Building a sustainable future

Linking wetlands with catchments

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

Sustainable Wetlands, Sustainable Livelihoods

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

World Wetlands Day, February 2nd

For almost 20 years Wetland Action has been advocating the need for 'people-centred wetland management'. For World Wetlands Day we are celebrating the Ramsar Convention's theme of 'Wetlands for disaster risk reduction', which emphasises the important contribution that wetlands make to peoples' security and wellbeing , as well as sustaining their livelihoods. Read more. Read More...

Participatory Planning

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

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Key Ideas:
Wetlands &

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.