Wetlands International is the only global nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated fully to the wise use of wetlands. It was established in 1995 through bringing together three regional NGOs: International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (IWRB), the Asian Wetland Bureau (AWB), and Wetlands for the Americas (WA). Wetlands International is neither a nature conservation organization nor a development one. Instead, Wetlands International connects conservation and development goals. This is because for wetlands, nature and people’s well-being are so interdependent. Wetlands International’s dual focus is on people and nature, and its broad array of partners and members, both governments and NGOs puts it in a favorable position to bring many different sectors together to tackle the pressing challenges of our time – food and water security, climate change, and biodiversity loss.