Ramsar's Culture & Wetlands Team includes the RCN Coordinator, the Senior Advisor on Culture & Wetlands, and the Manager, Culture & Livelihoods. If you are interested in collaborating on the development of in-region partnerships and capacity building on culture, livelihoods and wetlands, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Ramsar Culture Network Coordinator - Dave Pritchard
Dave Pritchard is an independent consultant in both the environment and culture sectors. He has worked for 30 years in national and international policy and law with biodiversity-related Conventions and other organisations, and has held several non-executive Directorships in both governmental and non-governmental bodies. As one of the longest-serving members of the Ramsar Scientific & Technical Review Panel, he originated much of the Convention’s technical guidance on assessment, monitoring and reporting, as well as editing the Convention’s 4th edition guidance Handbooks. He is a recipient of the Wetland Conservation Award, the Evian Special Prize, and an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. As well as coordinating the Ramsar Culture Network, Dave chairs the Arts & Environment Network in the UK, is a visiting university researcher/lecturer, and serves on a variety of national and international boards, expert groups and networks concerned with heritage, culture and the arts, including those of UNESCO-UK, World Heritage-UK and IUCN.
Senior Advisor, Culture & Wetlands - Thymio Papayannis
A successful professional architect and planner, he has dedicated most of his activities during the past 30 years to the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage and to environmental and sustainability issues. He has been one of the two founders of WWF Greece (and its president from 1996 to 2004 and again from 2005-2006) and of the Society for the Protection of Prespa (and its president since 2004) and has contributed to the establishment of the Greek Biotope – Wetland Centre. He has also been a member of the Board of WWF International (for two terms) and the Tour du Valat Foundation in the Camargue (since the early 1990s). In 2009 WWF International named him Member of Honour. Among his other activities are the establishment in 1992 and coordination of MedWet, a regional initiative of the Ramsar Convention, for which he was elected Honorary Member of the Mediterranean Wetlands Committee. He is also joint coordinator of the IUCN Delos initiative on sacred natural sites and Senior Advisor ob Culture and Wetlands of the Ramsar Convention, while directing Med-INA (the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos). In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his environmental work by the Athens Agricultural University. He has also been deeply involved with the ecological work of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and coordinating the integrated management of the Mt. Athos World Heritage Site. In 2012 he was bestowed the Ramsar Award in Recognition of Achievement. He has written more than 400 articles, book chapters and books on architecture and planning, nature and heritage conservation and the environment, as well as on sustainability.
Manager, Culture & Livelihoods - Mariam Kenza Ali
Mariam joined the Ramsar Secretariat in March 2015 and previously coordinated IUCN’s World Heritage Conservation Team. She has a background in environmental planning with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, led the development of World Heritage Outlook (the first global assessment of all natural World Heritage sites), and has field research experience in Indonesia (working on sustainable resource use patterns with the indigenous Kasepuhan in Gunung Halimun National Park) and Madagascar (researching dietary ecology of Diademed Sifaka lemurs). Mariam is a Swiss, Somali and American national and speaks fluent English and French, as well as some Spanish.
Project Officer, Culture & Livelihoods - Satchida Rana
Satchida as Project Officer for Culture and Livelihoods will be working for the implementation of ‘Celebrating Culture, Livelihoods & Wetlands Partnership’, supported by the MAVA Foundation. Prior to joining the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Satchida worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Community Based Disaster Management programme that focused on preparedness for response, mitigation activities to reduce the impact of hazards, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods and climate change adaptation for sustainable development. In addition, Satchida has also been involved in knowledge sharing, fundraising, resource mobilization, capacity building, forging strategic partnership, volunteer development, volunteering and community care. Satchida brings along an exceptionally diverse experiences from her work with the IFRC in the humanitarian and in development field; with particular success in managing national and regional teams. Furthermore, she has successfully completed her Masters Degree in Science, Society and Development as a World Bank Scholar from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, U.K. focusing on Agriculture, Health and Environment.