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Soy Barometer 2014

In the Netherlands, various parties are committed to ensuring that we will only process and use responsible soy. But how are these developments evolving? Are things going in the right direction? The Dutch Soy Coalition addresses these questions, and more, in the latest edition of the Soy Barometer, the third in its series. 
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60 Years, 60 Beneficiaries

60 years ago Wetlands International began working towards the safeguarding and restoration of people and nature. Over the past six decades we have grown, both as an organisation and in the scope of our work. Join us in celebrating our birthday and have a look at some of our beneficiaries over the last 60 years. 

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Downstream Voices

Until recently, the world’s response to inevitable climate change was based on producing ever more precise forecasts of what would happen locally – running ever more sophisticated climate models to generate data on the climate in Bamako, Mali in 2040, for instance – and then working out how to “adapt” to the change. 

While ever bigger super-computers with ever more sophisticated climate models still attempt that, there is a growing realisation that we will never know in any detail what is coming down the track. 

This report makes the case for addressing ecosystem degradation as one of the root causes of risk and vulnerability and for opting for ecosystem-based solutions as a way to reduce disaster risk and build community resilience.  It focuses on water-related hazards in particular, as they make up a vast majority of risks, and are often exacerbated by inadequate water and natural resource management. 

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Wetland management planning – a methodology manual for managers

The wetland management planning manual provides a stepwise approach to formulate an integrated management plan. Compiled based on existing guidelines and best practices, this manual caters to the need of Indian wetland managers. This document is essentially a work in progress, and will be updated with more information soon.   more..

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A sustainable solution for massive coastal erosion in Central Java

We developed a new approach called ‘Hybrid Engineering’, which addresses delta and coastal vulnerability in an integrated manner. This approach accommodates economic and livelihood development needs, and combines technical and ecosystem-based solutions. The Hybrid Engineeringapproach is aimed to work with nature rather than against it.

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Wetlands International Annual Report 2013

The “red thread” for our work in 2013 was our increasing connection, dialogue and influence with other civil society organisations, business and industry. As you glance through the Achievements section in the report, you will see many concrete examples of this, with on-ground and policy results evident from the local to global scale. Through our major programmes we have demonstrated how wetlands play a vital role in securing biodiversity, strengthening livelihoods, increasing community resilience natural hazards like floods and droughts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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Wetlands International #WhatsInYourPaper

More than 120 non-profit organizations from around the world have come together to endorse a new Global Paper Vision. 

Join a global conversation that can be an extraordinary opportunity to protect our air, water, forests climate, and communities. Share the hashtag #whatsinyourpaper with your followers, friends, and connections to be a part of the solution and help generate a powerful force for change. Visit http://environmentalpaper.org/vision to read more.

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Environmental Sustainability As part of the dutch WASH Alliance’s ‘FIETS’ strategy

What do you need to pay attention to when you want to set up sustainable projects in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)? The financial, institutional, environmental, techno logical and social (FIETS) aspects of sustainability. The Dutch WASH Alliance believes that all of these aspects require attention; not separately, but as a whole. This fact sheet explains the relationship between environmental sustainability and each of the other FIETS elements.

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La Durabilité Environnementale dans les projets eau, hygiène, assainissement de l’Alliance WASH Néerlandaise

Comment permettre aux populations de vivre en bonne santé ? D'abord en s'assurant qu'ils ont accès à su samment d’eau propre. En les aidant également à construire des installations sanitaires appropriées. Ou encore en améliorant leurs connaissances des bonnes pratiques en matière d'hygiène.

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Environmental Sustainability In WASH projects by the Dutch WASH Alliance

How can you support people in living healthy lives? One way is to ensure that they have access to enough clean water. Another is to support them in building proper sanitary facilities. Or to increase awareness of good hygiene practices. The Dutch WASH Alliance aims to realise and embed these conditions around the world. To ensure that it is done in the most sustainable manner possible, the Dutch WASH Alliance follows a unique strategy called ‘FIETS’. This factsheet explains part of the strategy: the focus on environmental sustainability.

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Agua, soja y humedales

Manejar la soja responsablemente significa implementar prácticas que consideren los bienes y servicios ecosistémicos que brindan los humedales para el bienestar humano y para la actividad productiva en particular, especialmente en su relación con el aprovisionamiento de agua.

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Principios de buenas prácticas pesqueras para pescar hoy y siempre en el Delta

Esta cartilla informativa presenta principios que sirven de guía para asegurar buenas practicas pesqueras  para beneficio del pescador y promover la sostenibilidad de la pesca. Este material fue elaborado por el Dr. Claudio Baigún coordinador del Programa pesca y pesquerías de la Fundación Humedales / Wetlands International Argentina como parte del  proceso enmarcado en la iniciativa del Ecosystem Alliance que busca contribuir a la generación de capacidades de la sociedad civil y favorecer los medios de vida locales y el bienestar humano para lograr el desarrollo sustentable del Delta del Paraná. El evento contó con la participación de pescadores artesanales de la región y funcionarios de organismos de gobierno.

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River Talk Series: with Matthew Reddy, International RiverFoundation

Jane Madgwick sits down with Matthew Reddy, CEO of the International RiverFoundation to discuss the process and prestige of the 1st European Riverprize and the prospects for regional awards in the global south. This is one of the seven River Talk videos recorded at the European River Restoration Conference. For more information visit http://www.restorerivers.eu/, http://www.riverfoundation.org.au/ or www.wetlands.org.

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River Talk Series: with Alastair Driver, National Conservation Manager of the UK Environment Agency

Jane Madgwick sits down with Alastair Driver, National Conservation Manager of the UK Environment Agency to discuss the impact in London and the UK after the River Thames won the Internatioanl RiverPrize. Alastair highlights some of the current projects of the Environment Agency and what the future needs are. This is one of the seven River Talk videos recorded at the European River Restoration Conference in Vienna in September 2013. For more information visit http://www.restorerivers.eu/, http://www.riverfoundation.org.au/, http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ or www.wetlands.org.

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River Talk video: Author and Journalist Fred Pearce

CEO Jane Madgwick sits down with acclaimed journalist Fred Pearce to discuss his impressions of the European River Restoration Conference, the potential for rivers to lead the way in the current century of ecological restoration and the need to engage society. This is one of the seven River Talk videos filmed at the European River Restoration Conference.

 

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Global Newsletter August 2013

The August 2013 Global Newsletter features news from around the Wetlands International Network. We look at how integrated water management works in Senegal, how soybean is the new boom in Argentina and how river restoration is an antidote for Europe's flood woes. 

Through the newlsetter you can visit the work of Wetlands International and our partners in field. Enjoy the read. 

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La Economía de los Ecosistemas y la Biodiversidad relativa al agua y los humedales

Este reporte presenta información sobre los servicios ecosistémicos esenciales relacionados con el agua y los amplios servicios ecosistémicos de los humedales. Su objetivo es alentar un impulso adicional en la generación de políticas, el compromiso empresarial y las inversiones en la conservación, la restauración y el uso racional de los humedales.

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Environmental Sustainability In purifying water and keeping it clean

One of the important goals of the Dutch WASH Alliance is providing clean water and keeping it clean in order to prevent diseases. What is the most effective way to achieve that goal in an ecologically sustainable manner? This factsheet contains a number of suggestions and practical examples. Projects can focus on preventing sewage from coming into contact with drinking water, but they can also focus on reusing nutrients from that same sewage. 

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Global Water Agenda: WASH & Ecosystems

A Presentation by Susanne Boom

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Restoring Peatlands in Russia

Millions of hectares of drained and abandoned peatlands in European Russia are highly vulnerable to fires, such as those that covered Moscow in smoke during the extremely dry summer of 2010. Rewetting degraded peatlands, especially abandoned peat mining sites, and establishing a sustainable usage will prevent fires and their negative impacts on climate and biodiversity.

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Sarovar Vol - II

Sarovar Newsletter Volume II

The second issue of Sarovar- newsletter of Wetlands International – South Asia focuses on the integration of wetlands in water management. It was released on the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22, which had the theme ‘Water and Biodiversity’. Read more

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Environmental Sustainability In the storage, management and use of water

How can you store large amounts of clean water that would otherwise be lost via runoff ? And how can you access that water when it is needed? The answers to these questions diff er for each area or watershed. The Dutch WASH Alliance therefore works to find the most sustainable, suitable and context-specific solutions. The goal is to provide people with enough clean water, in a way that benefits both them and their natural environment. The ‘3R’ approach plays a vital role in realising this goal. 

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Working with Nature for DRR

Millions of people around the world are vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. Unsustainable management and use of ecosystems is often a root cause of such vulnerability. Wetlands International calls for better integration of approaches to disaster risk reduction, bringing together expertise from relevant sectors and making optimal use of the natural protection provided by ecosystems.

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Rivers by Design

A step-by-step guide for planners, developers, architects and landscape architects on how to maximise the benefits of river restoration in development projects.

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), co-authored by Wetlands International, emphasises the enormous economic value of wetlands. TEEB For Water and Wetlands highlights the key role played by wetlands as natural infrastructure and the multitude of enormously productive services they provide around the world. The continued loss of wetlands illustrates the need for improved policy making and business decision making that accounts for their true value.

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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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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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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

The draft report "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands" was released as a contribution to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), convening in Hyderabad, India.

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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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Submission on Policy Options for the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s waters

Wetlands International and several partners with an interest in European water policy made the following submission to the European Commission's Consultation on Policy Options for the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's waters. We highlight the importance of river restoration and green infrastructure for improving the health of Europe's waters and the role we can play to achieve these goals.

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Jaltantra - Floodplains for livelihoods and biodiversity in North Bihar

This video tells the story how biodiversity, livelihoods and wetland management are interlinked in the North Bihar, India. Endikements, roads and other development do not take water management into account and damage this fragile balance. Wetlands International and Cordaid call for integrated management of water, wetlands to sustain and restore the ecological balance, benefitting people's livelihoods and protect them from floods.

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Arabic Language Version of Wetlands International in the Mediterranean

Here we highlight our approaches to working in the Mediterranean, our successes in the region and our ambitions for the future.

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French Language Version of Wetlands International in the Mediterranean

Here we highlight our approaches to working in the Mediterranean, our successes in the region and our ambitions for the future.

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Wetlands International in the Mediterranean

Here we highlight our approaches to working in the Mediterranean, our successes in the region and our ambitions for the future. 

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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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Program "MANGROVE CAPITAL" Meningkatkan Ketahanan Pesisir

 Mangrove sebagai komponen kunci dalam pertahanan pesisir dan pengembanganakuakultur

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Methodical Recommendations on Integrated Water Resource Management, Wetland Biodiversity Conservation, Econet Development and Organic Agriculture

The book includes methodical recommendations on basin approach to integrated water resource management, establishment of protected areas, econet development and sustainable agriculture as well as recommendations how to fill a Ramsar Information Sheet. The book is targeted to national, regional, basin and local level authorities in the water, agriculture and environment sector as well as to environmental NGOs and farmers.

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Strategic action plan on integrated water resources management, biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture in the Southern Bug River basin

The Strategic Action Plan (SAP) was developed in the frame of the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme’s project «Towards integrating wetland biodiversity conservation with water and agricultural management in Ukraine. A pilot project in the Southern Bug River Basin». The draft SAP was discussed at 4 regional workshops and 15 roundtables in different settlements located in the Southern Bug River Basin during a public information and educational campaign in 2008—2010. The final version of the SAP was approved by participants of the Basin Conference on 14 May 2010. The Southern Bug Basin Council approved the SAP on 3 February 2011 and decided to use it in the drafting of regional and local programs.

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El manejo integral para la Conservación y el Uso Sustentable del Delta del Paraná: Estado actual y desafíos a enfrentar

El aumento en el uso de los recursos naturales del Delta del Paraná, la sustitución de la vegetación nativa y la modificación de los patrones de drenaje, sumados a la ocurrencia de intensas sequías e incendios, resultaron en impactos que afectan a los humedales de la región, su biodiversidad y los medios de vida asociados. En este contexto, la creación del “Plan Integral Estratégico para la Conservación y Uso Sostenible del Delta del Paraná” (PIECAS) es una oportunidad para el cambio, y para el trabajo con distintos sectores y variadas disciplinas, con una meta común: facilitar la resolución de los problemas del Delta del Paraná y de su gente, aprovechando de manera sustentable los servicios ambientales que permitan la preservación de la naturaleza de este vasto humedal.

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Wetlands and Livelihoods in the Lower Basin of the Río Paz

The project Integrated Management of Water Resources and Livelihoods on the Río Paz, El Salvador – Guatemala is undertaken as part of the Wetlands and Livelihoods Programme. It promoted the participatory generation of management recommendations that arose directly from the knowledge and needs of the communities of the lower basin. These recommendations focus on the principal themes that link the provision of ecosystem services to livelihoods.

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Humedales y medios de vida en la cuenca baja del río Paz

Esta publicación documenta la relación entre las comunidades y los recursos naturales en la cuenca baja del río Paz, El Salvador – Guatemala. A través de diversos estudios se busca reconocer y hacer visibles los valores y servicios que proveen los humedales, para integrarlos en el desarrollo sostenible de los habitantes de esta zona.

 

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Chilika Newsletter Volume - V

The fifth volume of newsletter Chilika, jointly published by Wetlands International South Asia and Chilika Development Authority, provides an update of various activities being undertaken for its conservation and wise use.  The issue focuses on management planning , and has a lead article on the management planning framework for the wetland ecosystem. Also contained within this volume are summaries of the Fisheries Resource Management Plan and the advanced acoustic technology introduced by the Chilika Development Authority for monitoring of the Irrawady Dolphins. Download the newsletter here

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Humedales y medios de vida

A menudo se piensa que la conservación de la naturaleza impide la lucha contra la pobreza, y viceversa - que no es posible conservar la naturaleza y combatir la pobreza, al mismo tiempo. Wetlands International, a través de su programa de humedales y medios de vida, sostiene que no sólo los esfuerzos de conservación de la naturaleza y el desarrollo se refuerzan uno al otro, sino que en realidad se necesitan mutuamente para alcanzar el éxito.

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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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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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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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Vegetation of the river Yamuna floodplain in the Delhi stretch, with reference to hydrological characteristics

The present study highlighted the importance of allocation of water for periodic inundation to maintain floodplain characteristics including aquatic/semi-aquatic vegetation cover as critical to the management of the river ecosystem. The current policy of water use focused entirely on human uses ignoring ecological requirements, and had clear adverse implications on the health of the river ecosystem.

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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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