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Oct. 2, 2019 - Learning from the Ramsar Designation of the Niagara River Corridor

Honoring the International and Local Importance of Environmental and Cultural Treasures

October 2, 2019

This CLE is being held in conjunction with the October 3, 2019 Ramsar Designation Ceremony of the Niagara River Corridor.  The CLE is free and open to the public. Registration can be done onsite at Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Materials and Videos

Welcome & Opening Remarks: Professor Kim Diana Connolly & Dean Aviva Abramovsky (Watch video)

Moderator: Cade London, Policy Advisor to the Assistant Director for International Affairs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Royal Gardner, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University

  • Global Wetland Outlook: Enhancing the Network of Ramsar Sites (Download PDF/Watch video)

David Stroud, Senior Ornithologist Emeritus, Joint Nature Conservation Committee

  • The Global Importance of Protecting Wetlands in a Time of Change (Watch video)

Jajean Rose-Burney, Deputy Executive Director, Western New York Land Conservancy

  • Why Niagara? How the Niagara River Corridor Aligns with the Criteria of the Ramsar Convention (Download PDF/Watch video)

Lynda H. Schneekloth, Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture

  • Shifting the Imagination of a Region: The Power of a Niagara River Ramsar Designation (Download PDF/Watch video)

Maria Rivera, Senior Advisor for the Americas, Ramsar (Written Remarks)

Kim Diana Connolly, Director of Clinical Legal Education, University at Buffalo School of Law

  • Navigating the Designation Process for Complex Ramsar Sites - Insights from the Niagara River Corridor (Download PDF / Watch video)
  • A Practitioner's Guide - Designation & Management of Ramsar Sites (PDF)
  • Australian Ramsar Site Guidelines (PDF)
  • Guidelines for Nominating a Site as a Wetland of International Importance in the United States (PDF)
  • U.S. Ramsar Site Nomination and Designation (PDF)

Eamon J.P. Riley '18 & Francis Marrano '18, University at Buffalo School of Law

  • Environmental Awareness Created by Global and Grassroots Cooperation: Understanding the Legal Implications of a Ramsar Designation (Download PDF/Watch video)
  • Fact Sheet - Sustainable Urban Future (PDF)
  • Handbooks 4th edition - Laws and institutions (PDF)
  • Policy Brief 2 - Integrating Multiple Wetlands (PDF)

Max Finlayson, Professor, Institute for Land, Water and Society

Q&A and Discussion


  • The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy (UB)
  • School of Law Clinical Legal Education Program (UB)


Earn 2.0 NYS CLE credits in Professional Practice (non-transitional credit).