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Flying over an infected landscape: distribution of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 risk in South Asia and satellite tracking of wild waterfowl.

This study suggests that the continental-scale dynamics of HPAI H5N1 are structured as a number of persistence areas delineated by domestic ducks, connected by rare transmission through migratory waterfowl.

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Civil procedure for researching benthic invertebrate animals inhabiting tidal flats in eastern Japan

In this paper, we describe our attempts to make quantitative research studies and precise identification of benthos species a civil procedure with a method that is not only simple but also semi-quantitative and analytical. From field tests and field practices, we propose the following method as the civil procedure. 

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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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Tidal Flat Benthos Survey Guidebook

Tidal Flat Benthos Survey Guidebook –Eastern Japan version
An easy-to-read manual for citizen-based participatory research on benthos organisms
This version covers eastern Japan (Hokkaido to Ise-bay for the Pacific side, Noto-peninsula for the Sea of Japan side).

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"Inventry for the Culture and Technology of Wetlands (Draft)"

The result of trial worksheet research on"wetland culture and traditional practices" answerd by stakeholders of wetlands all over Japan.

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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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AWC Newsletter 17

In this edition, the AWC Coordinator, Dr. Bharat Jethva announces the dates for 2010 census. An update of the 2009 census is provided along with details of milestone 20 year review of the Asian Waterbird Census. News from the region follows.

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Status of Waterbirds in Asia

This report summarises the results of the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) from 1987 to 2007, comprising counts at 6,705 sites in 27 countries. A total of 1,387 sites met at least one of two criteria of internationally important sites according to the Ramsar Convention. Of these, 312 sites were reported to support more than 20,000 waterbirds, and 1,382 sites recorded more than 1% of the biogeographic population of at least one species of waterbird. The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), conducted each year in January, is a waterbird and wetland-monitoring programme initiated in 1987 within the framework of the International Waterbird Census.

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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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