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Professor Ramon Llamas

LlamasThroughout his career, Prof. M. Ramon Llamas has been a leading figure in global efforts to ensure universal fresh water resources. The 2006 recipient of the Cannes International Prize for Water, he has been coordinator of the UNESCO working group on the ethics of the use of fresh water (IAH) from 1984 to 1989, and a member of the Water Commission of the British charity World Humanity Action Trust (WHAT) (1997-9). He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International NGO Action against Hunger from 1999 to 2004, and since 1998 has been Director of the Water Observatory of the Spanish Foundation Botin.

Professor Llamas spent fifteen years as a hydraulic engineer in the Directorate General of Hydraulic Works, and in 1972 became the first tenured Professor of Hydrogeology in Spain. Author or co-author of nearly 100 books or monographs and almost 400 scientific papers, he is currently Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 1986 he has been a Fellow of Spain’s Royal Academy of Sciences, and has been a Fellow of the European Academy of Science and Arts since 2005.

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