****Date/Time TBD, but will occur during SER World Conference*****
Pre-Conference Training Course
Wetland Rehabilitation: Understanding the Good, the Bad and the Environmentally Sustainable
Recent studies indicate that 64% of the world’s natural wetlands have disappeared since the 1900s, mainly due to change in land use, water diversion (dams, channels), infrastructure development and pollution (Ramsar fact sheet 3.2). This highlights the universal need for wetland restoration. The benefits of wetlands are well recognised in many countries around the world (Da Saliva et al., 2012). Despite this, a large percentage of existing wetland restoration projects are underperforming and, in some cases, even causing further damage to already degraded wetland systems. The need for innovative, sustainable wetland rehabilitation projects is therefore becoming more and more prevalent in South Africa and beyond. In this training, delegates will be taken through all the steps needed by an environmental practitioner for a wetland rehabilitation project, from wetland assessment to final monitoring of the wetland and every step in-between. Considerations such as causes of wetland degradation, current wetland rehabilitation intervention designs and materials will be interrogated to understand their positive and negative aspects. Each step will have practical case studies indicating the good and the bad aspects of previous wetland rehabilitation projects. The social aspects of wetland rehabilitation will also be discussed, as these projects provide the ideal opportunity to embrace the sustainable development philosophy by involving local communities. By the end of this course, delegates should have an improved understanding of wetland rehabilitation and the processes involved in this field to undergo a successful environmentally sustainable wetland rehabilitation project. Specific examples will be drawn from South Africa and key lessons will be highlighted as they apply to the global context.
The aspects to be discussed in the training session:
- Wetland assessment
- Wetland baseline establishment
- Goal and success criteria
- Evaluate and select potential intervention sites
- Wetland intervention designs
- Construction quality control
- Monitoring and maintenance
Pre-approved for 5 CECs under SER's CERP program.
For more information and to register for this symposium go to ser2019.org.