The Nature Conservancy signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Ramsar

The Nature Conservancy signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Ramsar

30 September 2000

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The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is said to be the world's leading private, international conservation group. Its 1-million-plus members have helped to protect more than 11 million acres of habitat in the United States and nearly 60 million acres in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. It currently manages 1,340 preserves, the largest system of private nature sanctuaries in the world. Its results-oriented, nonconfrontational approach allows it to forge partnerships with landowners, corporations, and governments. Its commitment to working with local people gives it an on-the-ground presence in communities around the world. This new Memorandum of Cooperation, completed on 26 September 2000 between Delmar Blasco, our Secretary General, and Alexander F. Watson, Vice-President for International Conservation for TNC, marks a large step forward in Ramsar's tradition of meaningful cooperation with leading non-governmental organizations in achieving the wise use mission in the field. (The Nature Conservancy's Web site is at http://www.tnc.org.) [29/9/00]