Wetlands International is a global non-profit organisation comprising of the Association Wetlands Interna-tional and the Foundation Wetlands International, legally registered in the Netherlands, and a global net-work of 16, offices active in over 100 countries. The legal entities are linked by Partnership Agreements to minimise risks and maximise consistency for the brand Wetlands International and to engender commit-ment to work to common operational standards and to work together to implement a global Strategy. The Association and the Foundation are strongly linked. While all operations are executed within the Founda-tion, the Association determines the longer-term strategy of the organisation and provides part of the fund-ing for the Foundation‟s work. The Board of the Association, appointed by the General Members Meeting (GMM) of the Association, and the Supervisory Council of the Foundation are comprised of the same per-sons. This Annual Plan describes the work of the Foundation. It includes the activities carried out by the Netherlands headquarters and work devolved to region and country offices through project contracts. Re-gional and country offices resource, initiate and manage a broader portfolio of programmes and projects. These are not included in this plan.
Wetlands International and its Strategy
During 2011, Wetlands International reviewed and updated its 10-year strategic outlook, resulting in an updated Strategic Intent 2011-2020, which was adopted by the Wetlands International members in Edin-burgh in February. The Strategic Intent was the result of a highly consultative process across all regions (Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America) in which internal as well as external stakeholders participated. The Strategic Intent sets out the organisations‟ long-term goal linked to its mission and vision.
Our Mission is “to sustain and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity”.
Our long-term Vision is “a world where wetlands are treasured and nurtured for their beauty, the life they support and the resources they provide”.
Our global goal defines a large ambition to be achieved over a long period of time. We contribute to the goal significantly, but cannot do so alone. Our 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
The Strategic Intent translates the goal into 12 specific collective targets that we aim to achieve by the end of 2015. They are grouped around 5 themes and guide the entire global network. This annual plan is the first plan to be framed around these 5 themes and 12 collective targets. Implementation of the plan takes place by means of projects and programmes that often work towards several targets in an integrated way.