Nessrine Alzahlawi, New Assistant Advisor at the Ramsar Secretariat


The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands would like to warmly welcome Nessrine Alzahlawi as Assistant Advisor for the Asia-Oceania region. Nessrine takes over from Saber Masoomi who will shortly join the IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia as Biodiversity Projects Coordinator.

Originally from Syria, Nessrine holds a Master of Science degree in Aquatic Biology and Resources Management from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. She has worked in the United Arab Emirates as a conservation officer with the Emirates Wildlife Society – World Wide Fund for Nature, leading a project on sustainable fisheries in the Gulf. She has also worked with the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health, assisting with research on the impact of large scale developments on coastal ecosystems.

Nessrine speaks English, French and Arabic. Her interests include aquatic biology, conservation ecology, protected area development and management, and the role of education and public participation in conservation in the societies of the Middle East.

The photo shows Nessrine working with young people at Wadi Wurayah Ramsar Site in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

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