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This podcast explores how, with this designation, the Niagara River Corridor became the 40th Ramsar site in the United States and joins more than 2,300 wetlands worldwide recognized for their rare and unique habitat, wildlife, and biological diversity. Ramsar sites are recognized as being of significant value not only for the country or the countries in which they are located, but for humanity as a whole.
The work is not yet complete, as the Canadian designation is underway, which will hopefully lead to the first trans-national boundary Ramsar site in North America in the near future! Stay tuned to future episodes for updates on the progress.
Jajean Rose-Burney – Niagara River Ramsar Designation Steering Committee (US Co-Chair); Deputy Executive Director, Western New York Land Conservancy. Jajean is a planner focused on landscape conservation, bird conservation, and public engagement. He has lead important conservation efforts in Western New York and in Latin America, several of which have been recognized by local, national and international professional planning and conservation organizations. He is always available to help communities identify their important natural resources and find ways to protect them.
Jocelyn Baker – Niagara River Ramsar Designation Steering Committee (Canadian Co-Chair); Co-ChairResearcher at Brock University / Sessional Instructor at Niagara College School of Environment. An innovative leader with over 25 years public service experience, working with all levels of government and academia including binational collaboration. Integrated, natural resource management, restoration and remediation, advanced project management expertise, including private sector initiatives.
Kim Diana Connolly – Professor of Law; Director, Clinical Legal Education Program; Director, Environmental Advocacy Clinic.
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