World Wetlands Day 2019
Core group active on four continents
The WWN core group members are all busy celebrating World Wetlands Day this year. Here’s a summary of what we’re up to:
Louise Duff is speaking at a conference at Cockburn Wetland Centre, Perth, Australia, local participants on the outcome of the global citizen science wetland survey that we did with the Society of Wetland Scientists and WWT; in particular on the value of community engagment as revealed in the survey.
Chris Rostron is speaking at the French national launch of World Wetlands Day activities at Grand Lieu Wetland Centre, one of the most active members of the WLI network.
WLI… Assemble! Hosts and WLI members La Maison du Lac de Grand-Lieu with Chris Rostron of @WWTconservation preparing for France's national #WorldWetlandsDay events today. Dapper conservationists! #KeepWetlands pic.twitter.com/yWuIRGYF31— Wetland Link International (@WetlandLink) 1 February 2019
Pato Guerrero is holding two days of activities at Putu wetland in Chile, called the "Embrace Your Earth Meeting-Encounter" (Encuentro AbrazaTu Tierra) with food, cultural activities, bird watching, and field visits.
In Colombia, Felipe Velasco is starting the process of Ramsar designation for Lake Tota—amazing news after years of work.
Max Djondo in Benin is using the occasion to celebrate Lake Nokoué (see the photo below) with the Ministry of the Enviornment and Water, local authorities, and communities. They can influence some of the threats to Lake Nakoué: uncontrolled urbanization, commercial reclamation of the lakeshore,invasive alien species, overfishing and overextraction.
In Kyushu, Japan, Minoru Kashiwagi is holding a conference called Save our wetland, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, with reports from those who participated in Ramsar COP13, and EAAFP MOP10.
Global Wetland Outlook - Webinar, Monday 4th February 2019
Find out more about the recent Ramsar report on the state of the world's wetlands at this free webinar, run by Prof. Roy Gardiner and Dr. Max Finlayson, lead authors of the report. Register and join from 17.00 to 18.00 (US Eastern Standard Time). They will also record the event for subsequent distribution.