The Scientific and Technical Review Panel, Ramsar's scientific subsidiary body

The Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention was established by Resolution 5.5 (Kushiro, 1993) as a subsidiary body of the Convention to provide scientific and technical guidance to the Conference of the Parties, the Standing Committee, and the Ramsar secretariat. Its individual members are elected by the STRP Oversight Committee, based upon nominations from the Parties, on the same regionally proportionate basis that is used for electing the Standing Committee itself, but they serve in their own capacities as experts in the scientific areas required by the STRP's Work Plan and not as representatives of their countries. Resolutions VII.2 (San José, 1999) and X.9 (Changwon, 2008) modified the composition and modus operandi of the STRP, and Resolution XI.18 (Bucharest, 2012) further adjusted the Panel’s composition and its modus operandi.

In addition to the 13 individual STRP members and five invited experts, delegates from the five International Organization Partners -- BirdLife International, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), IUCN, Wetlands International, and WWF International -- represent their organizations as full members of the Panel. In addition, representatives of the 34 subsidiary bodies of other Multilateral Environment Agreements and non-governmental organizations and associations specified in Annex I to Resolution X1.18 are also invited to participate as permanent observers during each triennium, and representatives of other organizations are invited to participate in the work of the STRP as required by the nature of the tasks under study.

The Scientific and Technical Review Panel, 2013-2015

Royal Gardner, Chair of STRP
Christine Prietto, Vice-Chair of STRP


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Gueladio Cissé 
Reda Fishar 
Stanley Liphadzi 
Hiromi Yamashita 
Lijuan Cui 
Ritesh Kumar 
Lars Dinesen 
Matt Walpole 
Matthew McCartney 
Randy Milton 
Pierre Horwitz 
Christine Prietto 
Randy Thaman 

Invited experts

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David Stroud 
Dave Pritchard 
Max Finlayson 
Mike Acreman 
Amiro Pérez-Leroux 

IOP members

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WI - Stephan Flink 
IWMI - Sonali Senaratna 
IUCN - Stefano Barchiesi 
WWF - Eugenio Barrios 
BirdLife - Vicky Jones 

The STRP's Work Plan for each triennium is built around the priority tasks determined by the Standing Committee, which are based upon requests from the Conference of the Parties by means of its Strategic Plan and COP Resolutions and Recommendations. The STRP members and observers are assisted in their work by a network of STRP National Focal Points who advise them directly on STRP matters and provide a liaison between the STRP and the networks of other relevant experts within each of their countries. The STRP's Expert Working Groups and the National Focal Points communicate by means of electronic mail and Internet discussion groups.

The work of the STRP is further assisted by the STRP Portal, which is operated by Wetlands International under contract with the Convention. The purpose of the Portal is to provide the STRP Expert Working Groups and National Focal Points with additional contacts among the expert networks of the International Organization Partners and other groups, identify gaps in needed expertise and endeavor to fill them, assemble a clearinghouse of additional information resources for the tasks of the Work Plan, and facilitate communication amongst the Working Groups, the Focal Points, and other sources of expertise.

17th Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel
 Gland, Switzerland, 2013

Related STRP documents are available here

Reports of STRP meetings are available here

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