Dear friends and colleagues
The time has come to pay tribute to Yolanda, our outgoing President and also thank her for her tremendous leadership and friendship during her term as President of WWF International’s Board.
Over the past eight years, Yolanda has overseen many incredible historical moments for WWF and the environmental movement as a whole. Her deep involvement has seen the environment being fully integrated into the global agenda, from the SDG’s to the Paris Agreement, something we would not have dreamed possible even a few years ago. Global awareness on environmental issues have never been so high, in particular ocean health, the importance of which has risen up the agenda with the WWF ocean campaign constantly being quoted and the first ever UN Ocean event organised in New York earlier this year.
Yolanda’s energy and leadership have steered WWF through an ambitious and challenging evolution as we strive for greater ambition and impact, and work even more urgently towards our vision of a future where people and nature live in harmony.
Early on in her tenure, Yolanda also launched WWF's President’s Award
shining a light on brilliant young people who are working so hard to protect their natural world. Inspiring, and being inspired by, young people is her way of keeping her eyes firmly fixed on the future. She will never say no to speaking to a student, and so very many have been inspired by her passion.
During her term as President, there have also been so many fantastic and historic achievements, just to mention a few: the positive change to the giant panda’s official status; tiger numbers increased for the first time in a century; Antarctica’s Ross Sea was protected (and the number of MPAs rose too); Virunga National Park and many others got stronger protection; China banned ivory trade; Earth Hour saw massive growth; WWF became the champion for biodiversity awareness working with the CBD (Convention for Biological Biodiversity); and businesses made bold commitments on climate, cotton, water and many more. There have also been new National and Country Offices launched, with Kenya becoming the most recent National Office and WWF-Korea establishing a permanent presence in Seoul - further embedding our local to global strength.
Yolanda has made a unique mark on WWF and on conservation. The great news for us at WWF is that Yolanda will still be closely involved with our work through friends, but also formally on the advisory board of WWF-LAC, working with Roberto Troya, VP US Managed Program offices and LAC Regional Coordinator, and the team. So we will still be seeing and hearing from Yolanda and benefiting from her wisdom.
Please join me in wishing Yolanda all the best on the next step of her journey.
A heartfelt thank you from all past and present pandas!
Yolanda remember...once a panda, always a panda!
Fuente: WWF International