Emma Alesworth recently visited Norway to present at a wetland conference attended by over 50 local and regional Mayors and politicians. The aim was to discuss the future opportunities for developing a wetland centre on the edge of the stunning Nordre Øyeren Wetlands, only one hours' drive from Oslo. The conference was held at Fetsund Lenser, Norway’s only preserved timber sorting facility, on the Glomma River at the gateway of the Nordre Øyeren Ramsar Nature Reserve, northern Europe's largest inland delta.
Before the conference Emma was lucky enough to get the chance to walk out into the delta and experience the beauty of the landscape and the fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. The delta supports a large number of bird species, including Common Teal, Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan and breeding Osprey, as well as Eurasian Beaver and Eurasian Elk.
Presentations at the conference included talks about the importance of wetlands in Norway by the Ministry of Environment, ideas and potential for creating a wetland centre from the wetland steering group and Emma gave a presentation on how other countries take care of their wetlands and the opportunities for bringing people and wildlife together. The conference ended with positive responses from the Mayors of the local and neighbouring municipalities and a discussion on the way forward.