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Asunto:[LEA-Venezuela] Re: [Ramsar Forum] Ramsar names new Secretary General to succeed Delmar Blasco
Fecha:Domingo, 2 de Marzo, 2003  09:10:45 (-0400)
Autor:Jorge Hinestroza <vitae3>

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dwight Peck" <dwight.peck@...>
To: "Ramsar Forum" <ramsar-forum@...>;
Cc: "Kristin Hagge" <kshagge@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 5:22 PM
Subject: [Ramsar Forum] Ramsar names new Secretary General to succeed Delmar

> Press release
> Gland, Switzerland, 1 March 2003
> Ramsar's new Secretary General to take up the reins in August 2003
> The Ramsar Bureau is delighted to announce that yesterday, at its 29th
> meeting, the Standing Committee selected Dr Peter Bridgewater to become
> new Secretary General, to replace Mr Delmar Blasco, who will be stepping
> down at the end of July 2003 after eight years of distinguished service
> the Convention on Wetlands. Chosen by the SC in closed session from
> a short-list of very strong candidates, Dr Bridgewater's selection was
> greeted by enthusiastic approval when it was announced before Contracting
> Party Observer States, International Organization Partners, and the
> staff, and Mr Blasco, indicating that he was extremely pleased to be
> the secretariat over to such able hands, pledged to work closely with the
> new appointee over the next five months to ensure a seamless transition.
> A citizen of both Australia and the United Kingdom, Dr Bridgewater earned
> his Ph.D. from the University of Durham in the UK and has been a member of
> the teaching and administrative faculties at Monash and Murdoch
> in Australia, as well as a special lecturer at many other institutions -
> has been the author or co-author of some 170 publications on nature
> conservation, vegetation science, biodiversity issues, and environmental
> policy. His administrative experience is deep and broad, for he has
> first, as Director of the Australian Bureau of Flora and Fauna and as
> Scientist with the UK Nature Conservancy Council in the 1980s, then as
> Executive of the Australia Nature Conservation Agency / Director of the
> National Parks and Wildlife Service for most of the 1990s, and
> as Chief Science Adviser for ANCA's successor, Environment Australia, and
> Supervising Scientist for the Alligator Rivers Region, including Kakadu.
> should be added that, during this time, he made many friends in the Ramsar
> family in his role as President of the 6th Meeting of our Conference of
> Contracting Parties when it met in Brisbane in 1996.
> Since 1999, Dr Bridgewater has served in his present position as Secretary
> of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme in Paris, during which time,
> amongst many other achievements, he has been instrumental in bringing the
> MAB Programme to ever closer involvement with the Ramsar Convention, with
> productive Joint Programme of Work signed in 2002
> ( and a joint Web site
> ( which focuses attention upon
> wetlands that are both Ramsar sites and Biosphere Reserves.
> Throughout his career thus far, Dr Bridgewater has also made extraordinary
> contributions to a large number of international environmental fora,
> including Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Standing Committee of the
> Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Vice-Chair and then Chair of the
> International Whaling Commission, member of the Science and Technology
> Advisory Panel to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), among too many
> others to mention here, and he is presently a member of the Board of the
> Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He also has wide experience with serving
> and chairing various specialized panels, more than 100 so far, in
> with a range of MEAs and their scientific and subsidiary bodies, including
> the CBD and its SBSTTA.
> Of particular interest to the Convention's interests, his work has brought
> him a great deal of sympathetic experience with a number of issues that
> been very high on the Ramsar agenda, such as (during his Australian work
> with National Parks in Northern Territory and New South Wales) the
> participatory management of protected areas by indigenous people, the role
> of cultural aspects in environmental management, and the importance of
> synergies among MEAs and other international environmental processes.
> Dr Bridgewater's ideas about the future directions of the Ramsar
> and its evolving role amongst the UN and non-UN environment conventions,
> have been described as bold, forward-thinking, and very well thought out.
> His appreciation of the unique role that non-governmental organizations,
> particularly the Convention's four International Organization Partners
> (BirdLife International, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Wetlands
> International, and WWF International), have played and continue to play in
> promoting and realizing the Ramsar Convention's values throughout the
> both in international fora and in conservation work on the ground,
> that he will fit in very well with the special character of the Ramsar
> family. And, finally, his belief that an essential role of the List of
> Wetlands of International Importance can be, not only as a network of
> flagship sites, but also as "exemplars of wise use and conservation for
> wetlands - and indeed other ecosystems - everywhere", places Dr
> firmly in sympathy with the Strategic Framework and "Vision for the List".
> The present Secretary General, Delmar Blasco, and the Chair of the
> Committee, Dr Gordana Beltram of Slovenia, join the Standing Committee
> members and observers and the staff of the Ramsar Bureau in welcoming Dr
> Bridgewater to the Ramsar community.
> This text and photos are available at
> Best regards, Dwight Peck, Ramsar (ramsar@...)
> ***************
> Dwight Peck
> Rue de l'Eglise
> 1269 Bassins, Switzerland
> dwight.peck@...,peck@...
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