[OS-RP-41] Over years, several wetlands suffered the multiple anthropogenic and natural depletion. As a result, extreme events, the loss of ecosystem services and of biodiversity have raised awareness and engagement of countries in projects to protect wetlands. This is particularly relevant to the region where countries that experienced unrest where environment degradation was serious. This could be turned into a remarkable opportunity. Wetlands could provide a double dividend investment for sustainable development. The issue for debate in the session is How to make wetlands a buffer to weather extreme events (floods) that are likely to increase with Climate change, while preserving biodiversity and ecosystem services in reconstruction and rehabilitation endeavor. How to put wetlands at the heart of nature friendly reconstruction efforts in countries that went through conflicts over the last five years. What innovative partnerships under SDG 17 could support countries in making wetlands resilient to internal (conflicts) and external shocks like climate change.