[ESIP-all] Invitation to webinar on wetlands, biodiversity and the role of Earth observations. Participate in online survey.

Arctur, David K david.arctur at utexas.edu
Mon Jun 15 07:18:43 EDT 2015

Fyi, looks interesting…

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[Free webinar wetlands] <https://blbgroup.leadpages.net/webinar-wetlands/>
+ UNIQUE opportunity to learn from world leading experts - for FREE

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO<http://www.earthobservations.org/>) is pleased to announce it will host a series of webinars on the role of Earth observations in monitoring and sustaining biodiversity and wetlands. The webinars will be hosted by the GEO Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON<http://geobon.org/>) and GEO Water Community<http://www.earthobservations.org/wa_igwco.shtml>, together with the Ramsar<http://www.ramsar.org/> Secretariat and will include leading experts from the global communities highly engaged in biodiversity, wetlands and Earth observations. The first webinar will be held on 18th June 2015.

Most of us think that biological diversity is just about conserving the species. It is far more than that. Biodiversity plays a significant part in the water cycle, with wetlands and plants and microbes, providing us with clean drinking water, besides other environmental and economical benefits.

At the same time, wetlands are key ecosystems, playing an immensely important role in both the global water cycle and in sustaining global biodiversity. The importance society places on wetlands is indicated by the global Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to promote wise use of all wetlands. Agreed in 1971, the Ramsar Convention has been adopted by 168 nations.

“The GEO/Ramsar webinar on wetlands and biodiversity is designed for anyone with an interest in or passion for biodiversity and wetlands - students, scientists, experts, or anyone with a general interest in one or more of these topics – who wants to learn from these vast global communities​.”

REGISTER HERE<https://blbgroup.leadpages.net/webinar-wetlands/>

+ Help the experts to be relevant - fill in survey!

What we love, we keep a close eye on. Monitoring and surveying biodiversity and wetlands involves the collection of vast amounts of data, most of which are Earth observations. Observations on the ground or from space and everything in between, across all time and spatial scales, represent precious information for our understanding and management of both biodiversity and wetlands.

Cross-disciplinary problem solving and development of new tools are the most efficient ways to enhance our capabilities to monitor biodiversity and wetlands. To accomplish that, experts from different communities need to refresh and upgrade their knowledge of other field(s).

You are cordially invited to help the experts of this webinar to fine tune their lectures to answer your question, be it related to wetlands, biodiversity or the use of Earth observations.
GO TO SURVEY<https://blbgroup.leadpages.net/geo-webinar-survey-wetlands/>

+ ​Meet the experts

[Marc Paganini] <https://www.linkedin.com/pub/marc-paganini/2/b58/a80>
[Jörg Freyhof] <http://www.joerg-freyhof.de/>
[Royal Gardner] <http://www.stetson.edu/law/faculty/gardner-royal-c/>

Roy (Ramsar) - wading in wetlands (click on left image for more)
Jörg (GEOBON) - takes fishing to a whole new level (click on middle image for more)
Marc (ESA) - all spaced out (click on right image for more)
[Parineeta Dandekar] <http://www.bothends.org/index.php?page=5_1&weblogId=7&weblogmessageId=100&template=print>
[Rick Lawford] <https://www.iisd.org/biography/richard-lawford>
[Bente Lilja Bye] <http://www.blb.as/>

Parineeta (SANDRP) - dams and rivers (click on left image for more)
Bente (BLB) - moderator in chief (click on middle image for more)
Rick (GEO water) - has a birds view on everything water (click on right image for more)

REGISTER HERE<https://blbgroup.leadpages.net/webinar-wetlands/>

GO TO SURVEY<https://blbgroup.leadpages.net/geo-webinar-survey-wetlands/>

GEO<http://www.earthobservations.org/>    |    Ramsar<http://www.ramsar.org/>    |    ESA<http://www.esa.int/>    |   GEO BON<http://geobon.org/>   |    SANDRP<https://sandrp.wordpress.com/>   |   GEO Water   |   BLB<http://www.blb.as/>

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