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Facts & figures on palm oil

Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a common ingredient in a wide variety of products, ranging from biscuits, bread and noodles to shampoo, candles and deter-gents. It has been estimated that around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it. Palm oil is also used as biofuel. The use of palm oil is expected to continue growing, with an esti-mated doubling of use by 2020.

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Green economy with sustainable value chains

CHALLENGE: Agricultural output is expected to double and resource efficiency increase tenfold in the coming decades. Only a rapid transformation in the way products and services are produced and consumed will ensure the continued delivery of essential ecosystem services provided by a healthy environment while meeting the demands of the world’s growing population. Local communities must have a voice in this transition.

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Call for Action on Agro Commodity Governance

Over the last decade, various commitments towards sustainability of agro-commodity value chains have been made by governments and private sector. Relevant in this context is the recent zero deforestation pledges included in the New York declaration on Forests. Despite important progress, translating these commitments into effective implementation remains a challenge.

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Recommendations to the zero-draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction                

Wetlands International welcomes the co-chairs’ zero draft, dated 20 October. As an organisation with experience in wetland conservation, restoration and sustainable use for the benefit of communities worldwide, we put forward a set of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 Framework, summarised in this briefing.

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Mudbank

Mudbank is an innovative approach for business to support the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds around the globe. To offset the impact of development projects, Mudbank invests on behalf of companies in the permanent protection of important coastal habitat along migratory flyways. It is designed to be an option in the Mitigation Hierarchy—and not just an “in lieu of” solution.

 

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Keep it fresh or salty

This report provides guidance for program and project developers from, or working in, developing
countries on the numerous funds and finance mechanisms that can provide carbon finance for wetland carbon conservation and restoration. It also highlights ways to access and link carbon activities with non-carbon based sources of financing. 

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Position paper: Accounting for peatland hotspots in the new climate agreement

This position paper gives insight in why peatlands should be treated as hotspots for climate change mitigation in the negotiations for a new climate agreement, and was prepared as input for the climate conference in Lima (UNFCCC COP20). It contains an overview of countries with significant migitation potential. This can be realised by placing a ban on draining new peatlands (for forestry and agriculture), and by rewetting already drained peatlands, with options for the maintenance of productive land use under wet conditions (paludiculture).  

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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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A Review of Migratory Bird Flyways and Priorities for Management

The phenomenon of bird migration has been a source of wonder for man since time immemorial. However, the biological integrity of this intricate seasonal journey, which covers a network of several biomes across different frontiers and continents, is being compromised due to a plethora of threats and challenges, and consequently the vulnerability of migratory birds is increasing worldwide. A Review of Migratory Bird Flyways and Priorities for Management is an exhaustive work which addresses the issue of conservation of migratory birds and their habitats with a comprehensive approach touching on core thematic areas.

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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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