02 Feb 2017 World Wetlands Day 2017: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

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Event Date: 2017/02/02
Venue: Around the world

On World Wetlands Day people across the world will be celebrating wetlands and raising awareness of the role of healthy wetlands in reducing disaster risks. Visit the World Wetlands Day website to find an event in your area. Or, why not organise your own event and put it on the map! Our offices across the globe are organising events for World Wetlands Day:

Tuesday 31 January

Panel Discussion on Wetlands: Solutions to reducing disaster risks?

This Panel Discussion aims to bring out management options that allow wetlands to perform their functions for ecosystem preservation and human wellbeing.

Panelists include Brian Wamubeyi, Project Manager for Wetlands International Kenya
Where: Kitale Town, Kenya
When: 10:00 – 14:30 EAT

Thursday 2 February

Mangroves ecosystems in Indonesia: a strategic resource for a local sustainable economy and adaptation to climate change

During this seminar examples will be presented of community development activities in Indonesia where coastal communities have been given working capital to develop alternative livelihoods, whilst also restoring eroded coastlines and re-greening barren ponds with mangrove vegetation.

Speakers include Nyoman N. Suryadiputra, Head of Wetlands International Indonesia
Where: Jakarta, Indonesia
When: 17:30 WIB

Mangroves ecosystems in Indonesia: a strategic resource for a local sustainable economy and adaptation to climate change


8th Galkina Readings

A traditional enlarged meeting of the Mire Science Panel of the Russian Biological Society dedicated to World Wetlands Day will be held at the V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Where: St Petersburg, Russia
When: 2-3 February 2017

More information (in Russian)

High-level Roundtable Discussion on “Healthy Wetlands, Resilient Communities”

This Roundtable Discussion will feature the role of wetlands in protecting people and enhancing their resilience to disasters. It will focus on how wetlands can be optimized to reduce the risk of floods, droughts and storm surges in rural and urban areas. Drawing from practical examples, the Roundtable will discuss how sustainable wetlands management can contribute towards more resilient development. The Roundtable will represent different perspectives, including speakers from Governments, civil society, humanitarian and development agencies.

Chair: Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International
Where: Geneva, Switzerland
When: 11:00 – 12:40 CET

High-level Roundtable Discussion on “Healthy Wetlands, Resilient Communities”


Working with Nature for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

This presentation will highlight the global policy frameworks promoting nature-based solutions and showcase projects supported by the European Commission and Wetlands International in Least Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Presentations from Cy Griffin, European Programme Manager for Wetlands International Europe, and Susanna Tol, Senior Communications and Advocacy Officer for Wetlands International
Where: Brussels
When: 12:30 – 13:45 CET

Working with Nature for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation


Media Tour to the Little Mangrove Defenders of El Maria, Remedios

Where: El Maria community, Panama

Presentation at the Town Foundation Festivities of San Felix on Las Lajas Lagoon mangrove restoration and climate change

Where: San Felix, Chiriqui Province

Ecosystem based Adaptation Workshop for “Panamanglar” network’s wetland community groups, local authorities and NGOs

Where: San Felix, Chiriqui Province

IIIrd Mangrove Reforestation Event of the Las Lajas Lagoon in San Felix

Where: San Felix, Chiriqui Province

Whale and Dolphin Watching tour as alternative income for fishermen

Where: El Puerto, Remedios, Chiriqui Province

Saturday 4 Febraury

2017 World Wetlands Day Symposium

The theme of this year’s World Wetland Day is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction” and our Wetlands International Japan office will hold a symposium in line with that theme.

Where: Tokyo, United Nations University, Elizabeth Rose International Conference Hall
When: 14: 00 – 17: 00 (13: 30 reception) JST

Sunday 5 February

K.A. Timiryazev Biological Museum Wetland Day festival

The K.A. Timiryazev Biological Museum in Moscow has been celebrating World Wetlands Day since 2005. On 5 February 2017, the Museum invites children and their parents to the ‘Wetland Day’ festival featuring quizzes, contests, peatland biodiversity exhibitions, and much more.

Where: Moscow, Russia

More information (in Russian)

Tuesday 14 February

Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

Wetlands International Indonesia is organising a day of events including a drawing competition for students, birdwatching, presentations and mangrove planting. These activities aim to raise the participants awareness of the fact that damage to the coastal ecosystem poses a threat to all life forms and to the conservation of the Pulau Dua Nature Reserve.

Where: Pulau Dua Nature Reserve
When: 9:00 – 13:30 WIB