World Wetlands Day 2003: United Kingdom


Please see below for another activity to add to the list for World Wetlands Day events.

Thank you

Amanda Atkinson
(Water Policy Officer)

The inaugural Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) / Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Living Wetlands award was announced at the World Wetlands Day conference at the London Wetlands Centre on February 4th (mentioned on your web page UK III). The RSPB/CIWEM Living Wetlands Award was established in 2003 as a means of recognising and rewarding projects which demonstrate the multiple functions and sustainable use of wetland habitats. Funds for the Award are provided by CIWEM and the RSPB.

We had 20 entries all of a very high calibre. The prize, a cheque for £1500 and a bronze of a snipe cast by Devonshire artist Alan Gasby, will be presented at the annual CIWEM dinner. The winner is the Swales and Ure Washlands project - a partnership project involving the community and industry in redressing the loss of washland habitat in the Swales and Ure valleys and creating a more diverse rural economy.

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