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SWS is pleased to provide a webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. The convenience and flexibility of SWS webinars enables you to educate one or a large number of employees at once, reduce travel expenses and maintain consistent levels of productivity by eliminating time out of the office.

The mission statement of the Webinar Program is to facilitate the exchange of scientific, management, and policy information concerning wetlands in an electronic format and to enable regular exchange across a wide geographic area in a relatively low-cost, interactive and multimedia way. This is expected to foster the international scope and visibility of SWS, while providing a forum of professional exchange and collaboration.

SWS Membership is required to register and attend our informative and educations webinars. However, SWS offers 4 free (Quarterly) webinars per year in March, June, September and December. 

An email with a link to request a certificate of completion, worth one hour of participation, will be sent after the webinar.  If you're unable to participate in the live webinar, all webinars will be recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page. 

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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. Watch webinars with subtitles

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.

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Upcoming SWS Webinars



October 18, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

The Ramsar Convention and the Society of Wetland Scientists


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The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty whose mission is the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world. The Convention text was formally concluded on 2nd February 1971 in the city of Ramsar, Iran, hence the informal name ‘the Ramsar Convention’. The vision of the Convention is that all wetlands are conserved, wisely used, restored and their benefits are recognized and valued by all. Countries that are signatories (known as Contracting Parties) commit to delivering on the three pillars of the Convention, namely: the wise use of all wetlands; the designation and management of wetlands of international importance (Ramsar Sites); and international cooperation. The Convention comprises several bodies. The main decision-making body is the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) where representatives of governments meet to agree on a work programme and budgetary arrangements for the next triennium and consider guidance on a range of ongoing and emerging environmental issues. The main advisory body to the Convention is the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP).  The STRP comprises a chairperson, appointed members, representative of each of the six International Organization Partners (IOPs) and National STRP Focal Points from the Contracting Parties. In addition, representatives of other convention secretariats, convention subsidiary scientific bodies, and scientific organizations as officially Invited Observer Organizations, invited experts, consultants, and organizations are asked to participate as required. The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) has been formally recognized as an Invited Observer Organization since 1999 and through the SWS Ramsar Section members of SWS have made, and continue to make, a significant contribution to the technical and scientific work of the Convention. This webinar will describe in more detail the work of the Convention, how it is progressing towards its vision, what will be considered at the forthcoming Thirteenth Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP13) to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, between 21st and the 29th October 2018 and how SWS is involved in a variety of Convention processes.

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Nick Davidson Bio:

Prof Nick Davidson has over 40 years’ experience in the ecology, assessment and conservation of coastal and inland wetlands. Now working as 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 with overall responsibility for the Convention's global development and delivery of scientific, technical and policy guidance and advice and communications. Prior to his Ramsar Convention post, he worked for the UK's national government conservation agencies and as global science coordinator for the international NGO Wetlands International. He has long-standing experience in, and a strong commitment to, environmental sustainability supported through the transfer of environmental science into policyrelevance and decision-making at national and international scales.


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 Rob McInnes


Rob McInnes Bio:

Rob McInnes is an independent Chartered Environmentalist and Professional Wetland Scientist with over 25 years experience in wetland-related environmental research, consultancy and conservation. He possesses specialist knowledge of wetland ecosystems and in particular understanding the wider ecosystem services provided to human society by wetlands and how to restore or create multifunctional-multibenefit wetlands. He has worked on over 400 wetland-related projects both within the UK and overseas and has knowledge extending across a range of wetland types from upland peatlands to lowland floodplains and urban ponds. Rob regularly supports the work of intergovernmental agencies such as CBD, UNESCO, UN-Habitat and the Ramsar Convention as well as working for UK-based and international NGOs, private utilities, especially water companies, local authorities and government agencies. Rob is Managing Director of an independent environmental consultancy, RM Wetlands & Environment Ltd, which is dedicated to delivering the wise use of wetlands. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University and a visiting lecturer at several UK universities. Rob was previously Head of Wetland Conservation at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and has also worked in ecological consultancy and in academia at the Universities of Exeter and London. Rob has served on the Ramsar Convention’s Scientific and Technical Review Panel since 2006 where he has lead the Panel’s work on urban wetlands and co-led the work on wetland restoration. In addition to his project work Rob is a former President of the European Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists and a recipient of the President’s Service and International Fellow Awards for the significant contributions he has made in promoting the conservation of wetlands and the goals of the Society.

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 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 work group. To learn more please click here.