All eyes on the Asian Wetland Symposium 2021!

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The 9th Asian Wetland Symposium (AWS) is going to take place virtually from 5 – 9 July, 2021. AWS is a regional forum and provides an opportunity to wetland conservationists, practitioners, policy makers, academicians and researchers to share and learn on conservation, wise use and sustainable management.

The event is being co-organized by the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA), Ramsar Center Japan, Wetlands International Japan, Japan Wetland Society among other partners. The theme for this year is “Voice of Asia: Changes, challenges, and successful practices”. Speakers from countries across Asia will be presenting their work and commitment to the issue of wetlands conservation through panel discussions and individual presentations.

Some of the themes that the event will cover are the impact of Covid-19 on wetlands and communities, youth engagement for wetlands conservation, case studies of Asian wetlands, school education on wetlands, innovations in restoration and wetland governance.

Three presentations from Wetlands International South Asia have been selected for this forum. Dr Ritesh Kumar, Director, Wetlands International South Asia will be presenting on “Wetlands Wise use: Reframing for Multiple Worldviews” and “Wise Use of Wetlands in South Asia through Regional Collaboration”. Dr Ridhi Saluja, Technical Officer, will present on “A Trend Index for Indian wetlands” showcasing the organization’s work on strengthening wetlands management and promoting wetlands conservation.

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