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Students learn about wetlands at Mai Po, Hong KongWhat is WLI?

The Wetland Link International programme is a global network of wetland education centres. The network defines a wetland education centre as, ‘any wetland where there is interaction between people and wildlife and CEPA (communications, education and public awareness) activity occurs in support of wetland conservation aims’.  WLI objectives include:

  • To advocate for, and assist in, the development of new wetland education centres and their associated programmes throughout the world.
  • To improve the effectiveness of operations at wetland education centres through sharing, training and expertise exchange.
  • To lobby for the greater inclusion of CEPA programmes within wetlands and related conservation initiatives and instruments, and to support the development of frameworks for subsequent implementation at national, regional and global levels.

Who is it for?

Planning session at KoshiTapu, Nepal

WLI is open to any organisation, group or individual who is planning, designing or operating a place or places where there is interaction between people and wetlands, especially wetland life, with an educational and/or interpretative objective. Members may be government or non-government, professional or amateur, paid or voluntary.  Anyone that needs, or can share, practical advice on activities related to the core activities of WLI is welcome to join the network as a participant (see joining page).

The WLI network is endorsed by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (through a memorandum of understanding) and coordinated by WWT.

For a short presentation, please see what is WLI?

How does it work?

WLI is supported by two staff, based at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT) at Slimbridge, UK; and a strong regional presence in Asia lead by the Ramsar Regional Centre – East Asia. These staff, plus occasional volunteers, share news, opportunities, and requests on behalf of the network, by email, Facebook, and Twitter. The emails include two newsletters per year, prepared as PDFs to facilitate printing. 

The operating language is English, with team capacity for French, Spanish, and Mandarin, with Korean also available in WLI Asia; plus other languages ad-hoc within the network. 

The WLI network is endorsed by the Ramsar Convention on wetlands and coordinated by WWT.


Wetland Link International
WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT, UK
T: +44 (0) 1453 891214
E: Twitter: @wetlandlink