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Wetlands International is the only global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. We are deeply concerned about the loss and deterioration of wetlands such as lakes, marshes and rivers. Our vision is a world where wetlands are treasured and nurtured for their beauty, the life they support and the resources they provide.

Wetlands International is dedicated to maintaining and restoring wetlands— for their environmental values as well as for the services they provide to people. We work through our network of offices, our partners and experts to achieve our goals. Most of our work is financed on a project basis by governments and private donors. We are also supported by government and NGO membership.

A network organisation—working locally and globally

Our head office is based in the Netherlands. We have a network of offices around the world; these often independent entities share the same Strategy. We work at the field level to develop and mobilise knowledge, and use this practical experience to advocate for better policies.

Our Vision

A world where wetlands are treasured and nurtured for their beauty, the life they support and the resources they provide.

Our Mission

To sustain and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity.

Our Core Values

We maintain the following core values:

  • Our work is globally relevant
  • Our work is based on sound science
  • We work through partnerships and with a wide range of sectors
  • We respect traditional values and knowledge
  • We respect human rights and aim to contribute to gender equality
  • We work in a transparent and accountable way

Our Strategy

The Strategic Intent (2015-2025) sets out how we work as an organisation and the targets we have set for ourselves for the coming years.

Going climate neutral!

Wetlands International is committed to also be internally a green organisation. We work continuously to reduce our own footprint. That is why we try to avoid flights. With the Climate Neutral Group, we compensate the carbon emissions if we do use a plane. For producing our printed materials, where possible we preferably use 100% recycled FSC-certified paper.