Water and Nature Initiative

WANI is the Water and Nature Initiative. WANI works in more than 12 river basins in over 30 countries worldwide. WANI unlocks the potential for healthy river basins to build climate resilience and to sustain ecosystems and livelihoods.

Burkina Faso, West Africa

Burkina Faso, West Africa

Photo: Taco Anema / IUCN

The IUCN Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) works towards managing and protecting our water reserves and heritage for the future benefit of all. Stretching across 5 continents in 12 river basins, WANI works with governments and local communities to use and manage water resources more sustainably. WANI aims to help reduce poverty and protect the environment by helping people to manage river flows and improving access to all communities.

From the Pangani river at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, to the mighty Mekong river in Asia and the towering volcanoes along the Tacanà river in Central America, the Water and Nature demonstration projects are supported by the development of tools for financing, governance, empowerment, and information.

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Photo: IUCN Water Programme