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The UN Biological Diversity Summit 2010 (Nagoya, Japan)

Wetlands International was present at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Japan. Via presentations, publications and advocacy, we pushed for an ambitious strategic plan, in which countries committed themselves to actions for the coming decade. Although our ambitions on some issues were higher than the outcomes, we are content with the consensus reached between all countries (see www.cbd.int/nagoya/outcomes).

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Wetland Centre at the Sebezhsky National Park

The project was aimed to increase awareness (locally and regionally) of the ecological and socio-economic functions and values of wetlands, their conservation needs and sustainable management options, through the establishment of a wetland center at the Sebezhsky National Park and the creation and publication of educational and awareness materials.

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Water for all in the Ichkeul Basin, Tunisia

By setting up a dialogue between the different demanders of water, we built a consensus that assured the access to water of all (farmers, dams, etc.) as well as preserves the wetlands and biodiversity of the Ichkeul Basin in Tunisia on the long term. This work was done with our local partner INAT, the Institut National Agronomique.

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Improving the water quality of the Sebou River, Morocco

The Sebou River in Morocco suffers from serious pollution problems. To successfully push for control of urban pollution, we developed a monitoring & evaluation system for surface water quality.

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Towards mangrove conservation in Guinea Bissau

Wetlands International worked in West African Guinea Bissau to restore traditional rice field (or bolanha) in mangrove areas. We enabled the building of dikes and channels to restore the hydrology for rice farming. This contributes strongly to mangrove conservation, as no new mangrove areas need to be cleared for conversion into rice fields.

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2010 International Year of Biodiversity

The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. The Convention on Biodiversity took place in October in Japan.  Governments all over the world gathered to decide on targets and actions for 2020 to halt the alarming loss of biodiversity.

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Sustainable agriculture in the Dambos of Malawi

In Simlemba, Malawi we worked on tackling the issue of overexploitation of the seasonal wetlands (dambos) by agriculture. We helped farmer communities to improve farming in the dambos, manage water resources well and organised the conservation of forests higher up in the hills. 

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Managing water with communities in the Mahanadi Delta, India

In the Mahandi Delta, Orissa, India, we word to reduce flood risks by managing and  restoring wetlands, as areas were excsessive water can be stored.

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Solving water conflicts on the foot of the Kilimanjaro, Kenya

From 2005 till 2010, Wetlands International worked with our partner the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in Kenya with the communities in the Kimana wetlands to improve water use. We helped to organise that the water needs of all, including three Masaai tribes, farmers and widlife for the National Parks, are balanced.

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Inclusive nature management in Rio Paz - Guatemala & El Salvador

In the lower basin of Rio Paz we worked to protect the river  and mangrove forests together with communties, the governments and other involved actors. Together we developed management and restoration actions for the conservation of the lower basin, meanwhile improving the well-being of the communities depending on it, on the basis of joined management through  Rio Paz Participative Environmental Management Plan (PEMP).

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Restoring the high mountain peatlands of Ruoergai, China

Drainage, Yak and sheep overgrazing, and erosion severely damage the high altitude peatlands of the Ruoergai, located on the Tibetan Plateau in China. Working with communities and the government we diminish the grazing pressure, block erosion gullies, re-seed grassland and much more. The goal is to give the marshes their important natural functions back and improve the inhabitants well-being.

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Wetlands, human health and food security in Pacific Islands

The overall goal of this project is development and donor agencies have policies and practices that fully recognise the interrelationships between wetlands, and human health and food security.

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Restoring abandoned shrimp ponds in Indonesia

Abandoned shrimp ponds in Java, Indonesia are a threat to local populations’ health and make the coastal areas vulnerable to strong winds, tidal floods, salt water intrusion and abrasion. In Banten Bay and Pemalang we show how practical fighting poverty and improving family income can go hand in hand with restoring degraded wetlands, such as these abandoned shrimp ponds. Our approach has strongly improved the food security and health of the communities we worked with.

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Influencing policies along the Niger River

We provide key tools and knowldge in the development and implementation of major government policies in the entire Niger River Basin, which stretches from Guinea Chonakry all the way to the Niger Delta in Nigeria. We use our experience in the Inner Niger Delta as the basis for his work.

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Saving and restoring peat swamp areas

With years of scientific research and extensive demonstration projects, carried out in Argentina to Siberia and Southeast Asia, we have built up an extensive expertise in peatland restoration. We now use our knowledge to promote and implement large-scale projects to save and rehabilitate peatlands.

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World Wetlands Day (2nd February each year)

Every year on February 2nd World Wetlands Day is celebrated globally with awareness raising events, in which many of our Wetlands International offices participate or co-organise.

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UN Climate Talks in Barcelona (Nov. 2009)

Wetlands International was present at the UN Barcelona Climate Talks, held from 2 - 6 November 2009. A side event was held presenting the first ever peatland emission data per country.

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Maintaining Wetlands and Livelihoods in the Paraná Delta, Argentina (La Plata basin)

This project aims to fight the current degradation of the Parana Delta wetlands by influencing the “Strategic Integral Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Parana Delta” (PIECAS) and other policy processes, contributing to the implementation of an Integrated Management of Wetland Resources approach, as a basis for food and water security; and for new livelihood strategies that will support sustainable economic development.

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Ecotourism in Sedili Kechil, Johor, Malaysia

This project aimed to stimulate ecotourism in Sedili Kechil in Johor province of Malaysia to strengthen the livelihoods of the local community of Sedili.

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UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (UNFCCC COP15)

From 7-18 December 2009, the world leaders gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark trying to agree on a new climate deal that would come into force in 2012. Wetlands International was present with a team from different offices, aiming for strong incentives to protect and restore the world's wetlands. An adequate incorporation of wetlands into a post-2012 agreement would contribute to reducing emissions and increase the world's resilience to the impacts of climate change. 

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For a healthy Inner Niger Delta, Mali

The Inner Niger Delta is a lifeline for one and a half million people, whose flooding provide fish, fodder for their cattle and water for rice production. This inland delta is also home to millions of waterbirds, that migrate to this rich environment, as well as hippos and many other species. We work with communities and Malinese government to restore the flood forest, reduce the people's poverty and prevent the negative impacts of dams and climate change on the delta. 

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Mediterranean Wetlands for Water and People

Building civil society's capacities to dialogue with governments about improved wetland management represents the potential value added of this project. This project promoted exchange of experiences between Mediterranean countries on the issues of participatory and integrated water management and environmental security.

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Ecological Mangrove Restoration in Thailand

Wetlands International promotes Ecological Mangrove Restoration; an innovative technique of restoring degraded mangrove forests by only restoring the hydrology to its natural state. Compared to seedling planting projects, this approach is significantly cheaper and creates a mangrove forest with more different species of mangroves and other flora and fauna. Krabi Estuary, a Ramsar Site of International Importance, located in Southwest of Thailand, was selected to demonstrate the approach. 

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Saving West Africa's mangroves: regional policy & local practices

In the six countries of Mauritania, Cabo Verde, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Chonakry and Sierra Leone we worked with governments and local communities on two strategies: 1. Bind all governments to conservation policies and action, and 2. Introduce sustainable production techniques that diminish the cutting of mangroves.

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World Water Forum 5, Istanbul, 16-23 March 2009

33,058 participants took part in the 5th World Water Forum, from March 16th to 22nd 2009 in Istanbul, making it the world’s biggest ever water-related event. A team of Wetlands International participated in a number of sessions on some issues highly relevant on the political water agenda:

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Case Study of the Inner Niger Delta (WETwin)

 The overall objective of the WETwin is to enhance the role of wetlands in basin-scale integrated water resources management (IWRM), with the aim of improving the community service functions while conserving good ecological status. Full title: Enhancing the role of wetlands in integrated water resources management for twinned river basins in EU, Africa and South-America in support of EU Water Initiatives.

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Wetlands and Livelihoods Programme

This programme focused on the mainstreaming of sustainable wetland management principles and practice into the development of poverty reduction strategies through local and international partnerships in DAC1 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It did so by enhancing of existing and supporting development of new policies at local, national and international levels, with specific inclusion of the water and health sectors and by ensuring due attention to the need for equitable development.

 

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Poznan Climate Conference: Emissions from peatlands, a global issue

Wetlands International was present at the UN climate summit in Poznan (1-13 December 2008). Our organisation focuses on advocating the inclusion of emissions from degradation and loss of peatswamps in a new climate treaty.

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An Action Plan for the Peatlands within the Heart of Borneo (HOB) area in the context of rehabilitating degraded peatlands and reducing CO2 emissions

The project developed a plan for hydrological, restoration of degraded peatlands in Brunei within the Heart of Borneo initiative. It also addressed the regional cooperation and mutual partnerships between the three HOB countries, built capacity in relevant government constitution and built awareness at high levels of government to promote adoption of rehabilitation measures for preventing carbon emissions, fires and haze and have a positive impact on climate both regionally and globally.

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Biodiversity Assessment of the Mangrove Forests in Sulu-Sulawesi

Wetlands International developed a comprehensive picture of the status of mangrove ecosystems in the proposed Tun Mustapha Park, Kudat Priority Conservation Area, Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion.

 
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Saving the Wular Lake, Kashmir while fighting flood and drought risks downstream

This project focuses on Wular Lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. Rapid degradation of Wular Lake has an enormous impact on community health and livelihoods. This prompted the state government to contract Wetlands International South Asia and her partners to develop an integrated management plan for restoration of the lake and its catchment.

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Vulnerability mapping to incursion by highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1

WISA (Wetlands International South Asia) and UNICEF-India worked on a two month desk study to review and map available information in relationship to water bird concentrations and poultry productions, with an objective of prioritizing regions for Avian Influenza awareness raising activities under current programes of UNICEF and Ministry of Agriculture.

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Economic Valuation of Chilika Lake, Orissa

The project aimed at valuing the ecosystem services of Chilika Lake to assess their contribution to local and regional economy; assess impacts of developmental activities on these services. Proposed are a review of current management plans, alternate strategies to ensure sustained provisioning for overall livelihood security of the wetland dependant communities. 

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Follow the Bird

The Follow the Bird! project ran from 2008 to 2010 and demonstrated the vital importance of a network of good quality wetlands along migratory bird flyways and the link of these wetlands to the livelihoods of people.

The ambassadors of the project were birds equipped with satellite-transmitters. The migration routes of ten Purple Herons were followed on the Internet at Follow the Bird!

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Towards integrating wetland biodiversity conservation with water and agricultural management in Ukraine. A pilot project in the South Bug River Basin

The goal of this project is to develop the foundations for integrating wetland biodiversity conservation into water related sectoral policies in Ukraine based on ecological network development and civil society engagement in a pilot project in the South Bug River Basin.

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Developing a Practical Guide on Coastal Mangrove Rehabilitation

The guidebook will provide useful techniques and lessons learned from the current mangrove replanting sites in Malaysia and in neighbouring countries for local communities in mangrove rehabilitation projects.

 

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Creating Marine Protected Areas in Sierra Leone

We work in Sierra Leone to support its government to sustainably manage its marine and coastal resources and biodiversity conservation. We focus on the establishment of two Marine Protected Areas in the country.

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Municipal Governance, Capacity and Social Responsibility in Wetland Biodiversity Conservation: A demonstration in Anqing Municipality, Anhui Province

The project funded by the European Union - China Biodiversity Project aims to incorporate wetland biodiversity conservation into the routine business of The Peoples Government of Anqing Municipality (GAM) in middle Yangtze river, Anhui Province. The project will create conditions for wetland users to organize themselves to take joint actions that eliminate deleterious overall impacts on wetland biodiversity and local income generation.

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Wetlands and Poverty Reduction in Hengshui Lake

Hengshui Lake is a vitally important oasis ecosystem in the harsh dry central North China Plain. The lake is a central component of the Hengshui Lake Nature Reserve. The lake itself has been a central part of the local economy, with fishing and farming the predominate activities. However, slowly the lake’s resources are diminishing and many of the local people live in poverty. This project aimed to investigate the possibility of alternative livelihood development within the Nature Reserve to aid conservation and poverty alleviation.

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Status of Waterbirds in Asia: Results of the Asian Waterbird Census 1987-2007

The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), conducted each year in January, is a waterbird and wetland-monitoring programme initiated in 1987 within the framework of the International Waterbird Census. This report summarises the results of the AWC from 1987 to 2007, comprising counts at 6,705 sites in 27 countries.

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Chilika Lagoon, India

Wetlands International conducted the monitoring and research, choosing the best flow regime. In this way, a very important lake for man and nature was managed in a sustainable way.

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Western Paleartic and West-Asian Waterbird Census

The Western Paleartic and West Asian Waterbird Cencus is the waterbird monitoring programme for Europe, West Asia and North Africa. A total of 20 to 25 million waterbirds are counted each season by thousands of volunteers, working through national organisations. Wetlands International produces International overview reports. See the publication section for this.

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Rapid Assessment of Waterbirds and Wetlands along the Ranong and Phang-Nga Coastal Areas, Thailand

The project aimed to assess the importance of wetlands along the Ranong and Phang-Nga coast for biodiversity, and specifically to identify critical areas for waterbirds and wetland habitat conservation and promote their values as indicators of the overall biodiversity in the area.

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The role of wetlands for reducing poverty at Pattani Bay, Thailand

This project aimed to raise awareness among the development and humanitarian aid sector for the need to take the values of wetlands into account in their plans and activities for Pattani Bay. The project has been successful in promoting mangrove replanting and for establishment of community patrol for illegal fishing gears.

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BioScore - Biodiversity impact assessment using species sensitivity scores

The BioScore project aims to develop a tool for linking pressures from policy sectors to the (change in the) state of biodiversity as measured by the presence and abundance of individual species.

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African Waterbird Census

Wetlands International produces the African Waterbird Cencus. The organisation is the only source of structured information about African waterbird populations.

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Neotropical Waterbird Census

The Neotropical Waterbird Census (NWC) programme is a counting scheme for monitoring waterbird numbers at wetland sites throughout South America. It is accomplished primarily through the participation of volunteers, which in each country are guided by a National Coordinator.

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East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership Communication Support

The project involves creation of a special communication enhancement package to support the development of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership: the partnership aimed at conservation of the migratory waterbird populations and the wetland areas they depend on.

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Increasing coastal resilience in the Pacifics

Wetlands International, WWF, the Institute of Applied Sciences and Wildlife Conservation Society developed a methodology for Adaptive Management of high biodiversity tropical mangrove areas and associated coral reef, sea-grass and upland ecosystems for the ability to recover from climate change impacts.

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First meeting of the Asia-Pacific Working Group on Migratory Waterbirds and Avian Influenza

This project involved the first meeting of the Asia-Pacific Working Group on Migratory Waterbirds and Avian Influenza, which aimed to establish a regional network of management agencies and organizations of Asia-Pacific that facilitates collaboration on research and monitoring of Avian Influenza (AI) in wild waterbirds. it was held in Beijing in vember 2007, with wide representation.

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