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Wetlands and climate change emissions

02-Feb-2016, views: 689

The precipitous loss of wetlands and freshwater biodiversity over the last decades has been widely reported – and alongside this, many organisations, including Wetlands International, point to the urgent need to give greater emphasis to protecting and better managing wetlands and especially freshwater ecosystems. What will it take to turn the trends for wetlands around?

14-Jan-2016, views: 463

A group of local and international NGOs have send a letter to the pulp-for-paper giant APRIL regarding the management of its concessions on tropical peatlands in the Kampar Peninsula. APRIL recently announced a peatland restoration project. However, at the same time, the company is continuing to drain peatlands in the same region, for pulp plantations which jeopardizes the peatland conservation and restoration ambitions.

 

14-Dec-2015, views: 994

By Femke Tonneijck, Wetlands International and Eelco Leemans, Clean Shipping Coalition

One of the greatest challenges in coastal engineering is reducing the carbon footprint, according to Sander Dekker and Hedwig Thorborg – who are working with the two largest dredging companies globally (Van Oord and Boskalis respectively). Generally, emission reductions in the dredging sector are achieved by employing more energy efficient vessels, using cleaner fuel and minimising transport distance during construction, which may enable a CO2 reduction of around 10-20  per cent. But recent exploratory research by Deltares and RoyalhaskoningDHV shows that the carbon footprint of coastal infrastructure projects may be more significant and complex than previously thought.

11-Dec-2015, views: 2408

A new Deltares report, commissioned by Wetlands International, reconfirms that pulp wood and oil palm plantations in peatlands cannot be managed sustainably. Such drained plantations will inevitably suffer from severe land subsidence, increasing flooding and eventually production loss. The report also provides evidence that fires only occurred in drained peatlands and therefore inside or near plantations. 

08-Dec-2015, views: 685

With the UNFCCC COP21 going on in Paris, on the other side of the world in Bogor, Indonesia, Wetlands International and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are taking action to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by co-organising a workshop on for palm oil growers on "How to implement RSPO's Principles and Criteria in relation to peat". The workshop took place on 1st and 2nd December.

01-Dec-2015, views: 1996

01 December 2015, Paris - The Conventions on Biological Diversity (CBD), Wetlands (Ramsar), and Desertification (UNCCD) launched a global map of peatland hotspots at the climate summit in Paris which opened yesterday. The map shows where the most urgent action is needed to reduce the alarmingly high rate of carbon emissions that result from drained and degraded peatlands. 

27-Nov-2015, views: 1052

Bogor, Indonesia (27 November 2015). Civil society in Indonesia today presents a Roadmap towards sustainable peatland management for the Indonesian pulpwood plantation industry. The roadmap aims to stop further expansion and new developments of plantations in peatlands and promote alternative sustainable peatland management practices. This is to ensure long-term productivity in peatland landscapes that assures economic, ecological and social sustainability.

 

25-Nov-2015, views: 970

Governments from over 190 countries are preparing to deliver a historic new global climate
agreement in Paris this December during COP21. During this high level event, Wetlands International kickstarts a global initiative to reverse peatland degradation on a global scale to reduce CO2 emissions. We also present how the important role of ecosystems can be factored-in disaster risk reduction. We warmly invite you to our events.

24-Nov-2015, views: 706

Wetlands International strongly welcomes the Indonesian government for announcing that Indonesia will ban new developments in its carbon rich peatlands, including ban of land clearing in existing concession areas across the country. Of similar importance is the instruction to rewet drained areas in compliance with the countries’ laws, by blocking drainage canals as this is the only way to reduce ongoing CO2 emissions and make the land less susceptible to fire.

24-Nov-2015, views: 1768

A high-level panel debate on how to kickstart reductions of peat carbon emissions

 

 

Wetlands International invites you to join an afternoon reception in which we will reveal a new Global Overview of Hotspots of Peatland Emissions. Then, through a high-level panel debate, we will discuss how to kick-start and upscale initiatives to reverse peatland degradation on a global scale. The panel will include representatives of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the Mongolian Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Trade. The panel and audience will explore the needs and options for triggering large-scale strategic interventions for peatland conservation, re-wetting and rehabilitation. Please find the full invitation here.

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