Christopher Briggs – new Secretary General of The Ramsar Convention
The Ramsar Convention Standing Committee has appointed Dr Christopher Briggs to the position of Secretary General. He will succeed Mr. Tiéga Anada who has served the Convention for the past six years.
What is Ramsar Convention?
Formal title of the Ramsar Convention is “The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat“.
Ramsar is a town in Iran and this international treaty aims the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, to stem the progressive encroachment on and loss of wetlands now and in the future.
It was signed in Ramsar on February 2, 1971, and came into force on December 21, 1975. To commemorate its signing date, February 2 is observed as World Wetland Day every year.
The meeting was invited by Mr Eskander Firouz, Director of Iran’s Game and Fish Department, and held in the Caspian seaside resort of Ramsar in Iran, the text of the Convention was agreed on 2 February 1971 and signed by the delegates of 18 nations the next day.
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