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Join us for ASWM’s July Members’ Webinar to learn about a new international handbook on best practices for wetland education centers and explore wetland center case studies
Wetland Link International North America Webinar II: Best Practice in Designing, Building and Operation of Wetland Education Centers
FREE (No participation fee)
If you work in wetland education or you are interested in developing or improving a wetland center, the Wetland Link International (WLI) North America Network is presenting ASWM’s July webinar. The webinar will introduce the new Handbook on Best Practice in Wetland Education Centres, which was produced by ERF (Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation, Republic of Korea) and RAMSAR. Next, the webinar will provide presentations on various aspects of wetland center work, including sharing of case studies by our enthusiastic colleagues. The final portion of the webinar will allow for discussion and sharing of your own experiences running wetland centers.
This webinar offers the opportunity to join wetland education specialists working at wetland centers to learn more about how to plan, deliver and evaluate wetland center activities. WLI hopes the new handbook will be an invaluable resource for anyone working in this field, whether you are planning to build a new center, updating your existing buildings or infrastructure, or looking for new ideas to operate your wetland center more effectively.
1:00 – 1:10 pm Introduction to the Webinar and How to Get the Most from It
1:10 – 1:30 pm Summary of the Development of the Wetland Centre Handbook
1:30 – 1:50 pm Master Planning for Wetland Centers
1:50 – 2:10 pm Running Programs at Wetland Centers
2:10 – 2:30 pm Financial Planning and Resourcing
2:30 – 3:00 pm Discussion on Best Practices in Planning and Management of Wetland Centers
Do we need a North America-specific Version of the Handbook?
Access to the Handbook – Web-based? Hard copy?
3:00 pm Webinar ends
Ecosystem Service Valuation for Wetland Restoration: What it is, How to do it and Best Practice Recommendations
Presenter: Marla Stelk, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
Webinar Focus: A considerable amount of interest has been building over the years in regard to the potential of “ecosystem service valuation.” However, few natural resource managers understand what it is or how to use it. Some wetland types produce commercial products such as shellfish and lumber, however many wetland benefits are not bought or sold on the market. Because there is no existing market for those benefits, their contributions to human well-being and environmental health have not been historically accounted for in the market system. Since many policy and land use decisions are based on monetary benefit-cost analysis, the value of wetland benefits (as non-commodities) has been historically absent from policy and development discussions and as a result, wetlands were significantly degraded and destroyed. The destruction of so many wetlands has resulted in losses in wildlife populations, water quality, flood storage and a host of other benefits valued by society. The loss of those benefits has had environmental, social and economic consequences. Documenting wetland ecosystem benefits up front through ecosystem service valuation methods provides decision makers with the ability to factor a more comprehensive estimate of the value of wetlands into benefit-cost analyses and may ultimately lead to greater emphasis on actions that restore and protect wetlands.
This webinar will provide information regarding what ecosystem service valuation is, what economic methods can be used to develop monetary and non-monetary estimates for wetland benefits, examples of use, and best practice recommendations.
Marla Stelk is a Policy Analyst at ASWM and has been involved in climate change and sustainability issues since 1993. Marla has been managing ASWM efforts to research and write about best practices for wetland restoration and recently established a work group of experts to explore how to improve wetland restoration success. Marla moderates webinars for the Wetland Mapping Consortium and the Natural Floodplain Functions Alliance and coordinates their activities. She also leads ASWM’s communications team and writes a monthly blog titled, For Peat’s Sake! She received her B.A. in Environmental Issues from Colorado College and her M.A. in Community Planning & Development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
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