Welcome to our bumper crop of new wetland centre partners: Lake Izunuma-Uchinuma Sanctuary Center, and Fujimae Japan; Association Mwaka, DR Congo; Asamati, Macedonia; Polistovsky, Russia; Khabeki information Centre, Pakistan; and three centres through Asity, Madagascar.
Migratory Birds for People
Key partners Staatsbosbeheer are supporting development of a European Bid to develop the role of wetland centres in communicating wetland issues, and promoting change – we hope to have a project planning meeting sometime in June. MBP is also making plans for its next annual meeting, taking place at Vestamagar wetland centre in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 14th to the 17th of September this year, with an addition visit to Vadehavetscentret immediately afterwards.
Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers' lives and livelihoods - and even transform societies and economies. Check the website for more information.
The Head of WLI visited South Korea to sign an MoU with the Ramsar Regional Centre East Asia (RRC-EA) at its new host in Suncheon. The RRC-EA will work with WLI Global and the WLI Asia steering group to act as a new secretariat in the region, allowing us to provide much more support, and develop the WLI network across Asia. See website for more.
World Wetlands Day 2016
See our website for stories from across the WLI network celebrating events from across the globe, including theatre workshops at Taunsa, Pakistan (left), ice art at Nordre Oyeren, Norway and the launching of a new wetland network in South Korea. See the website for more.
World Migratory Bird Day 2016
Will take place on the 10th of May this year, focussing on the illegal killing, taking and trade in wild birds. More details available on their website, as well as the usual range of materials and support to be used at your events.