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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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REDD+ SAFEGUARDS INFORMATION SYSTEM (SIS): WHAT SHOULD FURTHER GUIDANCE DELIVER?

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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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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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 ROAD TO LIMA

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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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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Environmental and social impacts of oil palm cultivation on tropical peat

This report provides a review of available scientific information and published literature on impacts of using tropical peat for oil palm cultivation in Southeast Asia. It describes carbon flows and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from native and degraded forest and oil palm plantations on peat, as well as other environmental impacts and social and economic aspects of the cultivation of oil palm on peat. Based on the available literature, the report presents conclusions on the gaps in knowledge, uncertainties and confusion in existing datasets. 

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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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Practical guidance for implementing RSPO Principles & Criteria in relation to peatlands

This manual provides guidance to oil palm growers to adjust their planning and practices according to the new RSPO Principles and Criteria related to peatlands. These specific requirements address the issues of greenhouse gas emissions, soil subsidence and peat fires resulting from peatland drainage for oil palm cultivation. Some requirements relate to existing plantations on peat and others are relevant for the development of new plantations.

 

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Side event: Terrestrial Ecosystems with High Carbon Content

Presentations of state-of-the-art information about high-carbon terrestrial ecosystems by leading scientific and research institutions from the Russian Federation and Wetlands International.

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Back to basics on REDD+ safeguards and finance

The REDD+ Safeguards agreed in Cancun aim to:
1. Improve forest governance;
2. Promote the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities and respect for their rights; and
3. Protect biodiversity to ensure ecosystem resilience and permanence of emissions reductions.

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Practical guidance for implementing RSPO Principles & Criteria in relation to peatlands

This manual provides guidance to oil palm growers to adjust their planning and practices according to the new RSPO Principles and Criteria related to peatlands. These specific requirements address the issues of greenhouse gas emissions, soil subsidence and peat fires resulting from peatland drainage for oil palm cultivation.

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Submission on UNFCCC issues relating to agriculture - 2013

This submission provides evidence of the important role played by peatlands in climate change mitigation and adaptation. It explains why those ecosystem services are threatened by agricultural expansion, and in particular illustrates how conventional agricultural practices on peatlands inevitably lead to soil subsidence and consequent flooding of productive land, compromising food security and livelihoods.

 

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Submission on additional CDM activities - 2013

This submission from Wetlands International to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) re-introduces the proposal made by Wetlands International in September 2012 to add "Avoided Drainage" and "Rewetting" as additional activities under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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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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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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Policy Brief on Indirect Land Use Change and Peatlands

In this policy brief to the EU parliament and ministers, Wetlands International offers recommendations to effectively address indirect land use change emissions (ILUC) from peatlands. We also provide factual information on peatlands and greenhouse gas emissions and emphasise the following key points:

  • Biofuels production on peatlands increases greenhouse gas emissions
  • Indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions from peatlands are significant
  • Drainage of peatlands is unsustainable
  • EU rules on biofuels and proposals on ILUC are inadequate
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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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Closing the emissions gap with peatlands

This media briefing provides some background information on how peatland restoration and conservation action, stimulated by UNFCCC incentives, could significantly contribute to closing the so-called “emissions gap”.

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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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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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Submission on the future work of the ADP

This submission from Wetlands International to the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) stresses the need for enhanced action with respect to the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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The impact of subsidence: can peatland drainage be sustainable in the long term?

This presentation presents the impact of peat soil subsidence and discusses the issues of sustainability of peatland drainage activities.

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Social and economic issues of tropical peatlands

This presentation introduces and discusses the social and economic issues of tropical peatlands, and it was presented at the International Peat Congress (3-8 June 2012), Stockholm, Sweden.

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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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Information Pack on Conservation and Management on Peat Swamp Forest

This report from our Malaysia Office provides up to date knowledge on the conservation and management of peat swamp forests.

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Submission on MRV and drivers REDD+ 2012

This submission on REDD+ from Wetlands International to UN Climate Conference (UNFCCC-SBSTA) presents Wetlands International's views on how to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and national forest monitoring systems. We focus on peatswamp forests, which has some specific characteristics and therefore need specific attention.

 

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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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Letter to European governments on carbon dense fuels

Wetlands International signed the letter of a coalition of European  NGOs to the governments and Commission on banning carbon dense fuels. The NGOs ask to take all emissions in the product life cycle into account. This would imply a ban on fuels like biodiesel from palm oil and oils sands.

 

 

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LULUCF the ‘No Loopholes’ Environmental Integrity Package for Ministers

At the COP17 Climate summit in Durban, Ministers decide whether or not it will be possible for developed countries to reduce their emissions by rewetting drained peatlands for meeting their emission reduction targets under a future climate agreement. Wetlands International, together with other non-profit organisations under the Ecosystems Climate Alliance, call for mandatory accounting for wetlands, because this would mean that a strong incentive will be created to stop the loss of wetlands.

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Peatlands: hotspots for emissions reductions

Peatlands play a critical role in climate regulation, storing twice as much carbon as the entire world’s forest biomass and emitting large amounts of carbon when drained. The UNFCCC provides significant opportunities to safeguard and restore these concentrated and important reservoirs of terrestrial carbon.

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Peatlands in Indonesia National REDD+ Strategy

The draft National REDD+ Strategy of Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia has major ambitions to tackle its significant emissions from peatlands and conserve these unique ecosystems. This ambition is greatly welcomed and urgently needed. Some critical issues in the report, however, need to be addressed if Indonesia is to achieve its targets effectively and in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

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Submission to SBSTA on REDD and peatlands - Sept 2011

This policy submission to the UN Climate Conference (UNFCCC) provides input to methodological guidance to the policy mechanism REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Wetlands International specifically focuses on the issue of peatlands in relation to REDD in this submission, which differ in relevant aspects from forests on mineral soil.

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Policy recommendations to the SBSTA on peatlands and REDD - June 2011

This policy brief provides background and recommendations with regard to REDD+ modalities and guidelines to be developed by the SBSTA and has been produced as input for the UN-FCCC meeting in Bonn, June 2011.

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Briefing: biofuels and indirect land-use change (ILUC)

This letter asks for attention for the global Land Use Change impacts caused by the European biofuel targets such as deforestation and wetland loss. The organanisations call for a so-called ILUC-factor; emissions to be added to the accounted emissions for producing biofuels.

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Saving the peat swamp forests of Brunei

A Brochure on the importance of conserving the Peat Swamp Forest in Brunei. The Brochure mentions the major threats, solutions and what is being done to safeguard Brunei's peatlands.

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Communiqué Wetlands Matter

Communiqué of the Symposium in Edinburgh on 'Valuing Wetlands In a Chaning Climate' , 24 February 2011.

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Impact of oil palm plantations on peatland conversion in Sarawak 2005-2010

The report provides sequenced maps and statistics on the area of peatlands converted for oil palm plantations in Sarawak from 2005-2010. It builds on forest cover change and plantation concession boundary mapping results from the ongoing project ‘Transparent Mapping for Sustainabe Oil Palm Plantation Development’. This document briefly reports on the results of project activities providing maps and associated statistics on the impact of oil palm plantations on forest and peatland conversion in Sarawak during the period 2005-2010.

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Policy Brief to AWG-LCA13 with regard to REDD+

Forested tropical peatlands are rapidly being converted into plantations, causing large greenhouse gas emissions, in south-east Asia about 900 Mtons of CO2 each year. Reducing emissions from organic soils under (former) forests should be addressed in a REDD+ mechanism. REDD+ should also be expanded to other ecosystems with substantial carbon stocks, such as non-forested peatlands, provided that emission reductions are MRV-proof. The restoration of yet deforested and drained peatswamp forests and non-forested peatlands should also be eligible as activity under REDD+ and/or be prioritized as low carbon strategies under NAMA’s.

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Policy Brief to AWG-KP15 with regard to LULUCF

Wetlands International supports an ambitious work programme that leads to comprehensive accounting. The current 3.4 voluntary activities of cropland management, grazing land management and revegetation are rarely selected as an accounting activity, while the emissions, and mitigation potential are both significant in many situations. Many countries have elected not to account for emissions and removals from forest management. Finally, there is currently no category that allows for the accounting of emissions and reductions from wetland management.

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A Quick Scan of Peatlands in Malaysia

This  report  presents  the  first  national  assessment  of  peatlands  in Malaysia.  It  identifies  remaining peatlands  of  high  conservation  value,  the loss of peatlands and the use of these carbon dense area for for instance palm oil production.

 

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Submission on On Indirect Land-Use Change regarding the EU biofuel policies

In this document, Wetlands International prrovides comments to the European Commission public consultation on indirect land-use change (October 2010).

 

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Policy brief on climate issues for CBD COP 10

With this brief, delegates at CBD are asked to decide on actions to address climate change emissions due to ecosystem loss and by making sure that biodiversity values are maintained or even improved by actions for climate change mitiation (such as REDD, bIofuel production, reforestation).

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