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World Wetlands Day 2019

Friday, February 01, 2019 at 9:08 AM

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.

 

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.


Pan-African youth forum

Monday, January 08, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Pan-Africain youth forum on wetlands

23 – 24 April 2018, Cameroun, Akonolinga

Theme : Involving young people in the wise use of wetlands : an absolute necessity

Reflecting the mission of the Ramsar Convention and in the support of its delivery, the NGO Voluntariat pour l’Environnement (VPE) is organising a pan-African youth forum on these ecosystems.  The forum will take place from the 23rd to the 24th April 2018 at Akonolinga (Cameroon).  It aims to support exchange of information in order to develop resolutions and recommendations that lead to better engagement of young people in the protection of wetlands.  The forum will also serve as the end of the work placements for those young people that have been taking part in the 6-month International Youth Programme of the VPE since November 2017.

To find out more, please see the programme, or contact us at vpesecretariat@yahoo.fr.  For the registration form, click here.  The deadline date for registration is the 1st March 2018.


Webinar on the GlobWet intiative

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 4:17 PM

The Africa Senior Regional Representative for Ramsar lead a webainr for WWN Africa on the GlobWet initiatve.  The webinar is in English and French, and you can see a recording here.


WWN Africa Webinar

Monday, July 07, 2014 at 9:58 AM

WWN and Ramsar hosted the first WWN Africa webinar, aimed at all those delivering wetland conservation as part of an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) or civil society group.  The webinar included a presentation from Ramsar's senior regional representative for Africa, Paul Ouedraogo, on how Ramsar works with civil society groups, updates on WWN from the Chair of the network, Mr Chris Rostron, and an excellent presentation from Madagascan colleagues at Conservation International on the work of civil society groups on the Nosivolo River, and how winning WWN's blue globe award had helped their project.  

The webinar was recorded by the hosts, Stetson University, US, and is available to view at this link.  We thank our colleagues at Stetson for helping the webinar go so smoothly, and we are planning another one later this year.

Chris Rostron, Chair, WWN