11th Meeting of Partners (MOP) of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Wetland Ecosystem Services Workshop


11th Meeting of Partners (MOP) of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Wetland Ecosystem Services Workshop

14 March 2023 to 15 March 2023



This Regional Flyway Initiative (RFI) Ecosystem Services Training Workshop was held during the 11th Meeting of Partners of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) in Brisbane, Australia.  It aimed to enhance knowledge-sharing and site-level capacity in wetland management in RFI's participating developing member countries (DMCs) and in the flyway in general, and to build the capacity of policymakers and site managers in understanding and assessing ecosystem services and helping DMCs build a business case for investing in wetlands. 

Learning objective: Build capacity of wetland managers, policymakers, and conservation practitioners in the development of the Regional Flyway Initiative through a deeper appreciation of  

  • the natural, cultural and economic values of wetlands  
  • tools and best practices in assessing the natural and economic value of wetlands 

Target audience: Site managers, conservation practitioners and policymakers from ADB DMCs and EAAFP partners.

This training, along with in-country training workshops, contribute to Output 1 of the RFI Technical Assistance Report: institutional capacity for understanding of East Asian-Australasian Flyway wetland values regionally enhanced. 

The training workshop series will ensure that national stakeholders improve their knowledge of the natural and economic values of wetlands. It will also assist EAAFP, governments and other relevant actors to identify and characterize key knowledge and capacity gaps concerning sustainable wetlands management and identify actions to fill these gaps, building interest in investing in wetlands.

Capacity building is key to avoiding the pitfalls of reverting to business as usual approaches.

This workshop encouraged practitioners and policymakers /decision-makers to look at their current needs (including capacity needs) and from there, imagine the future in terms of innovative, viable, and bankable projects in sustainable wetlands management—significantly anchored on green principles. In more practical terms, by giving the participants tools in understanding the natural, cultural, and economic values of wetlands, project design /development becomes a more meaningful and focused exercise—ultimately leading to nature-positive, relevant, and innovative outcomes.

Capacity development initiatives should find meaning on the ground.  By directly involving site managers, this will have identified more opportunities to improve the lives of the people while establishing mechanisms through which they can become better stewards of the planet.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
14 Mar 2023 Session 1 Introduction to Wetland Ecosystem Services and Payment for Ecosystem Services
Knowing and appreciating the ecosystem benefits that are derived from the natural environment improves our ability to preserve benefits or understand ...
Emily Pindilli
14 Mar 2023 Session 2 Introduction to ecosystem services assessment tools: the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA)
Economic valuation of ecosystem services (ES) isfrequently used to present ecosystem value in a policy-relevant and accessible way (which can be leveraged...
Kelvin Peh
14 Mar 2023 Session 3 Adapting ecosystem service assessment tools: Experiences and lessons learned
Aside from TESSA, there are other tools that are used to measure and valuate ecosystem services. Two of them are the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem...
Stefano Barchiesi
14 Mar 2023 Session 4 Conservation of Wetlands and Migratory Birds in Viet Nam Nguyen Xuan Dung
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
15 Mar 2023 Session 5 Best Practices for Restoring and Rehabilitating Ecosystem Services in Wetlands: Examples from the United States
The restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems (and their services) is an important approach in ensuring sustainable management of wetlands. There is...
Fred Wurster
15 Mar 2023 Session 6 Connecting ecosystem services values to decision-making
Knowing the full range of benefits and values offered by different wetland ecosystem services is important in making decisions, not just for the purpose...
Emily Pindilli
15 Mar 2023 Session 7 Case studies: Sustainable agriculture and its role in maintaining ecosystem services
Wetlands, if sustainably managed for agricultural and conservation purposes, can significantly contribute to ensuring food security. Cases in sustainable...
Li He
15 Mar 2023 RFI in the Meeting of Partners 11 (Plenary) Building a Business Case for the Future of our Shared Flyway
The Regional Flyway Initiative (RFI) team joined the 11th East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Meeting of the Parties in Brisbane, Australia...
Duncan Lang


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