Ramsar and Ducks Unlimited renew their partnership on World Wetlands Day (WWD)

02/02/2012






This year's WWD celebration was made all the more momentous as Ducks Unlimited and Ramsar signed a renewed Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in New York City.

The MOC signing event was attended by approximately 100 people and took place prior to the start of DU's 75th anniversary kickoff event. Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited, and Anada Tiéga, Secretary General for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, presented and signed the MOC.

"As our conservation efforts go on across North America, we appreciate the work of Ramsar and other international organizations dedicated to the conservation of wetlands worldwide," Hall says. "This memorandum of cooperation reinforces our great partnership and a shared desire to keep wetland health at the forefront of the world stage."

The agreement falls at an especially auspicious time for both organizations: Ramsar's 40th anniversary celebration wraps up today, as DU's yearlong 75th anniversary celebration begins. "For 40 years, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has been supporting international action and cooperation for the wise use of wetlands and their resources," Newman said during the signing ceremony. "Together, DU and Ramsar work tirelessly to stem the loss of wetlands and associated resources for the benefit of humans, waterfowl and associated wetland species."

DU and Ramsar representatives at the MOC signing: (left to right) Paul Schmidt, DU chief conservation officer; John Tomke, president of DU de Mexico; Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General; John Newman, president of DU Inc.; Dale Hall, DU Inc. CEO; Tom Worden, president of DU Canada; and John Childs, president of Wetlands America Trust


In his speech at the signing, Tiéga acknowledged Ramsar's passing of the wetlands conservation baton to Ducks Unlimited as DU's milestone anniversary year begins. "I am especially proud to say that with the signing of the memorandum of cooperation, the whole Ramsar and Ducks Unlimited family will continue to join hands in implementing a new partnership that will ... create a new surge in a global wave of activity towards the conservation of wetlands and wildlife habitats and in ecosystem services work, science and technology, public policy and public awareness and training," he said.

The Memorandum signed today will be instrumental in building momentum to create a new surge in global activity on the conservation of wetlands and in ecosystem services work, science and technology, public policy and public awareness and training.

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