WIWO Introduction

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The Working Group on International Waderbird and Wetland Research (WIWO) was established in 1983, in order to create a well-defined and accessible intermediary between financing organisations and governmental bodies on the one hand, and volunteer ornithologists interested in studying waterbirds in countries with little own potential for such studies on the other. Starting with the first Netherlands Ornithological Mauritania Expedition (NOME 1980), a large number and diversity of projects have been carried out under WIWO's umbrella.
From the very start, the essence of WIWO has been its function as an intermediary: WIWO merely provides people willing to initiate waterbird studies abroad with assistance and guidance in logistic matters and with application for funds.
The following organisations have subsidized WIWO recently: