The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) was established in 1980 as an international organization which aims to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands. It provides a forum for wetland scientists and managers to meet, discuss and work together on wetland research projects. At present, SWS has over 3,000 members from government and non-government organizations, academia and private consulting in more than 60 countries. The SWS–Asia Chapter officially became a chapter in June 2005.

In April 2017, the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) and SWS-Asia Chapter signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote scientific study, restoration, education, and outreach on wetlands in Asia, specifically in East, Southeast, and South Asia. The RRC-EA also signed an MOU with the Korean Wetlands Society (KWS) earlier this year. In view of these agreements, the RRC-EA and SWS-Asia Chapter will organize the “2019 Society of Wetland Scientists-Asia Chapter and Korean Wetlands Society Joint Meeting” in Suncheon City, Republic of Korea in collaboration with the Suncheon City Government and Korean Wetlands Society.


The 2019 SWS-Asia Chapter and KWS Joint Meeting aims to:

1. showcase new developments in wetland science, education and management;

2. provide a forum for wetland scientists and managers to discuss about latest wetland research; and

3. create and strengthen linkages and cooperation among new and current chapter members.