IN MEMORIUM: Farewell, Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin

12 September 2013 | Article

As most of you will be aware, Françoise passed away recently, and the conservation community is mourning the loss of this wonderful friend of protected areas. Our thoughts go to Wolfgang at this time....they were a formidable team in life and work. Many of you will have your own memories of Françoise to share, and you are encouraged to visit the IUCN web page to record these.

Françoise championed work on many fronts, including on the professionalization of approaches for protected areas law. She worked with the World Commission on Environmental Law, with the World Commission on Protected Areas and with PA legal experts, to convene and manage projects to achieve global standards for the drafting of legislation for protected areas. All of those who have been involved in these processes were captivated by the sense of purpose Françoise embodied, how she persuaded all of us to make time to contribute towards these projects, how she managed their delivery with graceful efficiency, humour and a critical eye. Most of all, we will recall her determination to achieve quality, whether it was in the selection of consultants, the involvement of young professionals, the choice of case studies, or in the final product. What those of us privileged to have known her will recall with fond affection was how she found the time to be so stylish...meticulously planning working dinners, ensuring that everyone felt valued, and helping us all achieve new heights of professionalism. I think she would be proud to know how many protected area professionals derive inspiration and guidance from her work, reaching across the world’s shores and seas.

- Trevor Sandwith, Director, Global Protected Areas Programme

For further information and guidance on protected legislation and some of the work that Françoise Burhenne-Guilman worked on over the past few years, visit this link.

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