WLI Update July 2014
Earth Day in Khakassia, Russia
Partners at Kahkassia celebrated Earth Day at the wetland by planting trees and running events around the environmental cultural traditions of the area. A great way of bringing visitors along to the wetland with a variety of activities, see more here.
Wetland Education Centre Handbook
With the Wetland Education Centre Handbook launched last month, you can access the publication here, in either a print-quality version (90Mb) that can be printed into a hard copy version, or a more accessible 3Mb electronic version for sharing with colleagues. The Handbook, produced by Ramsar and our colleagues at Environmental Ecosystems Research Foundation (ERF), South Korea, contains a great amount of information on how to plan, build, run and develop your wetland centre. The handbook is currently being translated into French, Spanish and Russian.
The second WLI North America webinar will be run on the 30th July, with the primary focus on the new Wetland Education Centre handbook (see above). It will take some case studies illustrating the handbook’s key messages, and give participants a chance to discuss the contents and how best to use it. See more here.
APOWA Project Progress
Mangroves are important for wildlife but also for reducing erosion and flood damage in coastal regions. Partners at APOWA, Orissa, India have fund-raised for a project to raise awareness amongst local communities, deliver training and take practical steps to protect the mangroves. Click here for their first six monthly report.
If you would like the opportunity to visit Russia, our partners at Birds and People (a wetland NGO) are looking for English-speaking volunteers to help run a summer camp this August. The camp aims to train students and teachers who can then support a network of ‘River Keepers’, volunteers that monitors and take action for wetlands in the region. For more, click here.