Building a sustainable future

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Linking wetlands with catchments

Wetlands Action's Functional Landscape Approach is balancing ecosystem services in wetlands and their catchments

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Sustainable Wetlands, Sustainable Livelihoods

Wetland Action works throughout Africa to support the sustainable management of wetlands in an ecologically sound and socially sensitive manner

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World Wetlands Day, February 2nd 2014

For almost 20 years Wetland Action has been advocating the need for 'people-centred wetland management'. For World Wetlands Day 2014 we are celebrating the Ramsar Convention's theme of Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth, which emphasises the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors to work together in order to balance livelihood benefits and wetland ecosystem services Read More...

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Els Bognetteau (1951 to 2014)

We wish to record our sincere appreciation for the contribution that Els made to the development of WA in many African countries, especially Ethiopia.

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Participatory Planning

Community members in Simlemba, Malawi, display their wetland resource map

Welcome to Wetland Action

Wetland Action  supports the sustainable management / utilisation of wetlands in an ecologically sound and socially sensitive manner for improved livelihoods.

Wetland Action has two main aims:

  • Ecologically sustainable management of wetland resources to meet socio-economic needs and maintain ecosystem services;
  • Socially sensitive wetland management for the long-term enhancement of livelihood benefits and poverty reduction

By helping raise awareness of the value of wetlands and ways to manage them sustainably, Wetland Action ensures that these areas are seen more positively so that their future contribution ecosystem services and peoples’ livelihoods is better assured.


Key Ideas:
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With global rises in temperature and the increasing unpredictability of rainfall, climate change has the potential to have a major impact on wetlands. However, wetlands can play a vital role in buffering the wider effects of climate change on the human population.

In many cases wetlands are seen as critical areas for conservation due their support of biodiversity, while in other cases they are recognised as important agro-development resources.

Wetlands are so valuable that they often attract major concentrations of people who derive their livelihoods from the resources wetlands sustain.

Wetlands provide a range of benefits and functions for people and the environment.