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Our Work

Wetlands International is a science-based partner working with civil society, government and the private sector to enable wetland conservation and restoration.

By working together and stepping up actions to safeguard and restore wetlands across whole landscapes, we can boost the resilience society needs to deal with climate emergency and provide the basis for sustainable development. Read on, and watch the video below, to find out what guides us in our work.

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1. A landscape approach

Our approach to wetland conservation and wise use reflects the dynamic nature of wetlands and their connection to the wider landscape and communities and culture. Taking these connections into account is a key dimension to sustaining and restoring wetlands. Bringing about positive change for people and nature on a landscape scale often takes decades.

2. Knowledge, policy and practice

We draw on technical knowledge, policy dialogue and projects from the field to share insights, inspire trust, demonstrate what’s possible and achieve impact. We advocate on topics for which we have developed knowledge and experience. We use this to stimulate governments and companies to effect change at all scales, from local to global.

3. Strategic partnerships

To achieve transformation, we need collective action across sectors and disciplines and from across the public and private realm. As such we work with experts across fields including engineering, architecture and humanitarian aid. We also work with the private sector in a critical and constructive manner to improve sectoral performance, and sustainability standards across biodiversity, carbon and water.

4. Connecting the local to the global

We work with local partners to build the capacity of communities connected to wetlands, helping them to engage with governments and the private sector and be part of the decision-making process. Through our offices around the world and partner networks, we combine local experiences and successes and increase our impact on national, regional and global policies, practices and investments.

5. Vital wetland ecosystems

At the heart of our work are three vital wetland ecosystems: peatlands, coasts and deltas, and rivers and lakes. These are the landscapes that are among the top global biodiversity treasures, but account for much of the world’s land-based climate emissions. They are also where people are most poor and vulnerable. Scroll down to find out more about the agendas and major programmes of work for these.