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Symposium Wetlands Matter

25-Feb-2011

Wetlands International organised a global symposium, connected to the launch  of the 2011-2020 strategic intent. This international symposium offered a unique opportunity to consider a range of national and regional experiences in the management and restoration of wetlands; and to define global priorities in relation to the science, policies and practices of wetland management.

24 February 2011- The Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Edinburgh.

 

Speakers included senior figures from the global research community, government representatives and wetland managers.

 

The symposium was hosted by the Scottish Government and Wetlands International and  was organised by the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Wetlands International.

 

 

Download the announcement: Opening of International Symposium on Wetlands

Download the outcomes of the event: Outcomes of the symposium

 

09.00 Arrival

 

09.20 Welcome and Introduction

 

09.25 Welcome from Wetlands International

Jane Madgwick, CEO, Wetlands International

 

09.35 Introduction to Session 1

Symposium Convenor: Professor Colin Galbraith

 

Session 1: Understanding the importance of wetland ecosystem services in a changing climate – overview and practical examples

 

09.40 Horizon scanning and environmental change - are we getting the priorities right, or is this the holy grail which will never be found?

Professor William Sutherland- Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Cambridge

 

10.10 UK OverviewWetland ecosystem services and biodiversity in a changing climate

Professor Chris Spray, UNESCO Centre, University of Dundee

 

10.40 Case example – China: Ruoergai peatlands

Dr Gu Haijun, Deputy Division Chief of Sichuan Forestry Department, supported by Chen Kelin, Director of Wetlands International, China

 

11.10 Introduction to the work of the Scottish Government

Mike Neilson, Interim Director General, Enterprise and Environment, Scottish Government

 

11.25 Break - tea/coffee

 

11.45 Recognising the value of Wetlands for disaster risk reduction. Case example: Netherlands Room for the River programme

Frank Alberts, Rijkswaterstaat Centre for Water Management.

 

12.15 The economic value of wetland management

Ina Porras, International Institute for Environmental Development

 

12.45 Panel Discussion

 

13.15 Lunch

 

14.30 Introduction to Session 2

Symposium Convenor: Professor Colin Galbraith

 

Session 2: Effective governance for wetland management

 

14.40 Case example – Mali, Africa: Inner Niger Delta

Dr Leo Zwarts, Eddy Wymenga, Altenburg and Wymenga Consultants, and Bakary Kone Director of Wetlands International, Mali

 

15.10 Case example –Wetland protection and governance in Scotland

Johan Schutten, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Andrew McBride, Scottish Natural Heritage

 

15.40 Break - tea/coffee

 

16.00 Case example – Chilika Lake/Mahanadi Basin, India: Governance mechanisms for wetland management

Dr Ajit Pattnaik, Government of Orissa, Ritesh Kumar, Wetlands International, South Asia Office

 

16.30 Panel Discussion and review draft Communiqué

Panel and audience to consider the draft Communiqué and discuss key questions and to summarise the outcomes from the symposium including:

 - Key Issues, Challenges, Recommendations

 - Next Steps

 

17.30 Close

 

 

 

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ymposium communique

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