ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Meetings & Linkages

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Winton Wetlands

Professor Max Finlayson, who chairs the Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel for the Winton Wetlands, attended a meeting of the panel in June at the wetlands to begin planning for the Winton Wetlands Annual Forum in August.

Planning meetings with NAPREC

Professor Max Finlayson, Dr Lee Baumgartner and Dr Jennifer Bond had a planning meeting with representatives from the National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre (NAPREC) at the Albury-Wodonga campus in March. NAPREC, a community-initiative based in Deniliquin, is planning a conference later this year in Deniliquin.

Presentation to Advisory group

Dr Julia Howitt gave a presentation to the Murray and Lower Darling Environmental Water Advisory group on February 7, 2017 in Deniliquin. Her presentation "Monitoring ecosystem responses to the delivery of environmental water in the Edward-Wakool system" focused on both the algal bloom and the hypoxic blackwater event that occurred in the system in 2016.

Lake Cowal Foundation

As its Independent Scientist, Professor Max Finlayson attended meetings of the Lake Cowal Foundation in February, May and June.


Advisory group meeting

Dr Luis Silva attended the National Carp Control Program's Science Advisory group workshop in Canberra in July.

Fish project planning meeting

Dr Lee Baumgartner attended a project planning meeting on fish protection in irrigation systems in September in Canberra with representatives from the Department of Primary Industries, Arthur Rylah Institute, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences, NSW Agriculture and Tenure Chasers. 

Sustainability Indicator

In June Professor Max Finlayson had a meeting in Canberra with the former Australian Governor General Major General The Hon. Michael Jeffery and Ashley Bland, from SkillSet in Bathurst, and others to develop a national level Sustainability Indicator.


IHE Delft meeting

Professor Max Finlayson went to The Netherlands in September where he met with researchers from IHE Delft to discuss collaboration as part of his shared appointment as the Ramsar Chair for the Wise Use of Wetlands. 

US State Department presentation

On September 7, Dr Baumgartner gave a presentation to the US State Department in Washington on the ACIAR Fish Passage project and sustainable river development. This followed an informal meeting on the previous day with staff from the US Embassy who specialise in Mekong issues. 

Fish project planning meeting

Dr Lee Baumgartner attended a project planning meeting on fish protection in irrigation systems in September in Canberra with representatives from the Department of Primary Industries, Arthur Rylah Institute, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences, NSW Agriculture and Tenure Chasers.

Pakistan Groundwater

While in Lahore in Pakistan August 21-25 for the ACIAR funded Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan project to progress the project and set future actions, Professor Max Finlayson took part in a meeting with that country's Department of Environmental Protection to discuss water pollution and wetland issues.  

Bangkok planning meeting

In July, Dr Lee Baumgartner and ILWS PhD student Vu Vi An (who represented the Vietnamese government) attended a planning meeting in Bangkok on extending the outcomes of the ACIAR Fish Passage project in Laos to Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. The meeting was with people from Myanmar Department of Fisheries, ACIAR, US Geological Survey and fisheries agencies in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The Cambodian Secretary of Fisheries His Excellency Nao Thuok, who was at the meeting, has taken a personal interest in seeing this work extended to Cambodia and briefed the Cambodian prime minister on the workshop. 

UN Sustainable Development

On June 20 Professor Max Finlayson took part in a webinar on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6.6 which is about determining change in wetlands at the global scale.

Scoping tour in Laos

In June Dr Lee Baumgartner and adjunct Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper participated in a scoping tour of Xayaburi Dam, the first mainstem dam to be constructed on the Lower Mekong River, northern Laos. The trip was a collaborative effort between Australian and USA scientists to advise on a monitoring program that will be implemented when the dam becomes operational in 2019. The visit occurred by invitation of the Xayaburi Power Company Limited.


Dr Wayne Robinson worked at the Panthera office in Cali, Columbia for five weeks in April and May helping to process and analysing numerous data sets the NGO, which is working to save jaguars, has accumulated over the past several years.

Mangrove decline

As a member of the Global Mangrove Watch, an Alliance whose purpose is to provide an update on the change in global mangrove cover since 1995, Professor Max Finlayson had video conference meetings in March and June.

San Juan Statement on Climate Change

Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson was one of the contributors to, and amount the 200 signatories of, the San Juan Statement on Climate Change posted by the Society of Wetland Scientists in June. The Statement supports the importance of international frameworks for addressing climate change and recognises the role that wetlands play in the carbon cycle.

China Mega Research Initiative

Professor Max Finlayson had a Skype conference, April 10, with the Institute for Wetland Research, China Academy of Forestry to discuss a proposal for a submission under the China Mega Research Initiative. The project is on wetland restoration and management.

Ramsar engagement

Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson, as a member of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Scientific and Technical Review Panel, is involved regularly in its meetings and workshops. These include: 

  • Attendance at the 20th meeting of the STRP (Scientific and Technical Review Panel) Gland, Switzerland, Feb 13-17. Main tasks were planning a report on the state of the world's wetlands as a "showpiece" for the next Ramsar Convention in Paris, late 2018, and contributions to a Ramsar report reviewing the application of Earth Observation, for wetland management.
  • Participation participated in a workshop at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, South America in June on the complexity of managing wetlands in the Caribbean related to efforts by Ramsar to develop a project in a number of Caribbean countries on the vulnerability of coastal wetlands.
  • Attended a Ramsar meeting, September 19 to 22, in Gland, Switzerland to draft a report on the state of global wetlands for the Ramsar Convention 

Tour Guiding 

As the treasurer of Guiding Organisations Australia, Associate Professor Rosemary Black represented Australia at the 17th International Convention of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) with the convention theme of "Iran: Friendly faces, open arms, ancient cultures, timeless charms" held January 28 to February 1, in Tehran, Iran.