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Upcoming SWS Webinars

Monthly webinars are offered as a benefit of membership. Once each quarter, in March, June, September and December, the monthly SWS webinar is open for non-members to attend (and at no cost), as well. Please login to register. Once logged in, you can register for member-only webinars by clicking here, or going to the "Events" Pull down menu and choosing "upcoming" webinars.

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Download schedule of upcoming webinars

January 2020: Women Leaders in Wetland Science

January 16, 2020 | 1:00 P.M. ET

Women Leaders in Wetland Science

Presenters: Carol Johnston / Line Rochefort / Joy Zedler / Laurie Alexander / Kathy Ewel

Session Description coming soon. Register now, you know it's going to be great!

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December 2019: Withering Wetlands - Global Trends in Wetland Loss and Degradation: Why, and What Can Be Done About It? (Free Webinar - Open to the Public)

December 12, 2019 | 1:00 PM ET

Withering Wetlands - Global Trends in Wetland Loss and Degradation: Why, and What Can Be Done About It?





Wetlands deliver vital benefits to people and their livelihoods, benefits of huge economic value: recently re-estimated as at least $47 trillion per year - 43% of the value of all the earth's ecosystems, despite wetlands forcing less than 4% of the earth's surface. Yet people have been converting and destroying wetlands for centuries, and this destruction continues in all parts of the world. Furthermore, new evidence indicates that although many wetlands, particularly small ones, are still in good condition, deterioration of the condition (ecological character) of our remaining wetlands is becoming increasingly widespread, although less so for internationally important wetlands (Ramsar Sites) than other wetlands. This webinar will then look at what is driving this continuing loss and degradation, both directly and indirectly, and identify what the world's people, and specifically the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) can and should be doing to turn round the continuing destruction of the wetlands we all depend on for our future survival, including through their role in minimising impacts of our changing climate.

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Presented by: Professor Nick Davidson, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Presenter Bio:

Prof. Nick Davidson is currently an independent expert consultant on wetland conservation and wise use issues. He was the Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 2000 to 2014. He has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability supported through the transfer of environmental science into policy-relevance and decision-making at national and international scales.

Nick has over 40 years’ experience of research on the ecology, assessment and conservation of coastal and inland wetlands and the ecophysiology and flyway conservation of migratory waterbirds. Prior to his Ramsar Convention post he worked for the UK's national government conservation agencies and as International Science Coordinator for the global NGO Wetlands International (a Ramsar International Organisation Partner).

Nick’s current work includes supporting enhanced Ramsar Convention implementation in Myanmar and Bhutan, strategic planning for Ramsar Regional Initiatives, and research on improving the global knowledge-base on the area, distribution, status, trends and management of wetlands.

Since 2009 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Australia; is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM); was presented with the Society of Wetland Scientist’s (SWS) International Fellow Award 2010 and Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 for his long-term contributions to global wetland science and policy; chairs the SWS’s Ramsar Section; and is Chair of the East Asia-Australasia Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Technical Sub-Committee.


Webinars on YouTube

The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free quarterly webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Additionally, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language. 

To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.

Here's what our members are saying...

"Thank you, presenters, and thank you SWS for hosting this. It is a great SWS membership benefit." - Kurt Kowalski, Ann Arbor, MI

"Excellent coverage of fascinating topics for wetland scientists!" - Ellen Hartig, New York, NY

ASWM Webinars

Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or workgroup. To learn more please click here.