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This month, we mark World Water Day (22 March) by launching our new Strategic Intent for 2020-2030. We share what it means to become a supporting partner of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and brief EU Member States to focus on nature-based solutions in flood risk management. This, and much more!
Wetlands International launches Strategic Intent, 2020-2030
Wetlands – the world’s water resources in situ – are the most valuable ecosystem when it comes to the benefits they provide but they are still not adequately incorporated into development planning. This World Water Day, Wetlands International sets out ambitions for changing this and reviving the health of wetlands at an unprecedented pace and scale. Here, CEO Jane Madgwick, shares the organisation’s vision and reflects on how we can step up our efforts to transform how society sees, values and impacts wetlands.
Can language determine how we value water?
This year's World Water Day focuses on the value of water. But while scientific journals, policy frameworks and philosophical debates have assessed the enormous and complex value of water for our society, the use of language in determining its value is often overlooked. Read more here.
Investments at scale needed to revive wetlands and speed up adaptation
Several issues cut across discussion at the Climate Adaptation Summit earlier this quarter: financing and implementation are falling far short of what is needed and that nature-based solutions, which are critical for adaptation, require greater attention. Wetlands International joined the debate. Read more here.
Upscaling Community Resilience through Eco-DRR in Odisha, India
A new project in South Asia will focus on Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR) actions for reducing water-mediated risks of floods, droughts and salinisation in three landscapes in India. Read more here.
Supporting the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Wetlands International is now an official supporting partner of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The partnership recognises Wetlands International’s role in catalysing and implementing restoration initiatives for wetlands for people, nature, and for the planet. Read more here.
European Commission to call for increased attention to natural flood management
The EU Floods Directive requires Member States to assess if all water courses and coast lines are at risk from flooding, and to take measures to reduce this flood risk. Wetlands International shares why it supports the Commission’s focus on nature-based solutions and green infrastructure. Read more here.
Reflecting on the Rufiji Delta's Rich Biodiversity
The mangrove forests of Tanzania’s Rufiji Delta span more than 53,000 hectares and sustain some 45,000 people, but are facing certain challenges. A new management plan is helping stakeholders come together. Read more here.
Help us revive wetlands and restore fresh water sources 
Bringing wetlands back into a healthier condition on a large scale will transform lives and livelihoods. With water sources and stores intact, we can recover freshwater supplies and withstand unpredictable rains. Crop production and fisheries can recover and diversify as biodiversity and water flows will be restored. But we need your help to reach our goals. Visit our website to find our how you can help, or make a donation today.
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