Conserving wetlands for waterbirds and people

Why are wetlands so important for waterbirds and people? In order to ensure the survival of millions of waterbirds migrating between Europe and Africa every […]

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Give to Wetlands International and help safeguard and restore wetlands – the source of water that supports life on earth. Your financial support will help Wetlands International […]

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About Us

Wetlands International Europe brings together ten European NGO members from 6 European countries, working together to raise awareness about wetland ecosystems and to advocate the […]


Our Approach


Wetlands are often viewed as wasteland: places to be drained and converted for development and other land uses. Since 1900 more than 64% of wetlands have […]


What Are Wetlands?

Wetlands occur where water meets land. They include mangroves, peatlands and marshes, rivers and lakes, deltas, floodplains and flooded forests, rice-fields, and even coral reefs. Wetlands exist in every country and in every climatic zone, from the polar regions to the tropics, and from high altitudes to dry regions. Read more...



European wetlands are home to a rich abundance of animal and plant life. From rivers filled with fish, mussels and snails, wetlands where freshwater turtles are found, to the Arctic, where migratory birds breed and marine mammals gather in summer and for migration, and from coastal wetlands teeming with playful dolphins, to drylands in areas close to Europe, where wetlands provide a seasonal lifeline for species of all kinds.


Healthy Wetland Nature

From the wild rivers of the Balkan Peninsula to the vast Arctic tundra, from mountain streams with giant salamanders to peat swamps filled with dazzling dragonflies, from waterholes to estuaries full of salmon, sea trout and waterbirds, wetlands provide some of the world’s greatest nature spectacles.