WLI North America
Final call for the WLI North America workshop! The WLI N America steering group put together a stimulating programme on evaluating the effectiveness of wetland CEPA on site for a workshop in late October at Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba, Canada titled ‘From education and engagement to positive action for conservation’ – see the website. The deadline for signing up is the 30th of August, and we invite you to contact us as soon as possible if you’re interested.
US Russia Peer to Peer Dialogue
We have recently worked with contacts in Wetlands International Russia and at the Wetlands Institute, US, to submit a bid for encouraging exchange opportunities for the partners in WLI Russia and WLI US. If successful, the bid will result in 12 people from six centres across Russia and the US to take part in exchange visits, collation of best practice materials and a final conference. We will know by the end of October.
We continue to developing ideas for the fifth WLI Asia Conference in China, with Wetlands International China, WWF Hong Kong and WWF China. We have had a very positive response from the State Forestry Department and still hope to hold the conference in May 2015, before the next Ramsar COP. We are also planning a joint newsletter with EAAFP, highlighting activities at wetland centres along the flyway. If you have anything to add, please do get in touch.
Fundación Kennedy and WLI Neotropics
We met Peter Kennedy of the Fundación Kennedy in July at WWT Slimbridge, to discuss the possibilities of holding a WLI Neotropics meeting at FK in Chile, sometime in 2014, as well as areas of joint interest in wetland restoration. Our colleague Adriana Suarez is currently working at WWT Slimbridge, helping to carry out development and fundraising. Click here for more.
Call for articles for the WLI Bulletin, September 2013
We are looking for articles for the next WLI bulletin – and this time we have a theme of ‘wetlands and culture’, triggered by the recent wetlands songs that we were sent from Argentina (check here to hear them). Whether it’s art, music, spiritual links or performance, we would like to hear your stories. Please send us articles of around 300 words plus some images before the 6th of September for inclusion in the bulletin.
Migratory Birds for People annual meeting, Takern, September 29th– October 2nd
Colleagues at Lake Takern have kindly agreed to host our annual MBP meeting at their new wetland centre – which looks amazing, see Takern for more. The meeting will allow key MBP members to update on their work, share best practice in delivery of engagement and education, and make plans to strengthen the network and identify joint areas of activity. It is free to attend (although you will have to cover your own flight) please see our website for more details.