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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.


NZ celebrates World Wetlands Day

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Colleagues from New Zealand marked World Wetland Day with a Bioblitz at Lake Rotopiko at the National Wetland Trust’s site.  Schools came to take part in the bioblitz, and it was supported by research agency Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.  Dr. Monica Peters won a competition run by Manaaki Whenua to host a BioBlitz and immediately gifted it to the National Wetland Trust. She says she jumped at the chance for members of the public and school students learning more about wetlands.  “It’s great to be able to give them [students and the public] an opportunity to come out here and not only visit the site but engage them with scientists as well.”  You can see the full article and the youtube video of the event here.


Towra point risks second grey globe

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Local campaigners Phil Straw and Professon Joan Dawes who succeeded in obtaining a grey globe award for Towra point in 2012 have been dismayed to see the site continue to degrade, with no additiona resources made available despite fund-raising attempts.  They  are now considering a second campaign that could see the site receive a second Grey Globe award.  See their article here.