Staff news from the Ramsar secretariat
Temporary arrangements in the Bureau to cover the work related to the Neotropical Region
Dr. Monserrat Carbonell resigned as Regional Coordinator for the Neotropics and completed her work with the Ramsar Bureau on 31 December 1998. The Bureau announced the vacancy as from 10 December 1998 and applications are presently being received, with a deadline of 31 January 1999 for submissions. The position announcement is available here.
In the meantime the Bureau has hired Ms Nancy Vallejo as Senior Advisor for the Americas for the period 1 January - 30 May 1999. Ms Vallejo is providing services as a consultant (not as an interim Regional Coordinator) and will assist the Bureau in a series of technical tasks that have to be carried out during this period. The routine issues related to the Neotropical and North American regions are being handled by the Secretary General, with the assistance of the Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Bill Phillips, and the intern for the Neotropics, Ms Carmen Padilla.
Ms Nancy Vallejo, who is Colombian by birth, is a lawyer by training and has a master's degree in natural resources management. From 1994 to 1998 she has been WWF's Senior International Treaties Coordinator at the international headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. In the past 12 months the Bureau has worked with Ms Vallejo in the preparation of the Joint Work Plan with the Convention on Biological Diversity and on the Evian Roundtable. From 1990 to 1994, Ms Vallejo was the Secretary General of Colombia's National Institute for Renewable Natural Resources and the Environment (now the Ministry of the Environment), and in that capacity she participated as a member of the Colombian delegation in the negotiations of the CBD and other international issues.