Mount Royal University World Wetlands Symposium 2023


Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University Campus, Calgary 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary AB T3E 6K6

Event Date and Time
February 2nd, 2023 at 8:30am MST to February 2nd, 2023 at 4:00pm MST

World wetlands day (WWD) is celebrated on the 2nd of February each year, to mark the protection of wetlands under the Ramsar Convention. Events to celebrate WWD are hosted around the world, with the aim of gathering wetland stakeholders to discuss wetland conservation under a global theme that Wetlands International usually selects.

The theme for the 2023 WWD is Wetland Restoration, which highlights a call to action on the restoration of degraded wetlands as a mitigation strategy to rewild and restore lost biodiversity on degraded land. In the UN decade for ecosystem restoration, Our Wetlands Day Symposium will focus on wetlands restoration as a nature-based climate solution. The presentations at this symposium will explore the nexus of wetlands restoration policy development, science, and practice, as well as operational aspects of wetlands restoration in human-impacted landscapes.

Keynote paper: Peatland Restoration as a Natural Climate Solution


Dr. Rod Chimner

Professor of Wetland Ecology at Michigan Technological University, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

With over 80 publications and counting, Dr. Chimner’s research in applied ecology investigates how organic wetlands (peatlands) are affected by disturbances and contribute to the development of techniques used in restoring degraded peatland ecosystems. He presently has ongoing restoration research in tropical peatlands in the Amazon, Andean peatlands in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and Indonesia. He has also worked on several other peatland restoration projects in the Rocky Mountains and throughout the Upper Great Lakes region of the USA.

Other experts in our lineup of speakers come from applied research, academia, government regulators, consultants, resource developers, and biodiversity conservation group