Brief Report on the 23rd Board of Directors Meeting
The Board of Directors of Wetlands International met on 20-21 April 2002 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. This first meeting of the new Board, elected during last November's Board of Members meeting...
The Board of Directors of Wetlands International met on 20-21 April 2002 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. This first meeting of the new Board, elected during last November's Board of Members meeting, brought together familiar faces from the Wetlands International network and a number of people new to the organisation. The meetings were business like and decision-oriented. In the coming weeks the minutes and a full decisions document will be available on this website but in the meantime here are the main highlights from the meeting: 2002-2005 Strategy Under mandate from the Board of Members the Board of Directors approved the overall structure and content of the 2002-2005 Strategy. This follows two extensive rounds of consultation with stakeholders in January and February. The 2002-2005 Strategy will be available on the web within the next 2 weeks and published in hard copy format in June. Science development The Board of Directors agreed to authorise staff to revise its approach to interactions with Specialist Groups through negotiating specific MOUs with each group and also with other science partners. Additionally, the Board of Directors agreed to adopt categories describing “scientific knowledge base” within a decision tree for assessing all new work undertaken by Wetlands International. To qualify under the science knowledge base criteria system, a project must possess one or more of the following characteristics: a. Based on published research b. Involves scientific or technical knowledge c. Technically sound, using scientific methods d. Addresses scientific knowledge gap e. Develops a transferable methodology Board of Members meeting during the Ramsar CoP8 The meeting for members would be held on Monday 25 November 2002, following the Board of Directors meeting in Valencia during the Ramsar CoP. The Board also spent sometime organising its own modus operandi and created 6 Standing Committees to oversee various aspects of operational development and share the heavy workload. Willing volunteers were also appointed to Chair these committees - as follows: Committee Chairs Nominations: Stew Morrison - also serves as Chairmain of the Board Legal: Gerald van Voorst - also serves as secretary Finance: Willem van Aalbersberg - also serves as Treasurer Programme Review: Max Finlayson - also serves as President Scientific: James Kushlan Personnel: Alison Russell French