IUCN Water Programme and Wetlands
IUCN works in support of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and Contracting Parties, but also with grassroots communities and river basin agencies, to implement wetland conservation as part of its water management work.
In 1985, IUCN together with WWF, started a major wetlands campaign called ‘Life at the Water’s Edge’. This campaign promoted the need for wetland conservation, produced a vast array of communication materials, and set out a clear wetland conservation programme.
Since then, the multiple roles of wetland ecosystems and their value to humanity have been increasingly understood, as documented in the TEEB report on Water and Wetlands. The knowledge that millions of people around the world rely on wetlands for livelihoods is familiar now to many.