Wetlands International European Association works to raise awareness about wetland ecosystems in Europe and advocate for the sustainable use of wetlands for people and nature.

Millions of waterbirds depend on a chain of healthy wetlands for their migration routes every year. We promote the conservation and sustainable management of wetlands throughout the length of their flyways. 

Healthy wetlands can help to reduce disaster risk and to adapt to impacts of climate change. We integrate ecosystem based solutions in policies and for disaster risk reduction.

Wetlands such as rivers, streams, swamps, lakes, and estuaries play a critical role in supplying and regulating water quantity and quality. Conserving and restoring this natural water infrastructure is a cost-effective investment strategy to increase water security for vulnerable cities and rural communities.

Peatlands globally store at least 550 Gigatonnes of carbon and are home to many threatened species.We are dedicated to saving the world’s peatlands. 



EU leaders want to use forests to tackle climate change - PRESS RELEASE

Brussels. The European Union’s heads of state and government agreed on a weak greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target. In addition, they indicated that the land sector should be integrated into the EU’s climate policy for the next decade, meaning that the use of forests and other carbon sinks could be used as means to avoid stricter mitigation efforts in industrial or transport sectors.

Flood risk management and flood prevention in the Guadalete River basin

Wetlands International European Association collaborates with CIREF, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the University of Cadiz in the organisation of the dissemination session “Risk management and flood prevention in Guadalete River basin”, to be held in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) on 2 October 2014. During the session, the Hydraulic Study for flood prevention and land planning of the Guadalete basin, situated in the south of Spain, will be presented.

NEWS: Environmentally harmful biomass given free rein until 2020

Brussels. The European Commission has announced it will postpone its plans to develop sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass used for energy generation in the EU until 2020. As a result, unsustainable biomass will continue to be burned in the EU and counted towards renewable energy and climate targets for at least the next 6 years.

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NEWS: The Netherlands doesn’t succeed in reaching target for responsable soy
The Dutch Soy Coalition (formed by eight development and environmental organisations*) finds that in 2013, only a quarter of the 2.4 metric tons of soy used in the Netherlands is responsibly produced. The social or environmental consequences of the production of the other three quarters of the impor...
10/30/2014 10:06:00 AM

Event invitation: Certification and beyond
- Solutions for responsible agro-commodity governance - Date: 30 October, Venue: Glazen Zaal in The Hague IUCN Netherlands, Wetlands International and Both Ends, allied in the Ecosystems Alliance, invite you to meet on 30 October with civil society representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, B...
10/27/2014 4:20:00 PM



TweetId: 528131149910929408 Wetlands Int. retweeted IUCN NL IUCNNL IUCNNL Representatives from Indonesia and Argentina discuss challenges of sustainable soy and palm oil #agrocom http://t.co/3cvRbQnMqF 31-10-14 10:27
TweetId: 528131062635851776 Wetlands Int. retweeted IUCN NL IUCNNL IUCNNL Walhi: Palm oil plantations in Indonesia now cover an area the size of NL, Belgium and Denmark combined #agrocom 31-10-14 10:27
TweetId: 528131010441912320 Wetlands Int. retweeted IUCN NL IUCNNL IUCNNL Palm oil plantations in peatland ecosystems cause irreversible damage and increase flooding and CO2 emissions #agrocom 31-10-14 10:26