International news

Celebrating your connection to the Convention on Wetlands

By Connor Walsh / 5th April 2024

Every country within the Convention on Wetlands has two official roles which connect people like you, carrying out wetland education, to the national government and the wetlands COP (Conference of the Parties). These roles are National Focal Points for CEPA (Communications, Capacity, Education, Participation, Awareness); one in a government role, one non-governmental.  WLI members and…

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WLI Star Award applications are open!

By Connor Walsh / 5th April 2024

The next round of Star Wetland Centre Awards is open from 5 April to 15 July 2024. WLI members are eligible to apply for the recognition. There are two levels: an Overall Star, or a category Star for Facilities, People, or Biodiversity. Find out more on the Stars webpage. If you are not a WLI…

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Deadline extended for 1st WLI Asia-Oceania Conference

By Connor Walsh / 4th April 2024

Registration is now open for the first WLI Asia-Oceania Conference, to be hosted at Diyasaru Park. Please submit your registration by Friday 12 April, via Google Forms.  Kindly note that partial airfare sponsorship will be provided for one delegate per member center. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact the organisers.

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WLI membership survey 2023

By Connor Walsh / 12th February 2024

The WLI core team at WWT welcomes your input as WLI members by email all year round: is how to reach us.  We also use online surveys to get a wider sweep of feedback in a short period. In late 2023, 46 WLI members took part in our survey. At more than ten percent…

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Dr Mumba visits London Wetland Centre

By Connor Walsh / 7th February 2024

Dr Musonda Mumba, Secretary General of the Convention on Wetlands, and Flore Lafaye de Micheaux, Europe Senior Regional Advisor for the Convention, visited WWT in London on the 6th and 7th of February. They visited the London Wetland Centre, where Dr Mumba had volunteered when she studied in London during the early 1990s. Pictured here…

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What WLI did in 2023

By Connor Walsh / 24th January 2024

A summary of WLI staff and volunteers’ activities in 2023 Download PDF of Annual Review 2023 Small Grants launch and awards In 2023, WLI launched its first global grant scheme for members of the network. International law firm Eversheds Sutherland funded the scheme. The WLI core team assessed seventeen applications, and six WLI members were…

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1st promo image for 1st WLI Asia-Oceania conference 2024, showying Diyasaru Park

First WLI Asia-Oceania Conference announced!

By Connor Walsh / 22nd January 2024

Diyasaru Park will host the first ever WLI Asia-Oceania Conference! From 17 to 21 June, the Park and RRC-East Asia will: Facilitate interaction among members through information and experience-sharing sessions, and Explore opportunities for future collaboration among the members. Registration will open in February 2024. For more information and contact details, see this PDF document.

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Free CEPA consultancy sessions

By Connor Walsh / 19th January 2024

As a special New Year promotion, Alex Hughes, Project Manager, International Engagement will be offering free tailored advice sessions on MS Teams or Zoom. There are only five slots remaining, each of 30 minutes. The sessions are for any CEPA topic that you need help with, e.g. delivering live interpretation, evaluating CEPA activities, or creating…

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Empowering Communities in Santa Cecilia

By Khouloud Belhadj / 5th January 2024

The workshop in Santa Cecilia, Colombia, brought students from Liceo Taller San Miguel together with kids from Afro-Colombian communities. Led by Luz Stella Tisnes Ocampo, the participants expanded their activities beyond the Danapure wetland, engaging with various communities to exchange knowledge and experiences.     The journey to Santa Cecilia was more than just a…

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Interpretation conversations in China

By Connor Walsh / 12th December 2023

The Project Manager for International Engagement at WWT, Alex Hughes, writes this summary of her recent visit to multiple wetlands, visitor centres, and wetland communicators in China.  In November, I had the fantastic opportunity to spend nearly two weeks in China hosted by our partners at MCF (Mangrove Foundation). I connected with WLI members and…

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