Our strategy

Wetlands International fights the underlying causes of wetlands loss and degradation. Our research and advocacy enables action to restore, safeguard and sustainably use wetlands.

Our four main strategies are:

1. Mobilising the best available expertise and knowledge

Knowledge and sound science are at the core of our work. Our conservation and restoration efforts around the world serve as our test grounds to create best practices. This research in turn informs and improves our field practices so that our knowledge can be applied to other wetlands, develop additional tools and stimulate further research by others. It also allows us to scale up our findings to influence policy. For example the Critical Site Network Tool

2. Conserving important wetlands

We work to save and restore the most important wetland areas: we illustrate their economic and environmental value to authorities, address adverse impacts and enable local people to meet their needs in ways that preserve the services provided by wetlands. For example in Sierra Leone

3. Empowering communities to take action

We give communities the tools they need to restore and wisely use wetlands. We provide knowledge and trainings, build local capacity and create access to finance opportunities.

We facilitate local action by providing communities with microcredits through our Bio-rights scheme. Bio-rights is a microcredit finance mechanism that enables sustainable development and environmental conservation to go hand in hand. We provide microcredit to wetland communities for sustainable development enterprises, and they undertake nature conservation activities to repay the interest. For example in Mali’s Inner Niger Delta

4. Advocacy

We work to improve the policies and practices of governments and companies through our local, national and international advocacy. We empower local communities to advocate for policy changes based on their own experiences and needs. We seek to influence international treaties and conventions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Conventions on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Migratory Species (CMS),  as well as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

We draw press attention to the critical issues and problems faced by wetlands as a necessary first step to create opportunities for action. We also work through networks of partners to enable others to use our knowledge, research and views.  For example on the West African Manatee.



"To sustain and restore wetlands, their resources & biodiversity"

Our goal is that:

Wetlands are wisely used and restored for the role they play in:

  • improving human well-being and local livelihoods
  • conserving biodiversity
  • sustaining the water cycle
  • reducing climate change and its impacts