WaterLANDS: Water-based solutions for carbon storage, people and wilderness

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WaterLANDS restores wetland sites across Europe that have been decimated by human activity and lay the foundations for scalable protection across much wider areas.

The project undertakes hands-on restoration of specific wetland sites, covering an initial 10,500 ha, and creates best practice models that can be applied to wetland restoration at other sites. By engaging with local communities and stakeholders, the project will ensure that wetland restoration results not only in environmental gains, but also social and economic benefits for the communities involved.

Our role is to connect the policy and governance work with communication, dissemination and upscale wetland restoration. We propose transformative roadmaps and advocacy tools for decision-makers and practitioners in ecological restoration and contribute to the achievement of international targets such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal. These tools are promoted to the relevant stakeholders and the general public across the EU.

Duration: 12/2021-11/2026 

Funded by European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement No 101036484 (H2020-LC-GD-2020-3) 

Field sites: 6 action sites and 15 knowledge sites 

Partners  Country 
University College Dublin  Irland 
Landscape Finance Lab  Austria 
Prospex Institute  Belgium 
Balkani Wildlife Society  Bulgaria 
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bulgaria  Bulgaria 
Estonian Fund for Nature  Estonia 
Estonian State Forest Management Centre  Estonia 
Tootsi Turvas  Estonia 
University of Tartu  Estonia 
Geological Survey of Finland  Finland 
University of Eastern Finland  Finland 
Plan Bleu  France 
Tour du Valat Fondation  France 
Michael Succow Foundation  Germany 
Community Wetlands Forum  Irland 
ERINN Innovation  Irland 
LIFE IP Wild Atlantic Nature  Irland 
University of Venice  Italy 
We are here Venice  Italy 
Provincie Groningen  The Netherlands 
Radboud University Nijmegen  The Netherlands 
Staatsbosbeheer  The Netherlands 
Wageningen University  The Netherlands 
Wetlands International Europe Association  Belgium 
Wetlands International  The Netherlands 
Centrum Ochrony Mokradel (CMok)  Poland 
University of Warsaw  Poland 
Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC)  Spain 
Uppsala University  Sweden 
IUCN UK Peatland Programme  United Kingdom 
Natural England  United Kingdom 
University of Leeds  United Kingdom 


Assembly meeting in Bulgaria 2023.


More information can be found on the WaterLANDS website or their X (formerly Twitter) and LinkedIn page.