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Ecological endeavours have been fledging in Western Australia since the 1960s and 70s in various areas. With over 80% lost in WA, wetlands have been their main focus. Through the years following Australia's signing of the Ramsar convention and the number of Ramsar sites in WA growing to 12, the ecologists and environmental groups working to protect, conserve and develop wetlands have grown manifold. The Wetlands Centre Cockburn gradually became a place of confluence for wetland ecologists, given its central location and its plight amidst the Roe 8 or the Perth Freight Link controversy.
In 2005, we started the tradition of holding WA's first-ever Wetlands Conference, celebrating World Wetlands Day, to encourage research, information sharing and scientific exchanges within the area of wetland sciences and foster networks and interchange amongst wetland professionals. Over the years it has grown to include more and more stakeholders in wetlands. But this has not been without the support of those who have helped to fund this massive endeavour and keep it going. Now in its 19th year, we are once again reaching out to our steadfast and new supporters to help us run one of the country's biggest wetlands conferences.
The Wetlands Centre Cockburn would like to offer you an exciting opportunity to sponsor the 19th Annual WA Wetland Conference 2023. This is to be our first-ever hybrid conference. We look forward to continuing our tradition of facilitating a meaningful symposium and providing access to quality keynotes, engaging session speakers, inspirational success stories, informative panels, networking opportunities and hands-on workshops. We aspire to reach out to the cultural leaders and traditional custodians and learn and partake from their accrued knowledge, to make the Conference more meaningful and informed.
World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.
Since 1997, World Wetlands Day has been used to:
- raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits
- promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
As a supporter of this conference, you are joining a global event that is truly bringing about a change in the way the world views and understands the importance of wetlands.
Objectives of our conference
“To increase knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to the conservation, interpretation and management of Wetlands.”
“And, to provide an annual networking forum for organisations and individuals involved in the above”.
The overarching conference theme follows the Ramsar theme for 2023 of ‘Wetlands Restoration’. The 3-day conference is divided into half-days, each of which is set to feature the following themes - Leadership, Reconciliation, Sustainability, Partnerships, Humanities and Action.
To increase the knowledge, awareness, understanding, participation, engagement, and commitment to the conservation of wetlands.
To initiate, support, and sustain a proactive partnership with traditional custodians for the conservation of wetlands.
To develop and deliver standards, processes, projects, and/or programs that are environmentally, socially and economically justified.
To initiate and sustain the widest possible proactive participation, support and engagement for the conservation of wetlands.
To showcase and explore the role of humanities in fostering the spiritual, scientific, aesthetic, historic and social value of wetlands and their conservation.
To demonstrate skills, tools, resources, research or applications that contribute to growing, managing or sustaining wetland ecosystems.
Past conferences have brought together community conservation volunteers, landowners, local and State Government officers, students and academics, political representatives and private sector environmental officers involved with wetland management. This year we are increasing our outreach to welcome community leaders, aboriginal representatives and cultural stakeholders associated with our wetlands. All past conferences have been booked to capacity with 200 delegates attending.
The conference strives to minimize its environmental impact by encouraging delegates to carpool and bring their own water bottles. We also provide re-usable coffee mugs, glasses and plates, produce e-program booklets, and use recycled paper. We encourage the display of promotional material on common tables or at exhibition spaces, rather than in conference kits, ensuring only interested persons avail of relevant material.
Expressions of interest are sought for sponsorship of the WA Wetlands Conference. Four sponsorship categories are available for you to support this conference. The sponsorship categories are cash contributions and are GST-inclusive.
|INCLUSIONS||Gold sponsor||Silver sponsor||Bronze sponsor|
|Free delegate registrations||5||2||1|
|Colour advertisement in e-program booklet¹||1 x A5||1 x A5||½ x A5|
|Banner display at front of the centre|
|Acknowledgement by MC at opening and closing|
|Promotional slides during intervals|
|Listing on The Wetland Centre’s website, Facebook and social media|
|Major logo display²|
|Minor logo display²|
|Promotional material on common tables or exhibition space³|
¹The program booklet is produced in colour in digital format.
²Logos are incorporated in the registration brochure, website, welcome screen in the Centre and the program.
³Conference kits are not supplied: please read the section on ‘Waste-wise event’.
Note: All applications are subject to approval by the Board of The Wetlands Centre.