WLI Update February 2015

Category: International news, WLI Americas, WLI Asia, WLI Russia

Last updated: April 24th, 2019

WLI Update February 2015

Visita al terrano

Field Trip, Maule Mataquito

New Partners

Welcome to our new partners from: Chile, Agrupación Defensa y Conservación Maule Mataquito

World Wetlands Day 2015, 2nd February 2015

Centro de visitantes, Rio Maipo

New visitor Centre, Rio Maipo

Thanks to those of you that sent stories on World Wetlands Day 2015, on the theme wetlands are our future. There have been a lot of reports from centres across the world, all taking part in this celebration. From guided walks and talks, to practical conservation work, and even the unveiling of a new wetland centre in Argentina. You can see more at our website.

Exchange visit between Hong Kong and Taiwan

Staff from WWF Mai Po Education Department took part in an exchange visit to Taiwan, where amongst other activities they attended the Taipei International Birdwatching Fair held in Guandu Nature Park. It was not just a fair, it was more of a carnival – participants learned about nature conservation while enjoying real-life experiences, fun games and making do-it-yourself artwork!

As with Hong Kong, Taiwan is an important stopover site for the endangered black-faced spoonbill. For that reason, Mai Po staff brought the “LoLo’s Flying Journey” education pack to help promote the importance of wetland conservation. WWF-Hong Kong’s education staff also shared information with Guandu Nature Park staff and Taiwanese environmental educators from various organizations. Read the full story here.

Wetland Centres exchange, Russia and the USA

We have now selected the centres to take part in the exchange visits between the US and Russia.  There are three centres from Russia, exchanging with three centres from the US. The centers that are taking part are as follows:

Smolensk Display

Smolensk display

Baltic Fund for Nature, St Petersburg, pairing with John Bunker Sands, Texas.

Smolensk Wetland Park, South of Moscow, pairing with The Wetlands Institute, New Jersey.

Khakassky Nature Reserve, Siberia, pairing with Driftless Area Wetland Centre, Iowa.

The US teams will be visiting their Russian partners some time in spring, with a return visit in late September / early October to the US. The aim of the project is to share experience of common themes and activities, with an emphasis on using social media. The final conference will also produce some guidance from the project. We will keep you posted on progress.

Brazil training course with FSC for young scientists

If you are a scientist under 35, working or studying in the fields of biology or ecology, this 10 day course in Brazil could be interesting for you.  Run by the Field Studies Council, it aims to give a fantastic opportunity to get first-hand experience in a range of field techniques to monitor and record a variety of species at the Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA). Deadline 15th March 2015, read more here.

WLI Asia conference, 2015

The WLI Asia conference has been postponed until later in the year, likely to be the end of August. We have formed an official organising committee, including the East Asia Australasia Flyway Partnership, the Chinese State Forestry Association and Wetlands International China.