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WWN recess during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 5:21 PM

At a meeting on 31 March 2020, WWN's committee decided to put operations on hold for two months. The coronavirus pandemic has affected the working ability of committee members, and caused many international conservation meetings and conferences to be postponed. 

The committee will reconvene in June 2020 to assess the situation then.  

Vote for IUCN natural flow motion

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:27 AM

 Vote for natural flow at IUCN World Congress!

In April and May, even if you are obliged to stay at home, there is an excellent way to help wetlands: if your organisation is a member of the IUCN, please vote online for our Motion protecting the natural flow of rivers.  

The Congress passes as many Motions as possible in advance of the meeting, by online voting. 
When a country protects the natural flow of water from its rivers, lakes, and estuaries, it also protects local communities, indigenous peoples, and biodiversity. This Motion seeks to enshrine this as part part of the policy of the IUCN, an international conservation organisation comprising both governments and non-governmental organisations.

We would very much appreciate your support for this Motion. If your organisation is a member of the IUCN, please vote (or ask the vote holder of your organisation to vote) for this Motion to be passed as a Resolution. Voting is available forom 20 April to 13 May 2020 via the IUCN World Congress website.

You can read the text of the motion on the official website of the IUCN World Conservation Congress


Other Motions of interest

Related to Natural Flow:
009 - Protecting rivers and their associated ecosystems as corridors in a changing climate

013 - Protection of Andes-Amazon rivers of Peru: the Marañón, Ucayali, Huallaga and Amazonas, from large-scale infrastructure projects

015 - Supporting the Lower Mekong Basin countries with the transboundary management of water resources, ecosystems and biodiversity

016 - The importance of a cross-border approach to prioritise biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change and risk management in the Río de la Plata Basin

017 - Cooperation on transboundary fresh waters to ensure ecosystem conservation, climate resilience and sustainable development

063 - Dams in the Alto Paraguay River Basin, the Pantanal and the Paraná-Paraguay Wetland System

Related to other WWN themes:

002 - Strengthened institutional inclusion concerning indigenous peoples

039 - Protecting environmental human and peoples' rights defenders and whistleblowers

048 - Rediscovering the care of Mother Earth from the vision of indigenous peoples

045 - Recognising and supporting indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights and roles in conservation

055 - Global Indigenous Network for Aquaculture (GINA)

076 - Role of children and youth in nature conservation

Related to wetlands:
014 - Aquatic biodiversity conservation of shallow marine and freshwater systems

034 - [Climate Change and Biodiversity Crisis] [Promoting integrated solutions to the climate change and biodiversity crises] 

018 - Conservation of spring ecosystems in the Mediterranean region

035 - Enhancing the resilience of coastal areas in the face of climate change, biodiversity crisis and rapid coastal development

036 - The implementation of nature-based solutions in the Mediterranean Basin

006 - Promoting harmony between cranes – flagships for biodiversity – and agriculture

073 - Promotion of the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

114 - Saving the world’s otters

Freshwater biodiversity Emergency Recovery Plan

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:02 PM

Scientists have launched a six-point Emergency Recovery Plan for freshwater biodiversity; they want the plan to guide governments at the next Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in October, and beyond. The Plan resonates greatly with WWN’s work. Most strikingly, Action Six mirrors the Resolution Minoru Kashiwagi is proposing at IUCN World Congress in June: ‘Action 6. Safeguard and restore freshwater connectivity’.

The headins of the action plan are: 

Action 1. Accelerate implementation of environmental flows
Action 2. Improve water quality to sustain aquatic life
Action 3. Protect and restore critical habitats
Action 4. Manage exploitation of freshwater species and riverine aggregates
Action 5. Prevent and control nonnative species invasions in freshwater habitats
Action 6. Safeguard and restore freshwater connectivity

The authors also make recommendations for CBD targets. Three Ramsar IOPs are part of the plan (WWF, IUCN, and WWT), along with nine universities and institutes plus consultants from North America, Europe, and Australia

They say the plan ‘This plan extends the concept of species recovery plans established in legislation such as the US Endangered Species Act 1973 and the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999’.

The plan is published in the journal BioScience:  

There are also summaries from the participating NGOs, including WWF’s article where you can also download a PDF of the article; and WWT’s article where Director of Conservation says "Our newly published Emergency Recovery Plan presents an outline of straightforward and pragmatic solutions to the freshwater biodiversity crisis that are already proven to work".

The lead-author David Tickner of WWF tweeted a summary saying "If we keep doing the same kind of conservation, we will lose even more wildlife from our rivers, lakes & wetlands." 

INTECOL abstracts deadline

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 1:04 PM

The 11th International Wetlands Conference, INTECOL, will happen later this year, with a deadline fast approaching in February. They are calling for abstracts for symposia or workshops, to be received by 28 February. The conference will happen in October in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Key dates:

Call for abstracts close: 28 February 2020
Acceptance of abstracts: 30 April 2020
Early bird registrations close: 18 June 2020
Conference: 18 – 23 October 2020.

Conference themes:
Facing the challenges of climate change
Developing green infrastructure in urban and rural landscapes
Understanding bio/geo/hydro diversity and wetland functioning
Promoting sustainable resource use and community wellbeing
Guiding community ecological restoration projects

The INTECOL website has a list of the many accepted symposia and workshops. 

Youth Engaged in Wetlands' convene in Tokyo

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 9:27 AM

PRESS RELEASE January 16, 2020



Youth Engaged in Wetlands (YEW), a grassroots network conceived during the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) in Dubai, UAE last October 2018, will be convening for the first time in Tokyo, Japan from January 16 to January 20, 2020 to drive greater action towards the conservation and wise-use of wetlands all around the world.

YEW’s main agenda in this meeting is to strengthen their strategic direction as they escalate their achievements from 2019 and lay the groundwork for 2020, the Super Year for Biodiversity, and the 14th Conference of the Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 14) which will be happening in China in 2021. In addition to this, several key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Environment of Japan, and different organizations like Youth Ramsar Japan, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, World Wetland Network, and the Ramsar Network Japan will be participating in this event.

This meeting has been made possible through the generous support of Youth Ramsar Japan, a youth-led organisation aimed at creating wetland-related education activities and opportunities for youth across Japan.

As agents of change— YEW is an inclusive international network whose mission is to provide a platform for youth to enable and empower them to protect and promote the conservation of wetlands worldwide. The YEW core team is composed of members coming from different nationalities and countries from Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, France, Guinea, India, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, UAE, and USA.

With the turn of the decade comes new opportunities to turn the problem of biodiversity loss and deterioration of wetlands around. As 2020 being the Super Year for Biodiversity, several meetings and conventions all over the world which have the potential to provide solutions and actions towards these problems are expected to take place, and with YEW leading the action towards youth involvement in wetland conservation worldwide, the team remains hopeful for the future.


For further information please contact:


Follow the YEW meeting over on Facebook, for updates on their webinar, due on Monday 20 January.

Africa Wetlands Forum

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 3:03 PM

WWN delegates from across Africa will meet other wetland conservationists in Tunisia in 2020. The date is still to be decided, pending disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The conference will include a field visit to a nearby Ramsar site, the Sejoumi wetland.  


Contact Imen Labidi for more information, including the possibility of travel and subsistence support. For registration documents (in French) please see below note the deadline for registration is the 6th December. 

Concept Note; draft programme; registration form; call for contributions.


Ramsar information service map of Sejoumi

Natural Flow of Water at IUCN Congress

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11:12 AM

The IUCN’s World Conservation Congress 2020 has accepted a motion submitted by WWN member at Ramsar Network Japan (RNJ) Minoru Kashiwagi. The motion is about the natural flow of water for the conservation of wetlands.

The IUCN is one of the biggest international non-governmental organisations with members from governments, civil society organisations and indigenous people’s organisations. It is one of the founders of Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and one of the six International Organisation Partners (IOPs) of Ramsar Convention. IOPs are non-governmental organisations that are not parties to the convention but that are given a status equivalent to parties (except for voting) because of their contributions for implementation etc. The Ramsar Secretariat is hosted at IUCN Headquarters at Gland, Switzerland. In this sense the IUCN has been supportive of NGOs. It supoorted pre-COP NGO forums of Multilateral Environment Agreements in late 90s and early 2000s in the name of the Global Biodiversity Forum. The forums provided opportunities for local groups to participate in COPs and to make presentations on their activities to the world.

logo of IUCN World Congress 2020

Submission of a motion to the Congress of IUCN can be an effective tool for NGOs, especially grassroots and indigenous groups. Non-governmental members can submit a motion directly. It is not like in the case of a draft resolution at Ramsar COP. In the case of COP only parties, i.e. governments, can submit. NGOs have to find a party to propose a resolution. Once adopted, a motion will be a resolution or recommendation that all members of the IUCN, be they government or non-gorvernmental organisations, have to follow.

The submission of this Motion is a result of a joint project of WWN, RNJ and Korea Wetland NGO Network (KWNN) on the natural flow of water. It started at an international NGO workshop organised by WWN/KWNN/RNJ in Busan, Republic of Korea, in 2017. It is a project to halt the degradation/loss of wetlands due to developments on the flow of water from the headstream to estuaries and to coastal region less than 6 m in depth as defined by Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. KWNN proposed this project to address the national project of Four Rivers Project described in the appeal on WWN website. There have been many cases of degradation and loss in Japan and East Asia where there has been and was a strong pressure of development. KWNN and RNJ have taken the initiative for this project since then.

The motion calls on member states to legislate against risks to indigenous people, ecosystems, and local communities, by new projects that would prevent the natural flow of water, in particular, construction projects.

The motion points out the value of free-flowing rivers to ecologically-based disaster risk-reduction (EcoDRR), and the examples of the removal of Arase Dam in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, proposal of re-naturalisation of rivers by Republic of Korea and EU Water Directive linking water and ecosystem services.

Before reaching the Congress, IUCN members will discuss the proposed motions and vote online on a selection to be brought forward to the Congress itself. If you are eligible and would like to discuss the motion with Minoru, please get in touch. 

The Congress will happen in Marseille, France, in June 2020. If you are an IUCN member, you can comment on the motion on the IUCN website. WWN members who are not IUCN members are also welcoem to contribute their comments for Minoru, via this form

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New WWN North America rep

Thursday, August 08, 2019 at 3:14 PM

We extend a warm welcome to Laura Chamberlin, Assistant Director for North America working on community engagement as part of Manomet and WHSRN (Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network) who has agreed to be our WWN North America representative (she replaces Tim Grunewald, of ICF as the previous rep). She has done a lot of work on local engagement and awareness raising activities as well as international networking activities. We look forward to benefitting from her knowledge and experience, and her network of contacts across North America and further afield.

NGOs help protect vital Asian wetland

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 at 11:41 AM

NGOs have worked together to influence national and international actors to protect an important coastal wetland.

The Chinese coast of the Yellow Sea was always a likely candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Status. The mudflats are vital for millions of migratory birds; they are essential feeding places on the difficult journeys–the birds there often are flying to or from places like the Russian Far East, Australia, and the Bay of Bengal.

In a region with high coastal development and shipping needs, parts of the Yellow Sea had become oases for the birds. Flagship species that depend on it include the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper.  


Rudong, China. Photo Rich Hearn/WWT.

Then, a few weeks before UNESCO was due to confirm the latest batch of World Heritage sites, conservationists were blindsided: the official recommendation was that the Yellow Sea should not be put forward as a candidate, for another five years.

Wetland scientists immediately approached the interested NGOs, both in China and abroad. As a network, this quickly reached many people and in a few weeks they had prepared a letter with more than 60 signatories for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre asking that rather than waiting until it was too late, they should inscribe the mudlfats on the World Heritage list now.

Once they had distributed the letter to the powers that be, it was an anxious wait.

Then on Friday morning, the news came through: the cooperation had worked. UNESCO officially made the migratory bird stops into World Heritage Sites!

Some conservationists had been fearful of the consequences of missing this opportunity for official protection and tourism investment. With it in place they can be more confident in saving species such as the spoon-billed sandpiper from extinction.

While there is still a lot of work to be done for these wetlands, the story so far is an encouraging case-study of how NGO networks can amplify their voice and get closer to their goals, by engaging in networks.


Chinese media reports the story in more detail; see also the participants including the Paulson Institute;

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Youth Ramsar Japan visit to Slimbridge, UK

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 at 9:29 AM

The current and previous head of Youth Ramsar Japan, Takuma Satoh and Atushi Tanabe respectively, have visited the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in the UK. Maximising their time in Europe at the Ramsar Standing Committee meeting, they then went to the UK to meet WWN Deputy Chair Chris Rostron and colleagues.

Outside Peter Scott's house

Visiting Sir Peter Scott's house at Slimbrige. 

Takuma Satoh writes:

This was the first time I visited an overseas wetland visitor center. First of all, I was surprised at the scale of the Slimbridge Wetland Centre. I felt it was rooted in the locality: WWT centres in the UK have more than 1 million visitors per year and most of them visit from within 20 miles.

It is interesting that the zones of wetland conservation and animal contact are clearly separated, yet each place has different generations and interests for visitors.

By feeding the birds in the collection area, the children learn the original experiences of touching wild animals, while bird-loving adults can secretly observe wild birds. I expressed that it was somewhat like a Japanese zoo, but not exactly. The zoo has a strict permiter, and brings out the wild animals that are not there from the outside, but Slimbridge is the place in the wetland and there is an environment where the wild animals live better. The zoo ends only with contact, and we do not look after environmental conservation and relations with the local community. I felt that there was a fresh place.

I also felt it has a great deal of educational approaches. These had the flexibility to change the contents of the workshop according to the age and the needs of the visiting children. I felt that the connection was created so that not only the children in the area but also the visiting adults could learn.


WWN and youth at Ramsar Standing Committee 57

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4:46 PM

Following their closing statement to Ramsar’s 13th Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP13) in October 2018, the Youth Engaged in Wetlandsare continuing to engage with the Ramsar convention. Joining in the 57th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee thanks to the generous support of Youth Ramsar Japan, they have been getting good support from national delegates.

Youth representatives with Ramsar Secretary General Martha Rojas Urrego

Elise Allély, Takuma Satoh, and Atsushi Tanabe have been warmly welcomed to the meeting, at Ramsar headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. One of the highlights from meeting this meeting is that Ramsar’s COP14 will be hosted in Wuhan, China, in 2021. Some countries have indicated interest in proposing a focus on youth at the next COP.

Elise Allély, the WWN Youth Facilitator, reports back as the meeting comes to a close: 

“From the discussions throughout the week and interventions in plenary, we are pleased to see the enthusiasm and support among delegates around engaging youth in particular in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Convention. Some initial keywords mentioned for the COP14 were Youth, Water, Future and Responsibility! A promising direction for the big birthday of Ramsar!
The Youth Engaged in Wetlands team remains as committed as ever, inspired and full of new ideas! We are keen to keep the contacts we made in the meeting and to lend our voices and ideas as we go towards an exceptional 50th anniversary for wetlands and post COP14”.

There are more details about the topics discussed at the Standing Committee on the Ramsar website. You can also read about how Youth Engaged in Wetlands influenced the previous COP.  

See Secretary General Urrego's tweet about meeting the YEW team!

Youth representatives and the Japanese delegation to Ramsar Standing Commitee 57

Logo of Ramsar Youth Japan


Support the Korean Four Rivers restoration

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:45 AM

The Korean Citizens’ Alliance for Re-natralizing Four Major Rivers is asking for help to promote restoration activities for the four major rivers. Currently, the Korean government is evaluating the Four Rivers Project and is planning a policy to restore naturalness of the rivers. In February, Korean government deliberated the proposal of the treatment plan to dismantle some of the dams in two of the four major rivers. The Korean government is also planning to evaluate the remaining dams of the other two rivers.

The 4 Rivers Project was launched by the former President Lee Myeong Bak 10 years ago despite oppositions of most Korean population. Through this project 18 large weirs and dams were built alongside massive dredging construction. After the Project was finished, serious environmental crisis come to reality in 4 major rivers; Wetlands and endangered species started to disappear. The bloom of toxic blue-green algae degrades water quality severely.

However, this policy is in trouble. The opposition party, which was promoting the four major rivers in the past, is strongly opposing the dismantling of dams. The plan to revive the environment of the rivers is being hampered by the interference of some political groups. The Korean NGO community would like to ask you for help to restore the four rivers. They ask your group to join in a joint statement for restoration of the Four Rivers. The support of the international NGOs will be very helpful for restoring the Four Rivers. Please consider as soon as possible whether your organisation can sign the appeal and send the confirmation of your organisation's signature hopefully  by 3rd of June. You can sign by clicking on this link.

Wetland survey workshop

Friday, March 08, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Nick Davidson presents

After the successful delivery of the first Global Citizen Science Survey of the State of the Worlds Wetlands, the core group met at Slimbridge, UK, to plan for round two. The group looked at the strengths and weakness of the first survey, talked about the key results and outcomes, and how we can deliver an improved version in time for the next Ramsar COP14 in 2021. Our key suggestions were to:

- Repeat the survey monkey questionnaire, but with improved online support

- Additional levels of input from social media resources, to be developed

- Use existing results to create useful tools for local respondants, once the initial reserach paper published

- Maintain contact with the original group of respondents that expressed an interest in on-going contact

We will work on these proposals over the comoing months and keep all respondants, and the WWN network as a whole, up to date. The published scientific paper on the survey should be available soon.


The planning group (Nick Davidson and Matt Simpson, SWS, Chris Rostron, Connor Walsh and Rob Shore, WWT, Rob McInnes, independent consultant), March 2019

Dr. Lew Young in memoriam

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 at 1:12 PM


It is with great sadness we announce that Dr. Lew Young passed away from a heart attack whilst with colleagues in Beijing on Tuesday 5 March 2019. Lew was the CEO of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership and before that, Senior Asia Advisor for the Ramsar Secretariat. He helped launch and run the WetlandLink International-Asia project with colleagues from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in 2006, whilst he was managing the Mai Po wetland centre in Hong Kong, a network of wetland centres that is still alive and well.

Lew has been involved with WWN since its inception at Ramsar COP10, 2008. He was instrumental in launching the World Wetland Network, bringing together NGOs and building on his previous experience with WWF and his extensive network of contacts.  We have always been grateful for his support, knowledge and enthusiasm for involving civil society in wetland conservation.

Lew has always given us great advice, made time despite his busy schedule and had enormous patience, as well as a wicked sense of humour. He was a supreme diplomat, able to bring partners together and find solutions that enabled good decisions to be taken and projects to be delivered. We will miss him immensely, but his legacy lives on in his incredible achievements for wetland conservation, and he will always be an inspiration to us. With great sadness at his passing, but also great joy that we had the privilege of working with him.

Lew, you continue to be an inspiration for us all.


Condolences and tributes can be emailed to

WWN Management Committee

World Wetlands Day 2019

Friday, February 01, 2019 at 9:08 AM

Core group active on four continents

The WWN core group members are all busy celebrating World Wetlands Day this year. Here’s a summary of what we’re up to:

Louise Duff is speaking at a conference at Cockburn Wetland Centre, Perth, Australia, local participants on the outcome of the global citizen science wetland survey that we did with the Society of Wetland Scientists and WWT; in particular on the value of community engagment as revealed in the survey.

Chris Rostron is speaking at the French national launch of World Wetlands Day activities at Grand Lieu Wetland Centre, one of the most active members of the WLI network.


Pato Guerrero is holding two days of activities at Putu wetland in Chile, called the "Embrace Your Earth Meeting-Encounter" (Encuentro AbrazaTu Tierra) with food, cultural activities, bird watching, and field visits. 

In Colombia, Felipe Velasco is starting the process of Ramsar designation for Lake Tota—amazing news after years of work.  

Max Djondo in Benin is using the occasion to celebrate Lake Nokoué (see the photo below) with the Ministry of the Enviornment and Water, local authorities, and communities. They can influence some of the threats to Lake Nakoué: uncontrolled urbanization, commercial reclamation of the  lakeshore,invasive alien species, overfishing and overextraction. 

In Kyushu, Japan, Minoru Kashiwagi is holding a conference called Save our wetland, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, with reports from those who participated in Ramsar COP13, and EAAFP MOP10. 

Global Wetland Outlook - Webinar, Monday 4th February 2019
Find out more about the recent Ramsar report on the state of the world's wetlands at this free webinar, run by Prof. Roy Gardiner and Dr. Max Finlayson, lead authors of the report. Register and join from 17.00 to 18.00 (US Eastern Standard Time). They will also record the event for subsequent distribution.

Review of COP13

Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:55 PM

In October 2018 the conservation world looked to the tri-ennial meeting of Ramsar, the Wetlands Convention, which happened in Dubai. We went there with a momentum that started strong and got even stronger!

Our main activities were: 

  • NGO Pre-COP Meeting
  • NGO Opening Statement
  • Youth Forum and visioning workshop
  • Youth closing statement
  • WWN Exhibition Stand and display

We started by facilitating NGOs coming together before the COP, to find out how we could amplify each voice. Through this we produced an opening statement, and negotiated its presentation to the whole convention

We also championed Youth Engaged in Wetlands, a group which made a great impact on the COP. Their Forum led on a slot in the closing session of COP13, and the sugestion quickly grew that the next COP, in three years time, should be themed on youth and wetlands. 

We held other side events, including on the health of the world’s wetlands, and the direction it is taken, which we uncovered through our citizen-science surveys. Our members and partners in northeast Asia led a side event on natural flow of water and whether the relevant Resolutions and Guidelines are being well implemented. Also in that region, our official support for the city of Busan's efforts to have its local wetlands recgnised as a Ramsar site.

We also provided a platform for Tunisian NGO Réseau Enfants de la Terre (RET) to advocate for protection of Sebkhet Sejoumi wetland.
We had an exhibition stand for the first time, where we hosted daily meetings for NGO delegates. The stand provided a networking space for members and guests, and was a hive of activity throughout the COP.

We have produced an eight page report looking at what we did and the overall key messages from Ramsar COP13. 



Youth Engaged in Wetlands help close Ramsar COP13

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:57 AM

World Wetland Network supported the Youth Engaged in Wetlands team to make a statement during the closing plenary at Ramsar COP13. The YEW team called on the parties to fully commit to implementation of the resolutions, and to involve youth in policy making and implementation of the convention. Their statement proposed the theme for Ramsar COP 14 as Youth and Wetlands.


Congratulations to Elise Allely, Lucia Gamarra and Gab Mejia who led the successful Youth Engaged in Wetlands activities. The statement was presented by Anne Valentina Bourbon from Emirates Nature-WWF. Takuma Satoh, President of Youth Ramsar Japan and Manouore Awa Njoya, Permanent Secretary of Réseau Africain des Jeunes pour les Zones Humides (Cameroon) joined her on the podium.

Read the Youth Declaration.

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WWN delivers NGO statement to Ramsar COP13

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:54 AM

WWN has facilitated and delivered a unified statement by NGOs attending the Ramsar COP 13 in Dubai.
After a meeting of 51 delegates before the COP opened, we prepared a statement representing the expertise and values of the NGOs. We negotiated a slot to present the statement to the Conference.

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Addressing more than 1,000 delegates, Maia Sarrouf Willson, the Research and Conservation Manager at the Environment Society of Oman presented the following message:

The World Wetland Network is grateful for this opportunity to address Ramsar COP13. WWN is a global alliance of Non-Government and Civil Society Organisations, with long-term connection to local wetlands. Our members are a considerable force for conservation and wise use.

Our recent Citizen Science Global Wetland Survey found the statistically most important driver for positive wetland protection and wise use is engagement of Non-Government Organisations and local communities. We provide solutions and want to play our part in making the Ramsar Convention a success.

To this end, we call on the Contracting Parties to engage with Non-Government Organisations, indigenous people, and local communities at all levels, including Ramsar Site assessment and management, National Wetland Steering Committees and through active involvement at the COP.

We urge the Contracting Parties to support full participation, transparency, capacity building and learning among the different players in wetland protection. But to ensure this is effective, resources are needed. Small inputs at the local level will yield significant benefits for wetland wise use and conservation.

World Wetland Network is hosting a Youth Forum in the side events. We encourage the Contracting Parties and the Partner Organizations to meaningfully engage young people as key stakeholders in the Ramsar family. They are a powerful force to help prevent, stop and reverse the trend of wetland loss and degradation.

In less than three years, on World Wetlands Day 2021, the Ramsar Convention turns 50. What will be our legacy? There’s no Planet B and we’re out of time. Let’s act boldly together at this meeting and beyond for conservation and wise use of wetlands.

Due to the limited time allowed, World Wetland Network’s Opening Statement to Ramsar COP13 was abbreviated. Click here for the full-text version developed in collaboration with 51 NGO delegates attending the Pre-COP Meeting held on Monday 22 October 2018.


State of world's wetlands at Ramsar COP13

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Where are wetlands deterioating, where are they improving? Together with the Society of Wetlands Scientists and WWT we called on hundreds of citizen scientists to report the ecological condition and influences on their wetlands. The trends are inlightening and empowering for regional and national planners amd conservation scientists. 

Nick Davidson, Rob McInnes, Chris Rostron, and Matthew Simpson will present results, revealing trends at continetal and regional level, at the Ramsar COP13 in Dubai. 

If you are attending Ramsar COP13, come along!

Room 5A
Wednesday 24 October

World Wetland Network @ Ramsar COP 13, Dubai, UAE

Friday, October 05, 2018 at 10:32 AM

WWN NGO Pre-COP Meeting

Update: read the final NGO statement.

Monday 22 October 9 am–12 noon.
Admiral Plaza Hotel, Khalid Bin Walid Road, Al Nadhia Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai (8.7 km from Dubai International Airport).
Cost 20 AED ( 5 US$ / Euro)
To register click here.

WWN will be attending Ramsar COP 13 and we hope to meet you at our NGO Pre-COP Meeting.

We will be working with NGOs to prepare Opening and Closing Statements, meeting daily at our Exhibition Stand, hosting a Youth Forum and participating in several other side events. If you would like to contribute to our NGO Opening Statement email the Chair Louise Duff with your thoughts by Friday 19/10.


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Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018 at 4:42 PM


Ramsar has announced its Wetland Conservation Awards 2018, with winners in the categories of Wise Use (Fundación Global Nature, Spain), Wetland Innovation (Pronatura Mexico), Young Wetland Champions (Youth Climate Action Network of Samoa) and a Merit Award to Mr Ma Guangren of China, for lifetime achievements in wetland conservation in China and Asia.  To find out more, see their webpage.

Global Wetland Survey - Results May 2018

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Global Wetland Survey 2017 - Good wetlands getting better, poor wetlands getting worse

The Global Citizen Science Wetland Survey was initiated by the Society of Wetland Scientists, the World Wetland Network and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (UK), and aims to get a snapshot of the state of the world’s wetlands from the point of view of those that know them.  We attempted to create a survey tool that allowed participants to record in some detail the state of their wetlands and the pressures that are affecting them.  Using an online survey platform (survey monkey) we created a set of questions that covered as broad a range of pressures as possible, whilst asking if these were increasing or decreasing.  The survey was replicated as an excel document for those that did not have good enough internet access to do it online, or those that preferred to do in the field.

The survey was distributed through the WWN and SWS networks, and through existing fora such as the Ramsar Forum, Ramsar CEPA forum, and national / regional networks.  In all, we received around 600 responses, of which around 541 were usable (once all duplicate or incomplete responses had been removed).  We aimed to get 50 responses per Ramsar region, and managed to exceed this in all regions.

Initial analysis showed that the largest group of respondents were NGOs (33.1%) followed by Academics (21.6%), national and local government (20.4%) and the others included local and national government representatives, CSO groups and landowners.  Most had known their wetland for fewer than 10 years, but the longest was up to 68 years! 

45% of sites were between 100-10,000ha, and 21% from 10,000 to 100,000ha.  Overall 7.7% of Ramsar sites were represented (covering 14.4% of total Ramsar site area).  More wetlands were described as being in ‘good’ state (30%) than poor state (24%).  Oceania and North America had the most positive picture, whilst Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe had most reports of ‘poor’ status.

In terms of direction of travel, more wetlands were reported as deteriorating (36%) than improving (21%), with deterioration particularly evident in Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa.  Overall, it seems that ‘good’ current state wetlands are improving, whilst ‘poor’ wetlands are further deteriorating.

In terms of drivers, there were only three that were reported as being positive, and these included local community awareness, implementation of conservation management measures and tourism. Most drivers were however classed as negative, and the worst were urban/industrial pollution, species introduction (invasives), agricultural run-off, erosion, urban development/infrastructure, and industrial development/infrastructure.  All drivers were reported as increasing rather than decreasing, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

The next step will be to create some scientific publications from these results, which will be published before Ramsar COP13.  We will also run a side-event to discuss both the results themselves, but also the methodology used and how it can be improved upon.  We hope to re-run the survey every three years, to fit with the cycle of Ramsar COPs. 

Report from Ramsar Africa Pre-COP meeting

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Thanks to Max Djondo our WWN Africa regional representative for forwarding the report from the Ramsar pre-COP meeting for Africa, which took place in Senegal from the 26th February to the 2nd of March 2018.

WWN in Eurpre-COP Ramsar meeting 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:11 AM

European preCOP meeting 

Olomouc, in Czech Republic, hosted the last of the preCOP meetings of the Ramsar convention on wetlands, the European one. While outside of the meeting room the temperatures sank below zero, inside the room the participants got into heated discussions on the future of the structure of the conventions' organs, with two proposals presented in parallel, one by Switzerland and another one by the Standing Committee. Despite differences on the proposals, and disagreements regarding procedures, the main feeling  was shared: Ramsar needs some changes to keep up with the pace of the times and deliver its maximum potential for the conservation of wetlands.  

The link with other conventions was repeatedly mentioned in several draft resolutions - cultural values and climate change, polar and subpolar wetlands, coastal blue carbon, cultural values and climate change, intertidal wetlands, urbanisation, turtles... - as is the need to remind of the value of wetlands to achieve Paris and Aichi agreements or the sustainable development goals. The role of Ramsar Advisory Missions was another corner stone, and the Resolution on RAM if finally strong, has a great potential to take the best out of them.

 Another shared feeling is the need to improve the exchange of information between science and managers. Here regional initiatives, such as MedWet, or the NGOs were presented as good pools to share. The MedIsWet project, is a good example, right now developed by several NGOs together with MedWet and Tour du Valat, led by WWF, to make an inventory the wetlands of the Mediterranean islands, implementing a resolution from the previous COP. It was linked to a new DR on small wetlands presented by China. With both resolutions one thing is clear: small wetlands conservation remains a big challenge, but there are tools and experiences that show there is still hope for them. 

Several DRs put on the table the relevance of wetlands for peace, and there seems to be agreement to merge them. DR on rapid assessment on ecosystem services was subject of discussion, and the need to align it with existing listings of ecosystem services, such as those of UN or the EU was requested, as well as eliminating some activities that, when developed, involve the destruction of wetlands or of their correct function, such as dumping, peat extraction or hydropower. 

Being a European meeting, European regulations and policies floated in the air cross-cutting many discussions. There is work to do, both by the secretariat but also, and mainly, for contracting parties to ensure that the discussions now taking place regarding the review of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the upcoming review of the Common Agricultural Policy contribute to the protection and good management of wetlands, and do not lead to their destruction. Re. WFD, it was agreed that it is not developing its full potential for wetlands as countries are not being ambitious enough on its implementation, and watering it down would have a negative impact on wetlands. 

There was also time for more relaxed conversations in the field trips or the dinner at the Archibishop's palace of Olomuc. Time for watching great videos on European wetlands and to share knowledge of several projects for wetlands presenting posters, including the one in the WWN/SWS/WWT international survey on the status of wetlands. The corner of Mediterranean products, brought by the MedIsWet partners, was a clear win-win for all the participants, in which we toasted for the team work in the future of wetlands.

For more information about 9th European Ramsar Meeting please you can download through the link provided below:

- all presentations shown during the Meeting in the Czech Republic last week,

- all “introductions” to the 18 interactive sessions (numbered according to the session number, cf. the attached Agenda) and

- the “conclusions” presented from each interactive session: 

Please download the documents of interest to you: use them for your preparation to report on a specific DR during Standing Committee 54 (23-27 April 2018, if you plan to attend), or for your own preparation for COP13 (21-29 October 2018).


Eva Hernandez

European Representative

World Wetland Network (WWN)

WWN in Asia pre-COP Ramsar meeting 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:32 AM

WWN is participating in the regional Pre-COP meetings, promoting our global survey on the state of wetlands as reported by local communities. Minoru Kashiwagi and his colleagues presented our poster at the Asia meeting prior to the COP. Thanks to our partners from the Wetland Scientific Society (SWS) and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

See the preliminary results of the World Wetland Survey here.

World Wetlands Day 2018

Thursday, February 01, 2018 at 10:03 AM

World Wetlands Day 2018 - Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future

The 2nd of February is World Wetlands Day, celebrating urban wetlands and their role in supporting life for both humans and wildlife.  There is lots of material available on Ramsar's website, including an introductory video from the Secretary General Martha Rojas-Urrego, information posters, case studies, colouring-in poster for children, and an opportunity to upload your event to their map.  If you are running activities for World Wetlands Day, please do tell us about it here.

Pan-African youth forum

Monday, January 08, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Pan-Africain youth forum on wetlands

23 – 24 April 2018, Cameroun, Akonolinga

Theme : Involving young people in the wise use of wetlands : an absolute necessity

Reflecting the mission of the Ramsar Convention and in the support of its delivery, the NGO Voluntariat pour l’Environnement (VPE) is organising a pan-African youth forum on these ecosystems.  The forum will take place from the 23rd to the 24th April 2018 at Akonolinga (Cameroon).  It aims to support exchange of information in order to develop resolutions and recommendations that lead to better engagement of young people in the protection of wetlands.  The forum will also serve as the end of the work placements for those young people that have been taking part in the 6-month International Youth Programme of the VPE since November 2017.

To find out more, please see the programme, or contact us at  For the registration form, click here.  The deadline date for registration is the 1st March 2018.

Asian Wetlands Symposium - Saga, Japan

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:55 AM

World Wetland Network supported our colleagues at RamsarNet Japan and Korean Wetlands NGO Network to prepare a proposal on wetland conservation for consideration at the Asian Wetlands Symposium held in Saga, Japan on 6 – 11 November 2017.

The statement addresses concerns about infrastructure development projects which stop the flow of waterways and reclaim tidal flats, causing losses to water quality, biodiversity and livelihoods.

You can read the final Saga statement here

State of the World’s Wetlands Survey

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Working with the Society of Wetlands Scientists (Ramsar section) and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, we have now delivered the first part of the Global Wetland Survey, with responses from across the world, identify key issues for wetlands.  A huge thanks to all those that took part! 

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.  We have just started to analyse these results, and you see the initial findings here.  In the next few months we will produce some more detailed reports, and we will also prepare for a side event at the next Rarmsar COP13 to talk about how the survey went, the results and lessons learnt.


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12th Japan Korea NGO Wetland Forum

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:36 PM

WWN’s Regional Representative, Minoru Kashiwagi, played a significant role organising the meeting, and Lou Duff represented WWN in her role as Chair of WWN. Wetland conservation and alignment with the Ramsar Convention is very strong in South Korea. Ramsar COP 10 was held in Changwon in 2008. The NGO leaders who instigated the COP are still very actively involved in wetland education and conservation a decade later, and have an ambitious program of activities planned for 2018 to celebrate a decade of activity since COP 10. Click here to read more.

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World rivers day

Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:33 AM

WWN Committee members Louise Duff and Minoru Kashiwagi joined an international delegation of conservationists who toured the Nakdong River, South Korea to celebrate World Rivers Day. Nakdong River is the longest river in South Korea. It was regulated with a series of weirs and an estuary dam as part of the Four Rivers Project from 2009-2012. The project caused eutrophication of the river including poor water quality, toxic green algae and fish kills. The fishery collapsed, with major reductions in the populations of commercial fish species such as eels, affecting livelihoods.  

Civil society organisations campaigned against the Four Rivers Project, and continue to call for restoration of the Nakdong River. The Republic of Korea President Mr. Moon Jae-in from the Democratic Party of Korea made an election promise to reverse the Four Rivers Project and restore Nakdong River. He was elected earlier this year. The municipal government of Busan have also committed to restoring the river.

There are complex social, economic and environmental issues to work through with a range of stakeholders and competing interests. But steps are already underway to start the process. Civil society will play a key role ensuring the restoration project proceeds as promised.

The World Rivers Day field tour was organised by the Korean Wetlands NGO Network and Wetlands and Birds Korea as part of the 12th Korea-Japan Wetland NGO Forum in the City of Busan, South Korea from 22-24 of September 2017. Delegates from Korea, Japan, Australia and United Arab Emirates, (where Ramsar COP 13 will be held next year) attended the meeting.

Photo L-R: Minoru Kashiwagi, Jack Judas (UAE) and WWN Chair Louise Duff.

Calling nominations WWN Committee Representatives.

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM


World Wetland Network is refreshing our leadership team in the lead-up to Ramsar COP 13. Our key role is giving NGOs a voice for wetland conservation. Representatives help us connect with the grass-roots in their regions.

We will be electing the Chair, Vice Chair and Regional Representative for the committee, as well as sub-regional representatives to support our work at the country level. WWN does not have funds to cover our committee, we work on a voluntary basis. It is a great way to “think global, act local”, expanding your impact for wetland conservation. To find out more read the Terms of Reference here.

 If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for the committee, email the Chair Louise Duff with the following details:

1.     Name:

2.     Organisation:

3.     Position:

4.     What role are you nominating for:

5.     CV and/or web link to your web site: 


Nominees must be current members. Click HERE to join. Representatives will be appointed at the October meeting.

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Changes to hydrology and agriculture top concerns

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Changes to hydrology and agriculture top concerns for WWN members.

Our snap poll found that World Wetland Network members are most concerned about changes to hydrology; clearing and filling of wetlands; and chemical pollution. The top three causes are listed as agriculture, failure of legislation to protect wetlands; and lack of understanding of wetland values.

Thanks to the 24 members who completed our survey on key wetland threats and causes. You can find the full report here.


Meet our members

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 3:06 PM

We now have 141 member organisations representing 409,300 grass-roots members – thank you for joining! We encourage you to make contact and network with members in your region. To see a list of members click here 

Dates for Ramsar pre-COP meetings announce

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 at 3:42 PM

The dates and locations for the Ramsar COP (Conference of the Parties) regional preparatory meetings have been confirmed as follows:

·           Africa: Dakar, Senegal, 26 February – 2 March 2018. 

·           The Americas (Latin America and the Caribbean and North America):  San José, Costa Rica, 12 – 16 March 2018.

·           Asia: Colombo, Sri Lanka, 26 February – 2 March 2018.

·           Europe: Olomouc, Czech Republic, 19 – 23 March 2018.

·           Oceania: New Zealand (venue to be confirmed), 12 – 16 March 2018.

We would like WWN and the NGO/CSO sector to be represented at these events, so if you are planning on attending, then please do let us know.


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Asian Wetland Symposium

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 4:36 PM

The Asian Wetland Symposium is held every two years, to bring together wetland scientists and practitioners from across the Asia Region.  The AWS commitee is working to prepare for their conference which will take place from the 4th to the 10th of November this year.  There are opportunities to submit abstracts for presentations or posters to showcase your wetland-related initiatives (or any of the other relevant themes listed on their website), and we would encourage you to put together your suggestions if you would like to give a talk or submit a poster.  See the details here:, the deadline is Monday the 26th of June.

Meet the WWN Committee

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3:04 PM


World Wetland Network is administered by a Regional Management Committee of volunteers representing each region of the world. Regular committee members include:

Louise Duff (Chair, Oceania): 

Chris Rostron (Deputy Chair, Europe):

Tim Grunewald and Claire Mirande (North America):

Minoru Kashigawi (Asia):

Felipe Velasco (Latin America):

Maximin Djondo (West Africa SRR):

Photo caption: WWN Committee Members Minoru Kashiwagi (back row, first on left), Louise Duff (back row, 3rd from right) and Chris Rostron (front row, far right) at a meeting with Ramsar Network Japan and the Korean Wetlands NGO Network

Louise Duff, Chair, works for Conservation Volunteers Australia, in the role of Program Manager, Wetlands Catchments and Coasts. She manages a program called Revive Our Wetlands, engaging communities to conserve wetlands and their catchments for nature and people. Louise and Minoru Kashiwagi, our Asia Representative, played a key role coordinating NGO involvement in Ramsar COP 12 in Uruguay.

Chris Rostron, Vice Chair, is the Head of Wetland Link International working at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Wetland Link International (WLI) is a support network for wetland education centres that deliver engagement activities on site. WLI has 350 members over 6 continents.

Chris and Louise are passionate about wetland conservation, and the important role community organisations play at the grass roots level to engage local people in wetland education and management.  We also have a network of Sub-regional Representatives who support WWN. Next bulletin we will introduce the members of our Regional Management Committee.

Join us!

If you would like to be a Sub-Regional Representative, contact Louise Duff ( or Chris Rostron ( for details. 


WWN has a web site, Facebook Page, Twitter Account and this new quarterly bulletin. To share your story with fellow members send a brief email and link to your own web site or Facebook account to Louise Duff, Chris Rostron or your regional representative.

WWN welcomes new members

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 2:44 PM


Thank you for registering as a member of the World Wetland Network (WWN).

World Wetland Network aims to give Non-Government Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and community groups a voice in wetland conservation and implementation of the Ramsar Convention.  Following a review of our membership we now have 130 member organisations representing more than 380,000 individuals.

Our members represent every region of the world:


Number of members







Latin America


Middle East


North America






Get involved!

New members are always welcome. If you know of any NGOs, CSOs or community groups active in wetland conservation please you are invited to send them this link to our membership registration survey.

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World Wetlands Survey 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:29 PM

WWN, working with SWS (Sociity of Wetlands Scientists, Ramsar Section) and WWT (Wildfowl and Weltands Trust) are pleased to launch the 2017 world wetlands survey, designed to get feedback from those that know and value their local wetlands.  Please see our survey page here, with online versions in multiple languages.  Please pass this on to your friends and colleagues!  Deadline is end of September 2017.

Japan - Korea and WWN meeting

Thursday, December 08, 2016 at 3:04 PM

Some of the WWN Committee members met in Nagoya, Japan at the end of October at a meeting organised by RamsarNet Japan and South Korean colleagues.  It gave us the chance to update on WWN's activities, as well as to start planning for activities leading up to the next Ramsar COP.  The group reviewed our approach and served to reinvigorate the strategy planning process, under the new chair Louise Duff.  Existings member Minoru Kashiwagi, Felipe Velasco and Chris Rostron also attended, with enthuisastic support from Japanese and Korean colleagues, and invaluable input from Lew Young, Ramser Senior Regional Advisor for Asia.

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WWN Delivers Closing Statement to Ramsar COP12

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 6:24 AM

Team WWN at Ramsar COP12Following is an excerpt of the WWN closeing statemnt Presented by Rafaela Nicola, World Wetland Network Committee’s Neo-Tropics delegate.

World Wetland Network was launched at Ramsar COP 10; this is our third COP. Our participation in Ramsar is recognised in Resolution 11.6.We were formed to complement the activity of the IOPs. We fully appreciate the value and expertise of the non-governmental IOPs, who work in strong partnership with local communities and indigenous peoples. WWN was formed at the initiative of smaller, grass-roots NGOs and CSOs seeking a voice at the table.

I speak on behalf of our 2000 members worldwide and our friends at the COP: local and sub-regional organisations who have been meeting daily to engage with and monitor this important process.

The core work of the Ramsar COP 12 has been the resolutions. Crafting and revising resolutions. Collaborating, negotiating and finally reaching agreement. We humbly acknowledge the cooperation and hard work of the Secretariat, Contracting Parties and IOPs to create meaningful resolutions that ensure conservation and wise of our world’s wetlands. When we all return home the real challenge begins, turning these resolutions into action. We urge the Contracting Parties to show steadfast commitment and leadership. We stand ready to help at the local level.

The Fourth Strategic Plan is the most significant outcome of this COP, guiding our combined efforts for the next nine years. World Wetland Network welcomes the Contracting Parties initiative to strengthen engagement of NGOs, civil society groups, local communities and indigenous peoples in the Strategic Plan. These stakeholders provide a long-term and often continuous connection to wetland sites and are essential partners to achieve the Ramsar vision.

We encourage Contracting Parties to work cohesively across ministries and prioritise long-term sustainability when approving developments. A healthy environment is fundamental to our economic and social security. Cohesive implementation will be supported by the effective mobilization of National Wetland Committees. We note that establishment of these committees, with both government and nongovernment representatives, is an indicator for success of Goal 1 in the Plan, and we urge the parties to comply.

Our message is loud and clear: we are committed to Ramsar and we want to do more.

To read the full statements:




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NGO voices to be heard by Ramsar COP12.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 1:17 PM

An NGO Opening Statement, coordinated by the World Wetland Network is to be presented to the 12th Ramsar Conference of the Parties by Virginia Juele, Aguará Pope today (Wednesday 3 June).

The World Wetland Network will offer the following recommendations for Ramsar consideration:

a)      Recognize that NGOs often create a longer-term and more continuous link for Ramsar sites than Government Representatives.

b)      Develop more structured guidance for Ramsar Parties, and National Focal Points, on how to engage civil society.

c)      Explore options to include more NGOs and civil society organisations in the decision-making process for Ramsar at international, regional and country levels.

d)      Create avenues for NGO and civil society input into reporting on the state of all wetlands, Ramsar site nominations and the Montreux Record.

e)      Prioritize funding and support for NGOs and civil society organisations that are working on Ramsar listed wetlands.

Full and effective collaboration between civil society and contracting parties is critical to achieve wetland conservation at the local level. With regard to the draft resolutions for Ramsar COP 12, NGOs are calling for stronger linkages to the NGO and civil society sector in DR2 – the Strategic Plan and DR 9, the CEPA program.

Please read and share the statements with your networks:

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Draft NGO Opening Statement to Ramsar COP12

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 3:13 AM

A Draft NGO Opening Statement to Ramsar COP12 has been developed by World Wetland Network with collaboration of NGO participants at the WWN pre-COP Meeting, Tuesday 2 June 2015, Punta del Este.

The statement will be finlaised at 8am Wednesday 3 June (Uruguay local time). It will be presented to the 12th Ramsar Conference of the Parties by Virginia Juele, Aguará pope, Uruguay on Wednesday 3 June.

Comments for the next 8 hours are welcome.



International Training of the Trainers for IWRM

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 1:33 PM

International Training of the Trainers for IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management)

Wageningen University, the Netherlands, is running a two week training course for those that want to do training themselves on IWRM - fellowships are available. To approach water management effectively, it needs to integrate technical, economic, ecological, social and legal aspects. This approach goes beyond country borders, and needs to be applied on a river basin scale. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process through which people can develop a vision, agree on shared values and behaviour, make informed decisions and act together to manage natural resources of the basin. The stakeholders involved have to understand each other  to achieve the necessary cooperation.

This course, endorsed by the Ramsar Secretariat, aims to enhance your water stewardship skills; enabling you to guide the steps towards the wise management of water. The course is based on the premise that a great water steward knows how to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes, and has strong communication and training skills. A good water steward understands the dynamics of societal learning. The training will apply approaches in line with the Ramsar Handbooks on the Wise Use of Wetlands.  See their website for more details.


Meighan Wetland

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:13 PM

Meighan Wetland

Meighan desert is a unique ecosystem. One of the most important aspects of this uniqueness is the Meighan wetland which has a high biodiversity. The wetland is located 15 km north-east of Arak, and 1670 meters above sea level. It is the most important home of migrant common cranes, Grus grus, in Iran, and also eastern Mediterranean Sea due to the problems that they face in other wetlands in Iran. There are more than 130 species of birds, including ducks, flamingo, Larus minitus, gray crane, greylag goose, etc. The area of the wetland changes from 10,000ha to 12,000ha depending on its water inputs.

At present, 73 plant species are recognized, most of them are halophytes due to the salinity of the area. 10 of them are verified by IUCN, two of them are endangered, and eight of them are vulnerable. The most important specie is a local plant, called Qarah-Daq. Its most important property is sand stabilization.

Some of the most important threatening factors of the area are as follows:


·         Construction of more than 40 dams in front of the catchments of the area, with no regard to the water rights;

·         Construction of more than 1800 wells  in the area during the last 40 years;

·         Unsustainable mineral extraction by the Mineral Factory;

·         Construction of a road at the center of the wetland by the Mineral Factory, which has divided the wetland into two separated parts;

·         Hunting the migrant birds, causing disturbance to the area;

·         Unsustainable grazing;

·         Local dust issues;

·         Lack of comprehensive management for protecting the wetland.

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Last chance to vote

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:18 PM

The 2nd of February, World Wetlands Day, is nearly here, and that is also the deadline for voting for wetlands that you know, as part of WWN's award process.  Although we no longer plan to award the Globes, we will use the information from the voting to select case studies for use at the Ramsar COP, and to produce a publication on Civil Society's view of wetland conservation worldwide.  So please continue to vote!  So far we have leading sites at Las Pinas, the Philippines, and lake Meighan, Iran, with well over 500 votes each!

World Wetlands Day

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Don't forget to celebrate World Wetlands Day, this 2nd of February - you can find out about the tools, resources ad activities on offer at the Ramsar Website.  Remember it's also the deadline for voting for our WWWN wetland globe awards.

New Cartoon guide!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Thanks to our WWN North Andean Countries rep, Felipe Velasco, who has made a new cartoon guide to how to vote for wetlands.  Using an online tool, this simple guide hopes to make things easier for those taking part in the wetland globe awards - see it for yourself here!

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Las Piñas wetland action

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Popularly called Freedom Islands, the Las Piñas – Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LLPCHEA) in the Philippines is a wonderful site composed of Freedom and Long islands. It in fact resembles a bird spreading its wings in this Google Map. Adding to its wonder are the 80 migratory and resident birds such as the endemic Philippine Duck, the endangered Chinese Egret, and the rare Pied Avocet that consider this 175-hectare their home. Add to that are the 5,000 migratory birds passing through it from the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

With its thick mangrove forest, LLPCHEA has protected Metro Manila from typhoon surges. Nine species can be found here, including the Nilad, where the city of Manila (Maynilad) got its name. It contributes to sustainability of the livelihood of Manila Bay communities.  Aside from garbage, big corporations have threatened Manila Bay with reclamation projects that will destroy this critical habitat. Affected communities linking arms with organizations committed to protecting LLPCHEA have been struggling against these reclamation projects. Coastal clean-ups have been continuously conducted for the purpose of regularly cleaning-up the coast and for highlighting the issue of reclamation.

Organizations who lead the advocacy for its protection –Save Freedom Island Movement, Earth Island Institute Philippines, and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, aim to gather more support and raise awareness internationally for the Freedom Islands and the communities caring and protecting it.  Vote for Las Piñas now!

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Wetland Globe Awards - Greece and Peru

Monday, September 08, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Wetland Globe Awards - voting started

Voting has started in earnest now, with wetlands in Peru and Greece taking a lead.  The Pantanos de Villa site, winner of a blue globe award in 2012 (see picture, left), is back in the running with much local support.  Greece also sees a jump in voting, with the Evros delta receiving votes from local groups.  You can vote for your own wetland too - just visit our Wetland Globes pages and vote for a wetland!  We look forward to hearing from you.

Towra point risks second grey globe

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Local campaigners Phil Straw and Professon Joan Dawes who succeeded in obtaining a grey globe award for Towra point in 2012 have been dismayed to see the site continue to degrade, with no additiona resources made available despite fund-raising attempts.  They  are now considering a second campaign that could see the site receive a second Grey Globe award.  See their article here.

WWN Africa Webinar

Monday, July 07, 2014 at 9:58 AM

WWN and Ramsar hosted the first WWN Africa webinar, aimed at all those delivering wetland conservation as part of an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) or civil society group.  The webinar included a presentation from Ramsar's senior regional representative for Africa, Paul Ouedraogo, on how Ramsar works with civil society groups, updates on WWN from the Chair of the network, Mr Chris Rostron, and an excellent presentation from Madagascan colleagues at Conservation International on the work of civil society groups on the Nosivolo River, and how winning WWN's blue globe award had helped their project.  

The webinar was recorded by the hosts, Stetson University, US, and is available to view at this link.  We thank our colleagues at Stetson for helping the webinar go so smoothly, and we are planning another one later this year.

Chris Rostron, Chair, WWN