Ramsar at the Millennium Wetland Event, 6-12 August 2000
The Deputy Secretary General, Dr Nick Davidson, delivers one of the keynote addresses, with a ghostly reminder from his past watching over him vigilant for misstatements or distortions of fact. (Photo: D. Peck/Ramsar)
Dr Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary General, relaxes in front of the Ramsar Exhibit for an interview on Indian television.
Dr Karén Jenderedjian (right) of Armenia pauses in sending an e-mail over Ramsar's account to his 13-year-old son (whose birthday had unaccountably got forgotten in the rush of Millennium Events) to watch the Secretary General, Delmar Blasco, discussing various issues on the Ramsar Video (left).
The Ramsar Exhibit, a gathering center for the Ramsar Family at the vast Millennium Event: Gordana Beltram (Slovenia), Dwight Peck (Bureau), Karén Jenderedjian (Armenia), Tim Jones (formerly of the Ramsar Bureau, now of TJ Environmental)
And gather they did: (from left) a German lady, Tobias, Dwight, Charlotte McAlister (our scientist friend from Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Nick, Karén, Tim Jones.
The Ramsar webmaster admires the CBD Focal Point from Slovenia (left) at the Millennium Wetland Event.
Ramsar representatives: Tobias Salathé (Bureau), Karén Jenderedjian (Armenia), Gordana Beltram (Slovenia), webmaster, Paul Mafabi (Uganda)
Tobias glaring at the German student (left), Karén explaining to Paul Mafabi about his kewl Ramsar-SGF digital camera which (because he didn't bring the interface cables) was, and still is, completely useless.
Prepared to defend the Ramsar Exhibit to the last fellow, the steadfast Ramsar Bureau delegation signifies its no-nonsense dedication to wetland conservation (except for Tobias, grinning (left)).
Paul Mafabi (Uganda), Vice-Chairman of the Ramsar Standing Committee, discusses the upcoming Olympics 2000 in Sydney, Australia, in September, with Dr Nick Davidson of Ramsar, and places early bets.
Luis Costas (Portugal), Gordana Beltram (Slovenia), and Tobias Salathé (Switzerland), hack the magnificent Ramsar Exhibit into little pieces for shipping back to its homeland.
The Ramsar webmaster, having cheerfully distributed Ramsar printed materials to all comers for the past week, even more cheerfully trashes everything that's left over.
Semi-relaxing after the Millennium Events in a pub in the Québec old city boasting 1,114 different kinds of beer, Gordana Beltram (Slovenia), Nick Davidson (Bureau), Philippe Gerbeaux (New Zealand), and Tobias Salathé (Bureau).
Ms G. Beltram, Slovenian national focal point for a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), dives into her dinner, with assistance from the Ramsar Deputy Secretary General
Several acolytes of Chris Tydeman, WWF-UK (left), surprised during their meditations