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A Biodiversity Action Plan for the footprint of Shell in Brunei

The rarely visited country of Brunei Darussalam is a green gem on the rapidly deforesting island of Borneo. Much of Brunei is still covered in peat swamp or mangrove forest, which is in stark contrast to the situation in other countries within the region. These forests are rich with species of plants and animals, but face threats due to development, peat drainage and fires.

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From the Arctic to Africa: Protecting Waterbirds and Wetlands

Along the migratory flyway between the Northwest Russian Arctic and West Africa, we are protecting wetlands and waterbirds by developingregional long-term wetland conservation and wise-use strategies. Our goal is to bring together people in the countries across the flyway in Africa, the EU and Russia through networking tools for wetland managers and the development of local conservation action and monitoring.

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Waterbird Population Estimates Database

The Waterbird Population Estimates (WPE) online database provides current and historic estimates, trends and 1% thresholds for over 800 waterbird species and 2300 biogeographic populations worldwide. This project has been developed by Wetlands International with the support of Environment Canada and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Visit the Waterbird Population Estimates Database

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Ramsar Conference, Bucharest

The Ramsar Conference (6 - 13 July 2012 in Bucharest, Romania) offered an opportunity to strengthen and extend the reach of the Convention to achieve improved wetland conservation and management. We attended the conference with a team of experts from our global network and engaged Contracting Parties and partners to achieve these objectives. 

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Conserving and restoring the marshes of Southern Iraq

The giant Majnoon Oil Field in Southern Iraq overlaps with the country’s most important wetland area: the Mesopotamian Marshlands. These wetlands were severely damaged by past drainage and warfare. Water availability continues to be a constraint for both for marshland restoration and the oil industry in this dry country. Under our collaborative partnership, we are assisting Shell to minimise the negative impacts of oil and gas development on the biodiversity of the marshes and the ecosystem services they provide. This is an opportunity to restore these iconic wetlands and the livelihoods they support.

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Arctic wetlands: reducing the impact of the oil and gas sector

Wetlands are the dominant ecosystem in the onshore Arctic and provide valuable services to biodiversity and communities, both local and well beyond. Wetlands in the Arctic region are fragile and recovery from disturbance is slow. The impact of a new road in the permafrost marshes may impact a much wider area for decades to come. What's more: Arctic wetlands are not well defined or understood. Wetlands International works with partners such as Shell to better understand the functions and sensitivities of Arctic wetlands, in order to improve decision-making to minimise the impacts of the oil and gas sector on onshore and coastal wetlands.

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The Critical Site Network Tool

 The Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool is an award winning online resource that provides information on 294 waterbird species and the important wetlands upon which they depend in Africa and Western Eurasia. This tool provides users with direct access to both International Waterbird Census and Important Bird Area counts, as well as a range of analytical and explorative tools.  

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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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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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Mapping waterbird distribution and migration in South America

Knowledge about the distribution and migration of waterfowl in South America is scarce. A considerable amount of information was produced over the past 15 years, although in general it is unpublished, disperse, and not easily accessible to technicians and decision makers who work in wildlife management and in particular in the monitoring of avian influenza in our region.

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Balancing water use for hydropower and biodiversity in Loktak Lake, India

Our work in Loktak Lake, Manipur State of India focuses on the developing and implementing of a water allocation strategy that balances the use of water for hydropower generation and biodiversity habitat.

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Asia-Pacific Working Group on Migratory Birds and Avian Influenza

Improving our understanding of the role of wild birds in avian influenza, particularly highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has been a priority for Wetlands International. To support regional cooperation, the Asia-Pacific Working Group on Migratory Birds and Avian Influenza beings together representatives from government agencies in the Asia-Pacific region, international NGOs, convention secretariats and international organisations and independent experts. It serves as a Working Group of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership and is jointly convened by Wetlands International and FAO.

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Migratory Birds for People programme

The Migratory Birds for People programme consists of more than 16 partner wetland visitor centres across Europe and West Africa, forming a network that follows the flight path of many migratory wetland birds species. These centres are working together to share best practice and develop new approaches to delivering waterbird and wetland messages to their visitors. The lead group consists of the Dutch Staatsbosbeheer, Wetland Link International, and Wetlands International. For more information visit the programme website.

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Peat Fish Study

A Peat Fish Study has been done at the Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve in the state of Johor. Two surveys were done during which a number of species have been identified including the endangered Betta Persephone.

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Ayer Hitam Peat Swamp Forest – The Last Black Jewel of West Johor

Ayer Hitam Peat Swamp Forest is the last remaining peatswamp forest in the state of Johor, Malaysia. Wetlands Inernational is working together with the State Government to protect and conserve the area.

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Ecología no reproductiva y conservación del Charlatán

El Charlatán (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) es el único ictérido migrador neártico que llega a la Argentina, cubriendo una distancia de 20.000 km de ida y vuelta entre América del Norte y nuestro país. El conocimiento sobre la ecología no reproductiva del Charlatán en América del Sur fue muy pobre hasta los inicios del presente milenio, cuando se realizaron algunos trabajos de revisión que aportaron información inédita y actualizada sobre la especie. 

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Taller para la Conservación de Aves Playeras Migratorias en Arroceras del Norte de América del Sur

Durante el mes de octubre de 2008 se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Calí, Colombia el taller para la “Conservación de Aves Playeras Migratorias en Arroceras del Norte de América del Sur”, organizado por Wetlands International y la Asociación Calidris, con el apoyo de la Red Hemisférica de Reservas de Aves Playeras (RHRAP) y la National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) y, con el auspicio de la Corporación Autónoma Regional del Valle del Cauca (CVC).
 

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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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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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Conservación de los recursos acuáticos y la biodiversidad en arroceras de Argentina

El agroecosistema arrocero se comporta como un humedal artificial temporario, alternando períodos de inundación en verano y de sequía en invierno, y con una heterogeneidad espacial y temporal que facilita el establecimiento de una notable fauna acuática, incluyendo invertebrados, anfibios, peces y grandes poblaciones de aves acuáticas.

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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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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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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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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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Wetland and Biodiversity Enhancement for the Ras Al Khor Wetlands in Dubai

The project involved providing consultancy services on a low impact development project that would have minimal disturbance on the wildlife and environment, as well as enhancing eco-tourism activities, biodiversity enhancement opportunities of this important wetland site.

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Development of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership

This activity comprises several separately funded actions all of which support development of the Flyway Partnership for East Asia - Australasia, including: hosting of the Partnership Secretariat during 2008; national workshops in Flyway countries; and support to Meetings of Partners including drafting of technical documents.

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Training of indigenous rangers in wetland and waterbird conservation, northern Australia

The activity comprises separately-funded components, all focused on developing capacity of indigenous Australians employed as natural resource rangers, to conduct wetland and waterbird survey and conservation projects in remote regions of northern Australia. Initial emphasis is on recognition and survey methods for migratory shorebirds and waterbird breeding colonies in tropical coastal wetlands.

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Management of Lake Kutubu Ramsar Site, Papua New Guinea

The project aims to assess current condition of populations of freshwater fishes (especially the endemic species) at Lake Kutubu, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, comparing species composition, sizes and abundances to baseline data from around the date of Ramsar-listing. It involves a rapid assessment of ecological health of the wetland and includes consultations with traditional land and resource owners.

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Meeting of the managers of Shorebird Network Sites in Australia & New Zealand

The project involves arranging and conducting a three day meeting of managers of Australian and New Zealand sites that had been included in the Shorebird Site Network of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway. It aimed to inform about recent developments in Flyway cooperation intitiatives and exchange information on site management and shorebird conservation, and was held in Brisbane in September 2007.

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Ecological Character Description for Great Sandy Straits Ramsar Site, Queensland

The project required preparation of a comprehensive description of the ecological character of the Great Sandy Straits Ramsar site, south-east Queensland, using a recently-finalised national framework; also updating of the Ramsar Information Sheet and digital boundary map for the site.

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Waterbirds in the Desert Uplands bioregion, central Queensland, 2008.

The project involves ground and aerial surveys of waterbirds using a suite of nationally/globally important but poorly known wetlands in the Desert Uplands bioregion of central Queensland. It was initiated following above average rainfall in catchments of the principal lakes in summer 2008. Emphasis is on documenting breeding activity, which has not been assessed in the past.

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Technical advice on ecological character descriptions for Australian Ramsar sites

This activity involves invited technical advice to projects that are developing ecological character descriptions for selected Ramsar Sites in Australia. Emphasis is on review of Ramsar Criteria met and identifying the critical ecosystem services, especially those related to the Criteria met.

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Promoting conservation and management of arid-zone floodplain wetlands of the Channel Country bioregion

The project aims to raise awareness of the globally important wetlands and waterbird populations supported by unregulated rivers of the arid Channel Country bioregion, inland eastern Australia. It will produce a publication that informs landholders (mostly graziers), the wider community and government agencies on wetland management issues and that advocates appropriate allocations (no reduction in river floods) in current water resource planning.

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National Aerial Survey of Waterbirds in Australia

Wetlands International is a partner in design and implementation of the first-ever aerial survey of waterbirds (including migratory shorebirds) across the Australian continent, to be conducted in October 2008. Results will provide context for recorded trends in waterbird use of degraded river basins and will inform updates to waterbird population estimates.

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Broad Sound Coast Condition Assessment

The project involves a preliminary inventory of the wetland and waterbird assets of the coastal parts of the Broad Sound Basin, central Queensland, and an assessment of present condition, leading to recommendations for investment in natural resource management.

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Conservation of the Relict Gull in Hongjiannao Wetland, Yunlin, Shaanxi Province

Hongjiannao wetland, Shaanxi Province has long been considered a place of significance for the Relict Gull, now harbouring thousands of breeding pairs annually.  This project aimed to determine the significance of the site for Relict Gulls and what threats the area faces. 

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Intégration de la biodiversité des eaux douces dans le processus de développement en Afrique: Collecte d’informations et sites de démonstrations

La Commission de la sauvegarde des espèces de l’UICN a reçu de la Commission européenne un financement pour le projet « Intégration de la biodiversité des eaux douces dans le processus de développement en Afrique : collecte d’informations et sites de démonstration.

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Managing Floodplains of River Yamuna in Delhi Stretch

Study on River Yamuna floodplains in Delhi stretch carried by Wetlands International – South Asia highlighted its critical role in groundwater recharge, water quality improvement and enhancing biodiversity. The study recommends integration of floodplains into river basin management through water allocation for human and ecological purposes, sustainable use, participatory management and monitoring and evaluation.

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Development of information tools on wetland biodiversity and management in Australia

Wetlands International developed a suite of information tools for organisations that are promoting wetland management and significant wetland species in Queensland, Australia. We led on mangroves, saltmarshes, coastal grass-sedge wetlands, arid-zone swamps and inland non-arid swamps.

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Inventory and recognition of freshwater fishes in Melanesia

In collaboration with regional universities and museums and fish experts, Wetlands International is preparing tools to raise awareness and capacity for inventory in regard to freshwater fishes in Melanesia.

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Support to NRM regional bodies and wetland managers across Australia in recognition and management of important wetlands

Support to NRM (natural resource management) regional bodies and wetland managers across Australia in recognition and management of important wetlands.

This three year project will support priority, remote NRM regions across Australia in terms of their important wetland (Ramsar, Directory and shorebird site) assets. Working closely with the regional bodies, WIO will transfer skills on recognition and management of these assets through one-to-one, on-site consultation at regional centres and important wetland sites.

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