This form allows you to apply for wetland centre accreditation through the Wetland Link International network (WLI). Please read the guidelines and FAQ below, and preview the questions, before registering.

The awards are open in 2024 from 5 April to 15 July.


Video tutorial on the application process

Application guidelines

The aim is to give our accreditation panel of wetland centre experts a thorough idea of your centre’s structure, programmes and activities, so please include as much detail and background information as you can.

This can include photos, weblinks, short videos or recommendations from visitors and partners.

You do not need to show that you meet every criterion from the list. We recognise that small centres, even those with no built infrastructure, can still deliver excellent Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) activities. If you select 'yes' to a question, please provide evidence.

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Meet the panel

Nine people from around the world make up the panel of judges. They include some winners of the first round of Stars; some judges from that round; and one newcomer. The WLI and WLI Asia-Oceania core teams are also well represented.

Chris Rostron, WWT.

Connor Walsh, WWT.

Eric Cyubahiro, Nyandungu Urban Eco-tourism Park.

Jaleen West, Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust.

Kristi Garland, Wakkerstroom Tourism and Education Centre.

Mandy Kern, Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

Seongbo Kim, Ramsar Regional Centre–East Asia (RRC-EA).

Seung-oh Suh, Ramsar Regional Centre–East Asia (RRC-EA).

Shufen Yang, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.


Over the years, we have collected dozens of resources for wetlands CEPA. Here are a few which relate to the topics you will find in accreditation questionnaire.

Best practices handbook

The Handbook on Best Practices for the Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres. Available in six languages, the comprehensive guide in 80 pages.

Developing a wetland centre

The 2012 WLI guide Developing a Wetland Centre introduces the concepts, who and how of wetland CEPA.

WLI Resources

The Resources page on the WLI website is organised by topic. There you can navigate to guides, websites, and other ways you can find help with the areas you wish to improve.