Behind the image January 2015: Baikka Beel, Bangladesh

Behind the image January 2015: Baikka Beel, Bangladesh

Boatman at sunset, Baikka Beel, Bangladesh

A boatman heads out on the water at sunset, Baikka Beel, Bangladesh.

 

Globally, wetlands continue to be under enormous threat. Yet, they are crucial to protect in terms of ecological and socio-cultural/livelihood processes. In the lead up to International Wetlands Day on February 2nd, this image represents a call for the protection of wetlands, and the meaningful integration of local communities into the decisions around their conservation/management.  There are lessons to be learnt from around the world on how best to achieve this, and our challenge is to learn from these lessons, adapt them to local considerations and provide truly participatory foundations for their global conservation.