Archive For 'March, 2019'

Wetland survey workshop

Friday, March 08, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Nick Davidson presents

After the successful delivery of the first Global Citizen Science Survey of the State of the Worlds Wetlands, the core group met at Slimbridge, UK, to plan for round two. The group looked at the strengths and weakness of the first survey, talked about the key results and outcomes, and how we can deliver an improved version in time for the next Ramsar COP14 in 2021. Our key suggestions were to:

- Repeat the survey monkey questionnaire, but with improved online support

- Additional levels of input from social media resources, to be developed

- Use existing results to create useful tools for local respondants, once the initial reserach paper published

- Maintain contact with the original group of respondents that expressed an interest in on-going contact

We will work on these proposals over the comoing months and keep all respondants, and the WWN network as a whole, up to date. The published scientific paper on the survey should be available soon.


The planning group (Nick Davidson and Matt Simpson, SWS, Chris Rostron, Connor Walsh and Rob Shore, WWT, Rob McInnes, independent consultant), March 2019

Dr. Lew Young in memoriam

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 at 1:12 PM


It is with great sadness we announce that Dr. Lew Young passed away from a heart attack whilst with colleagues in Beijing on Tuesday 5 March 2019. Lew was the CEO of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership and before that, Senior Asia Advisor for the Ramsar Secretariat. He helped launch and run the WetlandLink International-Asia project with colleagues from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in 2006, whilst he was managing the Mai Po wetland centre in Hong Kong, a network of wetland centres that is still alive and well.

Lew has been involved with WWN since its inception at Ramsar COP10, 2008. He was instrumental in launching the World Wetland Network, bringing together NGOs and building on his previous experience with WWF and his extensive network of contacts.  We have always been grateful for his support, knowledge and enthusiasm for involving civil society in wetland conservation.

Lew has always given us great advice, made time despite his busy schedule and had enormous patience, as well as a wicked sense of humour. He was a supreme diplomat, able to bring partners together and find solutions that enabled good decisions to be taken and projects to be delivered. We will miss him immensely, but his legacy lives on in his incredible achievements for wetland conservation, and he will always be an inspiration to us. With great sadness at his passing, but also great joy that we had the privilege of working with him.

Lew, you continue to be an inspiration for us all.


Condolences and tributes can be emailed to

WWN Management Committee