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: “We want good evacuation measures, no large seawalls!“

By Marie-Jose Vervest - What is the best approach to restore and protect a coastline that was hit by a Tsunami? Driven by my own involvement in mangro...

From WCDRR Sendai: Eco-DRR Report – Thursday 19 March

The Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 205-2030 has been agreed at 10pm in Japan with a central role for ecosystem degradation as a root caus...

BLOG: Recipe for Resilience – Ecosystem and climate Smart Disaster Risk Reduction

By Julio Montes de Oca Lugo, Wetlands International Panama - What are some of the “ingredients” that would make a “recipe for r...


Wetlands International's voluntary commitments to disaster risk reduction

This document contains Wetlands International’s voluntary commitment to reducing disaster risk for the next 5-10 years. Our commitments are shar... Read more

Brochure Reducing floods and land slides in the Agusan Delta, Philippines

The Red Cross, CARE Netherlands and Wetlands International have joined forces since 2011 to work together on disaster prevention and preparedness in t... Read more

For more publications go to Watch and Read.


“Building with Nature Indonesia - Securing eroding Delta Coastlines (Demak-Indonesia)

The initiative "Building with Nature Indonesia" aims to build stable coastlines with reduced erosion risk through a unique integration of ma... Read more

For more of actions go to Our Cases.




Water-related hazards account for 90% of all hazards, and their frequency and intensity is rising. We keep you posted daily from the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai on solutions to integrate water and wetland management and restoration in efforts for sustainable risk management. Follow us @WetlandsInt

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