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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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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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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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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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Global Newsletter August 2013

The August 2013 Global Newsletter features news from around the Wetlands International Network. We look at how integrated water management works in Senegal, how soybean is the new boom in Argentina and how river restoration is an antidote for Europe's flood woes. 

Through the newlsetter you can visit the work of Wetlands International and our partners in field. Enjoy the read. 

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Workshop Report on Woodcock and Snipe

This volume is the Proceedings of the Seventh European Woodcock and Snipe Workshop organised by the Woodcock & Snipe Specialist Group of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Wetlands International. This international meeting was held in May 2011 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia and attended by 50 participants from 11 countries.

It contains 27 papers and abstracts covering a wide range of topics on biology, monitoring and management, chiefly focusing on Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) and Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago). 
 
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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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WSSG Newsletter 38

The Woodcock and Snipe Specialist Group is a network of woodcock and snipe specialist (both scientists and non-scientists) concerned with the study, monitoring, management and conservation of the woodcock and snipe species populations.

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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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Flyway trends for waterbird species important in lakes Ijsselmeer and Markermeer

The Lakes IJsselmeer and Markermeer form the largest fresh water lake complex in the Netherlands. They have a very important function for waterbirds as breeding, moulting, migration and wintering sites. Despite having protected status under the EU Birds Directive and the Ramsar Convention several important key species are in decline and identifying drivers behind this is important for future policy and management decisions.

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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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Investigating Avian Influenza Infection Hotspots in Old- World Shorebirds

In this study the authors, including our own Bouba Fofana of our Mali Office and Associate Expert Tim Dodman, looked for Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) hotspots associated with other shorebird species and/or with some of the larger congregation sites of shorebirds in the old world. They assembled and analysed a regionally extensive dataset of AIV prevalence from 69 shorebird species sampled in 25 countries across Africa and Western Eurasia. Despite this diverse and extensive coverage we did not detect any new shorebird AIV hotspots. Neither large shorebird congregation sites nor the ruddy turnstone were consistently associated with AIV hotspots.

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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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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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Global Interflyway Network: Korea Workshop 2011

The international workshop organised in Seosan City, Republic of Korea, 17-20 October 2011 brought together experts from various flyway initiatives. The meeting provided an ideal opportunity to promote exchange of good practice and lessons learnt from these flyway initiatives which has led to the establishment of the Global Interflyway Network. These proceedings summarize the main outcomes of the meeting and identify priorities for the future.

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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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Statement by the Duck Specialist Group

A statement issued by the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands International Duck Specialist Group, based on conclusions from the 2012 Pan-European Duck Symposium in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic.

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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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Eco-Virological Approach for Assessing the Role of Wild Birds in the Spread of Avian Influenza H5N1 along the Central Asian Flyway

A unique pattern of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 outbreaks has emerged along the Central Asia Flyway, where infection of wild birds has been reported with steady frequency since 2005. We assessed the potential for two hosts of HPAI H5N1, the bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) and ruddy shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), to act as agents for virus dispersal along this ‘thoroughfare’.

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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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AEWC Newsletter 1 - October 2011

 1st newsletter for the combined AfWC and WPWC.

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Guidance on waterbird monitoring methodology:

This publication provides a methodological framework for enhancing the monitoring of migratory and wintering waterbirds in the Black Sea coastal region of Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Wintering Waterbird Census in the Azov- Black Sea Coastal Wetlands of Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey

This report provides results of gap analysis of IWC in coastal wetlands of Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine, first of all in relation to current status of its methodology and infrastructure, as well as to present count data for key coastal wetlands.

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AfWC Newsletter - July 2011

This is an annual update for all those involved in the African Waterbird Census. The newsletter is available in French and English

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Cool Tool

The article highlights the uses of the Critical Site Network tool for african birders in a playful and easy to read way.

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Analysis of information sources on waterbird migration in the Azov–Black Sea region of Ukraine:

The Azov–Black Sea area of Ukraine is annually used by millions of waterbirds as a stopover during their spring and autumn migrations. The first step towards development of a migratory waterbird monitoring
system is an overview of existing information, which includes three main blocks – scientific publications, results of waterbird counts during migration seasons and recoveries of ringed birds. The results of this
analysis are presented in this book.

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Implementing telemetry on new species in remote areas

This article provides recommendations for implementing telemetry studies on waterfowl on the basis of our experience in a tracking study conducted in three countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of the study was to document movements by duck species identified as priority candidates for the potential spread of avian influenza.

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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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Flamingo Bulletin, Issue 18 March 2011

Lee, R., Arengo, F. & Bechet, A. (eds.). 2011. Flamingo, Bulletin of the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands
International Flamingo Specialist Group, No. 18. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, UK.

 

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Low pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 virus in wild birds in Nigeria in Africa.

We monitored avian influenza in wild and domestic birds in two different regions in Nigeria to investigate the presence and persistence of avian influenza virus in African birds. We found low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H5N2 viruses in three spur-winged geese (Plectropterus gambensis) in the Hadejia–Nguru wetlands. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that all of the genes, except the non-structural (NS) genes, of the LPAI H5N2 viruses were more closely related to genes recently found in wild and domestic birds in Europe.

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Results of the Autumn 2010 Migratory Waterbird Counts in the Azov-Black Sea Coastal Wetlands of Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey

This publication presents the results of the first simultaneous waterbird counts at key coastal wetlands in Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey

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Flying over an infected landscape: distribution of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 risk in South Asia and satellite tracking of wild waterfowl.

This study suggests that the continental-scale dynamics of HPAI H5N1 are structured as a number of persistence areas delineated by domestic ducks, connected by rare transmission through migratory waterfowl.

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AWC Newsletter 18

 

In this edition, the editor & Asian Waterbird Census coordinator, Dr. Bharat Jethva updates the participants on the Waterbird Conservation efforts and related issues in the region. He also announces the dates for the AWC in January 2011.

 

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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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State of World's Waterbirds 2010

This booklet summarises what is known about the status of waterbird populations in different parts of the world. It shows how numbers and population trends compare from region to region, and how they changed between the 1970s and the 2000s.

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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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Recommendations for CBD post-2010 strategic targets

Wetlands International gives two recommendations for the CBD post-2010 strategic targets.

A. New, stand alone target on water

B. Proposed revision of draft CBD target 14 

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AfWC Newsletter - June 2010

This newsletter covers outcomes that have resulted from the UNEP-GEF African-Eurasian Flyways Project also known as the Wings Over Wetlands Project (WOW). The newsletter highlights the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the lead project partners to strengthen the conservation of waterbirds and wetlands, the launch of the Flyway Training Kit which is a capacity building resource that provides a flyway approach to conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats and the Critical Site Network tool that provides an access to information on waterbird species and their sites covered by the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).

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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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AfWC Newsletter - December 2009

This newsletter covers some available Single Species Action Plans; reports on two trainings: one in Maputo, Mozambique (on a national wetland and waterbird monitoring course) and the other in Limbe, Cameroon (on a flyway scale capacity building in wetland and waterbird management course). There are two calls: One requesting waterbird experts to participate in the consultation process of the Critical Site Network Tool development and the other requesting participation in the Slender-billed Curlew survey and searches.

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Indonesia Programme's Summary 2005-2009

This publication is a 5-year overview of the activities of the Wetlands International Indonesia Programme (WI-IP). Wetlands International Indonesia Programma (WI-IP) is part of the global network of Wetlands International, working at global, regional, national and local levels to achieve the goals of conservation and wise use of wetlands, as a contribution to the realisation of sustainable development. Its mission is:  to sustain and conserve wetlands, including their resources and biodiversity for future generations. To achieve this mission, WI-IP does and will continue to work together with all relevant elements of society and government, including educational institutions, media and the private sector. 

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AWC Newsletter 17

In this edition, the AWC Coordinator, Dr. Bharat Jethva announces the dates for 2010 census. An update of the 2009 census is provided along with details of milestone 20 year review of the Asian Waterbird Census. News from the region follows.

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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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WPWC Newsletter 13 - December 2009

Newsletter for national waterbird monitoring coordinators and observers of the International Waterbird Census - Western Palearctic and Southwest Asia. 

 

 

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Flamingo Newsletter 17

 

Our Flamingo Specialist Group's Annual Newsletter

 

Bulletin of the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands International Flamingo Specialist Group.

 

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Wetlands, Shorebird and Flyway

As an important part of the "Wetland School Network Programme Popularized in Asian Countries along the East Asian-Australasian Waterbird Flyway", the booklet entitled "Wetlands, Shorebird and Flyway" is characterized by easily understandable language and attractive illustrations used for explanation of wetlands,shorebird and flyway, which is uesful for students to enhance the wetland awareness and encourage them to portect environment and wildlife by their own hands. The booklet is edited and designed by Wetlands International.

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