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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries to Propose Regulatory Revisions to Endangered Species Act

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries to Propose Regulatory Revisions to Endangered Species Act Dear conservation stakeholder, Please see this news release from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service announcing that it, along with the National Marine Fisheries Service, are releasing a plan to improve and strengthen implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).…

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Lake Ohrid: Soon to become a Ramsar Wetland

Lake Ohrid: Soon to become a Ramsar Wetland The SWS Europe chapter has some good news to share. We were alarmed by people from North Macedonia in 2015 because the very last wetland bordering the famous Lake Ohrid, Studenchishte Marsh, was threatened to be drained for tourist infrastructure development. After writing letters to the authorities…

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Publication of paper on the Universal Rights of Wetlands

Publication of paper on the Universal Rights of Wetlands A new paper entitled “Towards a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands” was published (online early) in the journal Marine and Freshwater Research.  It is available and downloadable through open access. The manuscript was prepared as part of the Rights of Wetlands Initiative of the Society of Wetland Scientists.…

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World’s leading aquatic scientific societies urgently call for cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions

World’s leading aquatic scientific societies urgently call for cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions Dire consequences for freshwater and marine resources without significant and fast action Bethesda, MD (September 14, 2020).  In an unprecedented statement released today, 110 aquatic scientific societies, including SWS and representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world, joined forces to sound a…

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SWS Europe Chapter produces Declaration on the Protection of the Lake Ohrid Ecosystem

SWS Europe Chapter produces Declaration on the Protection of the Lake Ohrid Ecosystem The SWS Europe Chapter produced a Declaration on the Protection of the Lake Ohrid Ecosystem at its 13th annual chapter meeting, April 30 – May 4, 2018. The Declaration recognizes the important ecosystem services provided by the wetlands of the Lake Ohrid system…

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North American Wetlands Conservation Council Meeting via teleconference

North American Wetlands Conservation Council Meeting via teleconference The North American Wetlands Conservation Council will meet via teleconference on February 22, 2018, at 2 p.m. EST, to select U.S. small grant proposals for reporting to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. This teleconference is open to the public, and interested…

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UNESCO supports SWS’ concern for Lake Ohrid

UNESCO supports SWS’ concern for Lake Ohrid The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently supported the Society of Wetland Scientists’ concern for Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. As the oldest lake on the European continent, this three-million-year-old lake is considered a Natural and Cultural Heritage site, and holds valuable information on evolution and…

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SWS urges mayor of Ohrid to preserve Studenchista Wetland and Lake Ohrid ecosystem

SWS urges mayor of Ohrid to preserve Studenchista Wetland and Lake Ohrid ecosystem Authored by Jos T.A. Verhoeven, Ph.D., Society of Wetland Scientists Europe Chapter President, and supported by SWS scientists Kimberli Ponzio, James Perry, Keith Edwards, Matthew Simpson, Rob McInnes Mr. Nikola Bakračeski Mayor of the City of Ohrid Dimitar Vlahov Street No. 57…

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SWS responds to U.S. Wildlife Conservation Blue Ribbon Panel

SWS responds to U.S. Wildlife Conservation Blue Ribbon Panel Earlier this summer, the Society received a request from a Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources for information on how to equitably and sustainably finance fish and wildlife conservation to help prevent more species from becoming endangered. The Panel reached out to influential organizations…

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