9th Regional Training Workshop for Wetland Managers in South, East, and Southeast Asia

Thirty wetland managers and stakeholders from countries in South, East, and Southeast Asia gathered at the Suncheon Bay International Wetland Center, Suncheon City, Republic of Korea on 24-28 April 2017 for the “9th Regional Training Workshop for Wetland Managers in South, East, and Southeast Asia”.  Organized by the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), the event featured topics in line with the 2017 World Wetlands Day theme “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”, and enabled Ramsar Site Managers and wetland managers and stakeholders to share new information and experiences in wetland management; learn from good practices that may be applicable to wetlands in other countries; identify site-specific and common wetland issues in the region, and recommend solutions to address these issues; and strengthen the network of wetland managers in the region.

Speakers from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia, Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) – Asia Chapter, Suncheon City Government, and East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) delivered special lectures during the five-day event. The workshop included a two-day classroom and field session on the Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES) Tool facilitated by RM Wetlands and Environment, Ltd. Participants also witnessed the signing of two Memorandums of Agreement between the RRC-EA and the SWS-Asia Chapter, and between the local governments of Suncheon City in the Republic of Korea and Ramsar City of Iran.