On the occasion of World Environment Day 2014, the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Environmental Ecosystem Research Foundation (Republic of Korea), are delighted to announce the launch of the Handbook on Best Practices for the Design and Operation of Wetland Education Centres.
Wetland education centres, as their name implies, are often located nearby wetlands and are wonderful places for both children and adults to experience the beauty of wetlands and at the same time to learn about the many values and benefits that wetlands provide for people and the environment. The first wetland education centre was established in the mid-1940s in the UK and since then, their number has increased around the world.
“Wetlands such as lakes, rivers and coastal tidal flats provide a wide range of benefits and values for people and the environment,” said Dr. Christopher Briggs, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. “The Ramsar Convention works to promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands, and the Convention strongly encourages the Contracting Parties to set up education centres at their Ramsar Sites and other important wetlands.”