Connecting wetland centres across the world

Migratory Birds for People Programme

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The Migratory Birds for People (MBP) programme consists of 28 partner wetland visitor centres across Europe and West Africa, forming a network that follows the migratory route of many migratory wetland birds species.  These centres are working together to share best practice and develop new approaches to delivering wetland messages to their visitors. We have an MBP strategy plan and the MBP Mission that will help you understand what the programme aims to do, an MBP workplan 18-19, and a summary action plan poster to which you can add your details. The lead group for the project consists of the Dutch Staatsbosbeheer, WLI, and Wetlands International. We are also working with partners across Europe and Africa, please see the contacts list for more details.

MBP annual meeting, 14th – 17th October 2019

The Migratory Birds for People (MBP) Annual Meeting 2019 will take place at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, UK, marking the 10th anniversary of the network. If you are interested in attending, please see the draft programme and registration form, which you can return by email to the WLI team. Please note: single and twin rooms are now fully booked!

Last year’s meeting took place at the Maison du Lac de Grande Lieu, near Nantes, France from the 24th to the 27th of September 2018. To see the summary report of the meeting, please click here. For some feedback from some of the participants here’s what said they would be taking home to their wetlands centres and organisations.

Newsletter, films, coordination and meetings

Regular newsletters are produced by Roelof Heringa, one of the lead members of the project. They give updates on meetings, project development, and partner news. The core group of MBP also meet at Oostvaardersplassen in the Netherlands in February 2015, at their new ‘temporary’ wetland centres, a very nice visitor centre. The group discussed short and long term aspirations for MBP, and you can see the discussion document here. We also have a Facebook page, please ‘like’ MBP if you are interested!

Finally, we have a promotional video created by a volunteer of ours, which you can find in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Basque, German, Luxembourgish, Swedish, Portuguese, Finnish  and Dutch. These are all on YouTube for use with your wetland conservation projects.

Map of the  “Migratory Birds for People”- network
You may click on the map (2017) in order to enlarge it on screen.

See our new poster (left, version for Naturum Getterön, Sweden) that can be tailored to your own centres – we can provide the design file (publisher) for you to add your own logo, pictures and examples, for display at your centre. Just contact Chris Rostron to arrange for us to send it to you.

On the right is our updated map, thanks to Theo de Bruin and Edorta Unamuno for producing it!





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