The Source, Annual Review 2020

Question to our Supervisory Council In 2021, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands celebrates its 50th anniversary. What is the key role Wetlands International has played in the past 50 year of the Ramsar Convention and how can we collaborate more effectively with the parties over the next 50 years?

André van der Zande Chair, Supervisory Council

Ulrike Sapiro Member, Supervisory Council (until March 2021)

“From the start of the Convention in 1971, Wetlands International has been indispensable to getting the Convention operational and on track. Providing reliable data and information on waterbirds and migratory birds was a starter motor for “discovering” new listable sites and also signalling threats for already listed sites (Montreux list). Wetlands International’s greatest gift to the Convention was showing how wise use of wetlands works on the ground. Scaling up these wetland solutions with new partners is our challenge for the years to come.”

“Freshwater availability and quality are increasingly material risks for businesses. The Coca-Cola Company is partnering with many expert organisations to protect local ecosystems like wetlands, grasslands, peatlands and forests worldwide. One example is our cooperation with Wetlands International and others to restore the Guanacache Wetlands in Argentina, as well as our support to improve the management of other wetlands of international importance like the Llancanelo lagoon.”

Name an inspiring example of how business contributes though wetland management to meet the 2030 global goals.

Wetlands International Annual Review 2020 Lake Loktak in Manipur, India – known as the ‘mirror of Manipur’ – is under threat by a large concrete barrage built downstream and is one of the wetlands listed in Ramsar’s Montreux Record.

After nine years of rigorous community effort, 1,000 hectares of Guanacache’s wetlands are on a path towards restoration.



Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

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