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04-Feb-2016, views: 731

Bregje van Wesenbeeck, Deltares, reporting from Demak, Indonesia

“She must be really good at writing” the villagers are whispering behind my back. I am sitting on a small bamboo platform, used for fishing, with my notebook on my lap to write down the sedimentation rates behind our permeable dams. The four guys of the team are wrestling through the mud and shout the values to me: “5 centimetres of sedimentation behind our dam”, “45 centimetres here”, “erosion in the control plot”. 

03-Feb-2016, views: 389

Wetlands International is happy to announce that Applications are now open for the 'Second training course on mangrove ecosystems of the Western Indian Ocean region'. The 10-day training is held at the Centre of Marine Sciences, Moana, University of Nairobi Diani, Kenya, from 17 – 28th  May 2016. Deadline for applications: 6 March 2016.
 

02-Feb-2016, views: 671

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-Dec-2015, views: 992

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.

02-Dec-2015, views: 1350

UNFCCC COP21 Paris, 2 December – Minister Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation signed an agreement for a new five-year ‘strategic partnership’ with five Dutch agencies working to build community resilience in disaster-prone developing countries.

25-Nov-2015, views: 967

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.

25-Nov-2015, views: 720

Examining effective and innovative approaches to build resilience in a changing climate

Date: 2 December 2015, 10am – 10.45am (CET)

Venue: COP21, blue zone, The Netherlands Climate Pavilion

05-Nov-2015, views: 779

Dutch experts will help the Philippines with the development of a sustainable coastal protection strategy to reduce flood risks for the cities of Tacloban and adjacent Palo in the Philippines.This should make the country more resilient to hurricanes.

16-Oct-2015, views: 1088

This new video report from Al Jazeera (8-10-2015) shows how peat fires caused by palm oil plantations are threatening adjacent rainforests and their carbon-rich peatsoils in Katingan in Central Kalimantan. But it gets worse because of more canals built nearby the areas to fight the fires...! As peatland drainage is the root cause to Indonesia’s peat fires, the ONLY long-term answer to the haze disaster is to stop drainage, block existing canals, restore the peatlands and sustainably use them. 

 

13-Oct-2015, views: 981

At today’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Wetlands International celebrates its five-year collaboration with Netherlands Red Cross, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Cordaid, and CARE NL to build community resilience in developing countries. We are thrilled that the Partnership will continue for another five years in a strategic partnership with the Dutch government, focusing on civil society capacity building for lobbying and advocacy in five disaster prone regional zones such as the Horn of Africa.  

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