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Networks strategy
Networking is seen as one of the powerful tools for building collaboration, for sharing information and developing principles and good practice for wetland conservation and sustainable use, and for advocacy of these principles. During the early phases of the programme a networking strategy will be developed, based upon two regional networks, the Species Specialist Network and the Sites Network, within which there may be smaller, more focused networks identified to undertake specific tasks. The networks will be knowledge networks: consisting of groups of experts working together on a common concern, strengthening each other's research and communications capacity, sharing knowledge bases and developing solutions that meet the needs of both decision-makers and resource users.

The networks will be the main vehicles for gathering and disseminating information and research in all of the outputs, and a major resource for training activities and capacity building. The networks will therefore be vital to all communication aspects in the program. To make the networks effective, networks strategies as well as work plans should be established in the initial phase of the project. Part of the strategies should include an analysis of already established networks, both formal and informal: to look for synergy effects, and avoid overlaps. The strategies should also consider the following principles:
The knowledge networks are purpose driven and should focus around wetland issues.
The knowledge networks should be working networks.
The knowledge networks are built on expertise, not just interest alone.
The knowledge networks are cross-sectoral.
Knowledge networks must develop and strengthen capacity in all members.
Knowledge networks are communications networks.
Knowledge networks need to be managed.