Ramsar COP12 results
The 12th Ramsar Conference took place from the 2nd to the 9th of June, and gave WWT the opportunity to become the 6th IOP (International Organisation Partner) as well as adopting an updated CEPA resolution, which includes several commitments to using wetland centres as a means to raising awareness of wetlands. The Strategic Plan also contains an indicator on the number of countries with an active government and NGO CEPA focal point – if you don’t know who yours is, please check here! Updated Ramsar documents will be available soon.
North America Wetlands Month
Working with ASWM (Association of State Wetland Managers) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) we held a webinar on the relevance of Ramsar in North America, including the US and Canada. The Head of WLI talked about wetland centres and their networks, see link, and Nathalie Bays spoke about the Oak Hammock Marsh centre, see link.
World Environment Day
Thanks for the very entertaining video on World Environment Day, produced by the Point-à-Pierre wetland centre – showing results of their celebrations to engage local volunteers and bring local school children to their site. This included making a pledge to be more sustainable, and a poetry competition.
WLI Asia meeting: date/venue change!
Asian colleagues – please be aware that the 5th WLI Asia will now be taking place in Thailand, from the 24th to the 28th of August, in Bangkok, Thailand. We welcome registrations for the event, which will bring together wetland centre colleagues from across the region. Please contact Mr Suh Seung-oh from the Ramsar Regional Centre East Asia for more information.
MBP meeting, 14th and 15th of September 2015
Working with Eurosite, the European Commission and our hosts the Urdaibai Bird Centre, in the Basque Country, northern Spain, we will hold our next MBP annual meeting on the 14th and 15th of September. The meeting will include a look at Urdaibai’s 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.