Mr. Mohamad Azlin,
National Parks Board, Singapore
As part of the Sister Wetland Affiliations Programme and Flyway Sister Sites activity, linking Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR) and Geum River Estuary of Seocheon County, a group of 22 students and three teachers from River Valley High School embarked on a one-week exchange programme to the Republic of Korea. River Valley High School has been working on projects in SBWR on topics related to wetlands conservation and migratory birds since 2010 and in conjunction to the SWAP programme, they presented their finding to their sister school, Seocheon Girls’ High School.
With visits to highlight Seocheon’s natural biodiversity and their traditional heritage, the students were able to immerse themselves in an experiential learning. One of the activities was bird watching at Bongsun Reservoir and Seocheon Tidal Flat, which is a Flyway Network and Ramsar site. There the students were able to connect with the birds that they have seen in Singapore and notice the differences, especially in their plumage.
The Sister Wetland Affiliations Programme has brought renewed partnership between Seocheon County and SBWR as the students from both countries got to learn and share each other experiences and cultures. Everybody is looking forward to the next meeting, when the Seocheon Girls’ High School students will visit Singapore.
PDF photo-diary of the event: www.eaaflyway.net/wordpress/new/theflyway/flywaysitenetwork/8-Seocheon-Exchange-programme-2014.pdf