Awareness Raising

Wetlands International works closely with national institutions, NGOs, wetland centres and local groups to promote awareness raising of local communities and a wide range of stakeholders of the importance of conservation of waterbirds and wetlands.

We work closely with a number of global and regional events to promote waterbird and wetland conservation, including World Wetland Day and World Migratory Bird Day.

We have partnered with AEWA, CMS, UNEP and BirdLife International to promote World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) that initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory waterbirds (and other birds) and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.  In some countries, these activities are undertaken at other times of the year when migratory waterbirds are present in the area. Anyone interested in organising an event to mark World Migratory Bird Day is encouraged to register their planned activity on this website. 

Since 2011, the Migratory Birds for People programme consists of more than 16 partner wetland visitor centres across Europe and West Africa, forming a network that follows the flight path of many migratory wetland birds species. These centres are working together to share best practice and develop new approaches to delivering waterbird and wetland messages to their visitors.  Wetlands International in partnership with the Dutch Staatsbosbeheer and Wetland Link International lead the programme. For more information, visit the programme website.