Ramsar COP8 - Brief report and photos: Ramsar Award ceremonies

"Wetlands: water, life, and culture"
8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2002

The Wetland Conservation Award and Evian Special Prize

The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was presented to three winners: the Chilika Development Authority (India), Banrock Station Wines (Australia), and the NGO Trinational Initiative for the Morava-Dyje Floodplain.

Here, Christopher Carson (second from left), Chief Executive of BRL Hardy Europe Ltd receives the award on behalf of Banrock Station from the President of the COP, Mrs María del Carmen Martorell Pallás, Secretary General of Environment, Ministry of the Environment of Spain, and COP8 Vice-Presidents Hector Conde of Cuba and Javad Amin Mansour of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mr Franck Riboud, head of the Danone Group, stands at left as sponsor of the 10,000 dollar Evian Special Prize that was also presented to each of the Award winners.

Mr Carson, representing Banrock Station, with Bill Phillips (left) and Kenya's Anderson Koyo (right)

The Secretary General presenting the representatives of the NGO Trinational Initiative for the Morava-Dyje Floodplain, flanked by Mr Riboud of Danone and the President and Vice-Presidents of the COP.

The NGO Trinational Initiative for the Morava-Dyje Floodplain

A. K. Pattnaik, receiving the Ramsar Award on behalf of the Chilika Development Agency (India)

The Ramsar Recognition for Excellence

Dr Max Finlayson of Australia, one of the two winners of the Recognition for Excellence, being congratulated by Mr Riboud whilst the President and Vice-Presidents of the COP express their appreciation.

Dr Finlayson with the Secretary General.

Recognition of Excellence winner, Dr Monique Coulet (left), with Philippe Roch (Switzerland) and Edith Wenger (WWF)

Dinner for the winners.

More information on the winners of the 2002 Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards and Recognitions of Excellence is available here.

evian2.jpg (2371 bytes)danone.jpg (2960 bytes)The Ramsar Award' Evian Special Prize is generously contributed by the Evian Initiative of the Danone Groupe.

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