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Privacy Policy

Wetlands International is committed to protecting your privacy and using technology that gives you an effective and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to Wetlands International’s global website and governs data collection and usage. By using the Wetlands International website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Wetlands International does not sell, rent or lease customer lists to third parties. Wetlands International may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external partners about a particular situation which may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Wetlands International may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Wetlands International, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
Wetlands International does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


If you leave comments on a blog posted on, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. This is covered by the Gravatar service privacy policy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Other visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you have a role in our specialists groups or have other access which permits you to edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

On occasion we may prepare for meeting or other interactions with you by looking at publicly available information, such as your social media content, to be aware of your interests.

Offline submissions

We may also collect information provided by you offline, e.g., through written correspondence you to send to us, when you provide us with your business card, or when you participate in an event with us.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). On this typically refers to videos which are hosted on YouTube. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Email newsletter

We use a third party platform, MailChimp, to manage our email distribution lists. If you choose to register for our email newsletters by clicking “Subscribe” on our Website, you will be presented with a secured form, hosted by MailChimp, in which you will be asked to provide your Personal Information, which includes your email address, and you will be asked to select your mailing preferences. Any information you submit through this secured form is provided directly by you to Mailchimp and is also subject to MailChimp’s privacy policy. We have a data processing agreement in place with Mailchimp, as we are the controller of such Personal Information provided by you to Mailchimp and as we have the right to access such Personal Information and process the Personal Information.
We may on occasion send special notices to all or some newsletter subscribers, such as notifications of publications or events.
If you have subscribed to the newsletter, you may unsubscribe at any time using the link at the end of the newsletter or via this link.


We use Google Analytics to collect analytics data of visitors to This is set to anonymise the IP address of visitors, so we cannot identify you from this data.

Who we share your data with

Your data is shared with third-parties which provide services to, as follows:
Website traffic statistics is via Google Analytics. This data is anonymised. You can read more about how Google uses the information from their statement.
Donations are via PayPal or via Mollie iDeal payments, and are affected by the privacy statements of Paypal and Mollie respectively. If you choose to make a donation by clicking “Donate”, you will be transferred to PayPal or Mollie’s secured form.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment on a blog posted on, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
We hold your information for only as long as necessary for the purpose needed. If you apply to work or volunteer at Wetlands International, we will use the information you supply to us to process your application and to monitor recruitment statistics. If you are unsuccessful in your application we will keep your personal information for 12 months. If you request us to hold onto your information for future opportunities we will keep your information for this purpose only for 12 months.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments on a blog, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Analytics are handled by a third party, Google, which may transfer information outside the European Union, EEA, or Switzerland, to the United States. Google holds user and event data for 26 months.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our privacy contact information

Wetlands International welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Wetlands International has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Wetlands International’s website editor at [email protected]. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We have appropriate physical, technical and managerial controls in place to protect your personal details. Our network is protected and routinely monitored. Within our offices only those with need to access your information can do so.

Your right to your personal information

Under the General Data Protection Regulation you have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you. You also have the right to request that we erase any personal information we hold, where Wetlands International has no compelling reason to continue processing this data.
If you wish to request this information please contact [email protected]. We will then require you to provide identification. Once we have received your information request and your identification we will respond within one month.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the comments on Wetlands International blogs, this information may be collected and used by others.

Wetlands International does not read any of your private online communications.

Wetlands International encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to when commenting on blogs or providing specialist group content on, so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. Wetlands International is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the Wetlands International and Wetlands International family of websites.

Wetlands International websites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Wetlands International or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Wetlands International; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Wetlands International, or the public.