Press release on Ramsar's up-coming  MOC with Ducks Unlimited

18/07/2001

Press release from Tildy Lafarge on the up-coming MOC between Ramsar and Ducks Unlimited:

du-all4.JPG (5517 bytes)Ducks Unlimited Signs Agreement with the Bureau of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Memphis, July 17---On Saturday, July 21, Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, will sign an agreement with the Bureau of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The agreement, which fosters cross border coordination, will be signed by DU’s three sister organizations: Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico to further facilitate the conservation of birds migrating across international boundaries and shared wetlands.

The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources. It is known to most people as the Ramsar Convention, from the Iranian city where the text was first agreed in 1971. The convention encompasses all aspects of wetland conservation, recognizing wetlands as ecosystems that are extremely important for diversity in general and for the well being of human communities. Over one hundred and twenty countries, including the United States, are signatories to the Ramsar treaty.

By signing a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ramsar Bureau, Ducks Unlimited is making a commitment to support Ramsar’s global task force to conserve wetlands. As a result of the agreement, Ducks Unlimited will have greater opportunities to influence wetland conservation and make recommendations to governments on an international level.

Ducks Unlimited has been engaged in international conservation from its inception in 1937. Through its three sister organizations, Ducks Unlimited has conserved over 10 million acres of wetland and associated upland habitat across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Says Dr. Montserrat Carbonell, Director of Latin American and Caribbean Program, "Because of Ducks Unlimited’s inherent international perspective, and our rapidly expanding programs in the Caribbean and Latin America, this Agreement is a natural fit. We share Ramsar’s vision of effective wetland conservation."

The signing ceremony will take place at 12:15 pm on Saturday, July 21, at the International Waterfowl & Wetlands Symposium, hosted by Ducks Unlimited. Those interested in attending the event at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill should contact Tildy La Farge at 901-758-3859.

With more than one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited ( www.ducks.org) is the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation group. Wetlands are nature’s most productive ecosystems, but the United States has lost more than half of its original wetlands, and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres every year.

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