An online wetland education toolkit from Australia and their annual wetland newsletter
Lamentablemente, no hay versión en español de este documentoGreetings CEPA list members:
Two news items from our CEPA Government Focal point in Australia, Sarah Stuart-Smith.
1. The Australian Government has recently released a web toolkit on Water education resources in Australia. This includes wetland education programs. Sarah notes "The Water Education Toolkit provides Australian teachers and schools with access to hundreds of water education materials through one easy to use portal. Although this resource is mainly to assist teachers, students will also find it a valuable tool when researching school assignments and seeking additional water information. Teachers and students will be able to find case-studies, lesson and unit plans, visual aids, in-class activities, Indigenous cultural resources, informational resources, games, experiments and more."
Having spent 10 minutes browsing through this - there's a veritable mountain of useful materials! Start here www.environment.gov.au/wet (hoping as always for no double dots appearing in the URL once I hit send!).
2. As in previous years, the Australian government has produced its annual newsletter - a well-illustrated publication that takes a very broad look at what is going on in wetlands in Australia and who is doing it. The focus this year was on our WWD theme of wetlands, biodiversity and climate change. Here are a few of the one-to-two page articles to give you an idea of what is there….
Ramsar Secretary General visits Australia - an article on the visit by Anada Tiéga in October 2009
Long-term rescue plan to build resilience in the Coorong wetlands
Traditional owners regenerate Cabbage Tree Island
Rolling Review of Australia's Ramsar sites
Local wetlands used by university students as a practical session in environmental education
Australian scientists at work on the international stage - an article on four Australians who are active members of Ramsar's Scientific and Technical Review Panel
Citizen scientists - Volunteer divers carry out underwater surveys across the Great Barrier Reef
Communicating and raising awareness on emerging wetland issues in the Oceania region - an article on the Wetland Link International-Oceania meeting I attended in late October 2009
This is well edited and beautifully illustrated and I think it's a really great way to keep the wetland people in the country informed about the diversity of what is going on and also help to keep them in touch with each other. Worth a quick look and available as a PDF here www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/wetlands/pubs/wa-18.pdf
With best wishes, Sandra Hails, Ramsar Secretariat
CEPA Programme Officer
Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Rue Mauverney 28, 1196 Gland, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 9990176
Fax: +41 22 9990169 www.ramsar.org (go to Activities > CEPA Programme)