Millions of waterbirds depend on a chain of healthy wetlands for their migration routes every year. We promote the conservation and sustainable management of wetlands throughout the length of their flyways. 

Healthy wetlands can help to reduce disaster risk and to adapt to impacts of climate change. We aim for the integration of natural ecosystem based solutions in policies and programming for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption.

Wetlands such as rivers, streams, swamps, lakes, and estuaries play a critical role in supplying and regulating water quantity and quality. Conserving and restoring this natural water infrastructure is a cost-effective investment strategy to increase water security for vulnerable cities and rural communities.



A green (low carbon, energy efficient and socially inclusive) economy has been increasingly seen as a potential panacea for the current environmental, social and economy crises facing by the global community. Our goal is to promote economic development that is harmonious with conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.

Peatlands globally store at least 550 Gigatonnes of carbon and are home to many threatened species.We are dedicated to saving the world’s peatlands. 



Now live: MOOC on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate

The free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate went live on 12 January. More than 7,500...

Flamingo expert Alan Johnson passes on

Wetlands International is deeply saddened by the loss of Alan Johnson, one of our Associate Experts. Alan passed away on 25 December 2014, at the age ...

A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2015

This paper presents the results of our sixth annual horizon scan, which aims to identify phenomena that may have substantial effects on the global env...


Joint NGO letter on the environment, climate and social impacts of biofuels

This joint NGO letter was sent to the Members of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament to urge them to raise the environmental, climate... Read more

The whole Pantanal, not just the half

The Pantanal, in the heart of South America, on the border of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is the largest freshwater wetland in the world. It has an ... Read more

For more publications go to Watch and Read.


Reducing floods and land slides in the Agusan Delta, Philippines

An integrated disaster risk reduction approach in which care for people and nature goes hand in hand The Red Cross, CARE Netherlands and Wetlan... Read more

For more of actions go to Our Cases.




The 2004 Tsunami: 10 Years Later

At 58 minutes after midnight (UTC) on Sunday 26 December 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Indian Ocean. The earthquake created a series of devastating tsunamis that hit the coasts of fourteen Asian countries killing over 230,000 people. 
Read the stories from tsunami survivors. 






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