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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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Wetlands International #WhatsInYourPaper

More than 120 non-profit organizations from around the world have come together to endorse a new Global Paper Vision. 

Join a global conversation that can be an extraordinary opportunity to protect our air, water, forests climate, and communities. Share the hashtag #whatsinyourpaper with your followers, friends, and connections to be a part of the solution and help generate a powerful force for change. Visit http://environmentalpaper.org/vision to read more.

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Our Achievements 2011 - 2013

This document presents to what extent we have achieved the collective targets we set ourselves for the period 2011-2015. It presents our main achievements until the end of 2013.

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Recommendations for the post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFAII)

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA): Building Resilient Nations and Communities, agreed by Member States in 2005, is coming up for revision in 2015. Wetlands International puts forward a set of recommendations for inclusion in the post 2015 Framework, summarised in this briefing, calling for increased attention to the need for integrated water and wetland management to reduce disaster risk. 

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Environmental Sustainability As part of the dutch WASH Alliance’s ‘FIETS’ strategy

What do you need to pay attention to when you want to set up sustainable projects in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)? The financial, institutional, environmental, techno logical and social (FIETS) aspects of sustainability. The Dutch WASH Alliance believes that all of these aspects require attention; not separately, but as a whole. This fact sheet explains the relationship between environmental sustainability and each of the other FIETS elements.

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La Durabilité Environnementale dans les projets eau, hygiène, assainissement de l’Alliance WASH Néerlandaise

Comment permettre aux populations de vivre en bonne santé ? D'abord en s'assurant qu'ils ont accès à su samment d’eau propre. En les aidant également à construire des installations sanitaires appropriées. Ou encore en améliorant leurs connaissances des bonnes pratiques en matière d'hygiène.

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Environmental Sustainability In WASH projects by the Dutch WASH Alliance

How can you support people in living healthy lives? One way is to ensure that they have access to enough clean water. Another is to support them in building proper sanitary facilities. Or to increase awareness of good hygiene practices. The Dutch WASH Alliance aims to realise and embed these conditions around the world. To ensure that it is done in the most sustainable manner possible, the Dutch WASH Alliance follows a unique strategy called ‘FIETS’. This factsheet explains part of the strategy: the focus on environmental sustainability.

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Submission on mitigation potential of peatlands to the UNFCCC

About one quarter of all human induced greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use, mainly from land use change, fertilizer use, livestock and peatland degradation. This submission to the UN Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) discusses the mitigation potential through the conservation and restoration of peatlands and calls for addressing peatlands as a priority in the world's pre- and post 2020 ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Environmental and social impacts of oil palm cultivation on tropical peat

This report provides a review of available scientific information and published literature on impacts of using tropical peat for oil palm cultivation in Southeast Asia. It describes carbon flows and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from native and degraded forest and oil palm plantations on peat, as well as other environmental impacts and social and economic aspects of the cultivation of oil palm on peat. Based on the available literature, the report presents conclusions on the gaps in knowledge, uncertainties and confusion in existing datasets. 

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Mengintegrasikan ekosistem ke dalam praktik resiliensi

Integrasi pengelolaan ekosistem dan sumber daya alam ke dalam pengurangan risiko bencana (PRB) hingga saat ini nyaris terabaikan. Dokumen ini memperkenalkan serangkaian kriteria yang dapat dipergunakan oleh perumus kebijakan dan para praktisi untuk mengintegrasikan pengelolaan ekosistem dan sumber daya alam dalam pekerjaan PRB mereka dengan lebih baik.

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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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Side event: Terrestrial Ecosystems with High Carbon Content

Presentations of state-of-the-art information about high-carbon terrestrial ecosystems by leading scientific and research institutions from the Russian Federation and Wetlands International.

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Back to basics on REDD+ safeguards and finance

The REDD+ Safeguards agreed in Cancun aim to:
1. Improve forest governance;
2. Promote the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities and respect for their rights; and
3. Protect biodiversity to ensure ecosystem resilience and permanence of emissions reductions.

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L’intégration des écosystèmes dans les pratiques de la résilience

L’intégration de la gestion des écosystèmes et des ressources naturelles dans la réduction des risques de catastrophes (RRC) a été en grande partie ignorée jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Ce document présente une série de critères utilisables par les décideurs politiques et les professionnels pour mieux intégrer la gestion des écosystèmes et des ressources naturelles dans leur travail de RRC.

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Submission on UNFCCC issues relating to agriculture - 2013

This submission provides evidence of the important role played by peatlands in climate change mitigation and adaptation. It explains why those ecosystem services are threatened by agricultural expansion, and in particular illustrates how conventional agricultural practices on peatlands inevitably lead to soil subsidence and consequent flooding of productive land, compromising food security and livelihoods.

 

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Submission on additional CDM activities - 2013

This submission from Wetlands International to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) re-introduces the proposal made by Wetlands International in September 2012 to add "Avoided Drainage" and "Rewetting" as additional activities under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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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 response of mangrove soil surface elevation to sea level rise

Coastal ecosystems such as mangroves can reduce risk to people and infrastructure from wave damage and flooding. The continued provision of these coastal defence services by mangroves is dependent on their capacity to adapt to projected rates of sea level rise. This report explores the capacity of mangrove soil surfaces to increase in elevation in response to local rises in sea level.

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Position Brief on oil sands mining in Canada

This position brief states our position on oil sands mining in Canada. It highlights our current activites, guiding principles, policies we support and way of working.

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Position Brief on oil and gas development of the Arctic

This position brief states our position on oil and gas development in the Arctic. It highlights our current activites, guiding principles, policies we support and way of working.

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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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Annual Report and Accounts 2012

The Annual Report 2012 describes the achievements of Wetland International’s global network of offices over the year 2012. The audited Annual Accounts 2012 consist of the (consolidated) accounts of the Foundation Wetlands International and the Association Wetlands International.

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Environmental Sustainability In purifying water and keeping it clean

One of the important goals of the Dutch WASH Alliance is providing clean water and keeping it clean in order to prevent diseases. What is the most effective way to achieve that goal in an ecologically sustainable manner? This factsheet contains a number of suggestions and practical examples. Projects can focus on preventing sewage from coming into contact with drinking water, but they can also focus on reusing nutrients from that same sewage. 

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Global Water Agenda: WASH & Ecosystems

A Presentation by Susanne Boom

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La integración de los ecosistemas en la práctica de la resiliencia

El objetivo de los Criterios para la implementación de programas de RRD y CCA que incorporan la gestión de los ecosistemas es lograr un cambio de paradigma hacia un enfoque en el que la conservación y restauración de los servicios ecosistémicos y el mantenimiento de la dinámica natural que sostienen la salud de los ecosistemas están firmemente arraigados, junto con otros enfoques para la reducción de riesgos.

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Construir con la naturaleza para la resiliencia costera

En este folleto explica el concepto de la ingeniería híbrida refiriéndose a las costas de manglares. Proporciona una razón fuerte para dejar la dependencia excesiva hacia las estructuras de ingeniería complejas, y fijarse en trabajar junto y con la naturaleza para lograr la resiliencia costera. Los políticos y los profesionales responsables pueden utilizar la información en este folleto a la hora de considerar las opciones para la defensa costera en regiones tropicales.

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Environmental Sustainability In the storage, management and use of water

How can you store large amounts of clean water that would otherwise be lost via runoff ? And how can you access that water when it is needed? The answers to these questions diff er for each area or watershed. The Dutch WASH Alliance therefore works to find the most sustainable, suitable and context-specific solutions. The goal is to provide people with enough clean water, in a way that benefits both them and their natural environment. The ‘3R’ approach plays a vital role in realising this goal. 

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Putting community resilience into practice

 

At the halfway point in implementation of the Partners for Resilience programme (PfR), a wealth of initial successes and lessons learnt have been identified. Based on the PfR resilience vision of eight key principles, the partners have now gathered case studies that illustrate how this is currently being translated into practice.

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Integrating ecosystems in resilience practice

The integration of ecosystems and natural resource management in disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been largely overlooked to date. This document introduces a set of criteria, which can be used by policy makers and practitioners to better integrate the management of ecosystems and natural resources in their DRR work.

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Working with Nature for DRR

Millions of people around the world are vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. Unsustainable management and use of ecosystems is often a root cause of such vulnerability. Wetlands International calls for better integration of approaches to disaster risk reduction, bringing together expertise from relevant sectors and making optimal use of the natural protection provided by ecosystems.

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Building with nature for coastal resilience

This leaflet explains the concept of hybrid engineering as it relates to mangrove coasts. It provides a rationale for moving away from over-reliance on hard engineered structures, and moving towards working alongside and with nature for coastal resilience. The information contained in this leaflet can be used by policy makers and practitioners when considering options for coastal defence in tropical coastal regions.

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WSSG Newsletter 38

The Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group is a network of woodcock and snipe specialist (both scientists and non-scientists) concerned with the study, monitoring, management and conservation of the woodcock and snipe species populations.

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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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Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroves

Mangroves can reduce storm surge water levels by slowing the flow of water and reducing surface waves. Therefore mangroves can potentially play a role in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction, either alone or alongside other risk reduction measures such as early warning systems and engineered coastal defence structures (e.g. sea walls).

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Closing the emissions gap with peatlands

This media briefing provides some background information on how peatland restoration and conservation action, stimulated by UNFCCC incentives, could significantly contribute to closing the so-called “emissions gap”.

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Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use

This is the second edition of the publication that informs on management and finance options to achieve emissions reductions and enhance other vital ecosystem services from peatlands.

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Saving peatlands (brochure)

Peatlands support millions of people around the world, store twice as much carbon as all forests worldwide, and are home to many threatened species of plants and animals. Peatland degradation has devastating economic and social consequences. Wetlands International promotes global and national land use practices and policies that counter peatland destruction and degradation, promote conservation incentives and support local communities.

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Decision support tree for management of peatlands and organic soils

This decision support tree was developed for the 2012 report, Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use. The report, available on line, outlines the steps in the decision-making process. Download the decision-support tree

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

The draft report "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands" was released as a contribution to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), convening in Hyderabad, India.

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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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Investigating Avian Influenza Infection Hotspots in Old- World Shorebirds

In this study the authors, including our own Bouba Fofana of our Mali Office and Associate Expert Tim Dodman, looked for Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) hotspots associated with other shorebird species and/or with some of the larger congregation sites of shorebirds in the old world. They assembled and analysed a regionally extensive dataset of AIV prevalence from 69 shorebird species sampled in 25 countries across Africa and Western Eurasia. Despite this diverse and extensive coverage we did not detect any new shorebird AIV hotspots. Neither large shorebird congregation sites nor the ruddy turnstone were consistently associated with AIV hotspots.

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Una visión nueva sobre resiliencia comunitaria

La visión de la Alianza por la Resilience (PfR) se basa en la experiencia práctica y en varios niveles en nueve países y representa un cambio en la forma en que se destinan los recursos para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (RRD). Es urgente una forma de abordar la reducción de riesgo debido al incremento impredecible del riesgo a desastres y las pérdidas económicas a las que se enfrentan las comunidades.

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Submission on the future work of the ADP

This submission from Wetlands International to the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) stresses the need for enhanced action with respect to the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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The impact of subsidence: can peatland drainage be sustainable in the long term?

This presentation presents the impact of peat soil subsidence and discusses the issues of sustainability of peatland drainage activities.

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Social and economic issues of tropical peatlands

This presentation introduces and discusses the social and economic issues of tropical peatlands, and it was presented at the International Peat Congress (3-8 June 2012), Stockholm, Sweden.

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Annual Report and Accounts 2011

The Annual Report 2011 describes the achievements of Wetland International’s global network of offices over the year 2011. The audited Annual Accounts 2011 consist of the consolidated accounts of Stichting Wetlands International, including the 2011 accounts from all offices worldwide, and the Association Wetlands International. (Stichting Wetlands International is a foundation established under Dutch law and based in Ede, the Netherlands) Enjoy the read!

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Reduction of Wind and Swell Waves by Mangroves

This report focuses on mangrove forests and the role they can play in reducing wind and swell waves. While mangrove forests are usually found on shores with little incoming wave energy, they may receive larger waves during storms, hurricanes and periods of high winds. Large wind and swell waves can cause flooding and damage to coastal infrastructure. By reducing wave energy and height, mangroves can potentially reduce associated damage.

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Global Interflyway Network: Korea Workshop 2011

The international workshop organised in Seosan City, Republic of Korea, 17-20 October 2011 brought together experts from various flyway initiatives. The meeting provided an ideal opportunity to promote exchange of good practice and lessons learnt from these flyway initiatives which has led to the establishment of the Global Interflyway Network. These proceedings summarize the main outcomes of the meeting and identify priorities for the future.

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