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. 



Wetland solutions to reduce disaster risk highlighted at European Parliament

Brussels. Participants at an event organised by Wetlands International in the European Parliament stressed the need for wetland conservation and rehabilitation as a means to reduce disaster risks and secure the lives and livelihoods of millions of people worldwide.

European seaduck workshop to improve monitoring

The conservation status of several European seaducks has deteriorated significantly, yet most species remain relatively poorly known and there are key questions regarding their status. The experts of the Wetlands International–IUCN Duck Specialist Group met in November to address these and other issues.

New network discusses threats and opportunities in the Sava basin

Una National Park. Members of the newly-established SAVA PARKS network met for the first time to discuss threats to the ecological integrity of the Sava basin in the Balkans and to identify potential restoration measures along the river and its associated wetland habitats.

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Global News

Now live: MOOC on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate
The free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate went live on 12 January. More than 7,500 people have enrolled from 183 countries to learn more about this hot topic in disaster resilience! Wetlands International will be Expert of the Week ...
1/21/2015 10:51:00 AM

Flamingo expert Alan Johnson passes on
Wetlands International is deeply saddened by the loss of Alan Johnson, one of our Associate Experts. Alan passed away on 25 December 2014, at the age of 73. 
1/6/2015 9:14:00 AM



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