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30 Ideas, WLI

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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Livestreaming wetland centres

By Connor Walsh / 16th January 2021

WWF Hong Kong Mai Po While the public couldn’t get to Mai Po Wetland Centre, the education team stepped up with a cheerful video livestream. Staff across the reserve used their phones to join a Zoom call, and the leader selected between them to send their full-screen image to a livestream. An educator in the…

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UKUMARI biopark, new WLI member

By Chris Rostron / 14th January 2021

“UKUMARI Park was created 5 years ago as a Biopark whose mission is the conservation of biodiversity, with clear objectives of environmental education, research, conservation, animal welfare and sustainability. It covers an area of 44.5 hectares, in a tropical dry forest zone to promote natural tourism and encourage a positive impact on the issue of…

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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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Small Grant Fund from EAAFP open

By Connor Walsh / 4th January 2021

Funding is available for CEPA and other wetland conservation work, thanks to the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership. Up to US$5,000 can be awarded to projects. They must serve the EAAFP’s Strategic Plan and can go towards meetings, research, monitoring, site management actions, training, and CEPA events. The deadline for applications is 5 February 2021. Please note…

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Virtual exhibitions keep kids COVID safe

By Connor Walsh / 14th December 2020

When the pupils of France’s école Sainte Famille de Varades in visited their local wetland centre in December, they came home full of creative ideas. They drew and painted so many great pictures that the school wanted to host an exhibition and share it with the wetland centre – WLI  member, Maison du Lac de…

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Proposing a Declaration of Universal Rights for Wetlands

By Connor Walsh / 3rd December 2020

Scientists are calling for wetlands to be given legal rights, similar to how humans have rights. The group, including some from the Society of Wetland Scientists, says that many indigenous peoples recognise nature as a living entity, and that a universal recognition would help reduce the destruction of wetlands. They also say it would be…

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World Wetlands Day 2021 materials online!

By Connor Walsh / 1st December 2020

The Ramsar Secretariat has launched the website for World Wetlands Day 2021. There you can find materials for use online and on physical materials. The theme for 2021 is ‘Wetlands and water’ and you can find short videos for social media, a factsheet, a poster, logos, and a memory game to download and customise. They…

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WLI Bulletin November 2020

By Connor Walsh / 26th November 2020

Your WLI Bulletin for November 2020 is now online! The pandemic delayed the newsletter and the work of many WLI members, but we persevere. Download the PDF to read about: Wetland Fund from Ramsar Regional Centre – East Asia colleagues in France and Spain adapted to the health restrictions in Europe; the downtime in Colombia meant…

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