Luc Hoffmann Medal now open for nominations

Wetlands International aims to promote the conservation and restoration of wetlands worldwide. As part of this, we award the Wetlands International Luc Hoffmann Medal for […]

Eighth Woodcock and Snipe Workshop

The Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO-InBIO, Portugal), the Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS, France), Wetlands […]


Why we count waterbirds for wetland management

In the last week, over 10,000 birders in 150 countries have set off for the International Waterbird Census (IWC).


Returning to Barr Al Hikman

As part of our celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the International Waterbird Census in January 2016, an international survey team led by Wetlands International […]


Wintering waterbirds caught up in harsh weather in Southeastern Europe

The 51st International Waterbird Census has taken place across Europe during the weekend. Field teams in Southeastern Europe have encountered enormous difficulties, dangerous roads and frozen […]


Wetlands International on the European Commission’s conclusions on the Fitness Check of nature legislation

Brussels – This morning, the European Commission decided on the follow-up to the Fitness Check of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives. Wetlands International – […]


Numbers and distribution of waterbirds in the Wadden Sea

This report presents total numbers and distribution of waterbirds in the Wadden Sea area based upon 36 simultaneous counts during 1980-1991. Some 10-12 million waterbirds […]


Flyway trends for waterbird species important in lakes Ijsselmeer and Markermeer

The Lakes IJsselmeer and Markermeer form the largest fresh water lake complex in the Netherlands. They have a very important function for waterbirds as breeding, moulting, migration and wintering […]


Wetland and waterbird scientist Hugh Boyd passes on

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Hugh Boyd, aged 91. Boyd was a pioneering waterbird and wetland conservationist and […]


African-Eurasian Waterbird Census

Since 1967, we have coordinated the International Waterbird Census (IWC), one of the largest and longest running citizen-based global waterbird count in the world. Data from the census helps identify and manage important wetland sites and supports the adaptive management of waterbird populations. The African-Eurasian Waterbird Census (AEWC) is a regional programme of the IWC, covering all of Africa, Europe and large parts of South-West and Central Asia.