United Nations, Pakistan, thank Steiner

MAP specialist helps Pakistan assess oil spill damages

9 June 2005

Contact: Rick Steiner, Conservation Specialist, MAP, 907-786-4156, afrgs@uaa.alaska.edu

NR: SG-2005/NB032

Anchorage, Alaska—Rick Steiner, Professor and Conservation Specialist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, was honored recently by the United Nations and the national government of Pakistan.

Steiner received a certificate of appreciation and a plaque in thanks for his efforts to help Pakistan assess the damage following the July 2003 Tasman Spirit oil spill. He also assisted in planning a restoration strategy and helped develop ways to reduce the likelihood of future spills.

Pakistan's Minister of Environment, Major Tahir Iqbal, presented the award to Steiner during the Tasman Spirit Oil Spill National Symposium, held recently in Karachi. Steiner served as the Chief Technical Advisor to the Pakistani government for its National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) program. This was the first comprehensive NRDA program ever conducted in a developing country, and it has provided a model within the U.N. for use globally.