The Source, Annual Review 2020


The achievements and progress made towards our 2030 targets, as set out in the Strategic Intent 2020-2030 and documented in this annual review, would not have been possible without our greatest resources: our teams across the network of offices, our worldwide network of volunteer International Waterbird Census (IWC) observers and the support of our donors, members and partners.

Harvesting from the mangroves in Demak, Indonesia.

for funding our work in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.

Our members and partners helped us to shape our Strategic Intent 2020-2030 and their annual membership contributions help us implement it. Our members, both governments and NGOs, also provide additional financial support and collaborate in programmes and on policy advocacy. In 2020, we worked intensively with existing partners and platforms to drive wetland solutions across sectors and scales, from knowledge institutions to the private sector. We would like to thank all of our partners and welcome our new company partners, Boskalis and Greenchoice (see page 53). We increase our reach by working with platforms and in cross-sectoral partnerships, including the award-winning Water, Peace and Security Partnership (see page 61), Partners for Resilience, Watershed, Ecoshape (see page 30), the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP), and Global Peatland Initiative.

The International Waterbird Census, one of the longest running and largest citizen science programme in the world can only bring together counts of millions of waterbirds through the investment of many hours of fieldwork by tens of thousands of volunteers. A big thank you to them. Below, we would like to give special thanks to a few of our donors who were critical for Wetlands International’s impact in 2020: • The European Commission for supporting the Eco-DRR programme and the LIFE Operating Grant for our Wetlands International – European Association. • The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) for their support to the Building with Nature Indonesia programme, the Accelerating Adaptation through Building with Nature in Asia upscaling initiative, as well as the Climate Resilient Flyways projects.

• The Dutch Postcode Lottery for their major grant which provided seed finance that enabled us to add value and scale up our programmes. For the brief report on their 3-year grant, see page 20. • To private trusts and foundations, including DOB Ecology for supporting major programmes in Africa and South America, the MAVA Foundation for funding our programme in the Mediterranean region, and the Arcadia Charitable Fund for supporting our project in the Yellow Sea. • To all the donors of the Global Mangrove Alliance and especially of the Global Mangrove Watch: The Oak Foundation, the COmON Foundation and The National Philanthropic Trust, see page 38. • The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Mali, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and others

• Many of the ministries of environment or development agencies, state and local governments from countries, such as of Japan, India, Malaysia, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and Panamá, and all government and NGO members who together enable us to coordinate the International Waterbird Census.

A big thank you, also to all the other donors listed on page 75 onwards of the Annex.



Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

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