A Survey of the State of the World’s Wetlands: tell us about a wetland you know

Survey of the State of the World’s Wetlands


The Survey of the State of the World’s Wetlands is organised by the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS Ramsar Section) in collaboration with the World Wetland Network (WWN) and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), with the help of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.


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Why undertake this survey?

Knowledge about the status and trends of the world’s remaining wetlands is very patchy and limited. To improve this knowledge, and so as to better inform wetland policy and decision-making, we are conducting a simple worldwide questionnaire survey to gather better knowledge on the state of wetlands.

How can you help?

Are you familiar with a wetland? If yes, then you can help: the survey is open to anyone who can tell us about the state of a wetland(s), small or large, about which they know. The questionnaire asks for your opinion about the state of a wetland, and should take no longer than 10 minutes of your time to complete.

How to complete the questionnaire?

Follow the link to the English version.

You can also download the questionnaire as an Excel form. Save your completed form (with the name of the wetland in the filename) and email it to: wli@wwt.org.uk

Is there a deadline for completing the questionnaire?

Yes, please complete and return your questionnaire(s) by 30 September 2017.

How will the survey results be analysed?

Results will be analysed and reported at global and regional scales – results for individual wetlands will not be made public.

How will the survey results be communicated?

Summary reports will be made available publicly, through the WWN, SWS and other websites. All contributors will be kept informed when the results become available. The results will also be prepared for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. We also anticipate showcasing the results of the survey during the next Ramsar Convention Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP13) in 2018.

And finally … Many thanks in advance to everyone who knows and cares about wetlands for helping improve the knowledge about the world’s wetlands by completing the survey questionnaire.

Nick Davidson & Rob McInnes (SWS Ramsar Section), Chris Rostron (WWN) and Matthew Simpson (WWT)


More information

The questionnaire online is available in other languages: French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese.

Link to the Arabic version of the questionnaire:


Link to the French version of the questionnaire:


Link to the Spanish version of the questionnaire: 


Link to the Russian version of the questionnaire:


Link to Chinese version of the questionnaire:




Chris Rostron

World Wetland Network