We restore and preserve mangrove forests that provide coastal protection, livelihoods and climate benefits.

We fight the reduction of water flows by dams, irritation and climate change to ensure the annual flooding of the Inner Niger Delta.


We protect the West African Manatee by providing alternative livelihoods for hunters, by removing migration blockades and advocate new laws and policies.

We monitor migratory waterbird populations and use this knowledge to protect key wetland sites along the African-Eurasian Flyway.

We build the resilience of communities by reducing risks of disasters and prepare these communities for when disasters happen.


Ecosystem Alliance - Return exchange visit in Saint-Louis and training on oyster farming technics

Thanks to Ecosystem Alliance Project, jointly sponsored by UICN Netherlands, Both Ends and Wetlands International Africa, a dozen of women selected in the Gandong district of the Senegalese region of Saint-Louis and within the villages of Doune Baba Dièye, Ngaina, Keur Barka, Mbambara and Dieule Mbam, underwent a training on oyster farming techniques dubbed a return exchange visit by their peers from Dassilamé. The training took place from the 28th April to 1st May 2014 in Saint-Louis.





Downstream Voices

Until recently, the world’s response to inevitable climate change was based on producing ever more precise forecasts of what would happen locally – running ever more sophisticated climate models to generate data on the cl...Read more


Why West Africa's Manatee deserves top CMS and CITES protection

The African Manatee is a member of the Trichechidae; a sirenian, mermaid-like sea cow that can grow up to 3 meters and weigh 500 kilograms. Wetlands International is calling for tougher protection measures to ensure the survival of this endangered species.

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Wetlands International Africa is the African branch of Wetlands International; the only global non-profit NGO dedicated to the restoration and conservation of wetlands.

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What are wetlands?

According to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands:

“Wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres."