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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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The importance of mangroves to people: a call to action

UNEP has launched a new report in which it warns that the deforestation of the planet’s mangroves was exceeding average global forest loss by a rate of three to five times, resulting in economic damages of up to $42 billion annually and exposing ecosystems and coastal habitats to an increased risk of devastation from climate change. Wetlands International has contributed to this important report and strongly supports its call to action to turn the tide and safeguard and restore the world's mangroves. 


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Submission calling for additional guidance for countries participating in REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) to meet social, environmental and governance safeguards. 

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Towards climate-responsible peatlands management

The aim of this guidebook is to support the reduction of GHG emissions from managed peatlands
and present guidance for responsible management practices that can maintain peatlands ecosystem services while sustaining and improving local livelihoods. The book also provides an overview of the present knowledge on peatlands, including their geographic distribution, ecological characteristics and socio-economic importance.

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Keterlibatan Masyarakat Dalam Pengelolaan Kawasan Pesisir dan Laut

Kegiatan hybrid engineering ini dilaksanakan di Desa Timbulsloko, Kecamatan Sayung, abupaten
Demak, Provinsi Jawa Tengah. Pemilihan lokasi ini mengacu pada lokasi program Pengembangan
Desa Pesisir Tangguh (PDPT) yang dilaksanakan oleh Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan (KKP). Bekerjasama dengan KKP, struktur hybrid engineering telah dibangun di dukuh Bogorame dan dukuh Wonorejo, Desa Timbulsloko pada bulan Oktober‐November tahun 2013.

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Pelatihan “Pemetaan Ekosistem dan Rehabilitasi Pantai Berbasis Masyarakat di Kabupaten Sikka dan Lembata “ Propinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur

Dalam pelatihan ini, peserta difokuskan untuk memperoleh pemahaman dan pengetahuan tentang
aspek-aspek dalam pengelolaan ekosistem pesisir dalam konteks Pengurangan Resiko Bencana
(PRB) dan perubahan iklim (adaptasi dan mitigasi) berbasis masyarakat. Pengetahuan dasar mengenai ekosistem, restorasi, perubahan iklim dan kebencanaan disampaikan pada awal pelatihan guna menyeragamkan pemahaman peserta terlebih dahulu. Secara khusus, pelatihan ini
memberikan pengetahuan dan pengalaman kepada peserta tentang tata cara mengelola atau melaksanakan rehabilitasi pesisir.

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Community Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in the Context of Disaster Risk Reduction

This assessment of vulnerability level and capacity at the sites mentored by WIIP was designed to ascertain the characteristics and frequency of hazards faced by the local community, as well as the capacity possessed by the community, and the sites vulnerable to disaster impact. The authors are aware that this report is far from perfect. Field constraints were a limiting factor in the acquisition of data and information.Nevertheless, the authors hope that all the information contained in this report will be of use to the community, local village and district/municipal governments, as well as to other parties who have an interest in reducing the disaster risk at those sites, and that in future it will be a consideration in sustainable ecosystem management, and in deciding on mitigation steps for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Kajian Baseline Ekosistem Mangrove di Desa – desa di Kabupaten Pohuwato dan Bolaang Mongondow Selatan

Penilaian kondisi awal (Baseline Asessment) suatu wilayah dalam konteks ekosistem merupakan hal yang sangat penting dalam rangka menyelaraskan kondisi serta potensi suatu lokasi proyek dengan desain dan rencana proyek. Kajian dilaksanakan di desa-desa dan kecamatan yang terpilih menerima Program Fasilitas Dana Hibah Skala Kecil (Small Grant Facility/SGF) di Provinsi Gorontalo dan Sulawesi Utara.

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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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WKLB Vol. 22 No 2, Juli 2014

Indahnya alam Indonesia, menyejukkan jiwa. Namun sayangnya , keindahan itu selalu diiringi kerusakan yang membuat merana. Ibarat dua sisi mata uang, indah dan punah bak sepasang
kata yang tidak dapat terpisahkan. Potret tersebut juga tersajikan pada tulisantulisan edisi kali ini.
Mudah-mudahan informasi dan data yang tersaji ini, bisa menjadi pengetahuan dan motivasi untuk kita terus berfikir dan berkarya bagi pulihnya alam lingkungan dari segala kerusakan.

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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: 'Green Solutions for Resilient Delta Cities'

Workshop Deltas in Practice 4.3 - Deltas in Times of Climate Change II - 25 September, Rotterdam

The climate is changing at the same time as we see enlarging and more densely populated urban delta areas. We need to find new and innovative ways to keep people in urban areas safe from chronic and acute stresses such as flooding and poor water quality whilst maintaining a desirable environment. Green approaches may be the solution.

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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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Recommendations pre-zero-draft post-2015 framework on DRR

A set of recommendations for inclusion in the post-2015 Framework for disaster reduction (HFAII), summarised in this briefing, to ensure that the role of ecosystems, and in particular wetlands and water, are adequately addressed.

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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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Plan Estratégico de la Mesa de Diálogo y Planificación Estratégica Mancomunada de Cambio Climático y Género Región Oriente

En el presente documento se realiza una breve síntesis de los efectos que ocasiona el cambio climático en el territorio de los municipios que abarcan la Mesa de Diálogo y Planificación Estratégica Mancomunada de Cambio Climático y Género Región Oriente, al mismo tiempo se presenta una propuesta alternativa de coordinación a través de las instancias de trabajo existentes en el área, quienes en conjunto pueden contribuir a disminuir las vulnerabilidades e incrementar la resiliencia de las poblaciones.

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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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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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Cobertura boscosa, caracterización de los ecosistemas y servicios ecosistémicos vinculados a los medios de vida locales

Como parte del Programa de la Alianza por la Resiliencia, los socios -Cruz Roja Guatemalteca y Wetlands International-, realizaron un estudio cuyo objetivo fue elaborar un mapeo de la cobertura y de los ecosistemas de la microcuenca del Río Cucubá, ubicada en el municipio de Santa Cruz del Quiché, describiendo los servicios ecosistémicos críticos para los medios de vida locales, la reducción del riesgo a los desastres y la adaptación a la variabilidad climática y al cambio climático.

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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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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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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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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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Intercambio de Experiencia para el Buen Manejo y Restauración de Recargas Hídricas

Video sobre el intercambio de experiencia para el buen manejo de cosechas para reducir el impacto a recargas hídricas, tomando el ejemplo del cultivo de maíz y frijol en Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. Un buen manejo de la área de recarga hídrica previene a los deslizamientos en este área. El trabajo es parte de la Alianza por la Resiliencia en Nicaragua.

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Wetlands International Africa 2013 Annual Report

Consecration and recognition can best describe the meaningful achievements during year 2013 by Wetlands International Africa with two major events earmarking life atthe regional office.

Africa Regional Office hosted Wetlands International's Board meeting wich is the first of its kind. Senegal proudly played host to the work sessions of Wetlands International’s governing body and its members who came from each corner of the world.

Wetlands International has developed Senegal’s National Policy for Management of Wetlands. As every year, the Annual Report highlights the work done by Wetlands International through its various countries offices and outlook for the organization whose motto is the restoration and conservation of wetlands in the world.

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Building with Nature Documentary

Indonesian coasts suffer from erosion, caused by sea level rise, mangrove conversion for aquaculture and groundwater extraction. In some places kilometres of land are lost and this will exacerbate with climate change. Hard structures like sea walls are ineffective in mud-coasts, expensive and unable to adapt to climate change. Furthermore, they fail to provide the economic, environmental and social services that healthy ecosystems offer. We combine ecosystem based solutions like mangrove restoration with engineering, called ´Building with Nature´. With this multi-stakeholder approach we build safe coastlines that adapt to sea level rise and simultaneously introduce sustainable land uses for prosperity. We aim to mainstream the Building with Nature approach in coastal management across Indonesia for climate change adaptation and to catalyse change through a large scale implementation in Central Java.

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Socio-economic valuation of the goods and services of the Paraná Delta wetland

When analysing social phenomena from an economic standpoint, resource allocation decisions are one of the aspects that are taken into account. In order to make these, decision makers consider different indicators, such as resource prices. Indicating the value of a resource in monetary terms can help care for it by explicitly establishing the cost of carrying out activities which are incompatible with the conservation or preservation of said resource. The economic valuation of natural ecosystem resources can influence policy decision-making, despite the difficulties inherent in this valuation process. It has been said that one of the reasons for the damage caused to wetlands is that there is no price on many of their functions, which therefore have no economic value for decision makers.

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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 to read more.

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Our Achievements 2011 - 2013

This document presents to what extent we have achieved the collective targets we set ourselves for the period 2011-2015. It presents our main achievements until the end of 2013.

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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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Call for strongly featuring global warming in the Sustainable Development Goals

In this letter hundreds of civil society organisations, including Wetlands International, urge the Co-Chairs and Member States of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework process to have climate adequately reflected in their Goals. 

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The 2013 Warsaw Framework for REDD+ agreed upon at the last climate conference (COP19) was a positive step forward. However, there is unfinished business on REDD+ safeguards. Additional guidance is needed including an agreement on the types of information to be provided through safeguards information systems (SIS). This submission provides recommendations to be addressed this year in order to assist countries in implementing safeguards equitably and effectively, and in establishing their SIS.

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Recommendations for the post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFAII)

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA): Building Resilient Nations and Communities, agreed by Member States in 2005, is coming up for revision in 2015. Wetlands International puts forward a set of recommendations for inclusion in the post 2015 Framework, summarised in this briefing, calling for increased attention to the need for integrated water and wetland management to reduce disaster risk. 

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Laporan Kegiatan Keterlibatan Masyarakat Dalam Pengelolaan Kawasan Pesisir dan Laut

Salah satu permasalahan utama yang dihadapi oleh kawasan pesisir di Indonesia adalah tingginya
tingkat erosi pantai atau abrasi. Proses erosi pantai terjadi karena adanya ketidakseimbangan pergerakan sedimen dari dan ke pantai, dimana jumlah sedimen di pantai yang tergerus oleh gelombang dan arus lebih tinggi daripada jumlah sedimen yang dibawa oleh pasang surut ke pantai.  Fenomena ini dipicu oleh kegiatan‐kegiatan yang menyebabkan perubahan keseimbangan alam seperti pembukaan hutan mangrove.

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WKLB - Vol 22 no 1, April 2014

Wetlands International telah memproklamirkan Identitas Baru organisasi termasuk logo baru. Mulai edisi kali ini, WKLB tampil dengan perwajahan baru. Semoga, ini menjadi peyemangat baru bagi kita semua dalam menjaga dan merestorasi lahan basah.

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Dutch wetlands inspire Indonesian coastal managers

Indonesia plans to restore the eroding areas of its coastline in Java and Bali with nature based approaches inspired on Dutch methods. Also other vulnerable coasts in Indonesia will be looked at. The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), environmental organisation Wetlands International and research institute Deltares last week Friday formally agreed to collaborate in the effort to tackle the erosion problems of Indonesian coasts.

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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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Submission on mitigation potential of peatlands to the UNFCCC

About one quarter of all human induced greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use, mainly from land use change, fertilizer use, livestock and peatland degradation. This submission to the UN Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) discusses the mitigation potential through the conservation and restoration of peatlands and calls for addressing peatlands as a priority in the world's pre- and post 2020 ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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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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Q&A To Constructed Wetlands

The booklet "Q&A To Constructed Wetlands" provides a better understanding on the use of constructed wetlands to treat wastewater as compared to conventional methods.  This booklet was jointly produced by The National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) and Wetlands International, Malaysia.

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Methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits of REDD+ activities

A policy submission by a wide range of NGO's, including Wetlands International, to the UNFCCC with views on the methodological issues related to social, environmental and governance benefits to achieve permanent greenhouse gas emission reductions at scale. The submission provides input to REDD+, the UNFCCC mechanism to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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Filtros Verdes para agua limpia, saneamiento ambiental y permacultura familiar

Como parte del programa de la Alianza por la Resiliencia en Guatemala, entregamos a comunidades con escasez de fuentes de agua, 15 sistemas de tratamiento de aguas grises domiciliarias, denominados Filtro de Raíces y Tierra o Filtros Verdes. Estos 15 filtros reutilizan y optimizan unos 90,000 litros de agua mensuales en beneficio de las familias y la comunidad, a través de un sistema que incluye la plantación de especies herbáceas nativas con raíces filtradoras. No sólo devuelven la calidad del agua, si no también lo optimizan para la producción de alimentos de las familias mediante huertos familiares y permacultura en condiciones áridas, y contribuyen con el saneamiento ambiental.

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Manglares de Panamá: Importancia, mejores prácticas y regulaciones vigentes

El libro "Manglares de Panamá: Importancia, mejores prácticas y regulaciones vigentes" presenta una herramienta para la conservación y la educación ambiental sobre los manglares de Panamá.  El documento que se presenta, es el resultado de aportes de autoridades gubernamentales, expertos, académicos, organizaciones no-gubernamentales y comunidades de todo el país que trabajan con los manglares y sus recursos.

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The Marshlands of Southern Iraq

This report is the result of a comparative analysis of the Marshlands of Southern Iraq to six other wetlands in the world. The study was carried out as input for the nomination process of the Marshlands of Southern Iraq as a World Heritage Site. 

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