In the 1960s and early 1970s the growing recognition of the importance of major ecological problems, in part arising from the International Biological Program, led ecologists to seek greater international links. Some countries had long established national ecological societies, others had only young fledgling ones, but one way to foster international participation in helping to address important ecological questions was to establish a new international society. The national societies were very supportive of this move, and in 1967 the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) was established.

Following the founding of the Association, specialist groups were established in various areas of ecology. These mostly operated by arranging independent meetings or through organizing sessions at the International Congresses. One of the best example is the Wetlands Working Group (WWG). The WWG was formed at the International Congress of Ecology in Jerusalem, 1978, to encourage research, information sharing and scientific exchanges within the general area of wetland sciences. About 40 people attended the first meeting. At the time there were no internationally based wetland ecology societies, journals or specialty meetings comparable to that available for other biomes like forests, oceans or grasslands. The major function of the WWG has been to organize an international meeting every 4 years, and to join the main body of INTECOL at that larger meeting in between. There have been nine highly successful WWG international conferences around the world, and the 10th will take place in Changshu, China, September 19-24, 2016.

This important conference series provides invaluable networking opportunities with key decision makers throughout the globe. Over the past three decades, the INTECOL International Wetlands Conference has grown its attendance to 2,068 (in 2000) of the world’s leading wetland scientists and managers, making it one of the largest wetlands conferences in the world.

Attached: Occurrence of Each INTECOL International Wetlands Conference


Conference No.

Time

Location

Attendance 

Countries

1st INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

1980.09

New Delhi, India

90

20

2nd INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

1984.06

Trebon, Czechoslovakia

150

26

3rd INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

1988.09

Rennes, France

400

37

4th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

1992.09

Columbus, Ohio

900

52

5th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

1996.09

Perth, Australia

550

60

6th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

2000.08

Quebec City, Canada

2068

72

7th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

2004.07

Utrecht, The Netherlands

867

62

8th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

2008.07

Cuiabá, Brazil

700+

28

9th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

2012.06

Orlando, Florida

1240

43

10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference

2016.09

Changshu, China

 

 


The First Announcement of the 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference