6th Wetland Link International – Asia Conference in Japan

The Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) and Wetland Link International (WLI) Global successfully organized the “6th WLI-Asia Conference” on 6 November 2017 in Saga City, Japan. A total of 49 managers and officers of wetland education centers, and representatives from 13 countries in South, East and Southeast Asia participated in the conference. This event marked the first joint event of the RRC-EA and WLI-Global under a formal partnership established through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2016. The conference aimed to:

  • share good programs, information and experience on managing wetland education/visitor centers
  • expand the knowledge base on current wetland studies and issues in Asia
  • discuss objectives and methodologies to maintain an active network of WLI-Asia members
  • discuss potential cooperative funding mechanisms for WLI-Asia
  • explore joint activities among WLI-Asia members

The conference featured three sessions and one field visit. Session 1 provided an overview of global and regional initiatives that promote communication, capacity building, education, participation, and awareness (CEPA) for wetlands, while Session 2 was allotted for the sharing of experiences on establishing networks of wetland education centers and implementing CEPA programs in wetland education centers. Resource persons included representatives from the East Asia-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) and National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia, and from the countries of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Session 3 facilitated discussions on the requirements for WLI-Asia membership, benefits of being a member, and development of a cooperative funding mechanism for WLI-Asia Members. The event was capped with field visits to the Mudflat Observation House in Kashima City and the Saga Water Management Historical Center. The 6th WLI-Asia Conference was held back-to-back with the Asian Wetland Symposium (AWS) 2017.