WLI Update May 2013
In early May we took part in two successful workshops in Russia, see our website for more. The first was held at Olonets, near Lagoda Lake, north of St Petersburg. The session was aimed at those working in protected areas or in wetland education in the North West Russian region, and was a two day event looking at the theory of learning, how to develop and use wetland centres, and practice examples of wetland education, led by the Baltic Fund for Nature.[singlepic id=141 w=320 h=240 float=right]
The second event was held at the Kaluga Bird Park near Moscow, run by Wetland International Russia and bringing together around 40 representatives from protected wetland areas and wetland centres. The two day workshop allowed participants to learn about wetland education case studies and good practice, and to discuss how we can continue to support and develop the network of centres in Russia. They also started to develop the wetland CEPA strategy for European Russia, and set up a working group that will continue this work.
World Migratory Bird Day 2013
Spoonbills, Uitkerkse, cr: Marc Nollet
This year, the theme was networking for migratory birds, a good message for us at WLI, and we have some stories from WLI members on our website. The WMBD is a great event for raising awareness of the importance of migratory birds, and as well as sending us stories for the WLI site, you can also upload your stories to the WMBD website too.
WLI Asia Conference IV
It seems a while ago, but the WLI Asia Conference, held in mid April in Suncheon, South Korea, went very well, with over 100 delegates attending the 3 day conference, see here for more. As well as a substantial number of presentations on wetland
MoU between City of Suncheon, KFEM and WLI
education and conservation, we also visited Suncheon’s impressive garden expo (EcoGeo) and the brand new wetland centre that they have created. Outcomes of the conference included a commitment to produce some CEPA evaluation guidance, a workshop to look at a manual on designing and running wetland centres, and ongoing support for partner projects over the next two years. Plans for the next WLI Asia conference are already under way, due to take place in China in 2015.
Ramsar CEPA Oversight Panel
The WLI global manager took part in the Ramsar CEPA oversight panel, feeding in to the convention’s approach to engagement and education. The panel met in Gland, Switzerland and discussed the workplan for CEPA over the next three years, including revising the programme for CEPA from 2016-21, putting together new resources that can be used by wetland CEPA practitioners, and even the possibility of renaming CEPA!
WLI North America
The WLI N America steering group has put together a programme for a workshop 28-30 October 2013 at Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba, Canada titled ‘From education and engagement to positive action for conservation’ – we would invite you to register as soon as possible if you are interested. You can find more information here.