wetlands conservation Articles

  • Hand in hand: wetland conservation and tourism in Senegal

    I recently got the chance to experience the natural beauty of Djoudj National Park in Senegal for the first time and see its conservation needs. The Djoudj is a paradise for over a million waterbirds and a lot of other biodiversity. It provides an ideal setting for developing sustainable solutions such as tourism that should allow the surrounding villages, visitors and nature to benefit from this ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wetlands of International Importance in Russia

    The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat was adopted on the 2nd February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Thus, it has come to be popularly known as the “Ramsar Convention”, and the 2nd of February each year is celebrated as World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wetland friendly breakfast in Argentina

    “The natural flow of water in the Parana Delta is altering,” tells a local farmer. “We know this is caused by the increasing amount of infrastructure for the conversion of the Parana Delta wetlands into soy plantations. There is evidence that as a result, communities are no longer protected during the regular floods that occur in the Delta.” He is eager to find solutions ...


    By Wetlands International

  • African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities

    It is encouraging to note that there are numerous crane and wetland conservation projects being implemented in various African countries. In this 11th edition of the African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities Newsletter, we have a mix of stories from the field covering three geographical regions – East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa. The articles reflect the diverse issues that have ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wetland Solutions for People and Nature

    Wetlands act as water sources, sinks and purifiers. They protect our shores. They are Earth’s greatest natural carbon stores. They support abundant and unique nature. But we have lost so much of our wetland treasure. And those that remain are under growing pressure. This makes people and nature vulnerable. It’s time to reverse the trend. ...


    By Wetlands International

  • The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

    The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Ramsar Convention is the only global environmental treaty that deals with a particular ecosystem. The treaty was adopted in the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Submission on behalf of Wetlands International

    Peatlands, agriculture and climate change: High potential for adaptation and mitigation Introduction Peatlands are waterlogged wetland areas with organic soils (peat), which result from the accumulation of dead plant material over thousands of years. Peatlands cover about 3% of the total global land surface (over 4 million km2), which makes up about half of the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wetlands International in the Mediterranean

    Wetlands International’s goal is that wetlands are wisely used and restored for the role they play in: - improving human well-being and local livelihoods - conserving biodiversity - sustaining the water cycle - reducing climate change and its impacts Wetlands International was one of the founding partners of the MedWet Initiative twenty years ago. Our work in this ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Action plan for peatland conservation and wise use in Russia. Moscow/ Wetlands International Russia Programme, 2003. 20 pp.

    According' the National Land Inventory of 1 January 2000, mires make up 8.2% of the total land resources of the Russian Federation. According to expert evaluation, mires and peat-containing paludified landscapes cover at least 20% of the country's territory and are a major part of the world's peatland resource. Peatlands use in the economy is associated with the following problems brought about ...


    By Wetlands International

  • The economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

    1. Introduction The “nexus” among water, food and energy has been recognised as one of the most fundamental relationships and challenges for society. Biodiversity and particularly wetland ecosystems are increasingly understood to be at the core of this nexus. Indeed water and wetlands are the foundation for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of humanity across ...


    By Wetlands International

  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

    The Ramsar Secretariat, in partnership with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP),  International Union for the Conservation of  Nature (IUCN) ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Migratory birds - Connecting Wetlands and People

    Management of migratory species succeeds where critically important sites are well managed along flyways. Migratory waterbirds depend on a range of secure sites from their breeding grounds to staging and nonbreeding sites that they use during their annual migrations. These birds depend on a range of natural and man-made wetland habitats - many are managed as nationally protected areas, ...


    By Wetlands International

  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

    The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is an international initiative to draw attention to the benefits of biodiversity. It focuses on the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and the benefits of action addressing these pressures. The TEEB initiative has brought together over five hundred authors and ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wetlands International Achievements 2011 – 2013

    Our Collective Targets Wise use and restoration of 20 wetlands is linked with the development of sustainable livelihoods, resulting in a strengthened asset base for at least 200,000 people Species oriented and ecological network initiatives result in improved status of selected wetland biodiversity groups, including waterbirds and freshwater fish The status of ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wetlands International Annual Review 2010

    Our annual review provides a great and global overview of all our achievements, our projects, our publications and other products, our donors and our financial situation. Conserving wetland biodiversity 2010 was the International Year of Biodiversity, which culminated in the Nagoya conference on the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD). Thanks to the work of our team, the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2015

    This paper presents the results of our sixth annual horizon scan, which aims to identify phenomena that may have substantial effects on the global environment, but are not widely known or well understood. A group of professional horizon scanners, researchers, practitioners, and a journalist identified 15 topics via an iterative, Delphi-like process. Wetlands International was part ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Biodiversity and its conservation in the Pantanal of Mato Grosso, Brazil

    Abstract.  The Pantanal of Mato Grosso, Brazil, is famous for its luxurious plant and animal life. We combine a literature review with recent work and show that species diversity is large but that most major plant and animal groups contain a large number of not wetland-specific species that depend on permanently terrestrial habitats within the Pantanal, or are restricted to dry areas during ...


    By Springer

  • Wetlands International Africa 2013 Annual Report

    Consecration and recognition can best describe the meaningful achievements during year 2013 by Wetlands International Africa with two major events earmarking life atthe regional office. Africa Regional Office hosted Wetlands International's Board meeting wich is the first of its kind. Senegal proudly played host to the work sessions of Wetlands International’s governing body and its members ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Wetlands International Strategic Intent 2011-2020

    The Strategic Intent 2011-2020 is the ten year outlook for our organisation and the overarching strategy for the organisation worldwide. It reflects the new challenges for wetland conservation and the increasing relevance of wetland condition to human well-being in today’s world. Wetlands exist in every country and in every climatic zone from the polar regions to the tropics. They are among ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Interview: Connecting the dots from Wetlands to poverty alleviation

    As part of TEEB for Water and Wetlands, Ritesh Kumar, the Conservation Programme Manager of Wetlands International, South Asia recently shared his views on how wetlands provide products that satisfy the livelihoods of many communities and therefore help to ...


    By Wetlands International

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