Straight to content

Our projects

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

  • 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

    The To plant or not to Plant initiative will rehabilitate 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 practice in mangrove restoration, and by enabling them to upscale their work to a larger scale.   The project […]

  • 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 […]

  • Strengthening the Biodiversity Corridor of Paraná Delta: a way to save the marsh deer

    As part of the Corredor Azul Programme, we have started the process of  strengthening the biodiversity corridor of the Parana Delta in Argentina, which will also contribute to the preservation of the wider Paraná-Paraguay River Corridor and its nature, including marsh deer at the Buenos Aires province. The extensive wetlands associated with the Paraná and Paraguay […]

  • Empowered communities mobilise government funds to increase their flood safety

    The northern state of Bihar is one of the least developed states in India, and almost yearly hit by serious floods. Every year during the monsoon, flooded main rivers cause serious damages, and often loss of lives and livestock. Floods in Bihar over the last 3 years have affected 26.2 million people and claimed 1000 […]

  • Future proofing Cities in Asia: Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities in Semarang, Indonesia

    Wetlands International has joined the Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia initiative of the Netherlands Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink as part of the ONE Resilient Semarang design team in the city of Semarang (Java, Indonesia). We bring with it our expertise from the adjacent Demak “Building with Nature” project as […]

  • Living with water & wetlands: flood risk reduction in Panama City

    Every year between June and December, the wet season in Panama brings, to the communities of Panama City, the risk of flooding. As a country, Panama ranks 1st on the Local Disaster Index of Latin America (IDB 2010) with flooding causing 86.9% of reported economic losses and 34.5% of all mortality (between 1990-2014). The rapid […]