Wetlands International works with many partners on wetland conservation and natural resource management varying from NGOs to international conventions. 


We have official partnerships with Conventions like the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). We also are a reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC.

We are an official International Organising Partner of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands . We have a role in providing information on the key wetlands (Ramsar sites). We maintain the database for these wetlands and provide this resource online.

Private sector

Moreover, we have a agreement with a private company, being Shell. Find out more on the  Shell agreement page.

Not for profit organisations

Partners for sustainable development

Under the Ecosystem Alliance we work in partnership with IUCN Netherlands and Both Ends to work in the field (Senegal, Kenya, DRC, Argentina, Indonesia) and at international policy fora to promote the role of ecosystems for people, to green economical trade chains such as soy and palm oil and to show the importance of wetlands and other ecosystems for climate regulation.

Partners for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

We are member of Partners for Resilience; a partnership between Red Cross (Netherlands), Red Cross Climate Centre, Care (Netherlands) and Cordaid for community - ecosystems based approaches for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Under the partnership we lead projects in Mali, India, en are strongly involved in Kenya, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

Partners for access to water and sanitation

In the WASH alliance, we  work with Simavi, Akvo, AMREF Netherlands, ICCO, RAIN, WASTE in various projects in Africa (Mali, Uganda) and Asia (India). Our role is to show the importance of wetlands in order to improve access to water and sanitation for rural people. A main issue we highlight with this alliance is 'water grab', the often unfair competition in drier regions for water resources and wetlands, at the cost of especially the rural poor.

Partners for river management

To restore rivers to their natural state, we are an active partner in the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR) and work with partners in the project RESTORE. This is a partnership project to promote the restoration of the European rivers to a more natural state. The work in conducted with Environment Agency, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra - UK), River Restoration Centre (UK) , Government Service for Land and Water Management  (DLG Netherlands) Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Italian Centre for River Restoration (CIRF).

Partners on mangrove conservation

Mangrove restoration is in many of the above mentioned sustainable development and disaster risk reduction partnerships. In 2007, the partnership Mangroves for the Future (MFF) was established to promote investment in mangrove conservation for sustainable development in Asia. It provides a platform to address the loss of mangrove coasts and the impacts on local people (see the page about mangroves to read about their importance). For more information, visit

Partners on global climate policies

For work on global climate change policies, we are member of two global partnerships, the Climate Action Network (CAN) and Ecosystem Climate Alliance (ECA). We support one another by coordinating advocacy activities. These coalitions have helped us considerably in putting the issue of peatlands and carbon emissions onto the agenda and into the texts of the UN Climate Framework Convention (UNFCCC).

Partners on waterbird conservation

Via many specialist networks, we work with countless partners on waterbird monitoring and on promoting the conservation of wetlands as crucial chains in the networks for bird migration. At the African-Eurasian flyway level, we established a partnership in 2010 with BirdLife International, the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and Ramsar Convention to build capacity for management of migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats. For more information, visit

Partners on biodiversity conservation

All (!) work mentioned above is in fact at least partly about sustaining the biodiversity of wetlands. Furthermore, Wetlands International  is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

Company Engagement