Community Sustainability Science Cafe: Learn About the Niagara River Ramsar Designation

March 2, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Welland Public Library
50 The Boardwalk
Welland, ON L3B 3X4
Brock University UNESCO Chair

The Niagara community is invited by the Brock UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: From Local to Global, to the second Community Sustainability Science Café of this winter to learn about the exciting Ramsar designation for the Niagara River.

The Ramsar Convention is a voluntary global agreement signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The spirit of the Convention is to promote the conservation of water-based ecosystems, including wetlands, lakes, and rivers through the designation of qualifying sites as Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. The Ramsar Convention includes 171 member nations designating 2,386 Ramsar sites globally, forming the largest network of designated areas world-wide. Canada currently has 37 Ramsar sites.

A group of Niagara River ecosystem experts are pursuing a Ramsar designation for the Niagara River. The group formed a binational Steering Committee in 2013 and has successfully designated the U.S. portion of the Niagara River as a Ramsar Site of International Importance on October 3rd, 2019. We now turn our attention to the Canadian portion of the river, with the eventual goal of achieving the first transboundary Ramsar site in the Americas.

This upcoming UNESCO Science Café is a great opportunity to learn about where we are in the Ramsar designation process for the Canadian portion of the Niagara River, and how to become involved. Explore the Ramsar designation benefits, and the ecological and cultural heritage significance of the river.

This event is free of charge and light refreshments will be provided. Come and enjoy a coffee and a cookie while listening to the interactive presentations, and taking part in the informative discussions.

This event is hosted by the Brock University UNESCO Chair.

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