A Survey of the State of the World’s Wetlands: tell us about a wetland you know

Why have we undertaken this survey? Knowledge about the status and trends of the world’s remaining wetlands is very patchy and limited. To improve this knowledge, and to better inform wetland policy and decision-making, we conducted a simple worldwide questionnaire survey to gather better knowledge on the state of wetlands.

Who organised the survey?

The survey is a collaborative initiative between the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS Ramsar Section), the World Wetland Network (WWN) and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), with the help of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.

The journal of SWS has published this article about the survey methods and findings; access wil vary acccording to when and where you visit the webpage. If you cannot access it there, please contact the author Nick Davidson via his ResearchGate profile. We are working on other ways of presenting the findings too–stay tuned! 

Findings overview

We received over 600 response to the survey, of which 541 were usable, from 92 counties in seven different languages.  This has given us a great source of rich information, which shows the knowledge and interest of local people about their wetlands. For the latest version of the results (May 2018) see here. We also created a document on the initial findings here or a Chinese version and Japanese version.

We prepared a preliminary report with more details that we presented at the regional meetings prior to the Ramsar Conference of the Parties. Will also prepare a side event at the next Rarmsar COP13 to talk about how the survey went, the results and lessons learnt.

Summary reports will be made available publicly, through the WWN, SWS and other websites. All contributors should have received an email from us letting them know that the article was published.  

Do you have any questions?

If you have any further questions about the survey, please contact Chris Rostron at the World Wetland Network.

And finally… Many thanks to everyone who completed the survey questionnaire.

Chris Rostron (WWN), Nick Davidson & Rob McInnes (SWS Ramsar Section), and Matthew Simpson (WWT)