The Ecohydrology Research Group hosted a successful 11th Annual World Wetlands Day Research Symposium at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday February 1, thanks to the efforts not only of our group but also that of wetland researchers across the University.
World Wetlands Day is held annually to mark the day when the United Nations Convention on Wetlands was adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention is an international government agreement acknowledging the importance of wetlands and plays a central role in the wise use and conservation of these critical ecosystems.
The Waterloo symposium included a poster session with 32 posters presentations (see here for full list), and a distinguished lecture, followed by a panel discussion. The distinguished lecture was given by Dr. Line Rochefort a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at Université Laval.
The panel discussion was central to the topic: Wetland Restoration
The panel was moderated by Dianna Kopansky who joined us as the distinguished lecturer for our World Wetlands Day event in 2018. Dianna is the UN Environment expert on landscapes & biodiversity and the Programme & Global Peatlands Initiative Coordinator.
We were joined by the following group of panelists:
Marie-Claire LeBlanc, who is the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Associations leading restoration expert. She holds a Masters of Land use Planning and Regional Development from the Université Laval.
Kristyn Mayner, who is a Wetland Stewardship Specialist at Ducks Unlimited Canada. She holds a Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences from McMaster University.
As well as our distinguished lecturer, Line Rochefort.
We would like to thank Philippe Van Cappellen, Maria Strack, Fereidoun Rezanezhad, Rebecca Rooney, Steph Slowinski, Kimberly Kleinke, and Anita Ghosh for their help in organizing the day's events.