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.
The 2014 annual report of Wetlands International Africa Dakar based Office was presented Tuesday, July 14th to the Senegalese press during a press conference held by Ibrahima Thiam, Regional Director.
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.
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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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."
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Wetlands International and the Rift Valley Lakes Basin Authority recently organised a three-day workshop themed The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: a knowledge agenda for the Water Allocation Plan (WAP) for Ziway-Shalla sub basin in Hawassa, Ethiopia.