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. 



PRESS RELEASE: Global conventions kick-start initiative to reduce peat carbon emissions in Paris

01 December 2015, Paris - The Conventions on Biological Diversity (CBD), Wetlands (Ramsar), and Desertification (UNCCD) launched a global map of ...

PRESS RELEASE: Indonesian Civil Society presents a Roadmap towards sustainable peatland management for pulpwood plantations

Bogor, Indonesia (27 November 2015). Civil society in Indonesia today presents a Roadmap towards sustainable peatland management for the Indonesian pu...

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 ...


Briefing paper: accelerating action to Save Peat for Less Heat!

Emissions from drained and degrading peatlands (organic soils) amount to almost double the amount of CO2 emissions from aviation1, even when skyrocke... Read more

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

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.







TweetId: 671776557044793344 Wetlands Int. WetlandsInt WetlandsInt @IISDRS: Just 8 countries account for 80% peat CO2. Conventions kick-start peat initiative: 01-12-15 19:43
TweetId: 671774701312720896 Wetlands Int. WetlandsInt WetlandsInt Just 8 countries account for 80% of CO2 from peatlands. Let's jointly tackle this! #COP21 01-12-15 19:35
TweetId: 671773645702889472 Wetlands Int. WetlandsInt WetlandsInt We need joint action to Save Peat for Less Heat!. How? Download our briefing paper for #COP21Paris: #peat 01-12-15 19:31