Join us for our panel discussion on Friday, 12th February, with: Karin Dubsky, marine ecologist and a Director of Coastwatch, Dolf D’hondt, an active member of Bantry Bay – Protect Our Native Kelp Forests campaign and a co-ordinator for the Coastwatch survey and Patrick Graham, a Wildlife Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide essential services and supply all our fresh water. However, they continue to be degraded and converted to other uses. In her presentation, Karin will provide the legal context for protection of Wetlands under the Ramsar Convention, the wetland types in Ireland, how Ireland has fared in implementing protection and how, in this 50th Anniversary, we can all do more to conserve and restore wetlands.
Dolf will present in a more local context and, drawing from the experience of the campaign to protect kelp in Bantry Bay from being mechanically harvested, highlight the importance of our wetland features and our marine resources. He will explore how the agreement to designate 30% of our coastal waters to marine protected areas offers an avenue for community involvement and a real opportunity to conserve and restore these rich resources.
Patrick will present on Lough Hyne, near Skibbereen. Designated as a Marine Reserve, it is recognised as an internationally important site with a unique habitat and rare marine plant and animal species.
Event Organiser: SHEP Earth Aware and Cork Environmental Forum
Link to event details: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/wetlands-and-marine-protected-areas-tickets-138435748049