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Media Advisory: Ducks Unlimited, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to sign memorandum of cooperation

Signing ceremony, press event scheduled for Feb. 2, marking crossover of organizations' anniversaries
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Who:

Ducks Unlimited Chief Operating Officer Dale Hall and Secretary General Anada Tiéga of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Additional comments by John Newman, president of Ducks Unlimited; John Tomke, president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico A.C.; Tom Worden, president of Ducks Unlimited Canada; and John Childs, president of Wetlands America Trust

What:

Mr. Hall and Mr. Tiéga will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation in honor of World Wetlands Day. The Secretary will also recognize Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary.

Where:

The Waldorf Astoria Basildon Room, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

When:

Thursday, Feb. 2. A cocktail reception will begin at 4:00 p.m., and speakers will begin at 4:30. Mr. Hall, Mr. Tiéga and the other speakers will be available for photos and interviews immediately following.

Why:

Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day, marks the end of the 40th anniversary year of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and kicks off Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary celebration. Ducks Unlimited's mission is to "conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats" in North America echoes the Ramsar Convention's "40 years of caring for wetlands."

Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, having conserved more than 12 million acres of wetlands and wildlife habitats in North America with the help of more than 1 million supporters.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The treaty has been signed by 160 countries, including the United States, with nearly 43 million acres on 2,000 Ramsar sites designated as wetlands of international importance.

Together, Ducks Unlimited and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands work to stem the loss of wetlands and contribute to the conservation of nearly 440 million acres of wetlands worldwide.

Contacts:

Ducks Unlimited: Kristin Schrader, 734-646-4594, kschrader@ducks.org
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: Claudia Fenerol, +41-22-999-0134, +41 79 953 36 41, fenerol@ramsar.org

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