Millions of waterbirds fly between Europe and Africa each year, in search of food and breeding sites. These waterbirds depend on a network of healthy wetlands along their migration routes. Wetlands are also an importance source of livelihoods for local communities. Wetlands International works to ensure that these networks of wetlands remain intact, both for waterbirds and people. To this end, Wetlands International, along with a consortium of partners, has launched a new four-year initiative to assess the vulnerability of critical wetland sites to climate change.
Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick stated: “Wetlands, fed by seasonal rains and rivers act as lifelines for waterbirds and people across the Sahel of Africa. They are vital oases and refuge points, in an otherwise vast, dry landscape. As pressures on these sites increase, due to climate change and human use, we aim to better safeguard them for the long term.”