What WLI did in 2022

A summary of WLI staff and volunteers’ activities in 2022.

Star Award winners with plaques

Star Wetland Centre Awards

Early in 2022, 50 wetland visitor centres applied for the WLI Star Wetland Centre Awards, and in November we awarded 23 Stars. A panel of judges who had designed the awards also discussed the applications, and voted on the winners. We held a hybrid award ceremony at Ramsar COP14 in Geneva, with winners represented by their governments or other regional figures in the room, and some WLI members joining online despite big differences in timezone. Turn to the back of this review to see some of the news coverage from around the world.

Africa

BirdLife South Africa Wakkerstroom Tourism and Education Centre.

Finima Nature Park.

Americas

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Wetland Discovery Centre, Oak Hammock Marsh.

Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Center.

John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Liceo Taller San Miguel.

The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust.

Bioparque Ukumarí.

Asia

Diyasaru Park.

Guandu Nature Park.

Upo Ecology Education Institute.

OCT Wetland.

Futian Mangrove Ecological Park.

Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve.

Europe

Akrotiri Environmental Education Centre.

EVOA - Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area.

La Maison du Lac de Grand-Lieu.

WWT Welney Wetland centre.

Naturum Vattenriket.

 

Oceania
Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia.

New Zealand National Wetland Centre.

Sydney Olympic Park Wetland Education Centre.

Ramsar COP14

In November, the Head of WLI Chris Rostron played multiple roles at Ramsar COP14. As well as the Star Awards ceremony mentioned above,  he had input to and advocated for a new Resolution on how the Ramsar Convention implements Communications, Education, Participation, and Awareness (CEPA). Chris was o-stage for numerous official side-events, even getting name-checked in the COP plenary by Australia for his role! He hosted an online consultation ahead of the COP, as in-person side-event at COP, and contributed to a contact group that led to the Ramsar signatories passing the resolution.

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8th WLI Asia Conference Part 2

After pandemic restrictions, we were finally able to meet in person. This was thanks to the dedication of partners led by the Ramsar Regional Centre — East Asia (RRC-EA) and the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc (SCPW). WLI Asia members, plus guests from Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, met in Las Piñas City, Philippines, for the second part of the 8th WLI Asia Conference. The 136 people shared best practice, their diverse situations, and thematic content on wetland management and monitoring, community based CEPA activities, wetland centre and school environmental education, wetland centre design, and wetland centres in Oceania. They also had a field trip to Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP). It also was the formal launch of the expanded WLI Asia-Oceania network, where WLI members in the Pacific are joining in the resource-sharing.
WLI Global and the RRC-EA also signed a new Memorandum of Understanding for WLI Asia-Oceania.

Chris Prietto, Chris Rostron, Suh Seung-oh, and Sara Ceddia at the MoU signing for WLI Asia-Oceania
MBP annual meeting in senegal 2022

Migratory Birds for People

WLI is a lead member of this network in the East Atlantic Flyway, called MBP for short. For the first time, the network held its annual meeting in West Africa. Together with regional partners and consultants the meeting included a series of capacity-building workshops and networking. Thank you to the regional and flyway partners who helped make this progress possible.
The network also supported two expeditions in the flyway. Conservation Without Borders, led by Sacha Dench, ran the Flight of the Osprey, an over-land expedition following that migratory bird of prey. MBP members hosted them and helped them make contact with other local experts and sites. The network played a similar role for Sounding Wild’s expedition. Ario and Axel Drioli have spent about three weeks at WLI members and other wetlands, creating virtual reality shows there. They hope to bring wetland connection to new audiences though the portable technology.

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in brief

The carbon footprint of our staff and volunteers for travel in 2021 was .98 Tonnes CO2e. 

The team's working-from home carbon footprint is provisionally estimated at .95 Tonnes CO2e. 

East Atlantic Flyway Youth Forum

The Flyway Youth Forum again happened in the East Atlantic Flyway, with the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat and Youth Engaged in Wetlands. Maaike Manten delivered training on fundraising skills, and the participants were then eligible to apply for a CEPA grant administered by the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat.

in brief

Two new members joined WLI in 2022.

Our Facebook page grew to 1,444 followers.
Our
Twitter account now has 1,000 followers.

Webinars

For our annual webinars we modified our approach. To provide webinars in English, French, and Spanish, we pre-recorded presentations and discussions across languages, and then subtitled them into each language, with only a host speaking the relevant language. We heard a conversation between two wetland centre designers, and learned about Regional Park Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, Ecological Information Centre of Sidi Moussa-Oualidia, a WWT scheme for connecting economically disadvantaged children to the wetlands, and about Ramsar COP14.

AEWA role

Chris Rostron has been invited to become a technical expert for CEPA issues at the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). As our MBP work partly covers that region, we come with experience and contacts long the flyway, and this will allow us to support a more structured approach to CEPA with partners across Africa, Europe and West / Central Asia. WLI will also benefit from a higher profile and access to new partners in these flyways.

Anna, Ibrahim, and Dave

A familiar face to WLI members in the East Atlantic Flyway, Ibrahim Hama, joined us for nine months as International CEPA Assistant at WWT. This will continue into 2023.
Anna Wilson, Principal Consultant left WWT to become Head of Experience and Engagement with a UK charity called the Earth Trust. A modified version of her WWT role is likely to support WLI in 2023.
Volunteer Dave Rogers continued his work of collating and cleaning the WLI membership profiles on the website and maintaining our contacts database, work which will carry-on into 2023.

South Korea trip

In June, Chris Rostron went to the Republic of Korea, where he visited Gochang Wetland Centre, and the Secretariat of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.

in brief

We sent 54 mass emails in three languages.

We produced two Bulletins in 2022:

March, October.