4th Pan European Duck Symposium in April
The next PEDS will be staged in Hanko (Finland) from 7th to 11th in April 2015!
The registration is still open until the 28th February, so there is still time to sign in.
At 60°N, Hanko (Hangö in Swedish) is the southernmost town in Finland, and we hope to see you there!
Hello, World Wetlands Day 2.2.2015!
What is World Wetlands Day?
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Each year since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials so that government agencies, non-governmental organizations, conservation organizations, and groups of citizens can help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Read more about Ramsar and WWD2015.
In Nordic countries 2.2. is midwinter, so…
Nordic countries celebrate Nordic wetlands on 2nd September. Nordic Wetland Day is the sister of the World Wetlands Day. See photos taken from the water control structure of Pikku Nuoluanjärvi demonstrative wetland of LIFE+ Return of Rural Wetlands in Finland in WWD2015 and NWD2014 and you can see why we here in Finland think that WWD is more suitable for skiing around wetlands and NWD for e.g. birding. Read more about NWD from NorBalWet.
Life+ Platform Meeting 10th to 12th of June in Rovaniemi
Ca. 70 people from Nordic projects and the European Commission participated in an annual Life+ Platform Meeting in Rovaniemi in June 2014. The general objective of Life+ is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.
In this meeting participants discussed for example land acquisition and socio-economical aspects in Life projects, dealing with invader species, monitoring of actions and influences of the Life projects and participation of the landowners. They also attended a field trip to Prunteli model wetland, visited the Arctic Circle and Santa´s Village and went on a Midnight Sun Cruise on River Kemijoki.
The Life+ Return of Rural Wetlands project promotes the establishment, restoration and management of wetlands, the most important habitats for waterfowl, in the everyday environments of agricultural and forest areas.
The examples in the nationwide network of model wetlands and our active communication, guidance and the kosteikko.fi website help us to raise citizens’ awareness of the value of wetlands, for example, to biodiversity, water birds and the protection of waters.
The model wetlands that have been established together with landowners, associations and companies act as practical examples and inspire operators in the neighbourhood to launch their own wetland projects.