Mariam manages the Ramsar Convention Secretariat's Culture & Livelihoods Partnership, which seeks to support the integration of cultural practices, communities and livelihoods within wetland management. Prior to joining the Ramsar Secretariat, she coordinated IUCN’s World Heritage Conservation Team and led the development of World Heritage Outlook (the first global assessment of natural World Heritage sites). Over the last ten years she has had varied experiences working with protected areas, multilateral environmental agreements, communities, and land-use planning. After completing an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, London, Mariam worked in Scotland undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessments for local authorities. She later coordinated the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ advocacy on environmental assessment policy in the UK. Mariam has field research experience in Indonesia (researching natural resource use patterns with the Kasepuhan in Gunung Halimun National Park) and Madagascar (supporting research into the dietary ecology of Diademed Sifaka lemurs) and is of Swiss, American and Somali heritage.
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