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Upcoming SWS Webinars - Spanish Series

 

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Upcoming SWS Webinars - Spanish Series 

Quarterly webinars are offered as a benefit of membership as well as are open for non-members to attend (and at no cost).

SWS Spanish webinars are hosted by the International Chapter - Latin America and the Caribbean region. Follow the International Chapter on Facebook

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December 9, 2020 | 1 PM ET

Urban Wetlands, an opportunity to make sustainable cities
"Humedales Urbanos, una oportunidad para hacer ciudades más sostenibles"

Presented by Dr. Carolina Rojas Quezada

Abstract:

This webinar addresses the urbanization of wetlands in Latin America, particularly in Chile. Due to the lack of a definition and scarce recognition of wetlands in environmental laws, and consequently territorial planning instruments, the growth of cities have resulted in the destruction of many Chilean urban wetlands. This has occurred in spite of the 1981 Ramsar Convention and has enormous consequences to quality of life; and it also is cause for concern regarding effects upon resiliency to climate change through adaptation and mitigation. Recent changes in urban governance are beginning to address these concerns, as exemplified through the enactment of the unpublished Law for the Protection of Urban Wetlands. Dr. Quezada  will present an illustration of how recreational spaces have integrated wetlands into the urban setting to take advantage of their beneficial structure and functions, such as rainwater capture and flood mitigation. This scenario will hopefully create more sustainable and resilient Chilean cities by 2030, as mandated by the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goal #11. 

"La presente charla es una reflexión sobre el proceso de urbanización de humedales en latinoamérica, especialmente los humedales urbanos en Chile. La falta de una definición normativa y el escaso reconocimiento en leyes de urbanismo y medio ambiente  y en consecuencia de los instrumentos de planificación territorial. Esto ha demostrado que a pesar de la aprobación del convenio de Ramsar de 1981, el crecimiento de las ciudades y las áreas de expnsión de los  instrumentos de planificación urbana han posibilitado la destrucción de  gran parte de los humedales de ciudades chilenas. Esta es una problemática ha traído consecuencias enormes en la pérdida de resiliencia y calidad de vida y es fundamental para la adaptación y mitigación de las ciudades al cambio climático. Recientemente se observan cambios en la gobernanza urbana como la reciente promulgación de la inédita  Ley de Protección de Humedales Urbanos, la cual explicaré. Finalmente, mostraré ejemplo de cómo los humedales urbanos son una solución válida que integra la naturaleza en la planificación y gestión urbana,  por ejemplo en aguas lluvias, mitigación de inundaciones y nuevos espacios de recreación entre otros, con la finalidad de alcanzar al 2030 ciudades chilenas más sustentables y resilientes, tal cual es el mandato del ODS 11."

Bio:

Dr. Quezada’s lines of research are urban sustainability and urban mobility, with special emphasis on the impacts and effects of urbanization on natural water ecosystems and accessibility to open and green spaces in sustainable ways. She has participated in national and international scientific events and has published more than 20 scientific articles of impact, along with links to public policies such as the Urban Wetlands Law. Currently her research is related to the conservation of urban wetlands in Chile and Latin America, accessibility indicators in Chilean cities, adaptation measures to climate change such as nature-based solutions, and the impacts of Covid-19 on the carbon footprint of homes.

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March 24, 2021 | 1 PM ET

The history of biodiversity origin and humanity future through Cuatro Ciénegas wetlands
"Cuatro Ciénegas, el humedal que puede guardar tanto la historia del origen de la biodiversidad como del futuro de la humanidad"

Presented by Dr. Valeria Souza, Autonomous National University of Mexico, UNAM

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June 23, 2021 | 1 PM ET

Macrophytes and invertebrate herbivores in Subtropical wetlands
"Macrófitas e invertebrados herbívoros en humedales subtropicales"

Presented by Dr. Celeste Franceschini, Centro de Ecología Aplicada del Litoral, CECOAL-CONICET-UNNE, Argentina

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September 22, 2021 | 1 PM ET

Climate-resilient environmental flows: Theory, practice and outlook on a changing climate in Mexico
"Caudales ecológicos climáticamente resilientes: Teoría, práctica y perspectivas en torno a un clima cambiante en México"

Presented by Dr. Sergio A. Salinas-Rodríguez, Delft University of Technology, World Wildlife Fund WWF-Mexico

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