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Towards climate-responsible peatlands management

The aim of this guidebook is to support the reduction of GHG emissions from managed peatlands
and present guidance for responsible management practices that can maintain peatlands ecosystem services while sustaining and improving local livelihoods. The book also provides an overview of the present knowledge on peatlands, including their geographic distribution, ecological characteristics and socio-economic importance.

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Downstream Voices

Until recently, the world’s response to inevitable climate change was based on producing ever more precise forecasts of what would happen locally – running ever more sophisticated climate models to generate data on the climate in Bamako, Mali in 2040, for instance – and then working out how to “adapt” to the change. 

While ever bigger super-computers with ever more sophisticated climate models still attempt that, there is a growing realisation that we will never know in any detail what is coming down the track. 

This report makes the case for addressing ecosystem degradation as one of the root causes of risk and vulnerability and for opting for ecosystem-based solutions as a way to reduce disaster risk and build community resilience.  It focuses on water-related hazards in particular, as they make up a vast majority of risks, and are often exacerbated by inadequate water and natural resource management. 

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Wetland management planning – a methodology manual for managers

The wetland management planning manual provides a stepwise approach to formulate an integrated management plan. Compiled based on existing guidelines and best practices, this manual caters to the need of Indian wetland managers. This document is essentially a work in progress, and will be updated with more information soon.   more..

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Laporan Kegiatan Keterlibatan Masyarakat Dalam Pengelolaan Kawasan Pesisir dan Laut

Salah satu permasalahan utama yang dihadapi oleh kawasan pesisir di Indonesia adalah tingginya
tingkat erosi pantai atau abrasi. Proses erosi pantai terjadi karena adanya ketidakseimbangan pergerakan sedimen dari dan ke pantai, dimana jumlah sedimen di pantai yang tergerus oleh gelombang dan arus lebih tinggi daripada jumlah sedimen yang dibawa oleh pasang surut ke pantai.  Fenomena ini dipicu oleh kegiatan‐kegiatan yang menyebabkan perubahan keseimbangan alam seperti pembukaan hutan mangrove.

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Q&A To Constructed Wetlands

The booklet "Q&A To Constructed Wetlands" provides a better understanding on the use of constructed wetlands to treat wastewater as compared to conventional methods.  This booklet was jointly produced by The National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) and Wetlands International, Malaysia.

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Manglares de Panamá: Importancia, mejores prácticas y regulaciones vigentes

El libro "Manglares de Panamá: Importancia, mejores prácticas y regulaciones vigentes" presenta una herramienta para la conservación y la educación ambiental sobre los manglares de Panamá.  El documento que se presenta, es el resultado de aportes de autoridades gubernamentales, expertos, académicos, organizaciones no-gubernamentales y comunidades de todo el país que trabajan con los manglares y sus recursos.

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Practical guidance for implementing RSPO Principles & Criteria in relation to peatlands

This manual provides guidance to oil palm growers to adjust their planning and practices according to the new RSPO Principles and Criteria related to peatlands. These specific requirements address the issues of greenhouse gas emissions, soil subsidence and peat fires resulting from peatland drainage for oil palm cultivation. Some requirements relate to existing plantations on peat and others are relevant for the development of new plantations.

 

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La Economía de los Ecosistemas y la Biodiversidad relativa al agua y los humedales

Este reporte presenta información sobre los servicios ecosistémicos esenciales relacionados con el agua y los amplios servicios ecosistémicos de los humedales. Su objetivo es alentar un impulso adicional en la generación de políticas, el compromiso empresarial y las inversiones en la conservación, la restauración y el uso racional de los humedales.

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Rivers by Design

A step-by-step guide for planners, developers, architects and landscape architects on how to maximise the benefits of river restoration in development projects.

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), co-authored by Wetlands International, emphasises the enormous economic value of wetlands. TEEB For Water and Wetlands highlights the key role played by wetlands as natural infrastructure and the multitude of enormously productive services they provide around the world. The continued loss of wetlands illustrates the need for improved policy making and business decision making that accounts for their true value.

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Waterbird Populations Estimates Fifth Edition

This is the Summary Report of the Fifth Edition of the Waterbird Population Estimates, whose main objective is to provide a global overview of the status and trends of world’s waterbird populations; one of the most remarkable components of global biodiversity. It accompanies the searchable online Waterbird Information Portal (http://www.wetlands.org), which provides unprecedented access to all the data and information from five editions, as part of Wetlands InternationaI’s continuing commitment to supporting the Ramsar Convention and all those concerned with wetland and waterbird conservation and wise use.

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Restauración y conservación del Sitio Ramsar Lagunas de Guanacache, Desaguadero y del Bebedero

Esta publicación presenta los resultados de las obras de restauración realizadas en áreas piloto en el sector noreste del Sitio Ramsar Lagunas de Guanacache, Desaguadero y del Bebedero –en el Departamento de Lavalle, provincia de Mendoza–, durante el año 2011. En la misma se describe la experiencia de restauración realizada junto a la comunidad local a través de distintas instancias de participación, donde se pensaron y diseñaron obras de restauración con materiales.

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The Ecosystem Promise

This publication, featuring many case-studies of work by Wetlands International, explains a new trend of assigning financial value to nature and payment for the services that nature offers. It shows that making use of the services of nature in a responsible way is often much cheaper than building installations and maintaining these. Next to providing case examples, Wetlands International has also co-financed its production. 

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33 Examples of the Cultures and Technologies of Wetlands in Japan

This booklet is aimed for facilitating greater dialogue on the relationship between wetlands and people that will lead to the conservation and restoration of wetlands, community revitalization, capacity development and international exchange in Asia and in the world. It was published in “Inventory of Cultures and Technologies of Wetlands” project (2008-2011), which was funded by the Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency. Original Japanese version is available.

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State of World's Waterbirds 2010

This booklet summarises what is known about the status of waterbird populations in different parts of the world. It shows how numbers and population trends compare from region to region, and how they changed between the 1970s and the 2000s.

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Wetlands and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

This book presents a baseline of information that helps understanding of how WASH and wetland service provision are connected, why these linkages are vital and how they can be better managed. Furthermore, the publication presents a set of principles to be taken on by sector professionals as a way forward to improve integration in the future. The publication is the result of an ongoing collaboration between individuals and organisations from the wetland conservation sector and the water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector.

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Status of Waterbirds in Asia

This report summarises the results of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) from 1987 to 2007, comprising counts at 6,705 sites in 27 countries. A total of 1,387 sites met at least one of two criteria of internationally important sites according to the Ramsar Convention. Of these, 312 sites were reported to support more than 20,000 waterbirds, and 1,382 sites recorded more than 1% of the biogeographic population of at least one species of waterbird. 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.

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The Wader Atlas

 

The Wader Atlas is a compilation of current knowledge of the numbers, distribution and movements of one of the most remarkable groups of birds in the region covered by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). Long-term waterbird count data have been combined with an extensive literature review, especially published results of bird ringing and national bird atlases, to produce maps showing the population boundaries that are used as a basis of the conservation of these species.

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Invisible Connections

This book and its wonderful photographs by Jan van de Kam bring to life the dramatic journeys of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, the importance of their staging sites and the need for international cooperation to maintain this cycle. "Invisible Connections" is a wonderful photographic journey that follows the migration of shorebirds flying from their breeding grounds in the Arctic through East Asia to Australasia. It highlights one of nature's most spectacular phenomena and reveals the surprising and little-known connections that exist between countries, habitats and people through this migration.

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Waterbird Population Estimates, Fourth edition

This publication sets the global standard in presenting estimates of the numbers and trends of waterbird populations throughout the world. This fourth edition provides a comprehensive update on information last provided in 2002 and summarizes population data on 878 waterbird species. Please download as it is out of print

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Directory of Azov-Black Sea Coastal Wetlands

 

This publications provides a directory of the coastal wetlands of the Azov-Black Sea. Although the Black Sea coastal wetlands are of vital importance for both human society and wildlife, because of extensive human activity, they are amongst the most threatened habitats. The large network of diverse and distinctive coastal wetlands in the Black Sea region belongs to an intricate system of marine, riverine and steppe environments. 

 

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Results from the International Waterbird Census in the Western Paleartic and Southwest Asia 1995 and 1996

This report shows the status of Waterbirds in North Africa, Europe and Western Asia. This is the first time that factual distrubution maps are displayed of a wide range of waterbirds in this region. This publication helps to take the right decisions regarding wetland areas and waterbirds. This publication is out of print but may be downloaded for free on this page. Click here for more information about the International Waterbird Census.

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The Niger, a lifeline

An extensive study on the impact of existing and planned dams in the Upper Niger. Impacts such as irrigation, hydropower generation but also loss of agricultural and grazing lands, changing fish stocks and biodiversity loss are quatified and compared. Multidisciplinary in nature, this study draws on the fields of hydrology, ecology and environmental economics.

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Mangrove Guidebook for Southeast Asia

This book represents our first attempt to classify all mangrove species in Southeast Asia. It also aims to serve as a guidebook for those involved in the management and conservation of mangroves in Southeast Asia.

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Le Niger, une artère vitale

Cette étude pluridisciplinaire, couvre les domaines de l'hydrologie, de l'écologie et de l'environnement. Elle vise à mettre au point un outil d'aide à la prise de décision pour une gestion efficace du Haut Niger.
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An Atlas of Movements of Southwest Siberian Waterbirds

This publication is based on eight decades of bird banding and recovery work by Russian scientists, involving more than half a million waterbirds. The basic field data was stored in databases of local Russian research agencies but most data were never disclosed for the wider scientific audience. Due to excellent cooperation between Russian and Dutch scientists the data were analysed and interpreted in 2005, resulting in the current atlas. It provides a significant contribution to the knowledge of migration movements of waterbirds. 

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Overview of Ramsar Sites

The second in the series, the "Overview" presents a thematic and graphically illustrated analysis of the world''s Wetlands of International Importance at 31 December 1998, including information on: the regional distribution of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands and their designated Ramsar sites; the kinds of wetlands represented in the Ramsar List of sites; the reasons why these wetlands have been designated as internationally important; the principle of ''wise use of wetlands'' and the land uses recorded in Ramsar sites; and the factors of change challenging these and other wetlands.

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Directory of Wetlands in the Middle East

This Directory represents the culmination of a two-year project, the Middle East Wetland Inventory, sponsored jointly by IUCN, WWF, IWRB, BirdLife International and Ramsar. It consists of a series of national chapters describing the principal wetlands in 13 countries from Syria and Lebanon in the west, to Afghanistan in the east, and the Republic of Yemen in the south. Some 223 sites of international importance are described, based on the "Ramsar Criteria". While these wetlands are important for a host of other functions and benefits, including water storage, flood control, coastal protection and fisheries production, as well as for their wildlife.

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Atlas of Anatidae Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia

This publication brings together a wealth of information on Anatidae (swans, geese and ducks) in Africa and Eurasia, in the form of maps and text. The information about the populations of these birds provides the crucial data that is necessary for national and international conservation policies. It shows what governments of range states need to do to meet their international obligations, for instance the policies related to the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). For each species, the most appropriate flyway boundaries are discussed and plotted on maps. Maps also show all potential and actual key-sites, and breeding ranges for migratory species. Key-sites are also presented in table form, with justification for all flyway population estimate and boundary changes.

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Waterbird Population Estimates - Third Edition.

All the information on the global state of waterbirds in one publication. Launched at the eighth Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Valencia, Spain, in November 2002, this publication sets the global standard in presenting estimates of the numbers and trends of waterbird populations throughout the world.

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Wetlands in Russia. Volume 4.

Volume 4 contains descriptions of 37 wetlands, with a total area of c. 3.7 million ha, located in Northeastern Asia. This volume presents the first example of a detailed wetland inventory compiled for a major natural region of the Russian Federation. Twenty four out of 37 sites covered by the inventory are recommended for inclusion in the Ramsar List. 

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Водно-болотные угодья России. Том 4. Водно-болотные угодья Северо-Востока России (сост. А.В.Андреев). - М.: Wetlands International, 2001. - 296 с.

В книге дан обзор состояния и размещения типичных и уникальных водно-болотных угодий в регионах дальневосточного Севера. Для 37 участков общей площадью 37 тыс.кв.км приводятся детальные инвентаризационные описания. Работа основана на результатах многолетних наблюдений автора и анализе большого объема оригинальных или малоизвестных материалов, собранных, главным образом, сотрудниками Института биологических проблем Севера РАН (г. Магадан).

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Wetlands in Russia. Volume 3.

This volume contains descriptions of 166 wetland sites, which are presently on the Ramsar Shadow List of the Russian Federation. The total area of these sites is nearly 44 million ha. These wetlands include 33 different wetland types, following the Ramsar classification system. The volume contains 31 chapters, in accordance with the number of biogeographical regions identified for the purpose of national wetland inventory (these regions are shown in Fig. 1). 

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Wetlands in Russia. Volume 2.

This volume provides information on 51 important peatland sites covering over eight million ha that meet the Ramsar Convention Criteria. This information has been compiled on the basis of the revised TELMA List (first published in 1979) and some recent inventory studies. The selected peatlands play a key part in regulating hydrological and climatic conditions over extensive areas, support rare and endangered species of plants and animals, and provide representative examples of mire types characteristic of the tundra and taiga biogeographical regions. 

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Wetlands in Russia. Volume 1

This volume contains information on the 35 wetland sites designated by the Government of the Russian Federation for the List of Wetlands of International Importance under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971). The total area of Russian Ramsar sites is 10.3 million ha. These sites support large populations of water birds, up to an estimated total of 10 million birds at the end of the breeding season.

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Los humedales de la Argentina

Este libro es el resultado del trabajo de numerosos especialistas con experiencia en distintas regiones de la Argentina, quienes han aportado su valioso conocimiento para describir en forma detallada los humedales de este país.

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Wetland benefits

This important public awareness tool promotes the wide range of benefits from wetlands and to assist in their wise use.

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