World Wildlife Fund sign agreement
The University of Virginia and the World
Wildlife Fund have signed a memorandum of understanding to work
together on critical environmental management issues and research
in Africa, Latin America and other rapidly developing regions.
by Andrew Shurtleff
Block (left), U.Va.s vice president and provost, signs
a memo of understanding with William Eichbaum, vice president
for endangered spaces in the World Wildlife Fund organization.
The agreement means the University and WWF will work together
on environmental management issues and research in such places
as Africa and Latin America.
agreement will strengthen existing links between U.Va. and the
funds U.S. office, particularly in terrestrial and marine
ecosystem monitoring, assessment and policy development.
University and WWF will raise awareness on critical environmental
management issues, raise the profile of important research findings
and support innovative research, collaborations and monitoring
programs for the most effective conservation of resources.
World Wildlife Fund promotes environmental research and sound
land-use policy and is a natural ally for U.Va.s research
and education initiatives in southern Africa and other developing
regions, said Jeffrey Plank, U.Va.s assistant vice
president for research and public service.
agreement between U.Va. and WWF allows the organizations to share
resources to promote biodiversity and environmental management
and, where possible, to cooperate and develop research projects.
Representatives from U.Va.s Center for Regional Environmental
Studies and WWFs Endangered Spaces Program will meet regularly
and coordinate activities. The organizations also may seek joint
funding for some projects. While the understanding strengthens
links between U.Va. and WWF, it does not create a joint venture
combining forces with a world-class research institution such
as the University of Virginia, WWF can enhance its efforts to
save the worlds most outstanding marine, freshwater and
terrestrial habitats, said William Eichbaum, vice president
for endangered spaces. Africa is a natural starting point
for this agreement, as it contains some of the worlds most
diverse, endangered and charismatic species, and both institutions
have a long history there.