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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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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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Migratory Birds for People Newsletter 15 (Feb2013)

 

Another year and a fresh “Migratory Birds for People” - newsletter to start with!

A lot of work is being done in protecting our migratory birds by implementing international treaties, by increasing enhanced scientific research and improvement of the management also by training programmes.

 

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NGO black carbon letter to environment ministers

NGO sign on letter directed to environment ministers of Arctic states to urge them to use the occasion of their historic second meeting to take significant action to reduce emissions of black carbon.

 

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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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Annual IWC Count Totals: African-Eurasian Waterbird Census

This annual report summarises the totals per country per species of all waterbirds counted under the International Waterbird Census in the African-Eurasian region. The 2012 report includes counts from 72 countries between 2009 - 2012. The data in this report has been collected by thousands of individuals and collated by National Coordinators, whose names and organisations are listed in the file "Contributors".

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Migratory Birds for People Newsletter 14 (Nov2012)

The "Migratory Birds for People"-network is developing well and we have now started engaging the ‘scientific world’ with the network-programme. This newsletter provides an update news from the network and progress made during the meetings in September and 24th of October in Genk in Belgium (side meeting during the Eurosite / Europarc Annual Conference) and the launch of the Takern Centre in Sweden.
 

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AWC Newsletter 19 (Dec 2012)

AWC Newsletter #19, of Dec 2012 brings you up to date on progress of the AWC network over 2012 and looks ahead at 2013.

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Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use

This is the second edition of the publication that informs on management and finance options to achieve emissions reductions and enhance other vital ecosystem services from peatlands.

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Waterbird Populations Estimates Fifth Edition

This is the Summary Report of the Fifth Edition of the Waterbird Population Estimates, whose main objective is to provide a global overview of the status and trends of world’s waterbird populations; one of the most remarkable components of global biodiversity. It accompanies the searchable online Waterbird Information Portal (http://www.wetlands.org), which provides unprecedented access to all the data and information from five editions, as part of Wetlands InternationaI’s continuing commitment to supporting the Ramsar Convention and all those concerned with wetland and waterbird conservation and wise use.

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Migratory Birds for People Programme

 The 13th issue brings together the latest information on activities of the Migratory Birds For People programme and provides a profile of all the network centre partners.

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2011 At a Glance

As an organisation, Wetlands International made big strides forward in 2011. These will help us achieve the goals of our new 10-year Strategic Intent (2011-2020). With the seal of good governance from the Dutch Central Bureau on Fundraising under our belt, and growing recognition of our distinctive approach and niche, we proudly share with you some highlights of 2011. Enjoy the read!

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The Critical Site Network

This publication aims to provide an overview of the Critical Sites identified for waterbirds in the African-Eurasian region through the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project. It highlights the importance of Critical Sites for the populations they hold, the threats facing these sites and their current protection status. Case studies illustrate different approaches to achieving effective conservation for migratory waterbirds.

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Peatland biodiversity and climate change

It is shown that peatlands are characterized by specific biological diversity on the genetic, species, ecosystem, and landscape levels. They often present the best preserved areas, habitats, and shelters for biological species. Peatlands form a specific environment and play a significant part in the regulation of climate due to their participation in the water and carbon cycles. They are characterized by a wide range of biodiversity; spatial heterogeneity; and a particular structural and functional integrity, which is determined by the interrelations between excessive moisture, peatland vegetation, and peat. The scope of all the features mentioned presupposes a specific, often ambiguous, response of peatlands and their biodiversity to climate change.

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IWC Annual National Totals (African-Eurasian Region 2009-2011)

 Overview of IWC in the African-Eurasian region 2011 and annual national totals (2009-2011) 

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Strategic Intent 2011-2020

The Strategic Intent 2011-2020 is the ten year outlook for our organisation and the overarching strategy for the organisation worldwide. It reflects the new challenges for wetland conservation and the increasing relevance of wetland condition to human well-being in today’s world.

 

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Annual Review 2010

Our annual review provides a great and global overview of all our achievements, our projects, our publications and other products, our donors and our financial situation.

 

 

 

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Migratory movements of waterfowl in Central Asia and avian influenza emergence

In this study, historical data derived from over 80 years of bird ringing are combined with recent satellite tracking data to delineate migration routes, movement chronology and habitat use patterns of waterfowl in relation to H5N1 outbreak locations. Results confirm migratory linkage between breeding and moulting areas in northern Kazakhstan and southern Siberia, with nonbreeding areas in the Caspian, Black and eastern Mediterranean Sea basins, as well as with South Asia. 

 

 

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WPWC Newsletter No. 14 - December 2010

 

The main purpose of this newsletter is to keep coordinators of national waterbird monitoring schemes in Europe, North Africa, Southwest and Central Asia up-to-date with developments in the International Waterbird Census (IWC). It is also intended for counters and all others interested in IWC. For those who are behind with data submission, we wish to kindly request that you send waterbird count data up to and including January 2010

 

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Трансграничные водно-болотные угодья России и Украины в долинах рек Десна и Снов / Под ред. Ю.П. Федотова. – Брянск, 2010. 84с. (Transboundary Russian-Ukrainian Wetlands in the Desna and Snov River Valleys. 2010. Yu.P.Fedotov, ed. - Bryansk. 84 pp.)

The book addresses the issues of transboundary wetland conservation and migrating water bird studies in the Desna River floodplains. The book contains the description of physical features of the border areas between the Bryansk (Russia) and the Sumy and Chernigiv (Ukraine) Regions; major wetland types, rare and endangered species occurred in this transboundary region; and existing and proposed protected nature areas. Information on the most important wetland sites is presented in the Ramsar Convention format. Results of waterbird counting activities carried out in 2004 and 2010 are discussed in four articles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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The Flyway Training Kit

The new Flyway Training Kit is a one-of-a-kind resource in flyway-scale conservation and represents an important step towards meeting core strategic objectives of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and AEWA. This innovative conservation tool by Wetlands International and partners is designed to build capacity to plan, implement, monitor and engage in effective flyway-scale conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetland habitats in Africa and Eurasia.

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Conservation of Transboundary Belarusian-Russian and Russian-Ukrainian Wetlands

 This CD-ROM represents the results of activities carried out under the Wetlands International’s Project on Development of a programme for transboundary wetland conservation along the border of the Russian Federation with Belarus and Ukraine and contains an overview of the current status of wetlands located in the border areas of the Pskov, Smolensk, and Bryansk Regions of Russia, the Vitebsk, Mogilev, and Gomel Regions of Belarus, and the Chernigov and Sumy Regions of Ukraine, as well as a draft programme for the conservation of wetlands in this transboundary region.

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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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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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Poster-Reducing emissions from peatlands: A global responsibility

This the A3 sized poster of:

Reducing emissions from peatlands:

A global responsibility.

Support reducing emissions from peatlands under LULUCF and REDD

You can download by clicking on the link.

 

 

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Postcard-Reducing emissions from peatlands: A global responsibility

This is the postcard of:

Reducing emissions from peatlands:

A global responsibility. 

Support reducing emissions from peatlands under LULUCF and REDD.

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A Quick Scan of Peatlands in Central and Eastern Europe

A Quick Scan of Peatlands in Central and Eastern Europe reviews the status, conservation and use of peatlands in the countries participating in the BBI-Matra Programme (Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Turkey). Geographically, it covers central and eastern Europe together with the non-European part of the Russian Federation.

 

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Торговый путь купца Новинского / Merchant Novinsky’s Trade Route

Иллюстрированный буклет содержит описание нового туристического маршрута, который пройдет по территории российского национального парка «Себежский» и белорусского заказника «Освейский», связанных единой озерной системой. This illustrated booklet provides description of a new ecological route created in the Sebezhsky National Park of Russia and the Osveysky Nature Reserve of Belarus sharing a single lake system.

 

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WPWC Newsletter 12 - July 2009

Newsletter for national waterbird monitoring coordinators and observers of the International Waterbird Census - Western Palearctic and Southwest Asia. This is the special Slender-billed Curlew issue!

 

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Экскурсии на болото. Материалы в помощь учителям. (Excursions to Wetlands: Manual for Teachers.)

Книга содержит информацию о болотах: их свойствах, животном и растительном
мире, необходимых условиях для сохранения их функций. Приводятся примеры
экскурсий и даются материалы, которые могут быть использованы как на уроках
в школе, так и при проведении внеклассных занятий.

 

 

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Annual Review 2008

The Annual Review 2008 charts the main achievements, as well as projects, finance and publications of Wetlands International during 2008. Furthermore, it highlights our work in relation to climate change adaptation and on incentive mechanisms for community-based wetland management. As you can read in the Achievements and projects sections of this review, Wetlands International was highly active in all regions during 2008. The outcomes that we achieved in 2008 are important in themselves, but most are just steps towards much longer-term goals to bring about lasting benefits to people and nature. 

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Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe: the risks associated with wild birds

The infection of wild birds by highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza (AI) virus was virtually unknown – apart from one instance of the disease appearing in common terns in South Africa in 1961 – before the Asian strain of highly pathogenic AI virus (AIV), H5N1, began to expand across the world. Outbreaks of clinical disease in Eurasia have resulted in visible mortality among populations of free-ranging wild birds in a multitude of species.

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Wetlands of European Russia: Guidebook.

A guidebook on wetlands around Moscow, which serve as popular holiday destinations. The wetland areas described include the Cranes Homeland area, Pskovsko-Chudskaya Lowland, the National Parks of Losiny Ostrov,  Meshchera, Meshchersky, Ugra, Smolenskoye Poozerye and Pleshcheevo Ozero, and the Nature Reserves of Oksky, Polistovsky, Rdeisky and Tsentranlo-Lesnoi.

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Журавлиная родина. Заказник (Crane Homeland Nature Reserve)

Брошюра посвящена заказнику "Журавлиная родина", особо охраняемой природной территории на севере Московской области. Издана в рамках проекта по сохранению водно-болотных угодий Московского региона. This brochure (in Russian) addresses the Dubna Mire or Crane Homeland nature reserve in the Moscow region in Russia.

 

 

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Водно-болотные угодья Московской области: природные, экономические и историко-культурные аспекты (Wetlands in the Moscow Region: natural, economic, historical and cultural aspects)

Публикация подготовлена в рамках проекта "Содействие сохранению биоразнообразия водно-болотных угодий Московской области" по результатам работ по инвентаризации водно-болотных угодий региона и оценке их современного состояния.

This publication (in Russian) represents the results of wetland inventory and evaluation activities carried out under the Wetlands International’s Project on Promotion of wetland biodiversity conservation in the Moscow Region of the Russian Federation through the development of a Regional Strategy and Action Plan for Wetland Wise Use.

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Biorights in Theory and Practice

Bio-rights is an innovative financing mechanism for reconciling poverty alleviation and environmental conservation. By providing micro-credits for sustainable development, the approach enables local communities to refrain from unsustainable practices and be actively involved in environmental conservation and restoration. Micro-credits are converted into definitive payments upon successful delivery of conservation services at the end of a contracting period.

 

 

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Suggestions pour la version préliminaire des Résolutions pour la COP 10 de la Convention Ramsar sur les zones humides

Dans ce document , nous soulignons nos recommendations pour les Résolutions de la Convention Ramsar COP 10 en République de Corée qui a lieu du 28 Octobre au 4 Novembre 2008.

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Cambios propuestos a los Proyectos de Resolución para la COP 10 de la Convención de Ramsar sobre los Humedales

En este documento resaltamos (en negrita) las enmiendas propuestas para los Proyectos de Resolución para la COP X en Corea. Por favor no dude en contactarnos para cualquier consulta. Esperamos contar con su apoyo en Corea.

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Recommendations for Ramsar COP 10

Attached the recommendations on the draft resolutions of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands COP 10, 28 October till 4 November 2008 in Korea.

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Annual Review 2007

Our Annual Review 2007 covers our global organisation and presents the financial information, all our projects, publications and achievements. Wetlands International clearly demonstrated in 2007 the important role it can play as a science-based organisation that can act as a global witness - bringing key facts from the field to the attention of policy-makers. A good example of this was our role in highlighting and quantifying the role of wetlands and especially peatlands as the worlds’ biggest natural terrestrial carbon stores – and demonstrating that through restoration of damaged wetlands we can cost-effectively reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and even halt and reverse them, through carbon sequestration. Equally our role in a number of global and regional projects addressing the avian influenza threat has been to provide data on waterbirds and wetlands so as to contribute to the understanding of how the disease spreads, analyse risks and help countries to make preparations for an outbreak.

 

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Waterbird Population Estimates, Fourth edition

This publication sets the global standard in presenting estimates of the numbers and trends of waterbird populations throughout the world. This fourth edition provides a comprehensive update on information last provided in 2002 and summarizes population data on 878 waterbird species. Please download as it is out of print

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Migratory Shorebirds of the East Asian - Australasian Flyway; Population Estimates and Internationally Important Sites

The report provides the most recent estimates of population sizes of migratory shorebirds in the East Asian - Australasian Flyway and identifies internationally important sites by species and country.

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Save Vinogradovskaya Floodplain / Сохраним Виноградовскую пойму!

The leaflet contains information on the important wetland site of Vinogradovskaya (Faustovskaya) Floodplain in the Moscow region. It covers the aspects of wetland wise use and conservation, and provides practical recommendations on measures to conserve the waterbird habitats in the area. The leaflet is targeted at decision-makers and agricultural managers and will be circulated to all land users in the floodplain and ajacent areas.

 

 

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Vinogradovskaya Floodplain / Виноградовская пойма

The brochure contains information on the internationally important wetland site of Vinogradovskaya (Faustovskaya) Floodplain of the Moskva River, including a map of the area, with the boundary of Moskvoretsky Wildlife Refuge indicated, pictures of water birds that occur at the site, with information on protected species, description of threats to the site's ecological character and recommendations on measures that help to conserve the floodplain biodiversity. This publication is mainly targeted at sport hunters, fishermen and other people involved in outdoor recreation in the Moscow region.

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Numbers and distribution of the wintering waterbirds in the Western Paleartic and Southwest Asia in 1997, 1998 and 1999

This report shows the status of Waterbirds in North Africa, Europe and Western Asia. This is the first time that factual distrubution maps are displayed of a wide range of waterbirds in this region. This publication helps to take the right decisions regarding wetland areas and waterbirds
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Results from the International Waterbird Census in the Western Paleartic and Southwest Asia 1995 and 1996

This report shows the status of Waterbirds in North Africa, Europe and Western Asia. This is the first time that factual distrubution maps are displayed of a wide range of waterbirds in this region. This publication helps to take the right decisions regarding wetland areas and waterbirds. This publication is out of print but may be downloaded for free on this page. Click here for more information about the International Waterbird Census.

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Wings over Wetlands (video)

This video presents the Wings over Wetlands (WOW) partnership led by Wetlands International: the largest international wetland and waterbird conservation initiative ever to take place in the African-Eurasian region.

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