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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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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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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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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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Submission on MRV and drivers REDD+ 2012

This submission on REDD+ from Wetlands International to UN Climate Conference (UNFCCC-SBSTA) presents Wetlands International's views on how to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and national forest monitoring systems. We focus on peatswamp forests, which has some specific characteristics and therefore need specific attention.

 

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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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Wetlands International Annual Plan and Budget 2013

This plan sets out Wetlands International’s priorities for the coming year and translates the Strategic Intent into concrete activities and linked results we aim to achieve by the end of the year.

 

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Intencion Estrategica 2011-2020

La Intención Estratégica 2011-2020 es una versión revisada de la perspectiva a diez años de Wetlands International y sustituye a la Intención Estratégica 2005-2014 como la estrategia general de toda la organización. Se basó en amplias consultas a nivel interno y externo emprendidas desde 2009, incluyendo evaluaciones de logros pasados y lecciones aprendidas, así como evaluaciones de los desafíos y oportunidades internas y externas a la organización. 

 

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LULUCF the ‘No Loopholes’ Environmental Integrity Package for Ministers

At the COP17 Climate summit in Durban, Ministers decide whether or not it will be possible for developed countries to reduce their emissions by rewetting drained peatlands for meeting their emission reduction targets under a future climate agreement. Wetlands International, together with other non-profit organisations under the Ecosystems Climate Alliance, call for mandatory accounting for wetlands, because this would mean that a strong incentive will be created to stop the loss of wetlands.

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Peatlands: hotspots for emissions reductions

Peatlands play a critical role in climate regulation, storing twice as much carbon as the entire world’s forest biomass and emitting large amounts of carbon when drained. The UNFCCC provides significant opportunities to safeguard and restore these concentrated and important reservoirs of terrestrial carbon.

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Letter to EU president Barosso on Biofuels and Land Use Change

 22 September 2011. Wetlands International together with several environmental NGOs have written to the European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, demanding action on five scientific studies that question the clean energy benefits of biofuels.

 

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Submission to SBSTA on REDD and peatlands - Sept 2011

This policy submission to the UN Climate Conference (UNFCCC) provides input to methodological guidance to the policy mechanism REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Wetlands International specifically focuses on the issue of peatlands in relation to REDD in this submission, which differ in relevant aspects from forests on mineral soil.

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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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Policy recommendations to the SBSTA on peatlands and REDD - June 2011

This policy brief provides background and recommendations with regard to REDD+ modalities and guidelines to be developed by the SBSTA and has been produced as input for the UN-FCCC meeting in Bonn, June 2011.

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Briefing: biofuels and indirect land-use change (ILUC)

This letter asks for attention for the global Land Use Change impacts caused by the European biofuel targets such as deforestation and wetland loss. The organanisations call for a so-called ILUC-factor; emissions to be added to the accounted emissions for producing biofuels.

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Implementing telemetry on new species in remote areas

This article provides recommendations for implementing telemetry studies on waterfowl on the basis of our experience in a tracking study conducted in three countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the study was to document movements by duck species identified as priority candidates for the potential spread of avian influenza.

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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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Communiqué Wetlands Matter

Communiqué of the Symposium in Edinburgh on 'Valuing Wetlands In a Chaning Climate' , 24 February 2011.

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Wetlands International Annual Plan and Budget 2011

This plan sets out Wetlands International’ s priorities for the coming year and translates the Strategic Intent into concrete activities and linked results we aim to achieve by the end of the year. The Strategic Intent has a ‘rolling’ character which means that it is reviewed and consequently updated every 5 years, refreshing the 10-year outlook in the middle of its lifespan. A strategy review is currently in progress while the plan for 2011 is being developed. The emergent thinking coming out of this review is, where possible, already incorporated in the annual plan.

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Horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2011

This review describes outcomes of a 2010 horizon-scanning exercise building upon the first exercise conductedin 2009. The aim of both horizon scans was to identify emerging issues that could have substantial impacts on the conservation of biological diversity, and to do so sufficiently early to encourage policy-relevant, practical research onthose issues.

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Making the invisible visible

This paper highlights the need to incorporate Ecosystem-based Adaptation approaches as vital components of adaptation strategies. It also calls for the establishment of mechanisms that help to avoid adverse environmental impacts resulting from well-intended adaptation projects, which in the long run might lead to mal-adaptation.

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Ecosystems and Community Based Climate Change Adaptation Training Kit

Wetlands International and its partners have taken the initiative to develop a Training Program on the different aspects of ‘ecosystem and community based climate change adaptation’. The program consists of six different modules, each focusing on a different aspect and angle to the problem. It is developed primarily for senior program managers and practitioners and can be adapted to meet the training needs of policy and decision makers and key persons in international and national agencies and donors.

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Driving to Destruction

Paper made by the NGOs working together in the EU on the European biofuels policy. The Paper describes how the European biofuels policy will cause indirect land use change of a magnitude of 69 000 km2 of forests, wetlands and other ecosystems; an area twice the size of Belgium.

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Policy Brief to AWG-LCA13 with regard to REDD+

Forested tropical peatlands are rapidly being converted into plantations, causing large greenhouse gas emissions, in south-east Asia about 900 Mtons of CO2 each year. Reducing emissions from organic soils under (former) forests should be addressed in a REDD+ mechanism. REDD+ should also be expanded to other ecosystems with substantial carbon stocks, such as non-forested peatlands, provided that emission reductions are MRV-proof. The restoration of yet deforested and drained peatswamp forests and non-forested peatlands should also be eligible as activity under REDD+ and/or be prioritized as low carbon strategies under NAMA’s.

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Policy Brief to AWG-KP15 with regard to LULUCF

Wetlands International supports an ambitious work programme that leads to comprehensive accounting. The current 3.4 voluntary activities of cropland management, grazing land management and revegetation are rarely selected as an accounting activity, while the emissions, and mitigation potential are both significant in many situations. Many countries have elected not to account for emissions and removals from forest management. Finally, there is currently no category that allows for the accounting of emissions and reductions from wetland management.

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Submission on On Indirect Land-Use Change regarding the EU biofuel policies

In this document, Wetlands International prrovides comments to the European Commission public consultation on indirect land-use change (October 2010).

 

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State of World's Waterbirds 2010

This booklet summarises what is known about the status of waterbird populations in different parts of the world. It shows how numbers and population trends compare from region to region, and how they changed between the 1970s and the 2000s.

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Policy brief on climate issues for CBD COP 10

With this brief, delegates at CBD are asked to decide on actions to address climate change emissions due to ecosystem loss and by making sure that biodiversity values are maintained or even improved by actions for climate change mitiation (such as REDD, bIofuel production, reforestation).

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Presentation at UN Biodiversity summit COP 10 about peatlands and climate

Presented by Alex Kaat on 19 October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, During the 10th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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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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Q&A on AFOLU, ‘wetland management’ and the road to land-based accounting

Better management of terrestrial carbon stores (reservoirs) and fluxes (emissions and removals) can make a substantial contribution to reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. This Question & Answer booklet aims to give insight into the opportunities and obstacles with regard to reporting and accounting for changes in carbon stores in, and anthropogenic greenhouse gas fluxes from, terrestrial ecosystems. Special attention is paid to ‘wetland management’, a proposed new accounting activity under LULUCF for which huge emissions reduction potentials are readily available. This Question and Answer booklet on AFOLU (Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses) has been developed for the UN-FCCC negotiations on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and was produced by Wetlands International and the University of Greifswald.

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Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People (poster 2)

Poster: Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People (2)

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Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People (Poster)

Poster: Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People

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Joint NGO - Position paper on CBD COP regarding Inland Waters

Ahead of the upcoming tenth Conference of Parties (CoP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Wetlands International, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy  and WWF urge parties to strengthen work on the protection and sustainable use of inland water ecosystems, in particular with the following joint recommendations on the CBD Inland Waters Progamme of Work. 

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Recommendations for CBD post-2010 strategic targets

Wetlands International gives two recommendations for the CBD post-2010 strategic targets.

A. New, stand alone target on water

B. Proposed revision of draft CBD target 14 

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Policy brief for the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010

The meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010 (COP 10) has put the biodiversity target for 2020 on the agenda. These targets in fact set the agenda regarding biodiversity policies for the coming years. Wetlands International international has used this document to advocate for improved  targets; focusing on the role of healthy ecosystems for water supplies and carbon storage.

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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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Annual Review 2009

The review charts the main achievements, as well as projects, finance and publications of Wetlands International during 2009. Furthermore, it highlights our work in relation to the Copenhagen Climate summit and a personal story from one of our projects. New this year is also our Climate Neutrality Report, as promised in last year’s Annual Review.

 

 

 

 

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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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Dead planet, living planet

This UNEP publication features many case examples of the work of Wetlands International. Editor Ritesh Kumar collected showcases from Wetlands International from all around the world; from the mangroves of West Africa to the peatlands in Southeast Asia. “Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable developmentis a contribution to the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity and is a complement to the UNEP-hosted Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) which is bringing visibility to the wealth of the world’s natural capital.

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Policy brief into World Bank Palm Oil Strategy Consultations

Wetlands International participated in a multi-stakeholder consultation process organised by World Bank on 3-4 June 2010 which aimed to identify how World Bank can address issues facing the palm oil sector. Since there are increasing concerns about sustainability issues in the sector, particularly related to palm oil production in Indonesia and Malaysia (the two largest producers of crude palm oil) the World Bank Group is undertaking this strategy preparation exercise for its activities and future direction for the palm oil sector. This policy brief holds Wetlands International’s input to this meeting. 

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Input for the 2020 targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Input from Wetlands International on the draft targets for 2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Final Joint Statement to Working Group 2 at SBSTTA 14

This is the Final Joint Statement to Working Group 2 at SBSTTA 14 on the CBD’s Proposed Mission, Strategic Goals and Targets for the Post 2010 Framework, which is Agenda Item UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/14/10, on 17thMay 2010, Nairobi, Kenya and was delivered by Muhtari Aminu-Kano, BirdLife International.

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