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Partnering for Sustainable Business

Companies impact wetlands, but they also have the power to trigger positive change on a scale that Wetlands International can never reach alone. This brochure outlines why wetlands are important for companies and how we partner with copanies to ensure the wise use of wetlands.

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Workshop: 'Landscape level planning for community resilience'

Workshop Deltas in Practice 6.5 - Deltas in Times of Climate Change II - 24 September, Rotterdam

While water related hazards such as floods and droughts are on the increase, the degradation of wetlands and other ecosystems erodes nature’s ability to regulate these hazards. In this workshop, we make the case for the need to integrate ecosystems in resilience practice and the importance of landscape level  planning to reduce disaster risk.

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Workshop: 'Making the business case for Building with Nature'

Workshop Deltas in Practice 4.2  - Deltas in Times of Climate Change II - 25 September, Rotterdam

Building with Nature solutions for creating resilient coasts have rapidly gained momentum. How can this concept contribute to solving key challenges related to coastal security, environmental sustainability and spatial development? There is a need for convincing business cases that quantify costs and benefits of this new way of working and compare these with conventional civil engineering approaches.

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Q’eqchi’ best practices and livelihoods in the wetlands of El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

As part of the Partners for Resilience country programme, the Guatemalan Red Cross and Wetlands International prepared a study on wetland-related best practices and livelihoods of the Maya Q’eqchi’ people of El Estor, Guatemala. The study systematizes their traditional and local knowledge. This knowledge allows their communities to take actions for climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and ecosystem restoration and management, taking these wetland-related livelihoods as starting point.

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Mapping of forest cover and assessment of ecosystems and ecosystem services related to local livelihoods

As part of the Partners for Resilience programme, Guatemalan Red Cross and Wetlands International conducted a study to map the forest cover and ecosystems of the Cucubá river microbasin in Santa Cruz del Quiché. The study also describes the ecosystem services that are crucial for local livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

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Species of agricultural biodiversity with food security potential

Agriculture is the main economic activity and source of livelihoods of ten communities located in the municipalities of Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the Mazá river basin of Guatemala. The agriculture and forestry systems as developed by these small-scale farmers help to meet the basic needs of their families. They use farming practices based on traditional knowledge and experiences passed on for generations, which allows these agriculture and forestry systems to cope with changes in climate and, therefore, build their resilience.

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Especies de agrobiodiversidad con potencial para la seguridad alimentaria

La agrobiodiversidad presente en los ecosistemas de la cuenca media del río Mazá, Guatemala está relacionada estrechamente con los medios de vida de las comunidades. La experiencia a través de los años en las prácticas de cultivo y la transmisión de saberes tradicionales de generación en generación, han permitido que estos sistemas de agrobiodiversidad tengan características que les ayudan a hacer frente a cambios en el clima, por lo que han desarrollado diferentes niveles de resiliencia.

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Buenas prácticas Q’eqchi’ y medios de vida en humedales del municipio de El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

Las comunidades Q’eqchi’ de El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala, son vulnerables ante la variabilidad climática y diferentes amenazas hidroclimáticas. Como parte del Programa de la Alianza por la Resiliencia, los socios -Cruz Roja Guatemalteca y Wetlands International-, elaboraron un estudio sobre buenas prácticas del pueblo maya Q’eqchi’ y medios de vida en humedales, con el objetivo de sistematizar los conocimientos tradicionales y locales.

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Building with Nature Indonesia


Through “Building with Nature” we envision a safe delta coastline in Northern Java which enables vulnerable communities and economic sectors to prosper, be more self-reliant and resilient against hazards. This leaflet summarizes our approach and ambitions in Java. Our dream is to replicate this model in rural and urban coastlines in Indonesia and beyond.

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Subsidence of peat soils - flooding risk in South-east Asia

This factsheet explains the causes and consequences of the rapid and severe subsidence of peat soils in South-east Asia as a result of the drainage of peatlands for agriculture and forestry. We provide recommendations on what can be done to mitigate further subsidence and resulting flooding in the tropics and instead create sustainable peat landscapes.
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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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Mengintegrasikan ekosistem ke dalam praktik resiliensi

Integrasi pengelolaan ekosistem dan sumber daya alam ke dalam pengurangan risiko bencana (PRB) hingga saat ini nyaris terabaikan. Dokumen ini memperkenalkan serangkaian kriteria yang dapat dipergunakan oleh perumus kebijakan dan para praktisi untuk mengintegrasikan pengelolaan ekosistem dan sumber daya alam dalam pekerjaan PRB mereka dengan lebih baik.

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Poster: Palm oil and Peat

This poster illustrates the different options available to palm oil producers when considering the future of their plantations.

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Methodology for creating visitor centres in nature reserves, national parks and other nature areas: designers work experience.

The subject of this publication is the authors' experiences with developing the concepts of visitor centres and eco-trails in protected nature areas of different types. It is targeted at a wide audience, including those that have the intention of establishing a visitor centre or a wetland centre, plan to renovate an old natural history museum, design a network of walking trails, a child-friendly exhibit or a play area. This publication contains the detailed description of the steps they will go through to plan the concept development process, the practical examples and tips to avoid common mistakes. The recommendations are illustrated by the authors’ photographs and drawings. PDF

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Migratory birds ‐ Connecting Wetlands and People

Migratory waterbirds depend on a range of secure sites during their annual migrations. This flyer outlines our programme to link site managers within the African-Eurasian flyway in order to develop more committed and connected human networks for the conservation of migratory species.

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L’intégration des écosystèmes dans les pratiques de la résilience

L’intégration de la gestion des écosystèmes et des ressources naturelles dans la réduction des risques de catastrophes (RRC) a été en grande partie ignorée jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Ce document présente une série de critères utilisables par les décideurs politiques et les professionnels pour mieux intégrer la gestion des écosystèmes et des ressources naturelles dans leur travail de RRC.

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Bio-derechos para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres

Con el enfoque de Bio-derechos reducimos la vulnerabilidad ante desastres de cuatro comunidades Maya K'iche' de Guatemala. Los comunitarios identificaron y aplicaron medidas complementarias de reducción de riesgo de desastres y conservación ambiental a cambio de microcréditos para acciones de desarrollo. De esta manera, Bio-derechos ayuda a crear comunidades más resilientes y adaptadas al cambio climático.

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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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Membangun bersama Alam untuk Ketahanan Pesisir

Brosur ini menjelaskan konsep hybrid engineering dan memberikan alasan untuk beralih dari ketergantungan pada struktur keras, dan bergerak menuju bekerja bersama dan dengan alam untuk ketahanan pesisir. Informasi yang terdapat dalam brosur ini dapat digunakan oleh para pembuat kebijakan dan praktisi ketika mempertimbangkan opsi untuk perlindungan pantai di daerah tropis.

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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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La integración de los ecosistemas en la práctica de la resiliencia

El objetivo de los Criterios para la implementación de programas de RRD y CCA que incorporan la gestión de los ecosistemas es lograr un cambio de paradigma hacia un enfoque en el que la conservación y restauración de los servicios ecosistémicos y el mantenimiento de la dinámica natural que sostienen la salud de los ecosistemas están firmemente arraigados, junto con otros enfoques para la reducción de riesgos.

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Construir con la naturaleza para la resiliencia costera

En este folleto explica el concepto de la ingeniería híbrida refiriéndose a las costas de manglares. Proporciona una razón fuerte para dejar la dependencia excesiva hacia las estructuras de ingeniería complejas, y fijarse en trabajar junto y con la naturaleza para lograr la resiliencia costera. Los políticos y los profesionales responsables pueden utilizar la información en este folleto a la hora de considerar las opciones para la defensa costera en regiones tropicales.

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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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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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Putting community resilience into practice

 

At the halfway point in implementation of the Partners for Resilience programme (PfR), a wealth of initial successes and lessons learnt have been identified. Based on the PfR resilience vision of eight key principles, the partners have now gathered case studies that illustrate how this is currently being translated into practice.

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Integrating ecosystems in resilience practice

The integration of ecosystems and natural resource management in disaster risk reduction (DRR) has been largely overlooked to date. This document introduces a set of criteria, which can be used by policy makers and practitioners to better integrate the management of ecosystems and natural resources in their DRR work.

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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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Building with nature for coastal resilience

This leaflet explains the concept of hybrid engineering as it relates to mangrove coasts. It provides a rationale for moving away from over-reliance on hard engineered structures, and moving towards working alongside and with nature for coastal resilience. The information contained in this leaflet can be used by policy makers and practitioners when considering options for coastal defence in tropical coastal regions.

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Cambio Climático - Guía popular (Nicaragua)

Esta publicación de la Cruz Roja Nicaragüense es una guía popular sobre el cambio climático, edicón 2013. Esta publicación fue actualizada por la Cruz Roja Nicaragüense, a través del Programa Gestión de Riesgos de Desastres ante el Cambio Climático, implementado por la Alianza por la Resiliencia con el apoyo técnico y financiero de Cruz Roja Holandesa, Cruz Roja Italiana y Wetlands International.

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Wetlands of International Importance in Russia / Водно-болотные угодья России, имеющие международное значение

 This book contains basic information on the 35 wetland sites designated by the Government of the Russian Federation for the List of Wetlands of International Importance under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).

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Los impactos de las urbanizaciones sobre los humedales del Delta del Paraná

 Con este folleto se trata de mostrar como las acciones que alteran el régimen hidrológico de un humedal modifican drásticamente sus características ecológicas y producen graves impactos que comprometen el bienestar y los modos de vida de las comunidades locales y de las poblaciones vecinas que habitan su área de influencia.

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A vision for the practice of risk reduction

Wetlands International is working closely with Red Cross, Cordaid, Red Cross Climate Centre and CARE to implement a range of activities in Asia, Latin America and Africa to increase people's resilience against (climate related) disasters via ecosystem restoration and management. Together we have formed the “Partners for Resilience” (PfR).

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Saving peatlands (brochure)

Peatlands support millions of people around the world, store twice as much carbon as all forests worldwide, and are home to many threatened species of plants and animals. Peatland degradation has devastating economic and social consequences. Wetlands International promotes global and national land use practices and policies that counter peatland destruction and degradation, promote conservation incentives and support local communities.

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Decision support tree for management of peatlands and organic soils

This decision support tree was developed for the 2012 report, Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use. The report, available on line, outlines the steps in the decision-making process. Download the decision-support tree

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East Asian Flyway coastal wetlands face an ecological crisis

This leaflet presents information on the unprecedented loss of East Asian intertidal areas and the crisis facing waterbirds that depend on these habitats.

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Una visión nueva sobre resiliencia comunitaria

La visión de la Alianza por la Resilience (PfR) se basa en la experiencia práctica y en varios niveles en nueve países y representa un cambio en la forma en que se destinan los recursos para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (RRD). Es urgente una forma de abordar la reducción de riesgo debido al incremento impredecible del riesgo a desastres y las pérdidas económicas a las que se enfrentan las comunidades.

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Rehabilitasi Ekosistem Pesisir di Kabupaten Ende, NTT

 Upaya Pengurangan Resiko Bencana melalui kegiatan rehabilitasi pesisir dipadukan dengan peningkatan ekonomi masyarakat

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Rehabilitasi Ekosistem Pesisir di Kabupaten Sikka, NTT

 Upaya Pengurangan Resiko Bencana, melalui kegiatan rehabilitasi di Kab. Sika

pesisir dipadukan dengan peningkatan ekonomi masyarakat
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Rehabilitasi Ekosistem Pesisir di Desa Sawah Luhur, banten

 Upaya Pengurangan Resiko Bencana dan adaptasi terhadap Perubahan Iklim, melalui kegiatan rehabilitasi dipadukan dengan peningkatan ekonomi masyarakat (Bio-rights)

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Programa Soja y Humedales

En el marco del componente Economía con Enfoque Ecológico del proyecto de la Fundación Humedales / Wetlands International Argentina, el "Programa Soja y Humedales" está orientado a promover la integración de la conservación y el uso sustentable de los humedales en las políticas y agendas del sector público y privado relacionadas con el cultivo de soja y con la producción de soja responsable en particular.

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Proyecto Generación de capacidades para el desarrollo sustentable del Delta del Paraná

 

La Fundación para la Conservación y el Uso Sustentable de los Humedales (Fundación Humedales) -Oficina Argentina de Wetlands International- desarrolla este proyecto en el marco de la iniciativa de la “Ecosystem Alliance”, gracias al financiamiento del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de los Países Bajos (DGIS).

 

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African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership

Migratory waterbirds are culturally and economically important, but vulnerable to habitat loss, overexploitation and other pressures. Countries along their flyways have a shared responsibility for sustainable management of their populations. Through the African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership, Wetlands International and partners support science-based decision-making to help countries meet their AEWA commitments to waterbird conservation.

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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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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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