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The Role of Mangroves in Fisheries Enhancement

Some 210 million people live in low elevation areas within 10 km of mangroves and many of these directly benefit from mangrove-associated fisheries. Yet, these people are often unaware of the key role mangroves may play, especially if the associated fisheries are offshore.

A new study by Wetlands International, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Cambridge, concludes that mangrove conservation and restoration in areas close to human populations will render the greatest return on investment with respect to enhancing fisheries. 

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“Aprendizaje desde la Práctica” para crear Comunidades Resilientes en Nicaragua

Abordando la vulnerabilidad ante desastres en las subcuencas de los ríos Tapacalí e Inali, departamento de Madriz, Nicaragua, los socios de la Alianza por la Resiliencia aplicaron la modalidad de “Aprendizaje desde la Práctica” en su programa de Escuelas de Aprendizajes y Escuelas de Campo. La modalidad incopora el enfoque innovador que integra la reducción de riesgo de desastres, adaptación al cambio climático y el manejo y restauración de ecosistemas (RRD/ACC/MRE). Este estudio de caso describe la modalidad, historias exitosas y su replicación.

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Next steps for RSPO in relation to peatlands

The new RSPO (April 2013) Principles and Criteria (P&C) require the avoidance of new plantation
developments on peatlands and provide important guidance for addressing the issues related to
the production of palm oil on peat. The new P&C acknowledge that drainage of peatlands results in greenhouse gas emissions and peat soil subsidence, which in turn create fl ooding problems. The new requirements constitute a major step forward in the development of sustainable palm oil. 

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Subsidence of peat soils in South-East Asia – Flooding risks in Sarawak

This paper presents the case study of the Rajang Delta in Sarawak, Malaysia where peatland subsidence will cause flooding, rendering 50% and 67% of the land unsuitable for palm oil cultivation after 25 and 50 years respectively. This is 3 to 4 times the size of Singapore.

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Mangroves for coastal defence

Can mangroves reduce waves and storm surges? How will they influence the forces of a tsunami? Do they actually contribute to stabilizing coasts and build-up of soils? Can they keep up with sea level rise? The “Mangroves for coastal defence: Guidelines for coastal managers & policy makers" provides an in-depth analysis  on the role that mangroves play in defense against waves, storms, tsunamis, erosion and sea level rise. Working with the University of Cambridge to review hundreds of scientific papers, the guide book outlines a practical approach for coastal decision makers.

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Soy Barometer 2014

 
In the Netherlands, various parties are committed to ensuring that we will only process and use responsible soy. But how are these developments evolving? Are things going in the right direction? The Dutch Soy Coalition addresses these questions, and more, in the latest edition of the Soy Barometer, the third in its series. 
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60 Years, 60 Beneficiaries

60 years ago Wetlands International began working towards the safeguarding and restoration of people and nature. Over the past six decades we have grown, both as an organisation and in the scope of our work. Join us in celebrating our birthday and have a look at some of our beneficiaries over the last 60 years. 

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Q’eqchi’ best practices and livelihoods in the wetlands of El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

As part of the Partners for Resilience country programme, the Guatemalan Red Cross and Wetlands International prepared a study on wetland-related best practices and livelihoods of the Maya Q’eqchi’ people of El Estor, Guatemala. The study systematizes their traditional and local knowledge. This knowledge allows their communities to take actions for climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and ecosystem restoration and management, taking these wetland-related livelihoods as starting point.

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Mapping of forest cover and assessment of ecosystems and ecosystem services related to local livelihoods

As part of the Partners for Resilience programme, Guatemalan Red Cross and Wetlands International conducted a study to map the forest cover and ecosystems of the Cucubá river microbasin in Santa Cruz del Quiché. The study also describes the ecosystem services that are crucial for local livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

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Plan Estratégico de la Mesa de Diálogo y Planificación Estratégica Mancomunada de Cambio Climático y Género Región Oriente

En el presente documento se realiza una breve síntesis de los efectos que ocasiona el cambio climático en el territorio de los municipios que abarcan la Mesa de Diálogo y Planificación Estratégica Mancomunada de Cambio Climático y Género Región Oriente, al mismo tiempo se presenta una propuesta alternativa de coordinación a través de las instancias de trabajo existentes en el área, quienes en conjunto pueden contribuir a disminuir las vulnerabilidades e incrementar la resiliencia de las poblaciones.

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Species of agricultural biodiversity with food security potential

Agriculture is the main economic activity and source of livelihoods of ten communities located in the municipalities of Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the Mazá river basin of Guatemala. The agriculture and forestry systems as developed by these small-scale farmers help to meet the basic needs of their families. They use farming practices based on traditional knowledge and experiences passed on for generations, which allows these agriculture and forestry systems to cope with changes in climate and, therefore, build their resilience.

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Especies de agrobiodiversidad con potencial para la seguridad alimentaria

La agrobiodiversidad presente en los ecosistemas de la cuenca media del río Mazá, Guatemala está relacionada estrechamente con los medios de vida de las comunidades. La experiencia a través de los años en las prácticas de cultivo y la transmisión de saberes tradicionales de generación en generación, han permitido que estos sistemas de agrobiodiversidad tengan características que les ayudan a hacer frente a cambios en el clima, por lo que han desarrollado diferentes niveles de resiliencia.

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Wetlands International Annual Report 2013

The “red thread” for our work in 2013 was our increasing connection, dialogue and influence with other civil society organisations, business and industry. As you glance through the Achievements section in the report, you will see many concrete examples of this, with on-ground and policy results evident from the local to global scale. Through our major programmes we have demonstrated how wetlands play a vital role in securing biodiversity, strengthening livelihoods, increasing community resilience natural hazards like floods and droughts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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Buenas prácticas Q’eqchi’ y medios de vida en humedales del municipio de El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

Las comunidades Q’eqchi’ de El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala, son vulnerables ante la variabilidad climática y diferentes amenazas hidroclimáticas. Como parte del Programa de la Alianza por la Resiliencia, los socios -Cruz Roja Guatemalteca y Wetlands International-, elaboraron un estudio sobre buenas prácticas del pueblo maya Q’eqchi’ y medios de vida en humedales, con el objetivo de sistematizar los conocimientos tradicionales y locales.

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Bio-derechos para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres

Con el enfoque de Bio-derechos reducimos la vulnerabilidad ante desastres de cuatro comunidades Maya K'iche' de Guatemala. Los comunitarios identificaron y aplicaron medidas complementarias de reducción de riesgo de desastres y conservación ambiental a cambio de microcréditos para acciones de desarrollo. De esta manera, Bio-derechos ayuda a crear comunidades más resilientes y adaptadas al cambio climático.

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Global Newsletter August 2013

The August 2013 Global Newsletter features news from around the Wetlands International Network. We look at how integrated water management works in Senegal, how soybean is the new boom in Argentina and how river restoration is an antidote for Europe's flood woes. 

Through the newlsetter you can visit the work of Wetlands International and our partners in field. Enjoy the read. 

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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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Proyecto Generación de capacidades para el desarrollo sustentable del Delta del Paraná

 

La Fundación para la Conservación y el Uso Sustentable de los Humedales (Fundación Humedales) -Oficina Argentina de Wetlands International- desarrolla este proyecto en el marco de la iniciativa de la “Ecosystem Alliance”, gracias al financiamiento del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de los Países Bajos (DGIS).

 

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

This TEEB for Water and Wetlands Brief introduces the new initiative, presents initial ideas on the benefits and questions to be explored over the coming months. Obtaining new and complementary insights from the practical experience of stakeholders (ecosystem managers, communities, municipalities, decision makers from the public and private sector at local, national and international scale etc.) from around the world will be an important element in the development of this work Readers are invited to respond to the questions listed below and to submit further information and case studies.

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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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Loktak Newsletter Volume VI

The newsletter jointly published by Wetlands International South Asia and Loktak Development Authority focuses on changing land use in Loktak Lake complex. The issues also presents an overview of Water Management Plan for the lake and an update on implementation of short term action plan for conservation and management of Loktak and associated wetlands.

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The Water Crisis in the Inner Niger Delta (Mali)

This presentation decribes the water crisis in the Inner Niger Delta of Mali, one of the continent's largest wetlands, and the relation to dam building upstream and climate change. It is made by Bakary Kone from the Wetlands International Mali Office for our press conference on the Future of the Niger River at the World Water Forum 6 in Marseille, France.

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Working together on disasters, climate, ecosystems

During the coming 5 years, Wetlands International will work closely with Red Cross, Cordaid, Red Cross Climate Centre and CARE to implement a range of projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa to increase people's resilience against (climate related) disasters via ecosystem restoration and management. Together they have formed the “Partners for Resilience” (PfR).

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El manejo integral para la Conservación y el Uso Sustentable del Delta del Paraná: Estado actual y desafíos a enfrentar

El aumento en el uso de los recursos naturales del Delta del Paraná, la sustitución de la vegetación nativa y la modificación de los patrones de drenaje, sumados a la ocurrencia de intensas sequías e incendios, resultaron en impactos que afectan a los humedales de la región, su biodiversidad y los medios de vida asociados. En este contexto, la creación del “Plan Integral Estratégico para la Conservación y Uso Sostenible del Delta del Paraná” (PIECAS) es una oportunidad para el cambio, y para el trabajo con distintos sectores y variadas disciplinas, con una meta común: facilitar la resolución de los problemas del Delta del Paraná y de su gente, aprovechando de manera sustentable los servicios ambientales que permitan la preservación de la naturaleza de este vasto humedal.

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Wetlands and Livelihoods in the Lower Basin of the Río Paz

The project Integrated Management of Water Resources and Livelihoods on the Río Paz, El Salvador – Guatemala is undertaken as part of the Wetlands and Livelihoods Programme. It promoted the participatory generation of management recommendations that arose directly from the knowledge and needs of the communities of the lower basin. These recommendations focus on the principal themes that link the provision of ecosystem services to livelihoods.

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Humedales y medios de vida en la cuenca baja del río Paz

Esta publicación documenta la relación entre las comunidades y los recursos naturales en la cuenca baja del río Paz, El Salvador – Guatemala. A través de diversos estudios se busca reconocer y hacer visibles los valores y servicios que proveen los humedales, para integrarlos en el desarrollo sostenible de los habitantes de esta zona.

 

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Conservación de los peces de la Cuenca del Plata en Argentina

La necesidad de contar con herramientas apropiadas para la evaluación  del estado de conservación de las especies es cada vez más urgente. Esta publicación intenta analizar algunos aspectos clave para la evaluación de peces de importancia comercial de la Cuenca del Plata en Argentina.

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Endicamientos y terraplenes en el Delta del Paraná

En los últimos años el Delta del Paraná se ha vuelto centro de atención por la extracción de los recursos naturales, la sustitución de la vegetación nativa, las intensas sequías y los fuegos y la modificación de los patrones de drenaje debido a la ganadería a gran escala y la agricultura. La construcción de endicamientos y otras obras de infraestructura por medianas a grandes empresas está afectando negativamente a los humedales, las comunidades locales y a las pequeñas unidades productivas.

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Bienes y Servicios Ecosístemicos de los Humedales del Delta del Paraná

Esta publicación muestra a través de investigaciones los numerosos bienes y servicios que brindan los humedales del Delta del Paraná, tales como la regulación de inundaciones, la pesca y el forraje para la ganadería. Los medios de vida de miles de personas que habitan la región dependen de estos.

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Efectos de las actividades humanas sobres los humedales del Delta del Paraná

Esta publicación muestra los diferentes impactos de las actividades humanas en los humedales del Delta del Paraná, evidenciando la contribución que los humedales brindan al bienestar de nuestra sociedad y la necesidad de conservarlos.

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A Quick Scan of Peatlands in Malaysia

This  report  presents  the  first  national  assessment  of  peatlands  in Malaysia.  It  identifies  remaining peatlands  of  high  conservation  value,  the loss of peatlands and the use of these carbon dense area for for instance palm oil production.

 

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Will the Inner Niger Delta shrivel up due to climate change and water use upstream?

When the climate will change in the Sahel, this will have an impact on the flooding of the Inner Niger Delta and, therefore, also on its ecological and economic functions. This report evaluates the human-driven changes in the hydrology of the Upper Niger and the possible additional impact of a climate change. The data sets used by Zwarts et al. (2005) are re-analysed and updated (as far as possible) for recent years: annual rainfall in the Upper Niger Basin, annual river discharge of Bani and Niger upstream of the Inner Niger Delta, water use (dams and irrigation schemes upstream of the Inner Niger Delta), and maximal annual flood extent of the Inner Niger Delta. 

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Biodiversity loss and the global water crisis - A fact book

Globally we are facing a water crisis. This booklet aims to highlight the links between this water crisis and biodiversity loss. Both are the result of the same root causes and both problems reinforce each other. The booklet draws on the knowledge and understanding developed by Wetlands International and its partners over many years and is supplemented with key information from other, peer reviewed studies. 

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Flood Prediction tool OPIDIN

Brochure by Wetlands International Africa on the Flood Prediction Tool for the Inner Niger Delta in Mali and how this tools benefits freshwater biodiversity, especially fish populations. 

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Towards a further extension of the OPIDIN tool

OPIDIN is a predictive model to forecast the flooding of the Inner Niger Delta when the water starts to raise. OPIDIN is an acronym for Outil de Prediction des Inondations dans le Delta Intérieur du Niger. A first version of OPIDIN was developed in 2009 within a study carried out by Royal Haskoning (lead), Altenburg & Wymenga Ecological Consultants and Wetland International. This study was financed by “Partners for Water”, a joint initiative of six departments of the Government of the Netherlands. Wetlands International (Séveré) took the initiative to explore the possibilities to extend the model and asked A&W to investigate how OPIDIN may be extended and improved.

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文化と湿地

Translation and interpretation of "Culture and wetlands -a Ramsar guidance document," published by Convention on Wetland Culture Working Group in 2008.

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湿地と文化と技術インベントリー(試作版)

"Inventry for the Culture and Technology of Wetlands (Draft)"

The result of trial worksheet research on"wetland culture and traditional practices" answerd by stakeholders of wetlands all over Japan.

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Panduan Pengelolaan Budidaya Tambak Ramah Lingkungan di Daerah Mangrove

Budidaya tambak ramah lingkungan ramai didengungkan akibat kerusakan lingkungan pesisir (mangrove) yang parah, salah satunya akibat kegiatan pembukaan lahan untuk tambak. Sehingga konsep budidaya tambak ramah lingkungan lebih sering disebut sebagai budidaya tambak yang melestarikan mangrove sebagai jalur hijau atau penanaman mangrove di tambak (silvofishery).

 

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Indonesia Programme's Summary 2005-2009

This publication is a 5-year overview of the activities of the Wetlands International Indonesia Programme (WI-IP). Wetlands International Indonesia Programma (WI-IP) is part of the global network of Wetlands International, working at global, regional, national and local levels to achieve the goals of conservation and wise use of wetlands, as a contribution to the realisation of sustainable development. Its mission is:  to sustain and conserve wetlands, including their resources and biodiversity for future generations. To achieve this mission, WI-IP does and will continue to work together with all relevant elements of society and government, including educational institutions, media and the private sector. 

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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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Rapport Annuel 2008 - Wetlands International Afrique

Ce rapport annuel de Wetlands International Afrique retrace les activités et les réalisations de l'année 2008. Il n'est disponible qu'en français et en version électronique pour cette édition.
 
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Striking A Balance (video)

This video shows how Wetlands International and partners in Zambia and Malawi have improved the management of seasonal wetlands or Dambos and thereby have improved livelihood conditions of local communities living in them. 

 

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Save Our Mangroves!

Wetlands International Africa and IUCN are combining their efforts within the PRCM to promote a wiser use of mangrove resources. The unique functions and values of mangroves sustain a high level of biological productivity which is extremely profitable to both animal species and human beings. This ecosystem, rich with species of flora and fauna, plays an important ecological and economic role for countries along the West African coast.

 

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Protecting the West African Manatee

Under the PRCM umbrella, Wetlands International Africa brought together many international partners and led the development process of the manatee conservation strategy, with the support of the Abidjan Convention.

 

 

 

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Bio-rights dalam teori dan praktek

Bio-rights adalah sebuah mekanisme pendanaan inovatif yang ditujukan untuk menggabungkan upaya pengentasan kemiskinan dan upaya konservasi lingkungan melalui penyediaan kredit mikro untuk pembangunan berkelanjutan.Pendekatan ini mendukung penduduk setempat untuk tidak melakukan tindakan kontraproduktif dan justru secara aktif terlibat dalam upaya-upaya restorasi dan konservasi lingkungan.

 

 

 

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Planting trees to eat fish

This book draws on the experiences of four projects (in Indonesia, Kenya, Zambia/Malawi and Mali) that combined conservation and development goals. The four projects demonstrated – each in a different way – how improving livelihoods and conserving wetlands can go hand in hand. The book tells the story of the problems that the individual projects faced, and how they were addressed. In addition, there is a review of seven other wetland-based projects from around the world.

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"Wetlands"

A report of "survey and symposium on culture and practice of wetlands" project in 2008.


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Biorights in Theory and Practice

Bio-rights is an innovative financing mechanism for reconciling poverty alleviation and environmental conservation. By providing micro-credits for sustainable development, the approach enables local communities to refrain from unsustainable practices and be actively involved in environmental conservation and restoration. Micro-credits are converted into definitive payments upon successful delivery of conservation services at the end of a contracting period.

 

 

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Letter to the members of the Dutch Parliament on International Biomass policy

This letter (in Dutch) indicates five clear gaps in the national biomass policy of The Netherlands between actual policy and reality in the field. It is sent to the members of the permanent Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Duth Parliament.

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Good Practices and Lessons Learned in Integrating Ecosystem Conservation and Poverty Reduction Objectives in Wetlands - Policy Brief

This is the policy brief (9 pages) from the WPRP study, which was driven by two objectives: to develop a framework and methodology for assessing the outcomes of conservation-poverty reduction initiatives and to apply it to such initiatives in wetlands to understand conditions and methods that can support the integration or balancing of ecosystem conservation with poverty reduction.

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