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Wetlands and Poverty Reduction

This programme aimed to improve policies so that they include the role of wetlands for poverty reduction; especially in developing countries.

Action Description:

This programme was carried out in many Asian, African and South American countries in close cooperation with our Africa, Mali, Latin America, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand offices.

In fact it was a worldwide partnership of organisations that promotes the integration of sustainable wetland management into poverty reduction strategies.


The aim was to show the importance of wetlands in fighting poverty. We have activities on global and national policy change, building human capacity and developing and testing best practices in the field.


We trained people, supported demonstration field work in developing countries, provided seed funding for proposals and partnerships, created new partnerships with NGOs working on policy change and in the development sector, and advocated our message among decision makers, NGOs and foundations at national and international levels.


Download the project report: Good Practices and Lessons Learned in Integrating Ecosystem Conservation and Poverty Reduction Objectives in Wetlands


Download the policy recommendations resulting from the report

Action Partners:

Donor: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS)