The Source, Annual Review 2020


Healthy Wetlands

Resilient Communities

Reduced Climate Risks

Wetland carbon stores secured and enhanced: We aim to bring wetlands into activities to adapt to and mitigate

Water and food secured for wetland communities: We aim to prevent further wetland loss and degradation that undermines the natural productivity and water storage capacities of peatlands, floodplains, mangrove forests, deltas and lakes. We aim to improve and diversify the livelihoods of people dependent on wetlands, and promote best practices in agriculture and aquaculture, integrating wetland values into the local economy.

Wetland habitats and functions safeguarded and restored: We

Over 2020-2030, Wetlands International aims to safeguard and restore tens of millions of hectares of wetlands, bringing multiple returns for nature and people. Our theory of change encapsulates the three main phases of our work: to inspire, mobilise and upscale.

aim to help conserve a selection of the most

climate change, which is otherwise a threat to the integrity of all wetlands. Improving the condition of peatlands, river systems and coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, saltmarshes and sea-grass beds will also reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases and return many to their role as carbon sinks.

intact wetland ecosystems and restore others within a full range of wetland types across the world. We also aim to restore other freshwater systems, peatlands, deltas and coastal ecosystems for their intrinsic, cultural and ecosystem-service values. We will prioritise ecological networks that connect landscapes, such as flyways and swim-ways.

For this period, we are orientating our work to achieve three, interconnected global impacts: healthy wetlands, resilient wetland communities, and reduced climate risks.

Our vision, targets and strategic interventions are shaped according to landscapes. We focus on three broad categories of wetland landscapes: Coasts and Deltas, Rivers and Lakes, and Peatlands. “Streams” of work are defined according to the specific contexts of these wetland landscape types.

Wetland Nature-based Solutions integrated into infrastructure developments: We aim to steer urban water


Reduced societal conflict and displacement from wetlands: We will in particular

Wetland species recovered: Building on our long track record for waterbird conservation, we will contribute to the

infrastructure investment and land- use planning towards using wetlands to meet challenges such as water insecurity and flooding that are conventionally addressed by civil engineering – an approach that often causes further loss and deterioration of wetlands.

strive to resolve situations where deterioration of wetlands – caused by upstream abstraction, climate change or population growth -- contributes to loss of livelihoods, human displacement, conflict and migration. Where necessary, we will use peacebuilding and conflict resolution measures to address imbalanced power relations between stakeholders, building capacity for vulnerable and marginalised people to defend their rights to water and wetland resources.

d conservation of wetland biodiversity by working on selected flagship species and groups of species linked to specific habitats.

Healthy Wetlands

Resilient Communities

Reduced Climate Risks


According to our strategic framework, we work in three wetland landscape types to upscale solutions and achieve six outcomes . In turn, these result in three impacts, Healthy Wetlands, Resilient Communities and Reduced Climate Risks .



Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

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