A regional office in a global network
Wetlands International Europe is part of the global Wetlands International network, which has approximately 150 staff members employed in 16 offices worldwide. We bring knowledge into policy and practice, connect local actions in 100 countries to make a global difference, we catalyze actions that support those that use or depend on wetlands, and we are passionate about the positive change we make for people and nature.
Working in Europe for a global impact
Wetlands International Europe brings together ten European NGO members, working together to raise awareness about wetland ecosystems and to advocate the sustainable use of wetlands for people and nature, in particular by linking science, policy and practice.
European Association Members
Wetlands International Europe Association was founded in 2013 by seven organisations;
- Centro Ibérico de Restauración Fluvial (Spain)
- Centrum Ochrony Mokradeł (Poland)
- Tour du Valat (France)
- Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (UK)
- Zoological Society of London (UK)
- Sustainable Eel Group (UK)
- EuroNatur (Germany)
… and was later joined by three additional members:
- Centro Italiano per la Riqualificazione Fluviale (Italy) in 2015
- Michael Succow Foundation (Germany) in 2019
- Fundación Global Nature (Spain) in 2019
- BirdLife Belarus/APB (Belarus) in 2021
Centro Ibérico de Restauración Fluvial – CIREF (Spain)
Iberian Centre for River Restoration
CIREF was created as a non-profit association, linked to the European Centre for River Restoration (ECRR), and have members from public and private sectors, research, consultants and administration. They are experts on different river restoration fields of knowledge, such as ecologists, engineers and geographers, seeking to protect, preserve and restore fluvial systems. CIREF aims to promote and support all initiatives seeking the same goals, through establishing relationships, promoting knowledge and information in order to improve technical quality in the field.
Centrum Ochrony Mokradeł – CMok (Poland)
Centre for Wetland Conservation
CMok has been working in the field of nature conservation since 2001. It was founded by a group of scientists and professionals aiming at conservation of a large fen area near Warsaw. Soon the association expanded its activities and now it operates at the national level. The activities of CMok includes both direct actions aimed at conservation and restoration of natural habitats and species (with a focus on wetlands), interactions with policymakers in the field of nature conservation and environmental law, as well as educational campaigns aimed at the general public and professional groups important for nature management.
Tour du Valat – TdV (France)
Tour du Valat Foundation
TdV is a non-profit organisation located in Camargue, Southern France. TdV’s mission is to ensure the conservation and wise use of Mediterranean wetlands by improving the understanding of their functioning and fostering a community of actors. The organisation was established in 1978, following the acquisition of the Tour du Valat estate by Dr Luc Hoffmann in 1948 and the establishment of the Tour du Valat Biological Station in 1954. The estate now covers 2 600 ha, half of which was designated a Voluntary Nature Reserve in 1984 and Regional Nature Reserve in 2008. It includes a research centre for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands with around 70 staff members and visiting scientists.
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust – WWT (UK)
WWT is based in the UK and works nationally and globally to protect wetlands and their wildlife and to ensure the sustainable management of the services and value that wetlands give to people. WWT has circa 210,000 members and is a science-based organisation with a focus on engagement and education all over the world, as well as direct conservation delivery.
Zoological Society of London – ZSL (UK)
ZSL is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL’s mission is realised through their ground-breaking science, their active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and their two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Among ZSL’s aims is to protect and restore at least 1 million km2 of coastal and marine habitat and ½ million km2 of terrestrial habitat within 2026.
Sustainable Eel Group – SEG (UK)
SEG is a not-for-profit limited company founded in 2010. Its purpose is to accelerate the recovery of the European Eel, which makes an ideal flagship species for the wider programme of wetland and river restoration and wider water management issues. SEG is governed by a board who is made up by Scientists, Conservationists and the Industry. Sustainability has been the chosen theme to enable a united integrated and holistic approach to be developed and implemented. SEG works with partner organisations to deliver work programmes that unblock the migration pathways for eel and also carries out scientific research.
EuroNatur is a non-profit nature conservation foundation with legal personality founded by BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany), NABU (the longest-established nature and biodiversity conservation association of Germany) and DUH (German Environmental Aid). In their project activities, EuroNatur focuses on creating nature conservation across national borders.
EuroNatur has developed an international network of more than 300 scientists, nature conservationists and environmental experts and maintains a constant dialogue with other organizations. They aim to hold a powerful public presence at political levels in Europe as an advocate of European nature in Brussels, as well as seeking to build up long-term relationships to achieve long-term success.
Centro Italiano per la Riqualificazione Fluviale – CIRF (Italy)
Italian Centre for River Restoration
CIRF is the reference non-profit organisation on river restoration in Italy, founded in 1999 by a group of technicians with different backgrounds to develop and promote more sustainable approaches for river management and territorial planning. Since then, it has aimed at increasing the awareness about the benefits of ecological river restoration, linking research with practice, advocating for increased attention on these issues at local and national levels, and actively interacting with similar centres in the EU and worldwide.
Michael Succow Stiftung – MSF (Germany)
Michael Succow Foundation
The Michael Succow Foundation was established in 1999 as the first charitable conservation foundation under the Civil Code in the new federal states of Germany. The foundation is an operational foundation on the national and international level. It is engaged in the development and protection of national parks and biosphere reserves in the transformational countries of the former Eastern bloc (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Russia).
Fundación Global Nature – FGN (Spain)
Fundación Global Nature’s mission is to significantly contribute to the protection of nature and biodiversity, supporting sustainability policies and conservation strategies that enable creating value for all concerned sectors. Apart from implementing projects at a national and European level, FGN develops initiatives in other continents to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through technical knowledge, ethical commitment and innovation, FGN works with the conservation of habitats and species, sustainable farming and corporate sustainability.
BirdLife Belarus – APB (Belarus)
APB-BirdLife Belarus (APB) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1998 in Belarus. The principal objectives of APB are the conservation of biodiversity and encouragement of people to actively protect the nature, and APB adds substantial value to our wider European network with their vast experience in peatlands restoration, waterbirds protection and the conservation of migratory fish species. APB is a partner of BirdLife International in Belarus, member of Coalition Clean Baltic, an international network to promote the protection and improvement of the environment and natural resources of the Baltic Sea Area.
APB has nominated more than 60 sites as Important Bird Areas, most of which are wetlands, and developed management plans for three fen mires that are breeding habitat to half of global population of Aquatic Warbler breeding. APB has valuable experience with large-scale peatlands rewetting, with nearly 30,000 ha restored, and the conservation of migratory fish species such as the European eel, Brown trout and Atlantic salmon.
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