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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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Avian Influenza: investigating the role of wild birds in Europe

Avian Influenza project (HPAI): Mobilising data on wild birds relevant to its spread in Europe
This project identifies high-risk bird species, compiles data on wild birds and Avian Influenza, and analyses risks for Europe.
This project is being carried out together with our offices in Senegal and Ukraine.

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This project funded a full-time position to develop and advocate the biorights principle — that is to pay poor people for managing local natural and environmental resources that are of global importance, for example protecting rain forests, or managing subsoil carbon stocks on peatlands. The project was led by our headquarters but drawed on our field experiences in Africa, Asia and Latin America in particular.

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Green Coast - the Tsunami Response

Through Green Coast we restored thousands of hectares of coast that were damaged by the Tsunami. Green Coast adopted a unique approach: restoration & management of coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves, sand dunes and coral reefs through a community-led approach. This improved the biodiversity and economic well-being of hundreds of coastal communities in five countries: India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Peat, biodiversity and climate change

This project assessed the capacity of peatlands to store carbon. It also provided recommendations on how peatlands could be managed to ensure their capacity to store carbon is maintained and even improved while, at the same time, conserving and restoring biodiversity values.

Storing carbon is crucial for preventing carbon dioxide emissions and therefore preventing further climate change. If the carbon of the world's peatlands is released, the level of carbon in the atmosphere will rise with 75%.

This project was implemented in China, Indonesia and the Russian Federation, together with our offices in those countries.

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GlobWetland: Wetlands surveyed from space

The Globwetland project, an European Space Agency-led initiative in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, has been addressing this issue by using satellite imagery to provide detailed wide-area views of individual wetlands to aid national and local conservation efforts.

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UNFCCC Conference in Nairobi (Dec. 2006)


At the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2006, Wetlands International presented the outcomes of its study PEAT-CO2 which was jointly developed with WL/Delft Hydraulics and Alterra.
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Wetlands and Poverty Reduction

This programme aimed to improve policies so that they include the role of wetlands for poverty reduction; especially in developing countries.

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Southern Kenya – Kimana wetlands

This project in Southern Kenya tries to solve increasing conflicts between different groups of people and between people and wildlife over water and over the use of the Kimana wetlands.  

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Malawi and Zambia: Simlemba wetlands

The project aim is to teach villagers how to take good care of the dambo and the surrounding landscape and how that will lead to more and long terms benefit for people.

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