SWS was represented strongly at the 10th INTECOL (International Association of Ecology) International Wetlands Conference, held in Changshu, China, from September 19 – 24, 2016. SWS takes great pride in the many and substantial contributions of our members, who helped to make the conference in Changshu such a success. Click here to read more about the Society's involvement in the conference.
Visit our SWS Facebook page to see the full conference photo album.
The SWS Asia Chapter joined the 2016 International Wetland Convention in Taipei, Taiwan, on September 13 - 14 for its 2016 Annual Meeting. The meeting celebrated its theme, Wetlands: Our Common Wealth. SWS president, Gillian Davies signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Taiwan Construction and Planning Agency (CPA). SWS's Gillian Davies, Kimberli Ponzio, James Perry, Marinus Otte, Ben LePage and Jos Verhoeven received Taiwan's Wetland Conservation Honorable Advisors Award for exemplary achievements in wetlands fields from Lin Tsyr-Ling, Deputy Minister of the Interior. Gillian Davies gave opening remarks and James Perry and Marinus Otte presented keynote speeches. Check out the photo album from the conference on our Facebook page.
An outcome of the conference was the signing and passing of The Changshu Declaration on Wetlands. More than 800 participants from over 72 countries came together to sign this historic declaration; read the Changshu Declaration here. Watch the signing of the Changshu Declaration on the Society of Wetland Scientists' YouTube channel.
SWS member Ben LePage signs the Changshu Declaration.
The conference brought together wetland scientists from around the globe, and offered all attendees the opportunity to observe the significant progress that China has made in protecting and restoring wetlands. The conference would not have been possible without the support and generosity of conference organizers, Nanjing University Ecological Research Institute of Changshu and the People's Government of Changshu, as well as the hosts: Nanjing University, China Compliance Office for International Wetland Convention, International Association for Ecology, Ecological Society of China and Wetlands International, along with numerous supporters, including SWS. Read the Thank You letter to SWS, from Shuqing An of Nanjing University.
The Chinese press followed the convention avidly, and interviewed many speakers, including SWS members, Gillian Davies, Kim Ponzio, Jos Verhoeven, Jenny Davis, Chris Craft and William Mitsch.