Dr Swapan Paul
Lead, Sydney Wetland Institute, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, NSW Australia
Dr Paul is the Lead of Sydney Wetland Institute and the Manager Wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park. He has been also involved in conducting studies in adaptive management of wetlands. He is an Adjunct Researcher at Charles Sturt University. Swapan has over 35 years of experience working overseas, as well as in local and State government positions in Australia. He published articles in journals and wrote chapters in books, including editing the WET eBook - workbook for managing urban wetlands in Australia.
Sydney's (park)lands and (wet)lands are becoming more multicultural receptive
With the sharp rise in multicultural settlements in Sydney, especially since the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Sydney's (park)lands and (wet)lands have been witnessing diverse uses, activities and interactions that were never noticed before. As patrons feel more comfortable, such places in urban Sydney have been undergoing transformations and transitions that require more cultural sensitivity and collective pursuit. Before it reaches a problem proportion particularly for nature conservation, and perhaps for mutual tolerance, there needs to be a common understanding to settle in to mutually acceptable level of practices. In this presentation, various examples will be cited to clarify and justify the above.