Many wetland species are at risk of global extinction. Few of these are, however, found in the UK so our work to conserve the most threatened species takes us around the world.
The challenges of saving species abroad can be quite different to those in the UK. For instance, in developing countries, wetlands may be much more critical for people’s livelihoods. They may rely on the wetland near where they live for hunting and fishing, for fuel, for building materials or even simply for drinking water. The activities endangering a species may be an essential part of day-to-day life for a local community. In extreme cases, our work may be set against a background of significant poverty, lack of political will or even corruption and increasingly, conservation solutions have to address economic and social issues.