The Society of Wetland Scientists Asia Chapter officially became a chapter in June of 2005.
The chapter geographically includes the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, East Timor, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Middle East Countries, Japan, Turkey, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, North Korea and Russia.
Wetland Specialists or Scientists who are working on various fields involving wetlands who are not yet members of SWS, please contact Chapter President, Wei-Ta Fang.
To learn more about the Asia Chapter activities and history, please click here.
Work: Lecturer in Tribhuvan University Nepal (1982-2001). Senior program officer to the Regional Manager in IUCN Nepal (1997 to 2007) for the demo of critical ecosystem management in the fragile ecosystem of Siwalik eventually resulted into policy formulation The Chure Area Program Strategy and establishment of national pride project called President Tarai-Madhesh Conservation Project. Involvement in IUCN also resulted into national focus on Community Conservation of Rhododendron in Eastern Nepal.
Experience on Wetlands: Work as advisor to the National Lake Conservation Development Committee of government of Nepal. Convened scientific inventory of Nepal's lake in all districts, loose network member of International Lake Environment Committee Foundation/Japan (ILEC), Promoting Integrated Lake Basin Management prescription in Nepal, Work as members under Transboundary Water Initiative Project under the funding of UNEP/GEF to ILEC, lead role for the designation of lake cluster of Pokhara Valley/Nepal in the Ramsar Site, worked for the establishment of Lake Authority in Pokhara (Gandaki Province), and prepared many management and research document.
Now, working as founder president and chief executive director of Conservation Development Foundation (CODEFUND) which is dedicated to integrated development with special focus on wetlands in Nepal. Yet, working under the joint funding of USAID/Hariyo Ban Program/WWF and DFID/Oxford Policy Management for wetlands types and ecosystem mapping under Forest Ecosystem and Types Mapping initiative to support government program, particularly under Ministry of Forests and Environment.
A descent dedication yet is directed for the establishment of Wetlands Academy in Nepal from national and global linkages
Dr. Sah is Research Associate Professor, and his research focuses on ecosystem processes and their management implications in the seasonal wetlands in Everglades, coastal wetlands of the Southeast Saline Everglades, and the tropical and sub-tropical upland forests of the Miami Rock Ridge and adjacent islands in South Florida.
Dr. Sah’s expertise is in studying vegetation-environment relationships and effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on pattern and processes in various types of plant communities, including upland forests and floodplains, wet prairies, marshes and other seasonal wetlands.
His research approach includes the use of multivariate statistical techniques to interpret relationships among vegetation and environmental variables in large data sets, spatial integration of the analytical results via extensive GIS databases, and system dynamics modeling. He is also involved in inter-disciplinary research on socio-economic issues, conservation, and natural resource management in Nepal.
20+ years’ work experience in nature conservation management and planning gained from the U.K., and countries in Asia and West Africa. Managed high conservation status nature reserves, visitor centres, visitor programmes and designed ecological monitoring programmes for species and habitats of conservation concern. Extensive site management planning skills, experienced in biodiversity prioritization for conservation action and conservation strategy planning, and managed a wide range of national and international wetland consultancy projects.
Spent over a decade based in East Asia managing the renowned Mai Po Nature Reserve (Ramsar Site) in Hong Kong carrying out large-scale wetland habitat management and enhancement projects to benefit a range of species of global conservation concern, notably the iconic Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor. Travelled widely throughout mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea advising wetland managers and administrators on best practices in restoration, creation and management techniques, and project managed a Conservation Initiative for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway which set conservation priorities for migratory waders, particularly around the Yellow Sea Region. Recently worked for the consulting arm of Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and delivered a wide range of wetland projects for clients in the U.K. and Asia.
Delivered training at numerous capacity building events and workshops for wetland managers at the invitation of national governments, research institutions, and NGOs.
Ecological survey skills include avifauna population counts, breeding birds, Odonate, botanical and habitat. Designed and carrying out management trials for priority habitats and features e.g. reedbed and wader roosts, and different management tools e.g. grazing animals.
Graduate of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (Biodiversity/Conservation) - U.S. Government < http://eca.state.gov/ivlp >.
2018 SWS - Asia Chapter and China Chapter Joint Meeting: Wetlands and Ecological Civilization
August 17 - 21, 2018
Comprehensive Building, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Changchun, P. R. China
The scientific program of the forum reflects the many recent advances and breakthroughs in wetland science as well as the challenges that we face in a changing world. The forum will provide a good opportunity for participants to exchange ideas, establish collaborations and make new friends in Asia. Learn more. Questions? Contact Ming Jiang at email@example.com.
International Symposium on Wetlands Environmental Management
December 8-10, 2017
Lambung Mangkurat University (ULM)
The conference provided an international platform for the presentation of recent research findings and views on restoration effort and the exchange of ideas between environmental scientists and engineers, policymakers, industrialists, entrepreneurs and research students who share a common interest in restoring wetlands. Learn more.
September 17 - 18, 2016
Taipei EXPO Park Farmers Market
2016 International Wetlands Conference in Taiwan
September 13 - 14, 2016
Multifunctional Auditorium, 6F
Taipei New Horizon