Dr. Tatsuichi Tsujii receives the Ramsar Award
We are honoured to report that Dr. Tatsuichi Tsujii, president of Wetlands International Japan, is confirmed to be the 2012 Wetland Conservation Award in the category of Science.
The Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award was established in 1996 in order to recognise and honor the contributions of individuals, organisations, and governments around the world towards promoting the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
About Prfo. Tsujii
For 50 years, Prof. Tsujii has played a leading role in wetland conservation in Japan, notably in the restoration and management of the famous Kushiro-shitsugen Ramsar Site and World Heritage Site in Hokkaido, as well as in the designation of some 20 other Ramsar Sites in Japan. He has played an important role in raising awareness of wetlands and their values in Japan, at political and public level. In addition to his academic career, Prof. Tsujii has held many high-level positions in governmental, non-governmental, and scientific governance bodies, an example being his chairmanship of the of the Nature conservation committee of the Central environment Council of the Government of Japan.
At the international level, Prof. Tsujii has conducted research in several parts of the world. In particular, he made a strategic contribution to the restoration of Chilika Lake in India and he has made important contributions to the work of several international scientific organisations, such as Wetlands International, the International Mire Conservation Group, the International Ecological Congress, the International Peat Society.
In his work, Prof. Tsujii has adopted a holistic approach, linking science to management and wise use as well as connecting conservation to heritage and cultural values. Putting his principles into practice, he has been very active in training, raising awareness (CEPA activities), and in involving stakeholders. Prof. Tsujii was also instrumental in organising Ramsar COP5 in Kushiro, Hokkaido (1993), as the first Ramsar COP in Asia – thus contributing in a major way to raising awareness of wetlands and of the Ramsar Convention in Japan and in Asia.