Action on Peatlands
GISPGlobal Invasive Species Programme
GPAUNEP Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities
GRASPUNEP Great Apes Survival Partnership
GTOSGlobal Terrestrial Observing System
IAIAInternational Association for Impact Assessment
ICBPInternational Council for Bird Preservation (now BirdLife International)
ICDPRInternational Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
ICFInternational Crane Foundation
ICLEILocal Governments for Sustainability
ICNInstituto de Conservaçao da Natureza, Portugal
ICRIInternational Coral Reef Initiative
ICZMIntegrated coastal zone management
IEEPInstitute for European Environmental Policy
IHEUNESCO Institute for Water Education
IHPUNESCO International Hydrological Programme
IMCGInternational Mire Conservation Group
INBOInternational Network of Basin Organizations
IOIInternational Ocean Institute
IOPsInternational Organization Partners of the Convention
IPBESIntergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
IPCCUN/WMO Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPSInternational Peat Society
ISEEInternational Society for Ecological Economics
IUCNIUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
IWRBInternational Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (now Wetlands International)
JAXAJapanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
JLGJoint Liaison Group (of the Rio Conventions)
KIWCKushiro International Wetlands Centre
LCBCLake Chad Basin Commission
MAMillennium Ecosystem Assessment
MABUNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme
MEAMultilateral Environmental Agreement
MOC, MOUMemorandum of Cooperation, of Understanding
MRMontreux Record
NBANiger Basin Authority
NEPADNew Partnership for Africa's Development
NFPsNational Focal Points
NGONon-governmental organization
NRsNational Reports prepared by Contracting Parties in advance of each Ramsar COP
NRCNational Ramsar Committee / National Wetland Committee
NWPsNational Wetland Policies (or Strategies or Plans, etc.)
OASOrganization of American States
OCHAUnited Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OECDOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development
RAMRamsar Advisory Mission
RISInformation Sheet for Ramsar Wetlands
SBSTAUNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice
SBSTTACBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
SCRamsar Standing Committee
SC4646th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee
SEAStrategic Environmental Assessment
SGSecretary General
SGARamsar's Swiss Grant for Africa
SGFRamsar Small Grants Fund
SPREPSecretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
SRAsRamsar "Senior Regional Advisors" for Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Neotropics (based at the Ramsar Secretariat)
SSCIUCN Species Survival Commission
STRPRamsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel
STRP1717th meeting of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel
SWSSociety of Wetland Scientists
TNCThe Nature Conservancy
TORTerms of reference
TRSTransboundary Ramsar Site
TSsTechnical Sessions of the early Ramsar COPs
UNCCDConvention to Combat Desertification
UNCTADUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDPUnited Nations Development Programme
UNECEUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNEPUnited Nations Environment Programme
UNESCOUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFCCCUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNWTOUnited Nations World Tourism Organization
WAZAWorld Association of Zoos and Aquariums
WCMCUNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
WCPAIUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
WFFWetlands for the Future Fund
WHOWorld Health Organization
WLIWetland Link International
WRIWorld Resources Institute
WSSDWorld Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002
WWDWorld Wetlands Day (2 February annually)
WWFWorld Wide Fund for Nature
WWTWildfowl and Wetlands Trust
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