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Pitfalls and potentials: The role of bioenergy in the EU climate and energy policy post 2020

This joint NGO briefing contains an analysis of the current and potential role of bioenergy in the European Union's climate and energy policies, and a series of recommendations to ensure that sustainable bioenergy truly contributes to the EU's policy commitments regarding the climate, biodiversity, environmental protection and socio-economic goals.

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A recipe for resilience

The unique approach from the Partners for Resilience (PfR) to the building of community resilience, developed with more than 40 local implementing partner agencies, integrates climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration into disaster risk reduction (DRR). This experience over the past four years of evidence-based, holistic risk reduction can contribute meaningfully to the collective commitment to a post-2015 framework. The PfR key messages and ‘calls to action’ at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) at Sendai, Japan, are presented in this position document.

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PEDRR policy brief for post-2015 Hyogo Framework

The growing evidence and endorsement of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction should likewise be reflected in HFA-2. Environment should be regarded as a cross-cutting issue and clearly articulated in the text and sustainable ecosystem management solutions should be explicitly recognized as a solution for disaster risk reduction and building resilience. The PEDRR network (Wetlands International is a member) provides final input to the post-2015 Hyogo Framework negotations through this policy brief. 

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Briefing negotiations UNFCCC February 2015 Geneva

About one quarter of all human induced emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU). A disproportional large part of these AFOLU emissions come from organic soils (peatlands) drained for agriculture, grazing, forestry or mining. This briefing provides recommendations to ensure that a new climate agreement provides strong incentives to reduce emissions from drained peatlands. 

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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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Wetlands International's inputs to the ENVI Committee’s draft 2nd reading report on ILUC

Wetlands International welcomes the transition towards the sustainable production and consumption of bioenergy which delivers substantial greenhouse gas (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuels. As an organisation with valuable experience in wetland conservation, restoration and the sustainable use of their resources for people, climate and nature worldwide, we suggest a set of recommendations for inclusion in the European Parliament’s position on the second reading of the Indirect Land-Use Changes (ILUC) file (procedure file 2012/0288(COD)).

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Joint NGO letter on the environment, climate and social impacts of biofuels

This joint NGO letter was sent to the Members of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament to urge them to raise the environmental, climate and social ambition of the Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) file. The land-use changes  triggered by the expansion of biofuel crops are linked to greenhouse gas emissions (including significant  peatland emissions) and other negative impacts on people and the environment.

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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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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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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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