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The Ramsar Secretariat is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Dorothea August on 11 January 2011 at the age of 35, following complications after a viral infection. Dorothea worked in the Ramsar Secretariat in 2005 and 2006 providing assistance and advice to the European countries. She came to the Convention with experience in the conservation of aquatic carnivores (mink and otter) in the Danube Delta and elsewhere in Europe. She was particularly helpful to the Ramsar delegates during COP9 in Uganda and organized the successful planning meeting for the Carpathian Wetland Initiative in late 2006.

After her internship at the Ramsar Secretariat she was recruited by WWF Germany as river basin and water resources management officer. From her Frankfurt office she managed a regional conservation project portfolio overseeing their investment in Madagascar and in the Mara river basin in East Africa. She also worked on a number of innovative projects in Germany and across Europe through which she maintained regular contact with the Ramsar Secretariat and the authorities at the German Environment Ministry in Bonn. In September 2010 she gave a keynote address to the national Ramsar seminar held at the Ministry.

We remember Dorothea as a dedicated, friendly, generous and extremely energetic person who was committed to many projects beside her work, including the memorial foundation for the survivors of a WW2 concentration camp close to her home town and her family’s horticulture business. We express our deepest condolences to her family and friends, to WWF and her colleagues and to all who knew her.

Dorothea (middle) with Monica Zavagli (left, Scientific & Technical Support Officer) and Nadia Aleexeva (right, former Regional Assistant for Europe) in June 2010 at the Ramsar Secretariat.

Tobias Salathé

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