Wetlands for the Americas (WA)

Humedales para las Américas

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History

1985, under the name Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) -- Red Hemisférica de Reservas de Aves Playeras, as a collaborative effort of International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA), World Wildlife Fund USA (WWF-USA), (USA) National Audubon Society, and Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP), based on data collected by ANSP (USA), Manomet Bird Observatory (MBO) - Manomet MA (USA) and Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS). Present name adopted 1992, although the initial WHSRN Program still continues, based at the Canada office. Merged with Asian Wetland Bureau (AWB) and International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (IWRB) to form Wetlands International, Oct 1995.

Aims

Promote conservation of wetland ecosystems in the Americas and international cooperation in migratory species conservation.

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Activities

Programs are tailored to meet specific conservation needs of wetlands and their wildlife, and of the people that depend on these resources. The majority of program activities are based in Buenos Aires (Argentina). In South America, WA has spearheaded an environmental impact evaluation of the Pantanal, is co-sponsoring a national wetland conservation strategy for Peru, is directing annual neotropical waterbird censuses in 11 countries, and is initiating on-the-ground sustainable development projects and workshops. In North America, WA is changing the way wetlands are managed, particularly through 'Shorebird Management Manual' which introduces management techniques that benefit multiple groups of species. The WHRSN works toward creation and support of new shorebird sites throughout the western hemisphere and thereby unites countries in a global effort to maintain the Earth's biodiversity. Coordination of WHSRN sites is implemented from each country or regional office. The Network includes 21 sites in 7 countries and protects 30 million shorebirds.

Structure

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 12 countries
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Subjects *

  • Biosciences
    • Evolution and Species
  • Geography
    • Ecology
    • Land Type/Use
  • Conservation
    • Conservation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land

UIA Org ID

F0983

Last News Received

1996
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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