WWT’s long history of international conservation puts us in a unique position to oversee the broad range of activities involved in conserving wetland wildlife around the world.
Conservation action increasingly involves many different people – including scientists, aviculturists, site managers, educators, policy makers, civil servants and local communities.
Many wetland species, particularly birds, move freely between countries. Conservation is therefore necessarily collaborative and an international effort.
We have become experts in planning conservation action and we have a key role in a number of important international cross-organisational groups that coordinate conservation activities.
Step one is to work out which species are ok and which are in trouble (see monitoring and priority setting).
Step two is then to decide what to do for those species that have been prioritised for help.
An action plan combines thinking from all current experts, it agrees the priorities for limited resources, and ensures that actions in different countries share the same focus.
WWT has been largely responsible for international conservation action plans for:
- Bewick’s Swan
- Ferruginous Duck
- Lesser Flamingo
- Light-bellied Brent Goose
- Red-breasted Goose
- Scaly-sided Merganser
- White-headed Duck
- White-winged Duck