Drs. Wolfgang Burhenne and Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin: Co-Winners 1991No two people have done more to strengthen the position of international and national environmental law as a fundamental element of environmental management, than Drs. Wolfgang Burhenne and Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin.
They have been directly involved in nearly all the major international conventions concerned with conservation over the past 25 years, and to the development of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre in Bonn. Under the direction of Dr. Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin, who is Belgian, the Centre has accumulated the world's most extensive collection of environmental legislative texts.
The couple's first venture together was helping the Organization of African Unity (OAU) establish the Algiers Conservation Convention in 1968. Dr. Wolfgang Burhenne was one of 12 signatories to the Morges Manifesto, which established the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 1961. The insights and skills of the Burhennes were essential to the creation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, the World Charter for Nature, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982, and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 1985.
Drs. Wolfgang Burhenne and
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