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: exchange visit in Toubacouta and training on oyster farming technics

Under the Alliance Ecosystem Project, Wetlands International Africa organized from 10th to 14th March 2014 an exchange visit in Dassilamé, in the district of Toubacouta, within the senegalese region of Factick. The visit was centered on a training of 12 trainers in oyster farming in which trainees were selected from Community Natural Reserves (Rnc) from the region of Saint-Louis. Teachings include the Identification of shell mounds and sorting shells, Making wreaths, analysis of existing probes, installation of oyster farms in mangrove areas and the identification of good site for Rhizophora reforestation. This video is a highlight of the Toubacouta training.




Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroves

Mangroves can reduce storm surge water levels by slowing the flow of water and reducing surface waves. Therefore mangroves can potentially play a role in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction, either alone or alongside other ri...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."