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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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Wetlands International's voluntary commitments to disaster risk reduction

This document contains Wetlands International’s voluntary commitment to reducing disaster risk for the next 5-10 years. Our commitments are shared by UNISDR with the disaster risk reduction community at large. Voluntary commitments from organisations like Wetlands International and individuals are seen as an essential compliment to legal obligations for protecting lives, livelihoods, assets and the environment and will be one cornerstone of implementation of the post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

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Promoting Ecosystems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation - Opportunities for integration

With case studies contributions from PEDRR partners, this discussion paper highlights opportunities for integration between DRR and CCA through ecosystem-based approaches.

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PEDRR policy brief for post-2015 Hyogo Framework

The growing evidence and endorsement of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction should likewise be reflected in HFA-2. Environment should be regarded as a cross-cutting issue and clearly articulated in the text and sustainable ecosystem management solutions should be explicitly recognized as a solution for disaster risk reduction and building resilience. The PEDRR network (Wetlands International is a member) provides final input to the post-2015 Hyogo Framework negotations through this policy brief. 

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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 environmentalpaper.eu or environmentalpaper.org.

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Building with Nature in 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. Our dream is to replicate this model in rural and urban coastlines in Indonesia and beyond.

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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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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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