The EAAFP Secretariat is very pleased to announce that Ms. Yoon Lee, our External Relations Manager has received the Mayoral Citation Award from Incheon Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea, in recognition of her efforts to conserving biodiversity during the celebratory ceremony for the World Environment Day held on 3rd June.
The The Incheon City Mayoral Citation Award aim to encourage efforts to discover and commend those who contributed to environmental conservation in various sectors of society in celebration of the World Environment Day, an annual global awareness-raising campaign held on 5th June.
Ms. Lee joined the EAAFP Secretariat in 2017 as Fundraising Manager (currently as External Relations Manager). She leads the External Relations Team at the Secretariat, that serves the Secretariat’s interface with donors, managing resource mobilization and corporate engagement, and guided the establishment of EAAFP Foundation, as a fund-raising arm of EAAFP Secretariat in 2020 within the host country, the Republic of Korea.
She launched the Foundation’s Small Grant Programme, and has managed cooperative initiatives with local entities from various sectors in the host country to promote the mission of EAAFP and the importance of conserving migratory waterbirds and their habitats. Since its establishment in 2020, the Foundation Small Grant programme has supported 13 local environmental conservation NGOs. The 13 grantees have been able to implement 18 projects so far, strengthened their capacities in areas such as monitoring, research, CEPA and raised awareness of conserving migratory waterbirds in the local community around the Flyway Network Sites in RO Korea.
In addition, by signing an MOU with the Yeonsu Foundation for Arts and Culture (YSFAC) in 2021 and promoting cooperation projects between YSFAC and EAAFP Foundation, Ms. Lee contributed to raising awareness of conserving migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway in the Host City – Incheon- through cultural approaches. Started in 2021, the EAAFP Foundation has implemented the <Bird Meets Arts> project, engaging artists, musicians, citizen science groups to deliver the Flyway’s message in cultural and artistic ways.
The EAAFP Secretariat is proud of having Ms. Lee, with her enthusiastic attitude to work for the conservation of migratory waterbirds by cooperation with various stakeholders, and we send our congratulations to her for receiving the award.