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Annual Review and Accounts 2014

2014 saw the re-setting of the our strategic outlook and goals for the coming ten years, involving close consultation with our partners in all regions. Major programmes were implemented and in some cases renewed, bringing achievements and insights which are at the cutting edge of connecting wetlands into sustainable development. Highlights include the development of a ‘Building with Nature’ partnership and pilot project to protect eroded mangrove coasts in Indonesia; the establishment of our European Association of NGOs which informed policy processes in Brussels, the launch of a refreshed brand and visual identity and the celebration of 60 years as Wetlands International. Find out more about these and other achievements as you read our Annual Review and Accounts 2014. 

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Wetland Solutions for People and Nature

This Strategic Intent for 2015 - 2025 is the highest level guide to our work. It sets out the ambitions of Wetlands International in terms of what we aim to achieve for people and nature – and how and where we plan to go about that work. It gives all of our offices a common focus and basis for collaboration across the globe for the next ten years.

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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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Promoting Ecosystems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation - Opportunities for integration

With case studies contributions from PEDRR partners, this discussion paper highlights opportunities for integration between DRR and CCA through ecosystem-based approaches.

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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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Animation: Reducing floods and land slides in the Philippines

The Red Cross, CARE Netherlands and Wetlands International have joined forces to work on disaster prevention and preparedness in the Agusan Delta in the South of the Philippines. Because we truly want to reduce the chance and impact of disasters, we do not only address the problems in the village, but also assess land and water management and use in the entire river landscape and implement solutions such as better management and restoration of ecosystems. 

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The Future of Paper

This film by the Environmental Paper Network invites us to look at this everyday material with new eyes, and transform the way we use it to achieve a more equitable and sustainable future. Wetlands International is member of the Enviromental Paper Network to reverse the trend that peatlands (50% of the world's wetlands) are destroyed by the pulpwood industry. More at or

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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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Animation: restoring eroded coast Java by Building with Nature

This animation shows the "Building with Nature" technique that Wetlands International, Deltares and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries piloted from 2012-2014 to restored the strongly eroded coast in Central Java. The technique successfully works with nature instead of fighting against it and will be scaled up to other parts of the coast in the next years.

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Facts & figures on palm oil

Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a common ingredient in a wide variety of products, ranging from biscuits, bread and noodles to shampoo, candles and deter-gents. It has been estimated that around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it. Palm oil is also used as biofuel. The use of palm oil is expected to continue growing, with an esti-mated doubling of use by 2020.

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