The renewal of the Memorandum of Cooperation (2017-2023) took place during the SWS Europe Chapter meeting being held from 2 to 6 May in Faro, Portugal. The Memorandum was officially signed by the Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, Martha Rojas-Urrego and the President of Society of Wetlands Scientists, Gillian Davies.
The Ramsar Convention and SWS have several major common objectives but are also different and complementary in scope. While the Ramsar Convention implements formal wetland protection and sustainable use worldwide at the government level, SWS builds a wetland science community and reaches out to policy makers and wetlands practitioners. The two organizations strengthen mutually their work which has been demonstrated by the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the past six years.
Examples of current and developing collaborations between the two organizations include SWS’s representation on the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel, many shared educational initiatives such as collaborations on webinars, curriculum development, symposia at SWS Annual Meetings, World Wetlands Day, publication of Ramsar articles in SWS publications, potential Ramsar involvement in the new SWS international exchange program (Wetland Ambassadors), and SWS assistance with Ramsar outreach to citizen scientists, to name just a few.
By signing a Memorandum of Cooperation for 2017-2023, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands welcomes the opportunity to strengthen collaboration with the Society of Wetland Scientists as an essential partner to achieve the Convention’s vision for a better, more sustainable world where healthy wetlands provide our economic and social security.
About the Society of Wetlands Scientists
The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is an organization promoting conservation, restoration and science-based management of wetlands. With its 3,000 members worldwide SWS continues to lead wetland science by developing and communicating critical information for further policy development.
The society was founded in 1980 by Dr. Richard Macomber of the US Army Corps of Engineers to form the basis of the public’s understanding of the importance of wetland functions and values and to advance wetland science as a rigorous, interdisciplinary endeavor and body of knowledge. Providing scientific information to policy makers and wetland practitioners is SWS’s main objective. The organization publishes two scientific journals: Wetlands and Wetland Science and Practice. It also implements a Professional Certification Program. Although founded in the USA, the society is international and is currently developing regional chapters in other parts of the world, such as Europe, Oceania, Asia and Canada.