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Conserving and restoring wetlands in the Niger Delta

The Niger Delta in Nigeria is the largest wetland in Africa and the third largest mangrove forest in the world. The region is known for its richness in biodiversity as well as its oil and gas resources. Wetland ecosystems play a critical role in supporting the livelihoods of millions of people in the delta. At the same time they are being degraded by unsustainable practices and a legacy of pollution and oil spills. In the delta we are bringing new perspectives to the fields of biodiversity conversation and sustainable development, putting the conservation and restoration of wetlands at the centre of achieving both livelihood and biodiversity improvements.

While this work happens under our partnership with Shell, we are not directly involved in the cleanup of oil pollution, but include the oil industry as an important stakeholder for our new ways of planning development, and improving the condition of wetlands and water resources to benefit both biodiversity and human well-being.

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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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Reducing the impacts of oil sands mining

Canada's oil sands (also called tar sands) are one of the largest oil deposits on earth. Mining destroys the peat marshes covering these deposits, and alters the water flows within a much wider area. Oil sands oil is controversial due to these impacts and the fact that higher greenhouse gas emissions are produced from this form of extraction than from conventional sources of oil. Wetlands International is exploring activities with Shell to limit impacts and enable restoration once mining has ended. 

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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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Saving water for the Mujib Reserve, Jordan

Together with the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature (RSCN) we worked in Jordan to reduce the impact of the dam upstream on the Mujib reserve, involve the local population in agricultural activities to save water and preserve water quality, and make sure that the Mujib reserve water needs are fulfilled in water management plans and decisions of the government.

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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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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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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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Restoration of coastal hydrology at Tanjung Piai, Malaysia

Wetlands International Project looked into the problems with erosion in Tanjung Piai which was designated as a Ramsar site in 2003. The coastal mangroves are an important landmark of Malaysia: the most southern tip of the Asian Continent.

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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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Dragonfly (Odonata) study

Report on Odonata Study done on a recent survey at Ayer Hitam Peatswamp Forest in the state of Johor, Malaysia.

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BIOMAC

BIOMAC est un réseau ouest africain de la biodiversité marine et côtière. Il vise à coordonner les efforts de conservation des espèces et des habitats dans les 7 pays du PRCM, à savoir le Sénégal, la Mauritanie, la Gambie, la Guinée Conakry, la Guinée Bissau, la Sierra Leone, et le Cap-Vert. 
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Conservation du Lamantin ouest africain (Trichechus Senegalensis)

Entre 2004 et 2007,Wetlands International Afrique s’est intéressée au statut et valeur de cette espèce dans son aire de répartition. Cela a abouti, dans la première phase à la mise en place d’une stratégie régionale de conservation du lamantin. De 2008 à 2011, l’objectif visé est essentiellement de conserver le Lamantin ouest africain et ses habitats, en se basant sur des données scientifiques les plus fiables, et en tenant compte de l’environnement, des caractères socioéconomiques et culturels de son aire de répartition.

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Initiative mangrove en Afrique de l'Ouest

L’Initiative mangrove en Afrique de l'Ouest (IMAO) cherche à améliorer le bien-être et la sécurité des communautés qui dépendent de la mangrove de la Mauritanie à la Sierra Léone. Il s'agit d'un partenariat entre l'Union Interanationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) et Wetlands International soutenu par la Fondation MAVA de Suisse.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Impact Assessment for the coasts of Thailand

The Coastal Habitats and Resources Management (CHARM) project was a five year collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Royal Thai Government (RTG), implemented through the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and CHARM's own staff. CHARM aimed to produce a coastal resource management framework through the promotion of co-management between the RTG at all levels and the private sector, non-government organizations and local communities.

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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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Status of peatland in Malaysia: Its relation to CO2 emissions and climate change

There are increasing pressures on peatland areas for conversion, especially for conversion to oil palm plantations, anticipating the increased demand for oil palm as a biofuel. This will result in substantially increased CO2 emissions from converted peatlands, increased incidence of fire and increased periods of “haze". Of particular concern is the potential for oil palm plantations to expand into High Conservation Value peat swamp forest (HCVPSF). This project aimed at gathering and disseminating relevant information on these threats.

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Habitat and Biological Diversity Enhancement and Improvement

 The project works with the Royal Selangor Golf Club to enhance its wetland habitat on its golf greens.

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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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Development of options for a Rolling Review of Ramsar Sites in Australia

The project required preparation of a comprehensive discussion paper (with datasheets) for consideration by national and State agencies, in regard to a proposed rolling review of the status of Ramsar Sites in Australia. The work is closely linked to current work in Australia on ecological character descriptions and requires consultation with site managers and relevant agencies.

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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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Fiji Seascapes (EBM Phase 2)

The project continues from an earlier phase, conducted in Vanua Levu, Fiji. It extends the development of integrated, community-based management of entire landscapes from head of catchment to the sea and the associated lagoon and coral reefs. Wetlands International is responsible for design, training and inventory elements especially related to freshwater streams and fishes.

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Meta-data on wetland inventory in Australia

The project involves a review of meta-data for wetland inventory that has occurred or is ongoing, across all jursidictions in Australia, to inform development of national protocols.

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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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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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Environmental screening study of Sungai Seria & Estuary, Brunei

Sungai Seria and its surrounding wetlands have repeatedly been recognized as an area of potential high environmental and biodiversity value. The screening should allow BSP to make a proper assessment of the Biodiversity Action Plan requirements for this area and is intended as a first step in a more elaborate assessment plan.

 

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