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Migratory birds ‐ Connecting Wetlands and People

Migratory waterbirds depend on a range of secure sites during their annual migrations. This flyer outlines our programme to link site managers within the African-Eurasian flyway in order to develop more committed and connected human networks for the conservation of migratory species.

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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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Migratory Birds for People Newsletter 15 (Feb2013)

 

Another year and a fresh “Migratory Birds for People” - newsletter to start with!

A lot of work is being done in protecting our migratory birds by implementing international treaties, by increasing enhanced scientific research and improvement of the management also by training programmes.

 

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Annual IWC Count Totals: African-Eurasian Waterbird Census

This annual report summarises the totals per country per species of all waterbirds counted under the International Waterbird Census in the African-Eurasian region. The 2012 report includes counts from 72 countries between 2009 - 2012. The data in this report has been collected by thousands of individuals and collated by National Coordinators, whose names and organisations are listed in the file "Contributors".

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Migratory Birds for People Newsletter 14 (Nov2012)

The "Migratory Birds for People"-network is developing well and we have now started engaging the ‘scientific world’ with the network-programme. This newsletter provides an update news from the network and progress made during the meetings in September and 24th of October in Genk in Belgium (side meeting during the Eurosite / Europarc Annual Conference) and the launch of the Takern Centre in Sweden.
 

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Challenges to the integration of wetlands into IWRM: The case of the Inner Niger Delta (Mali) and the Lobau Floodplain (Austria)

The authors recognize that wetlands are poorly integrated in river basin management. Governments that endorsed the Ramsar Convention recognise the importance of the wetlands in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) using the "critical path" approach but is not widely implemented.

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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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A vision for the practice of risk reduction

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

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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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Flyway trends for waterbird species important in lakes Ijsselmeer and Markermeer

The Lakes IJsselmeer and Markermeer form the largest fresh water lake complex in the Netherlands. They have a very important function for waterbirds as breeding, moulting, migration and wintering sites. Despite having protected status under the EU Birds Directive and the Ramsar Convention several important key species are in decline and identifying drivers behind this is important for future policy and management decisions.

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Integrating human health into wetland management for the Inner Niger Delta, Mali

Livelihood and water-related diseases are strongly linked to wetland management. The majority of wetland stakeholders in the Inner Niger Delta, Mali considered human health and sanitation the most important criteria of a list of challenges and water-related pressures. Yet, a methodology to integrate health risks and opportunities into wetland management plans has previously not been proposed, despite the clear links and substantial real-life challenges. In this paper, a framework is presented to do this in data-poor context structured around the process to evaluate and prioritise the appropriateness of management options to improve human health.

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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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Migratory Birds for People Programme

 The 13th issue brings together the latest information on activities of the Migratory Birds For People programme and provides a profile of all the network centre partners.

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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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2011 At a Glance

As an organisation, Wetlands International made big strides forward in 2011. These will help us achieve the goals of our new 10-year Strategic Intent (2011-2020). With the seal of good governance from the Dutch Central Bureau on Fundraising under our belt, and growing recognition of our distinctive approach and niche, we proudly share with you some highlights of 2011. Enjoy the read!

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Why West Africa's Manatee deserves top CMS and CITES protection

The African Manatee is a member of the Trichechidae; a sirenian, mermaid-like sea cow that can grow up to 3 meters and weigh 500 kilograms. Wetlands International is calling for tougher protection measures to ensure the survival of this endangered species.

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Sustainable Coastal Zone Management in Sierra Leone

This video presents the work of Wetlands International Africa in the Sustainable Coastal Zone Management in Sierra Leone, where together with the government and communities is focused on the Establishment of Marine Protected Area in the Yawri Bay and developed sustainable, alternative livelihood options to reduce over-fishing.

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The Critical Site Network

This publication aims to provide an overview of the Critical Sites identified for waterbirds in the African-Eurasian region through the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project. It highlights the importance of Critical Sites for the populations they hold, the threats facing these sites and their current protection status. Case studies illustrate different approaches to achieving effective conservation for migratory waterbirds.

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African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership

Migratory waterbirds are culturally and economically important, but vulnerable to habitat loss, overexploitation and other pressures. Countries along their flyways have a shared responsibility for sustainable management of their populations. Through the African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership, Wetlands International and partners support science-based decision-making to help countries meet their AEWA commitments to waterbird conservation.

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Tana Delta, Kenya - Competition for Land and Water

The Tana Delta is the largest and wetland ecosystem in Kenya and is found on the Kenyan Coast (East). The Tana river is the largest and longest river in Kenya ( nearly 1,014 km long ). The Delta is about 130,000ha and suppors 100,000 people, consisting mostly of farmers, pastoralist & fishermen. However, the river volume has fallen by 20% in 10 years.

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Management impact of scarce water resources of the Upper Niger on the IND

This presentation on the Inner Niger Delta discusses the hydrology, water grab by existing and future dams, socio-economic and ecological impacts of water grab downstream, as well as long term solutions.

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Mangroves for Coastal Resilience

Wetlands International champions and enables the adequate management, restoration and sustainable use of mangrove forests. In this brochure we highlight our approaches and activities to increase coastal resilience and reduce disaster risk.

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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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Intention Stratégique 2011-2020

L’Intention Stratégique pour 2011-2020 est une version révisée des perspectives sur dix années, telles qu’envisagées par Wetlands International. Elle remplace l’Intention Stratégique pour 2005-2014 comme stratégie globale pour l’organisation mondiale.

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Water sharing in the Upper Niger Basin

The scope of this study encompasses the Upper Niger Basin in Mali, focussing on the downstream Inner Niger Delta up to Tombouctou. It focuses on the core bottlenecks and options with regard to IWRM and green development in the basin and steps which have been set – in terms of knowledge development, stakeholder engagement, implementation (emerging practices) - towards a more integrated approach.

 

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IWC Annual National Totals (African-Eurasian Region 2009-2011)

 Overview of IWC in the African-Eurasian region 2011 and annual national totals (2009-2011) 

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AEWC Newsletter 1 - October 2011

 1st newsletter for the combined AfWC and WPWC.

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Strategic Intent 2011-2020

The Strategic Intent 2011-2020 is the ten year outlook for our organisation and the overarching strategy for the organisation worldwide. It reflects the new challenges for wetland conservation and the increasing relevance of wetland condition to human well-being in today’s world.

 

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Annual Review 2010

Our annual review provides a great and global overview of all our achievements, our projects, our publications and other products, our donors and our financial situation.

 

 

 

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AfWC Newsletter - July 2011

This is an annual update for all those involved in the African Waterbird Census. The newsletter is available in French and English

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Cool Tool

The article highlights the uses of the Critical Site Network tool for african birders in a playful and easy to read way.

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Annual Report 2010

The Annual Report 2010 of Wetlands International Africa summarises the projects and achievements of our Africa team over 2010. There is a French and English version.

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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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Maintaining wetlands as fresh water stocks in the Sahelian zone in the Inner Niger Delta of Mali

This document was contributed to the Nairobi Work Programme of the UNFCCC secretariat.  It builds on a quarter century of work by Wetlands International related to maintaining the precious fresh water wetlands in the Sahel, highlighting activities on improving climate change adaptation planning, policies and practices in relation to fresh water management in Africa

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Migratory movements of waterfowl in Central Asia and avian influenza emergence

In this study, historical data derived from over 80 years of bird ringing are combined with recent satellite tracking data to delineate migration routes, movement chronology and habitat use patterns of waterfowl in relation to H5N1 outbreak locations. Results confirm migratory linkage between breeding and moulting areas in northern Kazakhstan and southern Siberia, with nonbreeding areas in the Caspian, Black and eastern Mediterranean Sea basins, as well as with South Asia. 

 

 

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Flamingo Bulletin, Issue 18 March 2011

Lee, R., Arengo, F. & Bechet, A. (eds.). 2011. Flamingo, Bulletin of the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands
International Flamingo Specialist Group, No. 18. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, UK.

 

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Low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 virus in wild birds in Nigeria in Africa.

We monitored avian influenza in wild and domestic birds in two different regions in Nigeria to investigate the presence and persistence of avian influenza virus in African birds. We found low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H5N2 viruses in three spur-winged geese (Plectropterus gambensis) in the Hadejia–Nguru wetlands. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that all of the genes, except the non-structural (NS) genes, of the LPAI H5N2 viruses were more closely related to genes recently found in wild and domestic birds in Europe.

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Processos Autónomos Locais de Adaptação aos Impactos das Mudanças Climáticas

Este estudo pretende ao nível local discernir os processos de adaptação autónomos das comunidades as mudanças climáticas e determinar as melhores formas de promover e apoiar estes processos, mas tirar dela lições que poderão ser adaptados e replicados noutras lugares. Deve ter igualmente uma acção pedagógica e sensibilizadora não só em relação aos decisores políticos mais também em relação a aqueles que intervêm ao nível local, sobretudo no sentido de considerarem os impactos do clima nos seus programas, projectos e acções.

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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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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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Conserver les Zones Humides de l'Afrique

Une marque page developpée pour l'atelier au Accra, Ghana de dialogue des journalistes sur le changement climatique. C'est fair par le bureau de Wetlands International Afrique à Dakar, Sénégal.

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Conserve Africa's Wetlands

This bookmark shows some basic facts about wetlands. It was made by Wetlands International Africa (WIA). 

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Mobile Exposition: Save Our Mangroves!

Save Our Mangroves! is a mobile exposition in three languages: English, French and Portuguese, which highlights the importance of mangrove forests in West Africa, the drivers of their destruction and what Wetlands International African and IUCN Senegal do to preserve them.

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Communities in the face of Climate Change in Guinea Bissau

This video tells the story of how mangrove dependent communities in Guinea Bissau are affected by climate change and how Wetlands International Africa's work helps them to adapt to these changes.

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Les Communautés Confrontees aux Changements Climatiques en Guinée-Bissau

Les Communautés Confrontees aux Changements Climatiques en Guinée-Bissau est un video sur la problematique des Changements Climatiques dans les zones cotieres et du mangrove en Guinée-Bissau, produit par Wetlands International Afrique.

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The Global Peatland CO2 Picture

The report presents the first overview ever of peatland carbon data for all countries and regions of the world.  For every country/area information is given on extent and status of peatlands, volume of the peat resource and on CO2 emissions from different types of land use, both for the year 1990 as well as for the year 2008.

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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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