Ramsar STRP elects Jorge Jiménez as its new Chairperson


strp8-jj1.jpg (18454 bytes)Dr Jorge Jiménez becomes  the new Chair of Ramsar's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP)

The 8th meeting of Ramsar's Scientific and Review Panel (STRP), its members newly-elected by the 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, unanimously elected Dr Jorge Jiménez of Costa Rica as its Chair for the 1999-2002 triennium, replacing Dr Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu of Ghana, now with WWF International.

Dr Jorge Jiménez smiling, Gland, Switzerland, September 1999 [Photo: Valerie Higgins]

Following his election on the first day of STRP8, 22-24 September 1999, Dr Jiménez led the Panel through a grueling agenda of mandates for advice and guidance from COP7 and the Strategic Plan 1997-2002 and earlier COPs, producing in the end an impressive Proposed Work Plan for the STRP's triennium which will be presented to the Standing Committee's 24th meeting in November for approval. 

Dr Jiménez has his BSc degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica, and his MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Miami (USA), with additional coursework at the University of Michigan (USA) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Presently Director of Scientific Programs for the Organización para Estudios Tropicales, he has previously served as Director of the Inventario de Biodiversidad at the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad in Costa Rica.   He has held a number of academic posts in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, and represented Costa Rica at the 1992 meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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New Chair of the STRP greets the members and observers to the 8th meeting. [Photo: Valerie Higgins]

His areas of special expertise include the ecology of estuarine and coastal systems, mangroves, inventory and management of biodiversity, monitoring, population dynamics and protected areas.

Dr Jiménez will show up promptly at the 24th meeting of the Standing Committee to report on STRP8 and seek approval of the new Work Plan, and will then report back to the next meeting of the STRP, set for Gland, Switzerland, in June 2000.

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