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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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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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Rapport Annuel 2009 (Afrique)

Nous avons décidé d’en faire une tradition pour partager avec vous les secrets et les angoisses des zones humides, pour vous inviter à nous rejoindre dans cette formidable aventure de conservation de la vie sur terre pour les générations futures. Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter le rapport annuel 2009. We have chosen to make it a tradition to share with you the secrets and the problems of  wetlands and we invite you to join us in this great adventure of preserving life on Earth for future generations.  It is our pleasure to present to you the 2009 annual report.

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Manatee Monitoring Training Modules

These are videos of the two modules on Manatee Monitoring Training Module that provide a training on how to do manatee monitoring. Documented at the Saloum Delta Workshop on Manatee Monitoring in May 2010 in Senegal by Sander Carpay, Communications Officer, Wetlands International Africa.

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AfWC Newsletter - June 2010

This newsletter covers outcomes that have resulted from the UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project also known as the Wings Over Wetlands Project (WOW). The newsletter highlights the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the lead project partners to strengthen the conservation of waterbirds and wetlands, the launch of the Flyway Training Kit which is a capacity building resource that provides a flyway approach to conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats and the Critical Site Network tool that provides an access to information on waterbird species and their sites covered by the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).

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The Flyway Training Kit

The new Flyway Training Kit is a one-of-a-kind resource in flyway-scale conservation and represents an important step towards meeting core strategic objectives of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and AEWA. This innovative conservation tool by Wetlands International and partners is designed to build capacity to plan, implement, monitor and engage in effective flyway-scale conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetland habitats in Africa and Eurasia.

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Cost-effectiveness of wetlands for climate change adaptation

This paper highlights the role of specific wetlands for climate change adaptation. It iis made for the meeting of the UN FCCC 'Nairobi Working Programme' on climate change adaptation in Madrid, April 2010.

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AfWC Newsletter - December 2009

This newsletter covers some available Single Species Action Plans; reports on two trainings: one in Maputo, Mozambique (on a national wetland and waterbird monitoring course) and the other in Limbe, Cameroon (on a flyway scale capacity building in wetland and waterbird management course). There are two calls: One requesting waterbird experts to participate in the consultation process of the Critical Site Network Tool development and the other requesting participation in the Slender-billed Curlew survey and searches.

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Wetlands and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

This book presents a baseline of information that helps understanding of how WASH and wetland service provision are connected, why these linkages are vital and how they can be better managed. Furthermore, the publication presents a set of principles to be taken on by sector professionals as a way forward to improve integration in the future. The publication is the result of an ongoing collaboration between individuals and organisations from the wetland conservation sector and the water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector.

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Integrating human health into wetland management

By Jan Cools a,b,*, Mori Diallo c, Eline Boelee d, Stefan Liersch e,
Dries Coertjens f, Veronique Vandenberghe g, Bakary Kone c

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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Pilot project for Sustainable Coastal management in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s coastal and marine biodiversity faces many threats ranging from habitat destruction, climate change (coastal erosion, flooding and droughts), hunting, collection of sea turtle eggs, to land use change as a result of agriculture and settlement and fish stock overexploitation. However, there are initiatives already addressing some of these issues for some time.

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Poster - Prévenir la mal-adaptation

Prévenir la mal-adaptation: Protéger et restaurer les zones humides pour s'adapter au changement climatique, le poster d’Aldo Suryadiputra et l'équipes de communication du HQ et WIA.

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Postcard - Prevent mal-adaptation: protect and restore wetlands to adapt to climate change

 

"Prevent mal-adaptation: protect and restore wetlands to adapt to climate change" is the title of this double-sided cartoon postcard explaining how wetlands serve to mitigate impacts and thereby help to adapt to climate change.

The postcard is in landscape showing two windows: a well-adjusted wetland with happy well-fed people and liveliy biodiversity. On the other side a big dam is built, where animals and people suffer.

 

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Poster - Peatland loss fuels climate change

The title of this poster is "Peatland loss fuels climate change". It is a cartoon showing the conversion of peatlands into palm oil plantation, which causes the relases of CO2 through burning practices as well as oxidation of the peat soil from the deforestation and drainage. The palm oil company employee has his pockets filled with dollars, stating "We plant oil palm to save the climate, and get REDD and biofuels subsidies".

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Postcard - Peatland loss fuels climate change

The title of this postcard is "Peatland loss fuels climate change". It is a cartoon showing the conversion of peatlands into palm oil plantation, which causes the relases of CO2 through burning practices as well as oxidation of the peat soil from the deforestation and drainage. The palm oil company employee has his pockets filled with dollars, stating "We plant oil palm to save the climate, and get REDD and biofuels subsidies".

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Poster-Reducing emissions from peatlands: A global responsibility

This the A3 sized poster of:

Reducing emissions from peatlands:

A global responsibility.

Support reducing emissions from peatlands under LULUCF and REDD

You can download by clicking on the link.

 

 

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Postcard-Reducing emissions from peatlands: A global responsibility

This is the postcard of:

Reducing emissions from peatlands:

A global responsibility. 

Support reducing emissions from peatlands under LULUCF and REDD.

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Wetlands and Climate Change Adaptation brochure

This 6-page brochure demonstrates how wetlands in a healthy, intact condition can greatly contribute to attenuate the water related impacts of climate change. Due to their ability to store and slowly release water, these wetlands are a vital lifeline in periods of extreme droughtsWetlands International urges governments, development organisations and finance institutions to integrate wetlands into climate change adaptation strategies. .

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Rapport Annuel 2008 - Wetlands International Afrique

Ce rapport annuel de Wetlands International Afrique retrace les activités et les réalisations de l'année 2008. Il n'est disponible qu'en français et en version électronique pour cette édition.
 
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Striking A Balance (video)

This video shows how Wetlands International and partners in Zambia and Malawi have improved the management of seasonal wetlands or Dambos and thereby have improved livelihood conditions of local communities living in them. 

 

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WPWC Newsletter 12 - July 2009

Newsletter for national waterbird monitoring coordinators and observers of the International Waterbird Census - Western Palearctic and Southwest Asia. This is the special Slender-billed Curlew issue!

 

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Networking to Conserve our Biodiversity

BIOMAC aims to coordinate conservation efforts in 7 countries: Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, and Cape Verde. BIOMAC, which seeks to harmonise these actors and their activities, will drive the process of setting up an environmental early warning system and support capacity building from local communities to decision-makers alike.
 
 
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Save Our Mangroves!

Wetlands International Africa and IUCN are combining their efforts within the PRCM to promote a wiser use of mangrove resources. The unique functions and values of mangroves sustain a high level of biological productivity which is extremely profitable to both animal species and human beings. This ecosystem, rich with species of flora and fauna, plays an important ecological and economic role for countries along the West African coast.

 

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Protecting the West African Manatee

Under the PRCM umbrella, Wetlands International Africa brought together many international partners and led the development process of the manatee conservation strategy, with the support of the Abidjan Convention.

 

 

 

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AfWC Newsletter - June 2009

This is the second edition of the African Waterbird Census newsletter. The main purpose of this newsletter is to facilitate communication in the African Waterbird Census (AfWC) network. This newsletter is produced by the Wetlands International Africa Office.

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Annual Review 2008

The Annual Review 2008 charts the main achievements, as well as projects, finance and publications of Wetlands International during 2008. Furthermore, it highlights our work in relation to climate change adaptation and on incentive mechanisms for community-based wetland management. As you can read in the Achievements and projects sections of this review, Wetlands International was highly active in all regions during 2008. The outcomes that we achieved in 2008 are important in themselves, but most are just steps towards much longer-term goals to bring about lasting benefits to people and nature. 

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Impact of dams on the people of Mali

This brochure provides a base for decisions regarding the use of water of the Upper Niger. The brochure presents facts about proposed and existing dams and on the costs and benefits, winners and losers.

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Factsheet Wetlands and Climate Change Adaptation

Wetlands International has a long standing history in investigating the role of wetlands in relation to water provision and supplies, flood pervention and increasing coastal resilience to extreme weather events. This factsheet on this role of wetlands in adapting to climate change was made for the UNFCCC Climate Talks in Bonn, June 2009.

 

 

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Planting trees to eat fish

This book draws on the experiences of four projects (in Indonesia, Kenya, Zambia/Malawi and Mali) that combined conservation and development goals. The four projects demonstrated – each in a different way – how improving livelihoods and conserving wetlands can go hand in hand. The book tells the story of the problems that the individual projects faced, and how they were addressed. In addition, there is a review of seven other wetland-based projects from around the world.

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The Wader Atlas

 

The Wader Atlas is a compilation of current knowledge of the numbers, distribution and movements of one of the most remarkable groups of birds in the region covered by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). Long-term waterbird count data have been combined with an extensive literature review, especially published results of bird ringing and national bird atlases, to produce maps showing the population boundaries that are used as a basis of the conservation of these species.

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Stratégie de Conservation du Lamantin ouest africain

Cette stratégie de conservation sert de source de référence actuelle et exhaustive pour la situation du Lamantin ouest africain dans son aire de distribution naturelle qui s’étend du sud de la Mauritanie à l’Angola en direction du Sud. Le rapport identifie en outre les principales menaces qui pèsent sur l’espèce et met en relief les actions de conservation prioritaires et les recommandations formulées par les pays de la sous-région.

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Conservation Strategy for the West African Manatee

This Strategy provides a current and comprehensive reference source for the status of the West African manatee in its natural range spanning from southern Mauritania southwards to Angola. It further identifies the main threats to the species, highlights priority conservation actions and recommendations made by the countries of the sub-region.

 

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Biorights in Theory and Practice

Bio-rights is an innovative financing mechanism for reconciling poverty alleviation and environmental conservation. By providing micro-credits for sustainable development, the approach enables local communities to refrain from unsustainable practices and be actively involved in environmental conservation and restoration. Micro-credits are converted into definitive payments upon successful delivery of conservation services at the end of a contracting period.

 

 

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Better use of the water of the Inner Niger Delta in a changing climate (Video)

This video shows images from the Inner Niger Delta in Mali, Africa and interviews with local farmers and fishermen and women on how the water of the Niger River can be better used and how climate change has an impact on their livelihoods.

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Suggestions pour la version préliminaire des Résolutions pour la COP 10 de la Convention Ramsar sur les zones humides

Dans ce document , nous soulignons nos recommendations pour les Résolutions de la Convention Ramsar COP 10 en République de Corée qui a lieu du 28 Octobre au 4 Novembre 2008.

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Cambios propuestos a los Proyectos de Resolución para la COP 10 de la Convención de Ramsar sobre los Humedales

En este documento resaltamos (en negrita) las enmiendas propuestas para los Proyectos de Resolución para la COP X en Corea. Por favor no dude en contactarnos para cualquier consulta. Esperamos contar con su apoyo en Corea.

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Recommendations for Ramsar COP 10

Attached the recommendations on the draft resolutions of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands COP 10, 28 October till 4 November 2008 in Korea.

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Letter to the government of Kenya about the Tana wetlands

Letter to Hon. John. N. Michuki, EGH, MP, Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources about the plans to convert the Tana wetlands into sugarcane plantations for biofuel production.

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Water scarcity problem-solving in Kenya wetlands (video)

This video shows how collective water management can prevent conflict and improve water availability, use for agriculture and other aims in the Kimana wetlands at the foot of the Kilimanjaro in Kenya, Africa. 

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Annual Review 2007

Our Annual Review 2007 covers our global organisation and presents the financial information, all our projects, publications and achievements. Wetlands International clearly demonstrated in 2007 the important role it can play as a science-based organisation that can act as a global witness - bringing key facts from the field to the attention of policy-makers. A good example of this was our role in highlighting and quantifying the role of wetlands and especially peatlands as the worlds’ biggest natural terrestrial carbon stores – and demonstrating that through restoration of damaged wetlands we can cost-effectively reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and even halt and reverse them, through carbon sequestration. Equally our role in a number of global and regional projects addressing the avian influenza threat has been to provide data on waterbirds and wetlands so as to contribute to the understanding of how the disease spreads, analyse risks and help countries to make preparations for an outbreak.

 

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Les forets inondées: trésors du Delta Intérieur du Niger au Mali

Le présent rapport décrit le contexte et la genèse des forêts inondées du Delta Intérieur du Niger, leur importance pour les populations et pour la nature, et leurs populations ichtyologiques et aviaires. Par ailleurs, il donne un aperçu complet de l’état actuel des forêts ainsi qu’un plan stratégique pour la restauration et la protection de ces forêts pour l’avenir.   

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Supporting livelihoods in Malawi and Zambia (video)

This video highlights two cases of Zambia and Malawi on how better water management can go hand in hand with poverty reduction. It shows the importance of wise use of dambos (seasonally flooded grasslands) for the communities that live around them.

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Strengthening policies for wise use and management of wetlands in four ecoregions (West and Central Africa): Contribution by Wetlands

This recommendation brochure is the culmination of a lengthy process of exchanges and discussions between wetlands and ibodiversity specialists, representatives of government agencies and ministries, and representatives of non-governmental organisations and key environmental institutions from five countries (Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mali).

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Waterbird Population Estimates, Fourth edition

This publication sets the global standard in presenting estimates of the numbers and trends of waterbird populations throughout the world. This fourth edition provides a comprehensive update on information last provided in 2002 and summarizes population data on 878 waterbird species. Please download as it is out of print

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Numbers & Distribution of Waterbirds in Africa / Effectifs et distribution des oiseaux d'eau en Afrique 2002-2004

The African Waterbird Census (AfWC) has taken place in the month of January and July every year since 1991. During the April 2001 - March 2004 period, a total of 40 countries took an active part in the African Waterbird Census activities, and 1050 wetlands were covered at least once (cdrom available).

Les dénombrements des oiseaux d'eau en Afrique sont entrepris chaque année aux mois de janvier et juillet depuis 1991. Durant la période d'avril 2001 à mars 2004, un total de 40 pays ont pris part activement aux activités du dénombrement des oiseaux d'eau en Afrique, et 1050 zones humides ont été couverts au moins une fois (disponible en cdrom).

 

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Atlas du Bassin du Niger / Niger Basin Atlas

Cet « Atlas du Bassin du fleuve Niger », édité avec l’appui technique du World Wildlife Fund (WWF), est consacré à faire mieux connaître l’importance de ces ressources du bassin. Il constitue un guide de découverte du bassin du Niger à travers une série de cartes thématiques dont les principales donnent un aperçu des sites d’importance en matière de diversité biologique et pour la sécurité alimentaire.

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Biofuels in Africa

In 2020, Africa is expected to produce a relatively small but substantial part of the global biofuel demand. Millions of hectares will be turned into large scale biofuel plantations.

Especially natural areas of wetlands and rainforest – the hotspots for biodiversity - are vulnerable for this development.

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Livret éducatif sur le lamantin ouest africain

Le PRCM est un partenariat entre la Fondation internationale du Banc d’Arguin (FIBA), l’Union mondiale pour la Nature (UICN), Wetlands international, le WWF et la Commission sous régionale des Pêches (CSRP). Le PRCM qui couvre sept pays côtiers de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Mauritanie, Sénégal, Gambie, Guinée, Guinée Bissau, Cap Vert et Sierra Leone) a pour objectif de coordonner les efforts de conservation développés sur le littoral des pays concernés.

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Striking a Balance

This leaflet promotes the Striking a Balance (SAB) approach, which seeks to address the widespread and growing pressures on wetlands in Africa from agricultural and other uses. It focuses on the way in which natural resources need to be valued by communities if they are to be used sustainably. In this way the value obtained from the wetland motivates communities to undertake management practices which will enhance and sustain it. However, such uses have to be based on a sound understanding of how wetlands function, especially the functional landscape approach, and how they should be managed through community institutions.

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Mangrove forests for coastal protection (video)

A film by Wetlands International in which we explain and demonstrate how conservation and restoration of wetlands can be a cost-effective strategy for climate adaption. The film shows how restoring mangroves and other coastal nature can reduce the impacts of climate change such as extreme storms and sea level rise.

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