Building a sustainable future

Linking wetlands with catchments

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

Wetland Action supports the sustainable management of wetlands in social-ecologically sound manner, that enhances both their environmental and development benefits.

Wetland Action seeks to promote awareness and understanding of:

  • Environmentally sustainable management of wetlands, that enhances ecosystem services and meets the socio-economic needs of users.
  • Socially sensitive wetland management, that sustains 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 by all stakeholders, 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.