Regional Network of Wetland Managers and Wetland Education Centers
The establishment and maintenance of a regional communication platform and network of wetland managers and wetland education centers is expected to facilitate the effective exchange and dissemination of information related to wetland conservation, management, and restoration. The RRC-EA hosts an online communication platform where innovations and good practices can be shared by wetland managers. By virtue of a Memorandum of Understanding between the RRC-EA and Wetland Link International, the RRC-EA assumed the role as focal point for Wetland Link International (WLI) in Asia. As “WLI-Asia”, the RRC-EA will directly connect with WLI-Asia members to reinvigorate the network and to provide further assistance in the development of wetland education centers. At the moment, the RRC-EA will prioritize East and Southeast Asian countries in its initiatives as WLI-Asia.
Wetland Link International(WLI) – Asia
Wetland Link International (WLI) is a global network for wetland education centers that deliver engagement activities on site. The network defines a wetland education centre as, ‘any wetland where there is interaction between people and wildlife and CEPA (communications, education, participation and public awareness) activity occurs in support of wetland conservation aims’. It is led by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, UK, and has 350 members over 6 continents.
WLI objectives include:
to advocate for, and assist in, the development of new wetland education centers and their associated programmes throughout the world
to improve the effectiveness of operations at wetland education centers through sharing, training and expertise exchange
to lobby for the greater inclusion of CEPA programmes within wetlands and related conservation initiatives and instruments, and to support the development of frameworks for subsequent implementation at national, regional and global levels