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Asian Wetland Symposium will be held in Wuxi Jiangsu China
Editor:WI-China  Time:2011-2-18





2011Organizers                                                                  Partners

State Forestry Administration, P.R.China                        Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Jiangsu Provincial Government                                                                            

Wetlands International                                                                          

 Ramsar Center Japan                                           


The Asian Wetlands Symposium aims to identify practical strategies and mechanisms for enabling integrated biodiversity conservation, with a focus on wetlands. There will be two symposia held in 2011, one in Sabah, Malaysia 18-20th July and one in Wuxi, China 11-13th October.
The symposium in Wuxi will also include a field visit to Tai-Hu Lake.

Objectives of Workshop and Field Visit

• To reinforce experience and technology exchange on wetland conservation, restoration and management between wetland administrators, experts and scholars from Asian countries;
• To promote the development of wetland conservation works in China and Asia;
• To implement the Strategy and Resolutions of the Convention on Wetlands;
• To convene with wetland conservationists, administrators, experts and scholars from related Asian countries to discuss, promote and develop related issues on wetland conservation and administration; and
• To contribute to the Ramsar COP11 (Romania) and the CBD COP11 (India), both to be held in 2012.

Workshop Themes

1) Wetlands and forests
2) Lake wetlands
3) Wetlands and climate change / Human health and wetlands
4) Water-birds and wetlands
5) Wetlands and agriculture (including the follow-up activities of the Ramsar Resolution X.31 on Biodiversity of Rice Paddies as Wetlands)
6) Wetlands and tourism / Human life and wetlands

Expected Outputs

• ‘Wuxi declaration on wetlands and biodiversity’ to be sent to the Ramsar COP11 (Romania) and CBD COP11 (India) in 2012.
• Symposium proceedings and recommendations on water, wetlands and forests for future implementation.
• Draft Resolution submitted to the Standing Committee for Ramsar COP11.
• Booklet for Ramsar COP11 and CBD COP11 to be produced in 2012 as a summary report of AWS Sabah and AWS Wuxi.

Working Languages

English and Chinese


The symposium will last 3 days including a field trip.
See separate attachment for the preliminary timetable.

Call For Papers & Poster Presentations

Papers and posters to be considered for this symposium should cover one of the following topics:
• Wetlands and forests
• Lake wetlands
• Wetlands and climate change / Human health and wetlands
• Water-birds and wetlands
• Wetlands and agriculture (including rice paddy issues)
• Wetlands and tourism / Human life and wetlands


Participants of the workshop are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation. Kindly submit an abstract (one page/ A4, English or Chinese) of your proposed presentation before May 31, 2011 to Ms. Chen Jing via e-mail: cj@wetwonder.org (For the format of the abstracts see separate attachment.)

Full Paper

Please send your final presentations to Ms. Chen Jing by e-mail (cj@wetwonder.org), before September 20, 2011. Presentations should be no longer than 15-20 minutes. Audiovisual equipment (projector etc.) will be available for the presentations. (For the format of the full paper, see separate attachment.)

Registration Deadline

Participants are requested to send their registration forms (see separate attachment) before June 30, 2011 in order to receive the discounted registration fee. 


Wuxi is accessible by road from Shanghai. Participants should make their own arrangements for travel to Shanghai. As there are two airports in Shanghai, participants are asked to inform the organizing committee of their detailed itinerary. Further travel (to and from Wuxi), will be arranged by the Organizing Committee.

Accommodation and Venue

The venue and accommodation is expected to be at the Hubin Hotel, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.
Address: 1 HuanHu Road, Hubin District,WuXi City, 214075
Phone: +86 510 8510 1888
Fax: +86 510 8510 2637


Wuxi has a warm and humid climate with regular rainfall. The average temperature in October is 19oC.

Entry Visa

Foreign participants (except those from Japan and Korea) are required to obtain a tourist visa in advance at the Chinese Embassy in their respective countries.

Additional information

• Currency – the current exchange rate is approximately: USD 1= RMB 6.59
• Food - Meals will comprise Chinese food. Special food e.g. vegetarian should be available provided participants make a request beforehand.
• Those joining the field visit, please bring along suitable shoes, wet weather gear and sun protection (hat, glasses and sunscreen).


• Registration fee
▪ US$150 per person (until 30th June, 2011), US$200 per person (after 30th June, 2011)
• Participants should arrange their own travel to Shanghai.

Payment Options

1) Payment should be made directly to the bank account below:

 Bank name: Kamata Branch, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
 Bank address: 12-6, Kamata 5 chome, Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-0052
 Account number: 0102074
 Swift Code:

Please note:
• Participants wishing to pay by bank draft will be required to pay for the bank charges incurred
• Cash payments on-site at the Symposium registration will also be accepted

Field Visit

There will be a half-day field trip to Tai-Hu Lake on the first day of the Symposium.

Related event

The China Wetlands Culture Festival will be held in conjunction with the Asian Wetland Symposium in Wuxi. The Festival will run from the 11th-13th October, 2011 and will include exhibitions and activities. More information about the Festival will be sent to participants as it is made available.



There are three Secretariats for the Asian Wetland Symposium – Wuxi 2011.

1. Ramsar Center Japan
Contact: Reiko Nakamura
2-10-3 Minamikugahara
Ota-ku, Tokyo, 146-0084
Tel: +81-3-3758-7926
Fax: +81-3-3758-7927

2. Wetlands International-China
Contact: Xu Qiang or Chen Kelin
Room 501, Grand Forest Hotel,
No. 3A Beisanhuan Zhonglu,
Beijing, 100029, CHINA
Tel: +86-10-62058405
Fax: +86-10-62377900
xq@wetwonder.org or ckl@wetwonder.org

3. Jiangsu Provincial Government
Contact: Zhu Zhuangling
Forest Bureau in Wuxi City,
Jiangsu Province, CHINA
Tel: +86-510-81822954
Fax: +86-510-81822954


 Programme (Draft)



AM (8:30-12:00)

PM (13:00-17:00)

10th October

Arrival of participants (Registration)

11th October

  • Plenary session
  • Opening
  • Keynote addresses

Field trip to Tai-hu

12th October

Keynote addresses

Parallel sessions

13th October

Summary reports of the sub-topics


  • Plenary session
  • Discuss “Wuxi  Declaration”
  • Closing ceremony

14th October

Departure of participants


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