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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.

A list of case studies

  • Promoting best practice mangrove restoration in Guinea Bissau

    The To plant or not to Plant initiative works to rehabilitate mangroves by applying best practices in mangrove restoration, and by enabling NGOs, government agencies and communities to effectively upscale their work. Guinea Bissau is one of the 4 countries where we demonstrate community-based ecological mangrove restoration (CBEMR) on the ground, focused on natural mangrove regeneration, while […]

  • Lake Junín, Peru

    Wetlands International, with our regional office in Argentina, and with the support of Greenchoice and other partners, is improving peatland management in Lake Junín, Peru. Through a community-based approach, the project aims to improve local socio-economic conditions and long-term livelihoods, and increase protection of endemic flora and fauna.  Lake Junín, also known as Lake Chinchaycocha, […]

  • Restoring peatlands and enhancing livelihood for the local communities in Mongolia

    Wetlands International and partners are implementing a five-year project from 2024, to restore degraded peatlands in Mongolia, which is based on the national ‘Mongolian Strategic Plan for Peatlands Conservation and Wise Use’.  The project will focus on four areas – Gatchuurt, Khurkh, Khashaat, and Orkhon – and will restore close to 25,000 hectares of peatland.  […]

  • Restoring balance in Ziway-Shalla sub-basin

    The Ziway-Shalla Basin in the Central Rift Valley, Ethiopia, is more than just a landscape. Stretching across a vast area of 15,000 kilometres square, with four major lakes – Ziway, Abijata, Shalla and Langano – this sub-basin is the cornerstone of local ecosystems and economies. For the communities of over 7 million people here, it […]

  • Blue Lifelines for a Secure Sahel (BLiSS)

    The Sahel is a vast region, rich in natural resources. It is connected by rivers, deltas and lakes supporting centuries-old cultures and societies that have developed complex strategies to withstand a harsh environment. However, climate change, weak governance and a growing number of people living in poverty are posing numerous development and security challenges. Blue […]

  • SaWeL: Safeguarding Sahelian wetlands for food security

    The SaWeL programme contributes to improving food security, livelihoods and resilience of smallholder farmers in Sahelian wetlands by scaling up sustainable agricultural water management, ecosystem management and creating access to market systems. Food, wetlands and markets  Wetlands play a crucial role in supporting food security across the Sahel. These so-called ‘Blue Lifelines’ comprising of rivers, floodplains, inland deltas and lakes, are essential for farmers, fishermen and pastoralists especially in times […]

  • Mangrove restoration: To Plant or not to Plant

    Promoting best practice mangrove restoration to enhance success rates and benefits for people and nature The To plant or not to Plant initiative will rehabilitate of at least 30.000 ha of mangroves supporting biodiversity conservation, human well-being and mitigating climate change. This is achieved by helping NGOs, government agencies, private sector and local communities to apply best […]

  • Urban Wetlands for Cooler Cities

    In an already urbanised world, cities are suffering from Urban Heat Island Effect, (UHI) – higher temperatures in built up areas – due to reduced green space, increased paved surfaces and more frequent heat waves stemming from climate change. Urban wetlands, especially in a healthy state, with high biodiversity values and ecosystem functioning, help to […]

  • Accelerating adaptation through Building with Nature in Asia

    Through the Building with Nature Asia initiative we accelerate adaptation by integrating nature based solutions into water related infrastructure in Asia. We are building climate resilient landscapes with multiple benefits to benefit people and nature. “Building with Nature Asia” is a regional initiative by Wetlands International and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries […]

  • Saving High Andean Wetlands for People and Nature

    Wetlands International in Argentina has initiated a five-year programme to save High Andean Wetlands for people and nature to support their unique biodiversity and the livelihoods of the communities that depend on them. High Andean wetlands are of key value for local economies, including pastures for llamas and alpacas, peat for fuel and food resources […]

  • Building Urban Resilience with Nature

    At Wetlands International, we are working on leveraging nature to transform cities into safer and more prosperous environments for tomorrow. As cities are increasingly challenged by rapid urbanization, population growth and the impacts of land degradation and climate change, they are in the need of finding adequate solutions for sustainable city development. As most of […]

  • We won’t let another life disappear

    Every year thousands of birds fly across continents to escape the cold winter and find temporary refuge in another part of the globe. The route they take is called a flyway. It’s usually a long, dangerous journey, through sun and storm, in daytime and night. So, the birds make stopovers in particular places to feed […]