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Flooding of lowland peatlands in Southeast Asia

This factsheet explains why urgent action is needed to avoid catastrophic regular flooding of vast peatland areas in Southeast Asia. The drainage of peatlands for agriculture or forestry (in particular oil palm and pulp wood plantations) is unsustainable in the long term, leading to soil subsidence as large CO2 emissions. Radical changes in land-use are needed to secure the livelihoods of future generations.

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Peat Destruction, Soil Subsidence and Flooding in South East Asia

Agricultural production in vast regions of South East Asia will be lost in the coming decades as a result of flooding of extensive lowland landscapes. The main drivers of peatland destruction are palm oil and pulp for paper plantations that require drainage.

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Wetland Solutions for People and Nature

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

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Pitfalls and potentials: The role of bioenergy in the EU climate and energy policy post 2020

This joint NGO briefing contains an analysis of the current and potential role of bioenergy in the European Union's climate and energy policies, and a series of recommendations to ensure that sustainable bioenergy truly contributes to the EU's policy commitments regarding the climate, biodiversity, environmental protection and socio-economic goals.

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The Future of Paper

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

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Briefing negotiations UNFCCC February 2015 Geneva

About one quarter of all human induced emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU). A disproportional large part of these AFOLU emissions come from organic soils (peatlands) drained for agriculture, grazing, forestry or mining. This briefing provides recommendations to ensure that a new climate agreement provides strong incentives to reduce emissions from drained peatlands. 

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Protección de reservas y sumideros de carbono en manglares de Panamá

Los manglares de Panamá almacenan y absorben anualmente una cantidad enorme en carbono y lo depositan no solo en sus hojas y ramas, sino también en sus raíces y el suelo. Wetlands International trabaja conjuntamente con el PNUD y las autoridades nacionales para determinar más precisamente las cantidades. Para que se protejan y manejen adecuadamente estas reservas y sumidores de carbono y sigan brindando servicios ecosistémicos para apoyar a la adaptación local al cambio climático.

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Protection of carbon pools and sinks in mangroves of Panamá

The mangroves of Panamá store and sequester enormous amounts of carbon not only in their leaves and branches, but also in their roots and soil. Wetlands International works together with UNDP and national authorities to find out how much exactly and to make sure that these carbon pools and sinks are better managed and protected. For their contribution to climate change mitigation, but also to maintain their broad range of ecosystem services in support of local climate change adaptation.

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Facts & figures on palm oil

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

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Soy entering valuable wetlands of Argentina

Due to the enormous emphasis on soybean cultivation within Argentina, activities such as cattle raising but also the cultivation of soybeans are increasingly pushed to more marginal and vulnerable areas, where the cost of land is lower.

The Paraná Delta, one of the most unique and important wetlands regions in the world, is one of these places. Although the region is not suitable for these activities, new actors are radically altering the landscape to make the undertaking of these activities possible. Read more about our work on soy and wetlands.

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