During the Budapest Water Summit 2013, UNESCO-IHE's Rector András Szöllösi-Nagy signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands establishing the Ramsar Chair for Wise Use of Wetlands.
The professor, appointed to the Ramsar Chair provides a stimulus for enhancing collaboration with national and international organizations to support the educational and capacity building required for the wise use of wetlands. Working within the UNESCO-IHE Chair Group for Aquatic Ecosystems the position will develop initiatives that can better understand wetland functioning and the link between wetlands and the communities that depend on them. The Chair will directly support the mission of the Ramsar Convention.
“We warmly welcome the establishment of the Ramsar Chair, a position that will strengthen the impact and information flow from wetland research and help us to carry out more useful training on wetland management”, said the Convention’s Secretary General Christopher Briggs during the Budapest Water Summit.
"The opportunities for building this global partnership are truly exciting. The Ramsar Chair will help us conduct robust research into better understanding of the ecology and management of wetlands. This develops further the history of collaboration between the Ramsar secretariat, UNESCO-IHE and Charles Sturt University. The partnership provides a very welcome addition of expertise needed to guide the wise use of wetlands, and smart plans needed for their sustainable management.", says Ken Irvine, Professor of Aquatic Ecosystems at UNESCO-IHE.
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