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Today: Global Awareness Day

Simon Branigan
Five of Tasmania’s leading wetland ecologists & managers will celebrate the uniqueness of Tasmania’s wetlands at a seminar on World Wetlands Day*, this coming Monday the 2nd of February. The seminar, hosted by Environment Tasmania, is titled ‘The State of Tasmanian Wetlands Conservation – future directions’, and will feature presentations by experts focussed on the state of Tasmania’s economically important and environmentally unique wetland ecosytems and the unique wildlife that they support.

Media Release 30/01/2009

EXPERTS TO CELEBRATE TASMANIA’S WETLANDS ON GLOBAL AWARENESS DAY

Five of Tasmania’s leading wetland ecologists & managers will celebrate the uniqueness of Tasmania’s wetlands at a seminar on World Wetlands Day*, this coming Monday the 2nd of February. The seminar, hosted by Environment Tasmania, is titled ‘The State of Tasmanian Wetlands Conservation – future directions’, and will feature presentations by experts focussed on the state of Tasmania’s economically important and environmentally unique wetland ecosytems and the unique wildlife that they support.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the tremendous wealth that Tasmania has in its unique and fragile wetlands,” said Simon Branigan, spokesperson for Environment Tasmania, “Tasmania has 10 Ramsar wetlands of international importance and around 23,000 other ecologically diverse wetlands, packed full of birds and other wildlife. Here is a fantastic opportunity to hear from experts, have your questions answered, and to learn about the beauty and diversity of some of Tasmania’s wetland ecosystems such as the incredible Moulting Lagoon,” he continued,

“Environment Tasmania welcomes everyone interested in wetlands and waterways in Tasmania to attend this important event,” he concluded.

The seminar will be held at the Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, Tasmanian School of Art, Hunter Street, Hobart Waterfront, from 5:30 to 8:00pm, Monday 2nd February.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Michael Lockwood, Natural Resource Social Scientist, from the UTAS School of Geography and Environmental Studies. Speakers include:

• Prof. Jamie Kirkpatrick, Geography and Environmental Studies UTAS;
• Ms. Lee Drummond, Caring for our Country Facilitator;
• Dr. Christine Crawford, Program Leader Natural Resource Management UTAS ;
• Dr. Eric Woehler, Chair of Birds Tasmania.

Environment Tasmania is Tasmania’s peak environment body, a conservation council which represents more than 25 environment groups across the state, with collective representation of over 5000 Tasmanians.

For More Information or Comment: Contact Simon Branigan on 0409087278.

* World Wetlands Day is celebrated across the world every year on the 2nd of February, the day when Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was signed in the year 1972.

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  1. Jon Ayling

    February 2, 2009 at 6:35 am

    It is interesting that this meeting is happening when all is calm just prior to the opening of the duck season in Feb/March. The reality is that Minister Lewellyn has proved that he couldn’t care less about water birds let alone honouring Tasmania’s agreed involvement in the Ramsar treaty. Every year hundreds of hunters line the edges of Moulting Lagoon (a Ramsar site) in order to blast the daylights out of our wonderful water birds.

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