Conservation Training

Why and How Implementing Rights of Wetlands Can Enhance Restoration and More

July 19, 2023

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Webinar

Recognition of the Rights of Nature in Wetlands, or Rights of Wetlands (ROW), is an emerging approach that celebrates and restores the connection between people and wetlands, and can be implemented to improve ecological restoration outcomes. ROW recognizes the oneness between people and Nature – we are a part of Nature and Nature is a part of us. Rights and the living personhood/beingness of Nature have been recognized throughout human history and globally across cultures, particularly by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. Increasing evidence suggests that land demarcated as Indigenous Lands protects the natural environment through reduced rates of wetland degradation and deforestation, less habitat conversion and lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to surrounding areas. Traditional knowledge and management practices often play a significant role in protecting and restoring crucial habitats and the socio- ecological systems they support.

This presentation will discuss how restoration of our relationship with wetlands/Nature can lead to improved outcomes for wetland restoration and protection and will introduce approaches for implementing ROW to achieve improved outcomes. Links to supporting materials that can assist others in implementing a ROW approach to wetland restoration and protection will be shared. These materials will include a pamphlet titled, Rights of Wetlands: Transforming Our Relationship with Wetlands; the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands; links to peer-reviewed journal articles on ROW; and a link to the Rights of Wetlands website.