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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.

Webinar on the GlobWet intiative

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 4:17 PM

The Africa Senior Regional Representative for Ramsar lead a webainr for WWN Africa on the GlobWet initiatve.  The webinar is in English and French, and you can see a recording here.

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

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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Deadline Extended – Ramsar Awards 2018

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:59 PM

The Ramsar Convention Secretariat is calling for nominations for the seventh edition of the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is extended until 30 October 2017

The Awards will be presented at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in October 2018.Three Awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive the Evian Special Prize of US$10,000 kindly offered by the DANONE Group.

The Award categories are:

  • Wetland Wise Use, rewarding a contribution to the long-term sustainable use of wetlands;
  • Wetland Innovation, rewarding an innovative technique that contributes to the wise use of wetlands; and
  • Young Wetland Champions, rewarding a young person or a group of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have contributed to the wise use of wetlands.

The Ramsar Secretariat invites nominations of suitable individuals, organizations or initiatives, and invites readers to disseminate this call widely within their network, so as to attract as many good nominations as possible.

Nomination forms and information on the criteria and procedures for the Awards are available on the Convention website at

For inquiries and to submit a nomination E-mail:

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.



Ramsar COP open for registration

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:25 PM

The Ramsar COP12 is now open for registration, please see their website for more information.  If you are a part of a recognised NGO you can apply to attend the COP, which will take place in Uruguay from the 1st to the 9th of June this year.

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