Call for Abstracts

The Asian Wetland Symposium (AWS) 2017, through the Saga Statement, captured and synthesized the major achievements in wetland conservation and wise use in Asia for the past 25 years. Collective efforts of wetland stakeholders bolstered local, national and regional cooperation. Lessons learned from a quarter of a century helped countries understand the dynamics of wetlands better, which led to the development and implementation of more effective and sustainable wetland conservation measures.

For AWS9, the organizers invite interested parties to submit abstracts for paper and poster presentations. Topics are expected to be aligned with the main theme and specific topics of AWS9.

Types of Presentations

1. Oral Presentation

Authors will have opportunities to present their work and research activities in the sessions with 15-minute time slots.

2. Poster Presentation

Posters will be shown through the AWS9 website for viewing of participants. Accompanying short video presentations about the posters, to be prepared by the authors, will also be uploaded to the AWS9 website.


The symposium focuses on the following topics related to continuing and emerging threats and issues, practical approaches, and cooperation and collaboration:

No. Topic Description
1 Impacts of COVID-19 on wetlands observations, experiences and perspectives of wetland practitioners on the positive and negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on wetlands
2 Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) recent developments in NbS and Eco-DRR in Asia
3 Wetland management, conservation and restoration good management practices with specific focus on new technologies and techniques in wetland conservation and restoration
4 Wise use of wetlands innovative approaches and good practices on the wise use of wetlands including successful ecotourism models
5 Wetland education, nature and art wetlands in formal school curriculum and communicating wetlands through art
6 Urban and rural wetlands nationally important wetlands in urban and rural environments with potential for Ramsar Site designation
7 Multi-stakeholder participation and citizen science diverse groups of wetland stakeholders (local communities, business sector) involved in wetland management including the use of citizen science
8 Regional policy issues policy support provided by Ramsar Regional Initiatives to address wetland issues in the region, specifically in transboundary wetlands such as Bay of Bengal, Mekong River and Yellow/West Sea

Process for presentations

Step 1: Submission

  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • Abstracts must be submitted through the online form:
    Online Submission
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  • Abstracts must be between 500 to 600 words.
  • Authors need to select one of the listed topics

Step 2: Evaluation and notification

  • The Secretariat will organize abstracts for review by members of the International Steering Committee (ISC).
  • Members of the ISC will deliberate on the prioritization of abstracts for subsequent endorsement to the Executive Committee.
  • The Executive Committee will approve the final list of abstracts for AWS9.
  • The Secretariat will notify the authors on the results of the evaluation.

Step 3: Registration

  • All presenters will be required to register for the symposium and submit their presentation materials by the prescribed deadline.

Important Dates

Call for abstracts January 2021
Deadline for submission of abstracts March 2021
Review of abstracts April 2021
Notification on results of review June 2021
Deadline for registration of participants June 2021
Deadline for submission of presentation materials June 2021
AWS9 5-9 July 2021