World Wetlands Day Conference

The next 14th WA Wetland Management Conference will be held on 2 February 2018!
The 13th annual WA Wetland Management Conference was successfully held on Thursday 2 February 2017 from 9am to 4pm to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

What was the 2017 theme? Our last conference followed the Ramsar theme for 2017 of “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”. This theme was selected to raise awareness and to highlight the vital roles of healthy wetlands in reducing the impacts of extreme events such as floods, droughts and cyclones on communities, and in helping to build resilience.

Sub-themes included wetland management and restoration, wetland education and wetland policy.

Who was there? Approximately 160 like-minded wetlanders and over 20 speakers came together for a day of networking, information exchange and delicious food.The Conference was designed to bring all sectors together so we met with and heard from community conservation volunteers, landowners, educators, local and State Government officers and private sector environmental officers involved with wetland management.

How much did it cost? Registration fees were kept at a minimum to enable all sectors of the community to attend and promote greater understanding and networking amongst the different sectors involved in wetland management. To make this happen we relied on the generous support of our sponsors. The 2017 fees were:

  • $80 corporate (your rego fee is paid or reimbursed by your employer)
  • $65 general (your rego fee is not reimbursed by your employer)
  • $20 concessional (you are unemployed or a community group member)

Who was presenting in 2017? Please click here to view the past program or here to view the past 2017 program booklet .

How do I register? Registrations are now closed.

Who organises the conference? The Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre Inc, a not-for-profit organisation, organises the annual Wetland Management Conference at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre on or close to 2 February in celebration of World Wetlands Day, which commemorates the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 2 February 1971.

The Centre gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by the conference steering committee members from the following organisations:

  • City of Cockburn
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Wetlands Conservation Society Inc
  • Wetlands Coordinating Committee
  • Western Australian Local Government Association

How do you subscribe to our conference database? To receive annual conference notices click on this “link” and type ‘Conference Database’ in the ‘Subject Line’.

Please take a moment to thank our 2017 sponsors for their generous support!

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Interested in sponsoring the 2018 event?  Please view our 2017 sponsorship invitation or program booklet. If you would like further information please contact the Conference Organiser on (08) 9417 8460 or send an email.