WLI News August 2014

Holmen Nature Centre

Holmen Nature Centre

New Partners

California Waterfowl Association, US; Holmen Wetland Centre, Norway.

MBP Annual Meet 2014 (Europe)

There is still time to register for the Migratory Birds for People (MBP) annual meeting, this year hosted by our colleagues at the Camargue in the south of France.  We will be focussing on practical next steps for this East Atlantic flyway project, covering West Europe and West Africa.  The meeting is over two full days, arrival on Sunday the 14th and leaving Wednesday the 17th of September.  See our web pages for more, or contact the Head of WLI to register.  You can also find out the latest from partners across the network in our August newsletter.

WLI North America Webinar

Grizzly Ranch, CWA

Grizzly Ranch, CWA

Around 60 representatives took part in this webinar, which focussed on the new handbook on best practice at wetland centres, and how it can be applied in the North America region. This resource, recently produced by the Ramsar Convention and ERF, will be a great help for those planning, designing and running wetland centres.  We had talks presenting an overview of the handbook, master planning, financial best practice and running programmes at centres.  Keep an eye on our WLI North America pages for the recording, available here.

WLI Neotropics meet

Our partners in Chile, at CEH (Centro de Estudios de Humedales) and the Fundación Kennedy are working with WLI to plan the WLI Neotropics conference on ‘involving local people in wetland conservation on site’.  The conference will take place from the 17th to the 21st of November, in Pica and Algarrobo, Chile, and will include speakers from across the region, including the Ramsar regional representative, Maria Rivera, the Head of WLI, Chris Rostron, and many more.  If would like to register, please contact us here.

smolensk wetland

Smolensk Lakeland

Wetland Centres in Russia

The Smolensk Wetland Centre will be launching its newly refurbished site at the end of October, and we hope to use this event, on the 24th and 25th of October, to develop the wetland education centre network in Russia.  It will allow us to finalise plans for Smolensk to take more of a lead role, to comment on development of the Russia wetland CEPA action plan, and to announce the Handbook on Best Practice at Wetland Education Centres, Russian version.  We also hope to be able to plan for a newly approved project beween wetland centres in Russia and the US.  Details available at our WLI Russia web pages.

September Bulletin

If you have any stories from your centre that you want to let people know about, we are shortly to produce the next WLI six-monthly bulletin.  These should be around 300-350 words long, with some pictures of your site and activities.  Please send us suggestions by the 12th September if possible.