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Global Clinton Initiative: our commitment to preserve wetlands

21-Sep-2011

New York - At the Global Clinton Initiative in New York, Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International has presented our commitment to work with communities on saving worldwide two million acres of carbon dense peatswamps.

During the week of 20-22 September 2011, the Global Clinton Initiative has brought business Jane Madwick with Bill Clinton at the Global Clinton Initiativeleaders, politicians, leaders of non-governmental organisations together to discuss the world’s most pressing challenges. Wetlands International CEO Jane Madgwick was invited to attend this meeting.

The meeting provided a key opportunity to get attention for the global challenges we work on: poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss, water stress. CEO Jane Madgwick (photo, first from left) presented our commitment to make a significant contribution via wetland restoration and conservation. At the plenary meeting

Our commitment
Wetlands International commits to restoring and conserving more than one million hectares(2,5 million acres)   of wetlands, reducing CO2 emissions by at least 100 megatons by 2015. To do so, we will establish a global portfolio of long-term Ecosystem Restoration Projects through which we will protect and rehabilitate especially peat swamp forests for their ecosystem, livelihood, biodiversity and the carbon values of the carbon dense peatsoils.

Our commitment will include:

  • 86,487 acres of peatlands restored in Russia and in Indonesia to:
  • prevent conversion of 1,235,527 acres of peatswamp forests,
  • improved management on 864,869 acres of existing plantations on peatsoils,
  • reduced fires via rewetting of drained peatswamps on 580,698 acres and
  • reforestation on 24,711 acres.

See www.wetlands.org/peatlands on how we work.

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries.

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Email: ytha.kempkes@wetlands.org

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