WLI Update March 2015

WLI Update March 2015

Driftless Area Wetland Centre

Driftless Area Wetland Centre

New Partners

Welcome to US partners from Driftless Area Wetlands Center and John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, both part of our US-Russia exchange programme.

Migratory Birds for People meeting

Our recent meeting at Oostvaardersplassen was a great success: a group of ten of us worked on identifying short and long term activities for MBP, based on the recent survey of centres carried out by Katja Fedrowitz. Katja’s survey showed that most of the centres along the East Atlantic flyway were interested in resources such as a film or presentation, that they were willing to share information and that they appreciated information on other centres, but need it in a concise form, and that based on our ‘shared’ bird species, we should be looking at a bigger, longer term funding proposal.

MBP meeting, Oostvaardersplassne, NL

MBP meeting, Oostvaardersplassne, NL

At the Oostvaadersplassen meeting we agreed to go ahead with creating a simple film that can be used in each centre, use free platforms such as Flickr to share pictures and information, and update the shared poster. It was also agreed that a large European bid needs more development work as we do not currently have a suitable idea for LIFE funding. See the MBP pages for notes from the meeting.

Wetland Centres exchange, Russia and the USA

Khakassky Centre, Russia

Khakassky Centre, Russia

The US-Russian wetland centre exchange programme is progressing well, and we have had our first joint Skype meeting. The first exchange pair will be The Wetlands Institute, New Jersey, US visiting the Smolensk Poozerie national park, Russia. This is scheduled to take place in April this year. The partners will explore many of the issues that have been identified from the WLI themes of wetland centres, participation, interpretation techniques and education. We will bring you news from the first visit soon, or you can join the Facebook page to follow their progress!

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day 2015

WMBD takes place every year in May, and this year’s theme is ‘Energy – make it bird-friendly!’ reflecting the serious problems that energy infrastructure creates for birds during their migration and everyday life. These include traditional power lines that have been around for years, but also renewable infrastructure such as wind turbines and solar panels that can also have a serious impact if positioned in the wrong place.

For more information, and the opportunity to post up your events or stories, see their website.

Request for six-monthly update April 2015

If you have any exciting or interesting stories that you think WLI / MBP colleagues would be interested to hear about in more depth, please send us details for our next WLI Bulletin, of up to 400 words with some pictures. Contact Chris Rostron, Head of WLI, with your stories by the 10th of April.

COP meetingRamsar COP logo

The 12th Ramsar Conference of the Parties is taking place in the first week of June this year in Uruguay. The conference offers contracting parties (governments) and other partners the opportunity to get together to review and plan the ongoing work of the convention. Representative from your country are likely to be going, see the list here. One resolution that will be under discussion will be on CEPA and include the role of Wetland Centres in disseminating the message of the convention, around wise use of wetlands. You can find out more at their website.