ically analyze the COP's operations. As a first step in the process, the decision invites parties to submit their views on improving COP operations, the 1995-97 work programme's review, and the possibilities for a longer term work programme. The simple fact that the parties realize everything cannot be undertaken at once is cause for cautious optimism that a reasoned, well- thought- out long-term work programme for the next millennium can be developed in 1998 and implemented. The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties is scheduled for 4-15 May 1998 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The Second Session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-2) to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Montreal, 2-6 September. One agenda item was marine and coastal biodiversity. The SBSTTA-2 adopted a recommendation on coastal and marine biological diversity (Recommendation II/10) that called for the Secretariat to take into account the results of the 1997 Meeting of Experts on Marine and Coastal Biological Diversity and provide guidance for proceeding with actions to conserve and sustainably use marine and coastal biodiversity.
The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Buenos Aires, 4-15 November, focused primarily on terrestrial, rather than marine and coastal, biodiversity. However, the delegates addressed the relationship of the Convention on Biological Diversity with other related international agreements, including the Ramsar Convention. Their decision called for the Ramsar Convention to cooperate as lead partner in implementing Convention on Biological Diversity activities related to wetlands, as well as activities that play important roles in the implementation of the Jakarta mandate on marine and coastal biological diversity.
The Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention convened in Brisbane, Australia, 19-27 March. Over a thousand delegates adopted (→) resolutions and recommendations on the conservation of international wetlands. The coastal wetland recommendations proposed were: Recommendation 6.7 (conservation and wise use of coral reefs and related ecosystems); Recommendation 6.8 (strategic planning in coastal zones); Recommendation 6.11 (continued state collaboration in