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Wetlands for Water Management Conference

26th – 27th June 2013, Wales

Cardiff University will host the Wetlands for Water Management Annual Conference this June organised by the Constructed Wetland Association. The event will last two days and will present technical papers examining the role that wetlands and sustainable drainage play in water management. In addition, the two-day meeting will provide insights into the latest developments and approaches on natural and constructed wetlands, their ongoing management and maintenance requirements as well as the benefits provided.


A call for abstracts on the following themes is now open:


  • Wetlands delivering catchment management objectives
  • Constructed wetlands – latest developments and innovation
  • Leachate treatment
  • Operation and maintenance – how to get the most out of your system


To find out more information on the submission of abstracts, please click here.



Wetlands, Water Management and the European Green Capital Award

Vitoria- Gasteiz, the European Green Capital in 2012, provides a fantastic example of recovered wetlands, which are recognised now as Ramsar Wetland of International Importance and also as a European Natura 2000 Network site. These wetlands are located just 2km away from the city centre. Earlier in the 20th century, the marshes of this area were drained for agricultural purposes, but restored in the 1990s to create two lakes. Inside a Natural Park, the Salburua Wetlands play an important role, in terms of water retention to prevent flooding of the nearby city, water quality treatment as well as achieving overall water management objectives.

The Salburua Wetlands – home to endangered species such as European mink – seen from the air.

Water is one of Europe’s most vital resources and the appropriate management of it is essential for the continued protection of the resource. The city that is chosen as the 2015 European Green Capital will be a city that demonstrates, as Vitoria-Gasteiz did, a well-established record of achieving high environmental standards and is committed to achieving ongoing and ambitious goals for future environmental improvement and sustainable development.

For more information about the European Green Capital Award click here