Members' Wetland Webinar Series

ASWM Member WebinarThe Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) holds a webinar each month for its members.  ASWM Member webinars cover a variety of topics encompassing wetland science, policy, program implementation, and legal issues. These webinars, including recordings for past webinars are available to ASWM members.  If you are not a member, you are invited to join ASWM. For information about membership, click here.

For more information about this webinar series, please contact Laura Burchill at or (207) 892-3399.

Future Members' Webinar Schedule

ASWM Members webinars are generally held the fourth Wednesday of the month unless the date and time needs to be adjusted for when the presenter(s) is available.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

American Wetlands Month National Webinar: The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands

Webinar Overview:  Have you ever wondered what role a specific wetland plays in the international scheme of things?  Does it have international significance?  What can be done to protect and promote its unique contributions?  

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.  The convention is named after its place of signing in Ramsar, Iran.  The Convention has historically focused on protecting wetlands for waterfowl.  However, Ramsar’s scope has expanded in recent years to focus more broadly on wetlands of “specific and irreplaceable global value.”

This webinar will provide an overview of Ramsar, the upcoming Ramsar Conference of Contracting Parties, what it means to become a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, the process to apply for designation, and the benefits of becoming a designated Ramsar site in the United States and Canada. Agencies will explain the roles their staff play to support implementation of the Ramsar Convention; site managers will share their experiences being a designated Wetland of International Importance; and education center staff will describe the range of activities that occur at their sites. Come join us to learn about the latest efforts to increase the number of Ramsar site designations and strengthen Ramsar implementation in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

The webinar will be co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetland Managers.

Presenters will include Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, Chief of Biodiversity, U.S. Department of State; Roy C. Gardner, Chair, Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel; William J. Mitsch, Chair, US National Ramsar Committee; Chris Rostron, Head, Wetlands Link International/Member, Ramsar CEPA Oversight Panel; Linda Friar, Chief of Public Affiars, Everglades National Park, Florida; Nathalie Bays, Manager of Interpretive Center Operations, Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba.



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