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Details of Dr. Karen Eckert   


Gender female
Job title Executive Director
1348 Rusticview Drive
Regions Black Sea
Tel (314) 954-8571
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Website http://www.widecast.org
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Degree Ph.D. (Zoology), Certificate (Global Policy), Bachelor of Science (Biology, Highest Honors)
Job type Teaching/Education , Research , Natural Resource Management , Technical Advice & Consulting
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST) is a volunteer network comprised of more than 60 Country Coordinators (sea turtle experts) resident in more than 40 Wider Caribbean states and territories, and an extensive network of interested Caribbean citizens, including scientists, conservationists, resource managers, educators and policy-makers. The network's mission is to reverse the declining trend in Wider Caribbean sea turtle populations by promoting a region-wide capability to design and implement scientifically sound sea turtle management and conservation measures. WIDECAST is a Regional Activity Network (RAN) of the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), and is very much involved in assisting Caribbean governments in the discharge of their obligations under the UNEP Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW). Dr. Karen Eckert, WIDECAST Executive Director, has been described by UNEP as "one of the most important figures in conservation and grassroots community empowerment" in the Wider Caribbean Region. In 1994, she was inducted into the Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement by the United Nations for her "tireless dedication to purpose." In 1996, she was awarded a prestigious 3-yr Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment. The Fellowship specifically recognized WIDECAST's effort to restore depleted sea turtle populations and promote sustainable coexistence between Caribbean peoples and their marine resources. (end)

Publications, including guidelines on sea turtle and habitat conservation, research protocols, and technical reviews, are available in English, Spanish and/or French: http://www.widecast.org/Resources/Pubs.html
Research Region 35
Skills/Expertise sea turtle research, conservation and management; conservation policy; public awareness; international networking; endangered species recovery planning
Comments National "Sea Turtle Recovery Action Plans" and other scientific and technical documents are developed by WIDECAST and published in partnership with UNEP: http://www.widecast.org/Resources/STRAPs.html
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Karen ECKERT)

WIDECAST publications http://www.widecast.org/Resources/Pubs.html

Created: 1999-11-30 Last Updated: 2013-07-10 by Karen ECKERT