“Many wetlands, particularly in the pan-tropical areas of the world, are being threatened on a daily basis by both legal and illegal developers. This is particularly true of the pristine wetlands sporadically distributed on the African continent. Through my various capacities, I have voiced my concerns on the encroachment of very delicate wetlands to many governments and organisations. It is my hope that the Council will come up with new and innovative ways of cautioning governments to pay special attention to the wetlands that fall within their countries and their regions.”
Edward Ayensu is an international development advisor on science, technology and economic development. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana and the President of the Energy Globe Foundation. He was formerly Chairman of the World Bank Inspection Panel; Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Ghana; Senior Advisor to the President and Director of Central Projects Department, African Development Bank and President of the Pan-African Union for Science and Technology.
Ayensu studied the biological sciences at the University of London and was formerly Director and Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. A prolific writer and photographer, Ayensu has authored many books and published numerous scientific and technical papers. A very recently launched book – Lake of Life – is a commemorative volume depicting Volta River Authority’s 50th Anniversary.