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The one thing we all want for 2021 is to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy wetlands are vital to supporting communities through the pandemic by building resilience. But to continue our work, we need your support. In this special appeal, we share how Wetlands International is adapting to enable wetland recovery where it’s needed most for nature and people – from the Pantanal in Brazil to the Saloum Delta in Senegal, Java and Sumatra, Indonesia and Kumpang in Malaysia. 

Safeguard and restore wetlands to support people and nature through the pandemic and beyond


A message from Jane Madgwick, Chief Executive Officer of Wetlands International

“Healthy wetlands are vital lifelines for people struggling to survive through the pandemic - by supporting local communities with training and advice we are helping them to secure safe water supplies, grow and harvest wetland-based crops and create new livelihoods.

The Covid-19 pandemic is present in every country where Wetlands International works. Ill-health and the restrictions necessary to control the spread of the virus to vulnerable groups are impacting our work. Across our 20 offices, we have needed to dramatically adapt the way in which we work. We face a challenging situation to continue to engage with partners and to continue our project activities.  

Despite the tight controls, our teams have used their creativity, connections, technology and partnerships to help some of the most vulnerable people to live safely, with clean water supplies and locally grown food. Crucially, we have helped communities take up livelihood opportunities compatible with wetlands conservation and restoration.  We are able to achieve this because of our existing bonds with those communities and through combining our efforts with local government and civil society partners, including humanitarian organisations.  

In this special appeal, we share experiences of living through the pandemic and illustrate how crucial it is to protect and restore wetlands for human health and well-being. The ongoing wetland restoration activities we support, are bringing many other benefits like reducing GHG emissions, enhancing biodiversity and quality of life in cities.  

As the world emerges from this pandemic, we must take the opportunity to accelerate economic and social recovery through scaling up nature-based solutions as the backbone of green recovery. Getting this right is critical for communities, wetlands and the key services they provide.  

With our knowledge, experience, local presence and partners, Wetlands International plays an important role in this process. We call on you to support us so that we can continue our work to safeguard and restore wetlands together with local communities and local authorities. In doing so we help to build the resilience of people and nature for long-lasting effect, beyond the current crisis.” 
Combating fires and enhancing livelihoods in the Pantanal during COVID-19
Empowering Malaysia’s wetland tribes with access to market for craftsmanship
Continuing Indonesia’s nature-based coastal resilience through virtual outreach
Continuing mangrove restoration and supporting livelihoods in Senegal
Supporting reintegration and self-sufficiency of India's displaced workers across wetlands
Virtual community training to continue to rewetting peatlands in Indonesia and Russia
To continue our work, we need your support
From helping displaced workers in India adapt back to rural surroundings and find new wetland livelihoods to training community fire brigades to continue to put out catastrophic fires in the Pantanal, Brazil, your donation will help us to continue the training, capacity building and support that communities need to survive through disaster and rebuild their lives. Read more here.
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