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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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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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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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Eco-life fair exhibition booth 2010 "Blessings of Wetlands"

It was our 5th year to take part in this event. This booth aimed to raise awareness about the Ramsar Convention and wetland functions. It was organized jointly by the Ramsar Centre Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conservation of the Ruoergai Plateau marshes and Altai Mountain wetlands

In the Ruoergai Marshes on the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau and the Altai Mountains in Northwest China, we demonstrated practical ways in which biodiversity conservation and provision of ecosystem services can be supported by different economic sectors and local communities.

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COP10 side event: the Culture and Technology of Wetlands

Side event on the cultural values of wetlands at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP10)

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Tidal Flat Survey at Locals' Participation

For surveys of tidal flats, it is essential to carry on a long-term and frequent surveys to capture the regular changes and diversity of these habitats. However, the wide diversity of tidal flats has prevented many non-specialists from participating in the survey. This project by WI-Japan proposes to establish a survey method through citizen-based participation, and has involved preparation of an illustrated survey guidebook on tidal flat benthos, and hosting of public workshops and organisation of both orientation and as trial surveys. It is our third year, where we conduct three workshops in eastern Japan.

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National Wetland Wise Use Survey in Japan

Project of year 2005- 2007. Although the Ramsar Convention has long advocated the “Wise Use” of wetlands, this concept has yet to take root in Japan. Therefore, Wetlands International has embarked on a survey of wetland wise use practices throughout Japan through field studies and interviews.

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East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership: preliminary phase

This project involves the establishment of the partnership for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway. Wetlands International has been the driving force behind the initiative.

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Implementation of the East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Action Plan

This project supports implementation of the Shorebird Action Plan (raising awareness and training in China; shorebird surveys in China, Malaysia and Myanmar; planning advice in the Yellow Sea; and meetings of the Shorebird Working Group).

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Survey and workshops: Wise use of wetlands

This project aims to determine the current state of wetlands in Japan and to promote their wise use. To date, nine Japanese Ramsar sites have been surveyed; evaluation criteria for wise use have been developed and a workshop has been held at the Katano-kamoike Ramsar site.

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Illustrated seaweed and sea-grass guidebook

A guidebook will be developed for publication in 2007.

 

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Eco-life fair exhibition booth

This booth aimed to raise awareness about the Ramsar Convention and wetland functions. It was organized jointly by the Ramsar Centre Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Environment.

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Biodiversity festival booth

This booth aimed to raise awareness on the biodiversity of wetlands, and featured a fishing game and pressed seaweed activities.

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Marine Train mobile photo exhibition

This mobile photo exhibition aimed to raise awareness on the proximate environment of the marine ecosystems of the Izu Peninsula. The underwater photo exhibition, mounted in local trains, was held from August to December 2006.

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Yellow Sea large marine ecosystem

This project will facilitate protection and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the Yellow Sea.

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Technical advisory group for the ‘Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China’ project

This project will create an advisory team for the UNDP Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China Project Steering Committee.

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Production of a wetlands newsletter for China

The production of a newsletter will improve awareness of wetlands issues among managers and the public in China.

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Natural wetlands study and Education Centre development, Ningbo/Cixi

This project aims to reduce degradation of marine ecosystems by scaling up investment in reducing land-based pollution, designating wetlands and proposing coastal management options.

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Migratory shorebird posters

This project aims to increase awareness and improve the knowledge of local people and relevant agencies in China about wetlands and waterbird conservation, and to improve the development of the Shorebird Site Network in China.

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Awareness campaign for children and teachers in China, Japan and Korea

This project promotes wetland conservation and increases awareness on wetlands conservation and wise use among schoolchildren and teachers in the East Asian region.

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Asian-Pacific migratory waterbirds strategy, China

This project aims to enhance the conservation of migratory waterbirds and improve public awareness of key issues.

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Himalaya project (HimalWet)

This project aimed to develop an information base for wise use of Himalayan high altitude wetlands through integrated water resource management. An inventory of high altitude wetlands based on remote sensing data was developed together with a system of vulnerability assessment mapping. Based on these, a concept for an integrated management strategy for the region was also developed.

This project was carried out in Nepal, India, China and Bhutan through our offices in India and China.

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Peat, biodiversity and climate change

This project assessed the capacity of peatlands to store carbon. It also provided recommendations on how peatlands could be managed to ensure their capacity to store carbon is maintained and even improved while, at the same time, conserving and restoring biodiversity values.

Storing carbon is crucial for preventing carbon dioxide emissions and therefore preventing further climate change. If the carbon of the world's peatlands is released, the level of carbon in the atmosphere will rise with 75%.


This project was implemented in China, Indonesia and the Russian Federation, together with our offices in those countries.

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Wetland School Network

The Wetlands School Network (WSN) unites schools from five different countries in Asia on education on wetlands, their services and importance. Special attention is paid to the East Asian and Southeast Asian region through the demonstration and sustainable development of the WSN in the five nations of China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and Thailand. 

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Lecture series: The network of riparian ecosystems (Japan)

This is a series of lectures on riparian ecosystems in Japan conducted during October 2006 through March 2006 once every month.

 

 

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