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Wetlands, Water and Livelihoods Workshop


WETLANDS, WATER AND LIVELIHOODS WORKSHOP An international workshop exploring best practices and lessons learned in integrating poverty and environment issues September 26th – 28th, 2005 Seasands Lodge & Conference Centre St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA FIRST ANNOUCEMENT AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Wetlands International and the Wetlands and Livelihoods Working Group are pleased to announce its first call for abstracts for the Wetlands, Water and Livelihoods Workshop. The purpose of this workshop will be to formally launch the Wetlands and Poverty Reduction Project and to gather support for, and input into, this new 4-year initiative. Through this workshop Wetlands International aims to strengthen partnerships among government, non-government, academic and private environment and development/aid organizations. It is envisioned that such partnerships would share knowledge and experiences in the integration of livelihoods, poverty and environment issues at scales ranging from the project-level to international and multi-national policy fora. While the workshop will largely focus on wetland conservation, water, poverty reduction and livelihoods issues in sub-Saharan Africa, South-east Asia and Latin America, the project strives to influence inter-sectoral development for poverty reduction and sustainable wetland management in all regions of the world. Workshop Objectives • To officially launch and promote active engagement in Wetland International’s new 4-year Wetlands and Poverty Reduction initiative. • To explore and enhance understanding of the best practices and lesson learned in addressing the integration of poverty – environment issues. • To review and enhance awareness among national, international and multi-lateral policy and decision-makers of the added-value of integrated approaches to poverty - environment issues. • To enhance awareness of the role of sectoral planning in wetland conservation and poverty reduction. • To promote networking opportunities and stimulate partnership development among development/aid and conservation organizations. • To produce a partnership-based action plan to enhance the mainstreaming of wise use wetland management practices and strategic poverty reduction. Participants This workshop will be of particular interest to the following representatives of agencies working in the fields of water, livelihoods and poverty reduction - environment issues: • Field-level practitioners • Policy and decision-makers • Government, non-government, university and private agencies working on conservation and development issues • Indigenous, grass-roots and community-based organizations Format Invited key note presentations will provide ‘state of our knowledge’ thematic overviews while other papers will provide case studies examples that highlight the key challenges and issues arising from the workshop’s objectives. Through the use of concurrent sessions and breakout groups, participants will assist workshop organizers to develop a strategic Action Plan to enhance the mainstreaming of wise use wetland management with poverty reduction. A one-day field trip visit to local community-based livelihoods and wetlands projects will be arranged to illustrate and enhance understanding of best practices and lessons learned in addressing the integration of poverty - environment issues. Themes of the Workshop There are four main themes to the workshop – and papers should be focused on one or more of these thematic areas: 1. Poverty Alleviation and Environment: Lessons Learned 2. Mainstreaming Wetland Conservation into Development Policy 3. Wetland Management and Sectoral Planning 4. Partnerships for Improved Wetland Management Venue The workshop will be held in the town of St. Lucia in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in the Maputaland coastal region in northeastern South Africa. St. Lucia is located on the Indian Ocean coastline at the southern end of St Lucia Lake. St. Lucia is the gateway to the St Lucia Estuary - a Ramsar and UNESCO World Heritage Site. St. Lucia’s wetlands contain extensive and diverse wetland ecosystems including: coastal grasslands, coastal dunes and lowland forests. As a consequence a high species richness is reflected in its terrestrial and aquatic fauna and avifauna. The workshop and accommodation will take place at the St. Lucia Seasands Lodge and Conference Centre ( Seasands Lodge is a three star top accommodation hotel situated away from the busiest part of St Lucia town but with easy access to supermarkets, restaurants and other facilities. Organization Coordinators and Sponsors The workshop is officially being coordinated by Wetlands International and the Wetlands and Livelihoods Working Group. Other organizations are kindly invited to contact the Workshop Secretariat for details on how they might become involved. Language The official language of the conference will be English. Visa Requirements Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry. Applicants arriving without visas will be refused entry into South Africa and placed on return flights in accordance with South African legislation. Participants are recommended to visit for specific details concerning South African visa requirements for your nationality. Abstract Submission Guidelines Participants interested in presenting papers or posters are kindly requested to submit abstracts before August 15, 2005. Abstracts submitted after that date will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. 1. Abstracts must be submitted in English only. 2. Abstracts must be 600 words or less using MS Word and Arial 10 point font. 3. The Workshop’s Scientific and Organizing committees will have the final decision regarding the acceptance of contributing abstracts. 4. Please arrange your abstract as follows: - Title: brief and clear, do not indent - Authors: all authors’ names without degrees or titles - Main author’s email and institutional address - Institution, city and country where the study was performed (no postal address or code) - Separate paragraphs of the Objectives or Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions - Define each abbreviation the first time it is used in the text by placing it in parentheses - Do not include references in the abstract Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance before August 25, 2005. Accepted abstracts will be published and distributed to participants during the conference. Registration Please register here! Financial Support Limited financial support is available and will be considered on an as-needed basis. Please contact us directly. Communication The Organizing Committee for the Wetlands and Poverty Alleviation Workshop is being chaired by Trevor Wickham, Wetlands and Poverty Reduction Project Manager. You can contact him at Please send all communications with respect to intent for participation and for submission of papers electronically to: Kemi Awoyinka or Maria Stolk Wetlands, Water and Livelihoods Workshop Secretariat Wetlands International PO Box 471 6700 AL Wageningen The Netherlands Ph +31 317 478854 Fax +31 317 478850 Email: For more information regarding the Wetlands and Poverty Alleviation Project please visit: For more information on the Wetlands and Livelihoods Working Group please visit:

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