The GEO-Wetlands mission is to develop sustained global approaches to wetland inventory, mapping, monitoring and assessment in support of global conventions and policy frameworks through a collaborative, community driven effort.

The main objectives of GEO-Wetlands can be summarized as follows:

The two main outputs of GEO-Wetlands are:

  1. The Community of Practice
    • A global network and partnership, bringing together science, industry and policy by providing a platform for collaborative improvement of the knowledge-base regarding wetland ecosystems worldwide.
  2. The Global Wetland Observation System (GWOS)
    • A community portal providing data, information and knowledge to the global wetland community tailored to the specific needs of users and policy requirements.

The Community of Practice is the bottom-up component of GEO-Wetlands responsible for fulfilling the tasks and achieving the objectives in coordination with the top-down component, which is the GEO-Wetlands governance body consisting of global stakeholders like the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Group on Earth Observations.

Relevant policy frameworks: GEO-Wetlands is building on existing activities, projects and efforts and brings them together under a common set of objectives and tasks to directly support global policy frameworks and national reporting capabilities. Three key frameworks are the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention on Biological Diversity. GEO-Wetlands intends to strengthen national capabilities for reporting towards these frameworks through the application of tailored satellite-based tools and methods.