The 12th Ramsar Conference starts on Monday the 1st of June in Uruguay, bringing together many of the 168 signatory countries. It is an opportunity to revise progress of Ramsar, agree a new strategic plan and also hold events on specific themes. We are working with ERF Korea to hold an event on wetland centres and their role in supporting delivery of Ramsar’s CEPA plan. If you are attending the COP, please come along, see details here. You may also wish to alert your country representatives to the event, to raise awareness of, and support for the work of wetland centres. We will keep you up to date via twitter and facebook.
Wetland Centres exchange, Russia and the USA
Our second exchange visit is has just taken place, with colleagues from John Bunker Sands wetland centre, Texas, US, visiting colleagues at the Baltic Fund for Nature, St Petersburg Russia. A group Skype call showed that the visit is going well, with the US partners speaking at national conference on eco-tourism and planning a joint Skype call between US and Russian schools. They will then head up north to visit a field studies centre in Olonets and work with local groups.
Mai Po Citizen Science Project
Mai Po wetland centre has always carried out exciting and innovating projects. They are just launching a citizen science project in Hong Kong, encouraging people to explore, record and report the wildlife they see. You can find out more at their website. It is also worth checking out their project on evaluation of CEPA work on site, useful to all of us in gauging how effective our work is in raising awareness of wetlands and their importance. Contact Yamme Leung for more information.
WLI Asia meeting
For those colleagues in the Asia region, please remember that we are planning the 5th WLI Asia meeting, likely to take place in the first week of September at Hungshui Hu wetland in China. Please put the date in your diaries and we will be in touch soon with details. There is some limited funding to support participants.
MBP meeting, 14th and 15th of September
Thanks to our colleagues at Urdaibai for hosting the next Migratory Birds for People annual meeting in their wetland centre, in the Basque Country, northern Spain. The meeting will include a look at their excellent centre including high-tech information panels, training on webcam usage, information sharing, field trips and project development. Contact the Head of WLI for more information.