50 Years of Wetland International
On 25 November, 75 Members, staff and special guests gathered to celebrate Wetlands International’s 50th anniversary. Master of Ceremony Tunde Ojei guided the guests back through 50 years of wetland conservation history and several guests shared their vision of the future.
Jane Madgwick, Wetlands International CEO, then came to the podium to honour Dr Luc Hoffmann, a founder of Wetlands International and life-long wetlands champion extraordinaire. Recognising Luc’s continuing source of inspiration and support to those who share his passion for wetlands, Wetlands International has established the Wetlands International Luc Hoffmann Medal for Excellence in Wetlands Science and Conservation.
Luc enriched the celebration by personally presenting the first Luc Hoffmann Medal to Theunis Piersma, for "excellence in wetland research, especially in waterbird ecology and physiology, and his outstanding communications, team work and collaboration worldwide for the active promotion of wetland conservation and wise use."
Wetlands International President Max Finlayson presented the President’s Medal for Staff Excellence to Charles Mamady Bèye, and Chair Stew Morrison inaugurated Alison Russell-French as an Honorary Director.