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Wetlands International is an independent, not-for-profit, global organisation supported by government membership from around the world. It was created in October 1995 through the fusion of three regional founding organizations: The International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau, The Asian Wetlands Bureau and Wetlands for the Americas). Wetlands International works through 16 offices in Africa, South America, South, East and North Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Oceania, with a head office in Wageningen, the Netherlands.


Wetlands International works globally, regionally and nationally to achieve the conservation and wise use of wetlands, as a contribution to sustainable development. Its mission is to sustain and restore wetlands, their resources and biodiversity for future generations, and its long-term vision is that wetlands and water resources are conserved and managed for their full range of values and services, benefiting biodiversity and human well-being.


Wetlands International is a science-based organisation producing tools and information to assist the development and implementation by government of relevant policies, conventions and treaties that are required to achieve wetland conservation. WI is a source of “best-informed” opinion on key issues affecting wetlands and priority actions for their conservation and wise use, drawing on scientific analyses and our own experience in global and national conservation and natural resource management programmes. In doing this work, we are responsive to the needs expressed by governments, industry sectors, local communities and other stakeholders. Addressing the major global wetland conservation needs, WI acts as a catalyst for inter-sectoral cooperation, partnership and network development. WI aims to combine our competencies with those of others through building capacity, partnerships and cross-regional collaboration, and, through multi-sectoral field programmes, demonstrate innovative solutions to wetland management problems.  

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