Wetlands in tropical regions are among the most species-rich habitats on the planet, but in many developing countries they are being degraded and destroyed at an alarming rate. These wetlands are often also vital to the lives and livelihoods of many of the world’s poorest people, and when they are destroyed or degraded it is these people who feel the effects first and hardest.

Wetlands in Madagascar

WWT is working with local communities, government and partner organisations to conserve wetland nature and prevent wetland loss in ways that maintain and enhance the lives of those that depend on them – focussed heavily on the promotion of community-based management techniques. In order to maximise our impact, we are focussing our resources on hotspots of wetland biodiversity, such as Cambodia and Madagascar, where the threats from unsustainable development are large but also where opportunities to make a difference are highest.