Matt

Matt Simpson

Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (Consulting) LTD
Slimbridge, United Kingdom

Promoting Project COBRA at Wetlands Conference

9th Intecol International Wetlands Conference

June 12, 2012

Project COBRA was introduced as an example of how to integrate socio-economic research into approaches of natural resource management at the 9th Intecol International Wetlands Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Last week I attended the 9th Intecol International Wetlands Conference in Orlando Florida which also included the annual meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS). The mission of the conference was to provide a platform to review advances in the physical, biogeochemical, and social sciences as they are related to wetlands, to provide integrated solutions for sustainable management of wetland resources in a complex world, and to facilitate professional relationships at regional to international scale.

I presented on ‘Socio-economic dimensions to wetland science’ in the ‘Ramsar Convention and SWS – Linking Science to International Policy Session’ where I examined the importance of wetland ecosystems and their services to wetland dependent communities and the influence livelihood strategies of wetland dependent communities have on the ecological character of wetlands. I proposed new assessment and management frameworks that acknowledge that humans are an integral part of wetland ecosystems and not separate from them. I used the COBRA project as an example of how to integrate socio-economic research into approaches to natural resource management.

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