SWOS Policy Conference in Brussels

SWOS Policy Conference: Lessons Learned and Outlook for Global Wetland Monitoring

7 November 2018

Location: Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium
for Science and the Arts
1 Rue Ducale
Brussels, Belgium

SWOS Policy Conference: Lessons Learned and Outlook for Global Wetland Monitoring

7 November 09:30 – 18:00

09:00 – 9:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome & Opening Address

  • Welcome by Kathrin Weise, Jena-Optronik, SWOS Project Coordinator (PDF)
    and Luc Bas, IUCN European Regional Office, Director
  • Key Note Speech by Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Advisor for Africa, Ramsar

10:00 – 10:45 Panel Debate on Wetland Conservation and Remote Sensing

  • Eleni Fytoka, The Greek Biotope / Wetland Centre EKBY, Head of Inventory of Natural Areas (PDF)
  • Jonas Franke, Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH, Managing Director (PDF)
  • Anis Guelmami, Tour du Valat, Project Leader (PDF)

10:45-11:15 Technical presentation on SWOS

  • Kathrin Weise, Jena Optronik, SWOS Project Coordinator (PDF)

11:15 – 11:45 Refreshments

11:45 – 12:15 User interaction with SWOS

  • Consortium members – an introduction to SWOS service cases (PDF)

12:15 – 13:00  User Experiences of SWOS & Panel Debate

  • Mr Charalompos Ververis, Greek Ministry of Environment, Environmental Scientist
  • Vincent Faure, GIPREB, Scientific Officer
  • Dalma Dedak, Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture- Department of Nature Conservation, Ecological Expert
  • Damas Patrick Mbaga, African Wildlife Foundation, Hydrologist

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Presentation and Discussion on SWOS & the Policy Environment (PDF)

  • Presentation on International and EU policies that can be supported by SWOS by Will Simonson, UNEP-WCMC, Senior Programme Officer Climate Change and Biodiversity and Christoph Schroder, University of Malaga, Environmental analyst and GIS specialist
  • Response and reflection by Anne Teller, Policy Officer DG Environment, European Commission,
  • Audience Q&A

15:00 – 15:30 Refreshments

15:30 – 16:45 Panel Debate on SWOS Policy Recommendations (PDF)

  • Dania Abdul Malak, European Topic Centre – University of Malaga, Director
  • Marjan van Meerloo, DG RTD, European Commission, Policy Officer
  • Alberto Arroyo Schnell, IUCN, European Policy Officer
  • Cy Griffin, European Programme Manager, Wetlands International
  • Paul Ouédraogo, Senior Advisor for Africa, Ramsar
  • Audience Q&A

16:45 – 17:00 Concluding Remarks

  • Kathrin Weise, Jena-Optronik, SWOS Project Coordinator (PDF)

17:00 – 18:00 Reception

 

For further questions do not hesitate to contact SWOS_WS_BRU[at]jena-optronik.de.