A tribute to Warren Waetford, ELC Legal Officer

Following a tragic accident last weekend, on 3 November 2012, we have lost a dear colleague.


Warren, a New Zealander, joined the ELC on 1 September 2012 as an expert on climate change and REDD issues. He was immediately fascinated by the impact of IUCN on the world, which he witnessed at first hand during his participation at the IUCN Congress in Jeju.

He was not only a very good lawyer, but also a positive person that settled so well into our organization in a very short time. He was a valuable addition to our team and showed his extraordinary personality in every situation.

If anyone wishes to share their personal experiences of Warren, please do so below.

From Julia Marton-Lefevre, IUCN Director General:

We are stunned and deeply saddened by Warren Waetford’s tragic death. He joined the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) as Legal Officer only in September this year, and got off to an exciting and fast-moving start through participating in the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea. On that occasion Warren demonstrated his interpersonal skills in networking and building contacts with staff members, Commission members, and representatives of IUCN Members.

Warren also brought to IUCN his experience as Associate Observer Organizations Liaison Officer with the UN Climate Change Secretariat, as well as from his role as Legal Adviser with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as New Zealand Deputy Permanent Representative in Vienna, Austria. He was immediately “adopted “ by the ELC staff, fitted well in the team, and was much appreciated for his professionalism and his generous and “fun” personality. He is sadly missed by those who had the pleasure to meet and work with him.

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