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Safeguarding the ecology of the Tana Deltal - the White-faced Bilisa Moa, KENYA

 

“Despite their high productivity and provision of many benefits, wetland ecosystems in Kenya are still facing serious threats and the Kenya government recognizes the need to involve more actors to ensure an integrated and harmonized conservation and management of these critical ecosystems. Wetlands International (WI), being a specialist institution dedicated to safeguarding and restoring wetlands for people and nature, is therefore a key partner in achieving Kenya’s objective of improving human well-being and local livelihoods through wise use of wetlands. This is especially so in designing inter-sectoral partnerships and approaches at various levels for effective conservation of wetlands in Kenya.” – Dr Samuel Kasiki, Deputy Director Research and Monitoring, Kenya Wildlife Service

Our members are national governments and NGOs who share and support our goals, contribute annually through dues to the Wetlands International Association, and work with us to safeguard and restore wetlands.

Why become a Member?

Our Members join because they care deeply about wetlands, and believe that Wetlands International has an important role to play in advocating for their conservation and restoration. They engage with us on issues and initiatives of common interest – policy agendas, wetland assessments, science and facilitating practical action. They are consulted on and formally adopt our Strategy, as well as Wetlands International’s annual plans.

How to become a Member

We are actively seeking new Members to support our mission. The support of our Members – both financial, through the annual dues, and also through the credibility and contacts they provide – is invaluable to Wetlands International. If you are interested in becoming a Member, please contact Janneke Badon Ghijben at [email protected]. Countries and NGOs are represented by one or two delegates, who serve as the contact points with that Member.

Become a partner

Minister Ploumen signed the five-year agreement with Partners for Resilience. By Raymond Duijssens.

Photo: Minister Ploumen signed the five-year agreement with Partners for Resilience. By Raymond Duijssens.

We work in partnership with many different partners, including NGOs, private sector parties, and governments. We are also official partners of several global intergovernmental conventions. We are a reviewer of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPPC, and we are an official International Organization Partner of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

For much of our advocacy work, field level wetland work and research, we join forces with other non-governmental organisations for greater impact. As a member of the Ecoshape consortium, we participate in the the public-private partnership Building with Nature, which aims to stimulate sustainable coastal engineering, making use of the natural protection provided by ecosystems. This initiative brings together Ministries in Indonesia, a consultancy agency, knowledge institutes, dredging companies and local communities in Indonesia.

Another example is Partners for Resilience. This alliance between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Red Cross Netherlands, Wetlands International, Red Cross Climate Centre, Care Netherlands and Cordaid helps communities build resilience to natural hazards often aggravated by climate change and environmental degradation.

In his speech on the 30th of November, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the agreement with the Partners for Resilience

“contributes to strengthening the resilience and livelihoods of many vulnerable communities, connects this to government priorities and investments, and supports economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable.”

Private sector partners

We also work with the private sector and have a four year (2013-2017) collaborative agreement with Shell, following a five-year collaboration that established a “critical friend” relationship between our organisations and initiated several joint projects.

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Photo: Jeroen van der Veer, former CEO of Shell, and Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International

“At first sight, our collaboration with Shell can raise eyebrows. But when you realise that most oil and gas reserves are in wetland areas and the majority of Shell’s operations affect wetlands, from the Arctic to the tropics, then the link becomes clearer. As the search for oil and gas is being extended further afield and also energy production and processing is becoming more water intensive, wetlands are more and more under pressure. By working in collaboration with Shell, Wetlands International can bring some influence to bear, for example by helping to identify potential environmental impacts at an early stage and contributing to the development of alternative approaches and solutions.” – Jane Madgwick, CEO Wetlands International

For more information on how we partner with forward-thinking corporates who seek to improve their sustainability and collaborate on mutual aims, see our company engagement brochure or contact Ward Hagemeijer, Head Business and Ecosystems, at [email protected].

Why become a partner?

Partnerships are key to achieving impact. Together with partners we work to achieve shared goals and objectives in conservation and wise use of wetlands. The various ways that we work in collaboration with partners to achieve impact can be found in the descriptions of our approach to Healthy Wetlands Nature, Vibrant Coasts and Deltas, Blue Lifelines in the Desert, Water Stores from Mountains to Sea, and Peatland Treasures.

Our Partnership Policy Statement clarifies our partnership principles, what we consider as partnerships, what we have to offer in partnerships and what it means to be a Wetlands International partner.

How to become a partner

If you are interested in become a partner, please contact Kate Pearson at [email protected]

Become an Associate Expert

Our Associate Experts bring specific knowledge and skills to our work in the field. They do this on a voluntary or freelance basis. We formalise our joint commitment with each Associate Expert through a Memorandum of Cooperation and a tailor-made Agreement. Meet our Associate Experts!

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Expert please contact Jozefa van der Veen at [email protected].

Join a Specialist Group

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Specialist Groups are formed from volunteers who share a common interest. They have a technical advisory role to our organisation and may also join forces in terms of advocacy on key issues. Each group has a Coordinator for information exchange between members. See our current Specialist Groups.

Become a volunteer or intern

Volunteers are an indispensable asset to the organisation. The actual tasks of a volunteer vary greatly and are additional to the regular Wetlands International work. Wetlands International strives to make volunteer work a valuable learning experience!

Ankje Frouws, volunteer and graduate from Arts Academy, collected our track record of the past 30 years on safeguarding and restoring mangroves and developed it into an attractive visual.

We strive to give interns from various educational institutions the opportunity to make working for Wetlands International a valuable learning experience! The purpose of the internship can be either gaining work experience or a graduate assignment. A mentor is assigned to assure the learning experience and the desired goals of the internship are maximized.

Stefan Verschure, intern from Utrecht University, conducted a 4-month study into tidal dynamics in a coastal village in Central Java, Indonesia. His presence, discussions and recommendation to build with nature, were important for the local community and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

“During my internship at Wetlands International I looked into the problematic expansion of pulp wood plantations on peatlands and helped develop a strategy on this for which I engaged with other NGOs, the industry and donors to support us. I really enjoyed the challenge!” – Bas Tinhout, MSc Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University

If you are interested in an internship or becoming a volunteer please contact Jozefa van der Veen at [email protected].