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Tidal Flat Survey at Locals' Participation

For surveys of tidal flats, it is essential to carry on a long-term and frequent surveys to capture the regular changes and diversity of these habitats. However, the wide diversity of tidal flats has prevented many non-specialists from participating in the survey. This project by WI-Japan proposes to establish a survey method through citizen-based participation, and has involved preparation of an illustrated survey guidebook on tidal flat benthos, and hosting of public workshops and organisation of both orientation and as trial surveys. It is our third year, where we conduct three workshops in eastern Japan.

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New FluBird Project (NFB)

Wetlands International is the co-coordinator  to this project with Erasmus University and 10 other partners throughout Europe. The NFB project aims at setting a Network for Early Warning of Influenza viruses in migratory birds in Europe. Our role is to provide data and expertise on high risk bird species, coordinate surveillance in high risk sites and build capacity for monitoring waterbirds.

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East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership: preliminary phase

This project involves the establishment of the partnership for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Migratory Waterbirds and their Habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway. Wetlands International has been the driving force behind the initiative.

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Promotion of wetland biodiversity conservation in the Moscow region of the Russian Federation through the development of a Regional Strategy and Action Plan for Wetlands Wise Use

The objective is to support the sustainable use of water resources in the Moscow Region by establishing the technical, legal and social conditions for the implementation of an integrated approach to land-use planning based on wetland wise use.

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Dnipro river corridor in Ukraine: raising public awareness and promoting participatory approach to biodiversity conservation and ecological network development

Increased awareness on ecological networks and biodiversity conservation among governmental bodies, NGOs, schools is contributing towards the establishment of the Dnipro eco-corridor.

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Indicative map for South Bug meridional river corridor

The development of the ecological network in Ukraine has been enhanced by focusing on the Southern Boug meridional river corridor. A map on GIS basis and a poster has been prepared.

Project was financed by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in the Ukraine.

Publication:

The Southern Bug meridional river corridor: biodiversity and valuable areas

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Towards improved water Management in Ukraine (Watermuk)

This project aimed to reveal the current state and the perspectives of irrigational farming in Ukraine regarding the impact on biodiversity. We did this through the study of biodiversity in the Dzhankoi District of the Crimean Autonomous Republic, an area with large scale irrigation.

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Small rivers of Ukraine: public participation in their conservation and sustainable use

Wetlands International established an NGO Association called the “Ukrainian Rivers Network” (URN) to support and advocate better conservation and sustainable development of small rivers and streams throughout Ukraine.

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Ecological Assessment on Pulau Aur, Johor, Malaysia

Ecological Assessment  study on Pulau Aur, Johor, Malaysia

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Development of a National Wetland Strategy and Action Plan for Ukraine

A National Strategy and Action Plan including strategic planning policies for integrated and inter-sectoral conservation, restoration and wise-use of wetlands and wetland resources in Ukraine was agreed and drafted. The national wetland directory was updated and amended. This is now awaiting formal endorsement by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukrainian.

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Wetlands biodiversity conservation in Ukrainian agricultural lands

Wetlands International organised a conference involving participants from the agriculture, water and environment sectors. Practical guidelines on biodiversity conservation in agricultural lands were published.

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The importance of Black Sea coastal wetlands, in particular for migratory waterbirds

The needs and priorities for the conservation, restoration and wise-use of wetlands along the Black Sea coast were identified to act as a basis to guide future wetland conservation planning and management activities in the region.

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Support for the conservation of wetlands and wetland species in the Azov-Black Sea region of Ukraine

The capacity of Ukraine to fulfil its obligations under the Ramsar Convention and to facilitate its accession to the Bonn Convention and African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement was strengthened.

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Conservation Experiences with Peat Swamp Forests

The primary objective of this project was to develop and implement plans and to encourage processes that will ensure the conservation and sustainable use of globally significant genetic, species and ecosystem diversity within tropical peat swamp forests (PSFs) in Malaysia.

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Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment at Putrajaya

Realization of constructed wetlands for waste water treatment. An example of a water management system in an urban setting.

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Survey of remote wetlands in the Tanami Desert bioregion (Australia)

This project documents waterbird populations of remote wetlands in the Tanami Desert of north-western Australia, which were inundated by an exceptional rainfall event in summer 2006.

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Great Barrier Reef Coastal Wetlands Program: reference group (Australia)

This is a pilot project to improve water quality in the lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef and protect wetland biodiversity. Wetlands International provided a member on the Minister-appointed panel to advise and make recommendations on proposed wetland restoration projects for sites in the catchment of the Great Barrier Reef.

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A condition assessment of wetlands and waterbirds of Shoalwater Bay Training Area (Queensland, Australia)

This project aims to assess the condition of intertidal wetlands (including migratory shorebird populations), freshwater swamps and streams in the internationally important Shoalwater Bay wetlands, to recommend any management responses, and propose appropriate monitoring of condition.

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Roebuck Plains management planning (Australia)

This project will prepare a plan that will guide the managers of Roebuck Plains Station in maintaining the natural heritage of the property and its wetlands.

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Central Asian Flyway interim coordination

Wetlands International has been the driving force behind the development of the 'Central Asian Flyway initiative', carried out in cooperation with 30 states in Central Asia. The initiative is pushing for better protection of migratory waterbirds and the wetlands they depend on. Now after some years we achieved improved inter-governmental cooperation on the protection of waterbirds and their key habitats.

Wetlands International provides the interim coordinator and secretariate for this flyway.

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Waterbird conservation events, Malaysia

A regional programme to promote public participation to monitor the distribution and populations of waterbirds and status of wetlands.

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Training on peat for Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) staff

This project aimed to develop and implement a national training programme on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of wetlands ecosystems, with particular emphasis on peat swamp forest management.

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Public awareness campaign to enhance conservation of migratory shorebirds and their habitat at Chao Mai Marine National Park, Trang Province, Southern Thailand

This project promotes the sustainable management and wise use of wetlands to address local poverty and biodiversity management needs.

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Biodiversity festival booth

This booth aimed to raise awareness on the biodiversity of wetlands, and featured a fishing game and pressed seaweed activities.

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Technical advisory group for the ‘Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China’ project

This project will create an advisory team for the UNDP Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China Project Steering Committee.

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Rice field use and threats to the bobolink in North-East Argentina

This project aims to improve the conservation status of bobolinks overwintering in rice fields by promoting better practices for rice cultivation that benefit both local communities and biodiversity conservation.

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Biodiversity and food security Atlas for the Niger Basin

This project aims to publish an atlas linking poverty and biodiversity in the Niger Basin.

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African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) support, Mali

This project supports conservation of flyways in Mali.

 

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Study on mires in the Baltic ecoregion

The aim of this project was to provide background information for conserving biodiversity and freshwater quality in the Baltic ecoregion.

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Conservation of peatlands of Central Russia

The aim of this project was to demonstrate implementation of the ‘wise use’ approach for peatland ecosystems in Central and European Russia.

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National wetland strategy and action plan for Ukraine

This project aims to support strategic planning and policy development for the conservation, restoration and wise use of wetlands and wetland resources in Ukraine, and to submit a plan to the Ukrainian Ministry of Environment for endorsement.
Donor: Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

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Quick scan of peatlands in Central and Eastern Europe

This quick scan of peatlands in Central and Eastern Europe provides a background for the development of a strategy for conservation.

 

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Site network for birds and wetlands: Inventory, protection and community management

The Network of Important Bird Areas (IBA) caretakers is enhanced through this project which provides new knowledge on the conservation needs of priority bird species and recommends effective conservation management practices to prevent decline of species and destruction of sites.
Donor: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

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Inventory of internationally and nationally important wetlands in the Russian Caucasus region

This project aims to provide an information base for natural resource management and decision-making, and to increase awareness of the importance of wetlands in the Caucasus, by supporting the compilation and publication of an inventory of internationally and nationally important wetlands in the Russian Caucasus region.
Donor: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

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Monitoring migratory waterbirds in Russia and neighbouring countries

This project provides coordination and support for the 2006 mid-winter counts of waterbirds in 7 administrative regions of Russia. Counts took place at a total of 42 wetland sites; altogether 542,740 waterbirds of 62 species were recorded. This led to the publication of the report 'Results from IWC in Central Asia and the Caucasus 2003-2005'.
Donor: Swiss Development and Cooperation Office

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Coordination of the International Waterbird Census (IWC) 2006 in Central Asia and the Caucasus

The project designs and maintains the International Waterbird Census (IWC) database for Central Asia and the Caucasus. In 2006, the project coordinated and supported mid-winter counts of waterbirds in seven administrative regions in Russia. Data from 42 wetland sites was collected and 542,740 waterbirds of 62 species were recorded, including three globally threatened species.
Donor: Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
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Содействие сохранению биоразнообразия водно-болотных угодий Московской области

Проект направлен на поддержку усилий государственных и общественных природоохранных организаций Московской области в сфере сохранения биоразнообразия водно-болотных угодий региона и включает работы по изучению (инвентаризации) угодий, разработке стратегии их сохранения и устойчивого использования, выполнению модельных проектов в наиболее ценных водно-болотных комплексах, повышению информированности населения по вопросам природоохранной и хозяйственной ценности водно-болотных угодий области.  

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Mapeo de distribución, abundancia y rutas migratorias de aves acuáticas en América del Sur

El conocimiento sobre la distribución y migración de las aves acuáticas en América del Sur es escaso. Un considerable cúmulo de información fue producido durante los últimos 15 años, sin embargo en general ésta no está publicada y se encuentra dispersa y difícilmente accesible para los técnicos y decisores que trabajan en el manejo de fauna y en particular en el monitoreo de influenza aviar en nuestra región.

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Инвентаризация водно-болотных угодий Северного Кавказа

Результаты проекта предполагается опубликовать в 2006 г. в виде отдельного (шестого) тома серии "Водно-болотные угодья России". Проект также предусматривает создание базы данных и ГИС по водно-болотным угодьям региона как части Базы данных по инвентаризации водно-болотных угодий России.

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Central Anatolia, Turkey, wetland conservation

This project is building an NGO federation to support wetland conservation and wise use.

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Contribution to African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)


Wetlands International provides technical information and organisational input to support the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).

 
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Global Flyways Conference: Publication of proceedings

This project aims to publish the proceedings of the Global Flyways Conference named 'waterbirds around the world', organised by Wetlands International in 2004.

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Wings over Wetlands (WoW)

This project aims to improve the conservation status of African-Eurasian migratory waterbirds by assisting countries to conserve key wetland areas. The project takes place in 118 Asian, European and African countries along the African Eurasian Flyway.

In this region, we have identified the critical network of wetland sites (for a total of 3,020 sites) for migratory waterbirds.

We train people and raise awareness about the conservation and wise use of migratory waterbirds and the wetlands they use. Demonstration projects are implemented to provide good examples.

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Support on the EU bird-directive

Technical support to the European Commission for implementation of the Birds Directive

This project provides information and support for implementation of the European Commission Birds Directive, especially concerning waterbirds.

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European Topic Centre

The European Topic Centre develops reports, policy recommendations and analyses on biodiversity in the EU countries. Wetlands International is the lead agency providing technical analyses on methods within the European Topic Centre partnership.
This project is being carried out at European Union level.

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Task Force Avian Influenza and Wild Birds

Wetlands International is a major partner in the global Avian Influenza and Wild Birds Task Force.
The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) colead the Task Force, relying heavily on technical input from Wetlands International. Two representatives and one associate expert from Wetlands International are members of the Task Force.

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Global Avian Influenza Network for Surveillance (GAINS)

Wetlands International is a partner in this global initiative to share data on Avian Influenza and wild birds. Our role is to provide data on waterbirds (International Waterbird Census), to implement and coordinate surveillance in specific countries, to build capacity for monitoring waterbirds and to coordinate waterbird ringing activities in Asia.

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Avian Influenza: Coordination Unit

This project coordinates activities that provide information on the possible relationships between waterbirds and Avian Influenza (HPAI).

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Avian Influenza: preparing countries on an outbreak

Avian Influenza project (HPAI): FAO technical cooperation programme on enhancing the readiness of countries in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe for the arrival of Avian Influenza through wild birds.

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