Committee member wins Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award


Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award winner David Pritchard © IUCN

The Ramsar Convention Standing Committee has presented the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award and Evian Special Prize for 2008 in the category ‘science’ to Joint Committee member David Pritchard.


The award recognises David’s work in supporting the development and implementation of the Ramsar Convention over the last two decades.  The Standing Committee wanted to honour his dedication, consistency and effectiveness as not only a representative of BirdLife International at Ramsar meetings, but also contributing very extensively in his own right.


JNCC’s Chair, Peter Bridgewater, commented: “David joined JNCC in 2006, and has already made a significant contribution to our deliberations and policy recommendations. This award is well deserved, and I would like to offer my congratulations on behalf of the whole of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, as well as my own personal congratulations as a former Secretary General of the Convention.”         


The Ramsar Awards will be presented to the winners at the opening ceremony of the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, to take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, in October.