SWOS Policy Conference: Lessons Learned and Outlook for Global Wetland Monitoring

07 Nov 2018 09:30 - 18:00
Brussels, Belgium

SWOS Policy Conference: Lessons Learned and Outlook for Global Wetland Monitoring

7 November 09:30 – 18:00

09:00: Registration

09:30 – 11:00: Wetlands management – achievements from SWOS and challenges ahead

  • Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar (TBC)
    Keynote opening speech

  • Luc Bas, IUCN European Regional Office  
    Welcome words – The added value and importance of wetlands

  • Eleni Fytoka, The Greek Biotope/Wetland Centre EKBY 
    SWOS – The achievements and future.

  • Anis Guelmami, Tour du Valat 
    Solutions for a sustainable Mediterranean Wetlands

11:00 – 11:15: Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45: SWOS in practice- a technical demonstration and the experience of SWOS users

  • Brief technical demonstration of SWOS
  • User organizations present their experience of SWOS
  • Q & A

12:45 – 13:45: Lunch

13:45 – 15:15: SWOS and its relationship with International and European policy

  • Anne Teller, DG Environment  
    SWOS in support of the MAES framework and the Birds and Habitats Directive.

  • Will Simonson, UNEP-WCMC  
    SWOS tools in support of the SDGs with a particular focus on indicator 6.6.1

  • SWOS and policy Q & A

15:15 – 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00: Policy recommendations that have emerged from the SWOS project

  • Dania Abdul Malak, European Topic Centre – University of Malaga 
    Policy recommendations for Wetlands Conservation

  • Member of the European Parliament
  • Gilles Ollier, DG Research and Innovation 
    Responding to policy recommendations

  • Kathrin Weise, Jena Optronik (project manager) 
    Closing remarks

17:00 – 18:00 Reception

The SWOS portal & toolbox will be demonstrated.


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