On the move to a safer world for migratory birds

Bonn, 12 May 2018 – The Earth’s great travellers – birds that sometimes trek thousands of miles between their breeding places and their wintering grounds – will be centre stage this World Migratory Bird Day, as the international community recognize their significance and vulnerabilities.    “Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation” is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018, celebrated annually on 12 May. The UN-backed global awareness-raising and environmental education campaign focuses the need for international cooperation to conserve

Enhancing action on wetlands as a key strategy to reach Paris Agreement objectives

Addressing freshwater ambitions explicitly through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) provides a key entry-point for countries to emphasise the importance of freshwater strategies for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Including wetlands explicitly in the next round of their NDCs (to be communicated by 2020) will help countries to raise awareness of this in dialogues and political processes at all levels and discuss targets and set policies. This policy brief uses the three guiding questions of the Talanoa Dialogue:

Our new ten-year “Corredor Azul” programme in South America

We have launched a 10-year programme in the second largest wetland system in South America after the Amazon: La Plata Basin. Our programme will focus on mobilising efforts to implement alternative development paths for the region by bringing together civil society organisations, the private sector, academia and governments.   The programme will run pilot projects in three areas: the Pantanal in Brazil, the Ibera Marshes and the Paraná Delta in Argentina.   We want to prove that inclusive management practices, sustainable

A world without wetlands is a world without water

From:   1.2 billion people live in areas where water is physically scarce and 2.7 billion people – 40% of the world’s population – suffer water shortages for at least one month each year. 22 March is World Water Day, an international day to inspire action to tackle these issues. We’re calling on civil society, governments and the private sector to take action for wetlands to help secure water for all.   We interviewed Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick to

Wetlands are an indispensable link in the Sustainable Development Goals

On Friday 25 September the UN member states formally adopted the new development goals, which will set the world’s development agenda for the next 15 years. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality around the world. We believe that wetlands will make a valuable contribution to these goals and are an indispensable link between the SDGs.   The 17 SDGs can be grouped into three main categories. Goals that aim to end poverty and

Delta del Paraná in Argentina designated as a new Ramsar Site

Argentina has designated an exceptional new Ramsar Site covering more than 240,000 hectares.   Delta del Paraná (Site no. 2255), located in the Santa Fe and Entre Ríos Provinces, comprises fluvial wetlands associated with the middle and lower sections of the Paraná River floodplain, and includes the territories of two National Parks: “Predelta” and “Islas de Santa Fe”.   The extensive floodplain wetlands play an important role in hydrological and biogeochemical regulation, and constitute an important biogeographical corridor in which tropical,