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  1. Max Finlayson
  2. General Wetland Topics
  3. Sunday, May 24 2020, 09:00 AM
Dear Colleagues

We are seeking your help in undertaking a repeat of the 2017 Citizen Science Assessment of the State of the World’s Wetlands. Please read the message below and share it with your colleagues and networks. This time round the survey is in 7 languages; if you can assist with translating it to further languages please contact me and we can discuss with our IT advisors.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Best wishes



A 2020 ‘Citizen-Science’ Assessment of the State of the World’s Wetlands

Do you know a wetland?

Wetlands include swamps, marshes, fens, bogs, lakes, rivers, floodplains, estuaries, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs and lagoons. If you do know a wetland, then you can help.

Wetlands across the globe are in danger. Estimates suggest that in some parts of the world wetland losses have been as high as 87% since 1700. The loss and degradation of wetland causes impacts on human well-being and wildlife alike.

The World Wetland Network (http://www.worldwetnet.org), the Ramsar Section of the Society of Wetland Scientists (http://www.sws.org), the Cobra Collective (http://www.cobracollective.org) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (http://www.iucn.org) have come together to gather and evaluate information from across the world and to lead a global assessment based on ‘citizen-science’ on the state of wetlands. This is a repeat of the 2017 survey which is reported on in the Wetlands journal here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13157-020-01267-8

If you contributed to the 2017 survey thank you very much indeed – your information has been invaluable. We’d really like you to also contribute to this new survey so that we can assess any recent changes to the same wetland(s) about which you previously reported.

All you need to do is follow one of the links below and fill in some simple information about the wetland you know. It will take a maximum of 15 minutes but will really help our understanding of how the world’s wetlands are doing.

English version https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/world-wetland-survey-2020-english-2
French version https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/world-wetland-survey-2020-french-
Arabic version https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/world-wetland-survey-2020-arabic
Japanese version https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/world-wetland-survey-2020-japanese
Spanish version https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/world-wetland-survey-2020-spanish
Portuguese version https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/world-wetland-survey-2020-portuguese
Chinese version https://openuniversity.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/world-wetland-survey-2020-chinese

Please support this initiative, forward these survey links to your networks and of course don’t forget to fill in the survey yourself.

Thank you
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