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.



As a mean to open up the communities living in and around the village of Belel Mbaye, within the Ndiael special avifauna natural reserve (RSAN), in the region of Saint- Louis, Wetlands International supported by its partners of IUCN NETHERLANDS and BOTH ENDS is constructing a 9 Km long rural route from Kassack junction, on Senegal’s national Road RN2 to the village of Belel Mbaye.


Keep it fresh or salty

This report provides guidance for program and project developers from, or working in, developing countries on the numerous funds and finance mechanisms that can provide carbon finance for wetland carbon cons...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."