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Asian Wetland Symposium NEW DATE & call for abstracts

By Connor Walsh / 1st June 2021

The next Asian Wetland Symposium will happen online from 5 to 9 July 2021. The 9th Symposium is calling for submissions of spoken or poster presentations. If you are interested, please consider sharing an abstract with the organisers by 7 May. There are eight topics: Impacts of COVID-19 on wetlands Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and ecosystem-based…

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World Migratory Bird Day 2021

By Connor Walsh / 15th April 2021

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird! World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in May and October. The slogan for 2021 is ‘Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!’ If you are planning an activity, add it to the official events guide. Digital events count too! In April you will be…

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Team WLI in Global Bird Day bird race

By Connor Walsh / 29th March 2021

We’ve been invited to field a team of bird watchers for the Global Big Day on 8th May. It is a special global bird-race on World Migratory Bird Day. The team members can be far away from each other. As an international network, imagine how many different species WLI’s team could see! Global Birding is running the…

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Campaign for Ramsar 50th anniversary

By Connor Walsh / 17th March 2021

The Convention on Wetlands was signed 50 years ago in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special campaign. The campaign is an opportunity to remind policy makers and the public of the many habitats that fit under the name ‘wetlands’. To help with this, the Secretariat making resources freely available…

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Visitor centres in World Heritage Areas

By Connor Walsh / 15th March 2021

World Heritage UK has brought together visitor centre experts from three countries for an enlightening webinar. Recorded in February, they have made it available for you to watch, along with a summary and downloads of the presentations used. The presenters dealt with their varied responses to the COVID pandemic restrictions; and some design features looking…

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International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Wetlands

By Connor Walsh / 4th March 2021

On 15 March 2021, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) will host the 4th International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Wetlands (ISCMW 2020). SWCS is a non-profit organisation based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and mandated by the Sabah Wildlife Department to manage the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Ramsar Site (KKWRS), the only urban Ramsar Site in…

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Share your stories

By Connor Walsh / 15th February 2021

Three-way call for stories! We’ve sent out a short email seeking your input on: World Wetlands Day: let us share your activities! WLI World Bulleting: we are editing the next 6-monthly newsletter, with your medium-to-long stories and photos. 30 Ideas: as part of our 30th anniversary, we are asking WLI members to share simple, short…

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30 Ideas

By Connor Walsh / 8th February 2021

30 Ideas. We would like to gather and publish thirty simple, short ideas from WLI members over the course of our 30th year. Please share a simple idea that has benefited your work, or that you think might help other wetland educators or visitor centres succeed. Please send us a few lines and a photograph…

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Immersing home-workers in your wetland!

By Connor Walsh / 5th February 2021

Your visitors might not be able to visit your centre this year; but under the stress of a pandemic, they could be in need of a wetland for their well-being. You might be able to help provide part of the experience, especially for people who are working from home at their computers. A free online…

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What WLI did in 2020

By Connor Walsh / 5th January 2021

Download PDF of Annual Review 2020 The pandemic disrupted almost all work at WWT Slimbridge, where the Head of WLI Chris Rostron, Connor Walsh, and the International Engagement intern Adil Boulahia are based. After a short time working from home, Chris and Connor were placed in a government furlough scheme, meaning they were not able…

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