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 economic crisis facing 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. 



BLOG: Turning abandoned rice fields into mangroves

What do you do when mangroves fail to naturally recolonise abandoned rice fields in one of the most precious mangrove deltas of the world? Pieter van ...

UNFCCC COP21 Paris programme Wetlands International

Governments from over 190 countries are preparing to deliver a historic new global climate agreement in Paris this December during COP21. During this...

COP21 event: a strategic partnership: Partners for Resilience

Examining effective and innovative approaches to build resilience in a changing climate Date: 2 December 2015, 10am – 10.45am (CET) V...


Joint paper on the Action for Biodiversity in the EU and the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives

This joint NGO position paper argues that while a lot remains to be done in Europe to halt biodiversity loss and restore damaged ecosystems, the Birds... Read more

Animated video: the importance of wetlands for waterbirds

Why are wetlands so important for waterbirds and people? In order to ensure the survival of millions of waterbirds migrating between Europe and Africa... Read more

For more publications go to Watch and Read.


Creating climate resilient wetlands for waterbirds and communities across the African-Eurasian flyway

Every year millions of waterbirds fly thousands of kilometres between Europe and Africa in search of food and good breeding sites. The conservation of... Read more

For more of actions go to Our Cases.







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