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UN Climate Summit in Warsaw (11-22 November 2013)

The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) is expected to make significant progress towards a new global climate agreement, aimed at increasing mitigation ambition before 2020 and putting in place a new global climate regime from 2020 onwards.

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Promoting climate-proof disaster risk reduction in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is extremely vulnerable to the disasters fueled by climate change and whose impacts are worsened by environmental degradation, such as deforestation. The Partners for Resilience work to reduce this vulnerability and to strengthen the resilience capacity of the communities to deal with the impacts of disasters. Additionally, we promote policy dialogue and increase the understanding of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and restoration and management of natural resources.

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Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction


The Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place in Geneva, Switzerland from the 19th to the 23rd of May 2013. Under the headline “Resilient People – Resilient Planet”, delegates discussed progress to date and future needs for disaster risk reduction efforts. Wetlands International highlighted the role of ecosystems in mitigating the impact of natural hazards and extreme weather events.

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Climate-proof disaster risk reduction for Indigenous communities in Guatemala

The Partners for Resilience work to reduce the risks of droughts and landslides in vulnerable communities in 5 departments in Guatemala. In addition to securing the communities´ livelihoods, improve their natural resources management and protect them from natural disasters, we also build their capacity to influence decisions that affect them, and involve them in platforms to exchange experiences. Furthermore, by working with different levels of government, we connect national policies with local experiences and influence municipal budget allocation.

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European River Restoration Conference

The 5th European River Restoration Conference was from 11-13 September 2013 in Vienna, Austria. Wetlands International and our partners in European river restoration showcased inspiring examples of river restoration and brought together key policy makers and restoration practitioners to share and learn about the successes, challenges and opportunities for river restoration in Europe.

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Bio-rights for Disaster Risk Reduction of K'iche' communities in Sololá, Guatemala

With our partner CARE we have started a Bio-rights initiative in Sololá, Guatemala to reduce the vulnerability to landslides, mudslides and heavy weather of four K’iche’ communities. Each rainy season they suffer these landslides and mudslides, which are caused by deforestation, as forest has been cleared for maxán leafs, pacaina and coffee monocultures.  

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Building Community Resilience to Natural Disasters in Kenya

Downstream communities in the Ewaso Nyiro River of north eastern Kenya are extremely vulnerable to droughts and floods. We are working to help communities reduce their vulnerability and improve their livelihoods through an innovative approach combining sustainable ecosystem management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

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Reducing disaster risk by restoring wetlands in the Inner Niger Delta of Mali

The 1.4 million people who depend on the Inner Niger Delta in Mali suffer increasingly from low water levels in the Niger River, which flows downstream into the delta. We are working to address the growing upstream water diversions for irrigation and hydropower, and help downstream communities adapt to sustain their livelihoods.

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Building resilience to disasters in the Mahanadi delta and Kosi-Gandak floodplains, India

In the Mahanadi River delta and Kosi-Gandak floodplains we restore wetlands and improve water management to reduce the risk of disasters. With our partners we enhance the ability of vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change and create more secure and sustainable livelihoods. This provides a safer environment from floods and improves the capacity of these communities to bounce back if they do occur.

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Reducing the risk of floods and landslides in the Philippines

Population pressures and the over- and misuse of natural resources has resulted in widespread ecosystem degradation and led to the increased risk of (elongated) floods and landslides. In four sites in the Philippines, both urban and rural, we are working to reduce the risk of these water-related disasters.

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Strengthening Coastal Resilience for Communities in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

We work to reduce the impacts of frequent disasters on vulnerable communities in Nusa Tenggara Timur, utilising innovate approaches to improve water management, sustainable livelihoods, ecosystem restoration, disaster risk reduction and the adaptive capacity of local communities. Through our Bio-rights microcredit scheme we improve the livelihoods of communities that restore their ecosystems by, for example, the planting of mangroves and other productive trees.

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Towards mangrove conservation in Guinea Bissau

Wetlands International worked in West African Guinea Bissau to restore traditional rice field (or bolanha) in mangrove areas. We enabled the building of dikes and channels to restore the hydrology for rice farming. This contributes strongly to mangrove conservation, as no new mangrove areas need to be cleared for conversion into rice fields.

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Managing water with communities in the Mahanadi Delta, India

In the Mahandi Delta, Orissa, India, we word to reduce flood risks by managing and  restoring wetlands, as areas were excsessive water can be stored.

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Solving water conflicts on the foot of the Kilimanjaro, Kenya

From 2005 till 2010, Wetlands International worked with our partner the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in Kenya with the communities in the Kimana wetlands to improve water use. We helped to organise that the water needs of all, including three Masaai tribes, farmers and widlife for the National Parks, are balanced.

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Restoring the high mountain peatlands of Ruoergai, China

Drainage, Yak and sheep overgrazing, and erosion severely damage the high altitude peatlands of the Ruoergai, located on the Tibetan Plateau in China. Working with communities and the government we diminish the grazing pressure, block erosion gullies, re-seed grassland and much more. The goal is to give the marshes their important natural functions back and improve the inhabitants well-being.

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Restoring abandoned shrimp ponds in Indonesia

Abandoned shrimp ponds in Java, Indonesia are a threat to local populations’ health and make the coastal areas vulnerable to strong winds, tidal floods, salt water intrusion and abrasion. In Banten Bay and Pemalang we show how practical fighting poverty and improving family income can go hand in hand with restoring degraded wetlands, such as these abandoned shrimp ponds. Our approach has strongly improved the food security and health of the communities we worked with.

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For a healthy Inner Niger Delta, Mali

The Inner Niger Delta is a lifeline for one and a half million people, whose flooding provide fish, fodder for their cattle and water for rice production. This inland delta is also home to millions of waterbirds, that migrate to this rich environment, as well as hippos and many other species. We work with communities and Malinese government to restore the flood forest, reduce the people's poverty and prevent the negative impacts of dams and climate change on the delta. 

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Bio-derechos para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres

Con nuestro socio de CARE hemos puesto en marcha una iniciativa del Proyecto Bio-derechos en el departamento de Sololá, Guatemala, para reducir la vulnerabilidad a los deslizamientos de tierra, avalanchas de lodo y el clima difícil en época de invierno en cuatro comunidades Maya K'iche'. Cada temporada de lluvias sufren de derrumbes y deslizamientos de tierra, que son causadas por la deforestación, como los bosques ha sido sustituidos por hojas Maxán, papaína y los monocultivos de café.

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UNFCCC Climate Meeting in Durban (28 Nov - 12 Dec 2011)

Wetlands International participated at the 2011 climate summit in Durban, South Africa. The overall steps taken by the 194 governments are dangerously minimal. Regarding wetlands, we are content that wetland-carbon is finally recognised in different decisions. This may have a great impact for saving carbon rich wetlands (see final press release).

 

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Improving biofuels policy in Europe

With some clear successes, Wetlands International has been strongly involved in the EU Renewable Energy Directive. We are currently working closely with other NGOs to guide the implementation policies and limit the adverse land use impacts of biofuels demand.

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UNFCCC Adaptation Fund Board

The Adaptation Fund was created to finance climate change-related adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. We advocate solutions that help ensure environmental safeguards are built into the Adaptation Fund so that all projects and programme the Board finances fulfil strong envrionmental criteria.

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UNFCCC Climate Summit in Cancún (29 Nov.-10 Dec. 2010)

We advocated for solutions that will help to halt the loss of wetlands at the UN Climate conference in Cancún, Mexico (29 November – 11 December 2010) where Parties gathered to achieve next steps on the road to a new climate deal. We campaigned not only to ensure that peatland emissions will be addressed, but also to make sure that projects financed by the Adaptation Fund do not harm wetlands.

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Influencing policies along the Niger River

We provide key tools and knowldge in the development and implementation of major government policies in the entire Niger River Basin, which stretches from Guinea Chonakry all the way to the Niger Delta in Nigeria. We use our experience in the Inner Niger Delta as the basis for his work.

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BIOMAC

BIOMAC est un réseau ouest africain de la biodiversité marine et côtière. Il vise à coordonner les efforts de conservation des espèces et des habitats dans les 7 pays du PRCM, à savoir le Sénégal, la Mauritanie, la Gambie, la Guinée Conakry, la Guinée Bissau, la Sierra Leone, et le Cap-Vert. 
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Initiative mangrove en Afrique de l'Ouest

L’Initiative mangrove en Afrique de l'Ouest (IMAO) cherche à améliorer le bien-être et la sécurité des communautés qui dépendent de la mangrove de la Mauritanie à la Sierra Léone. Il s'agit d'un partenariat entre l'Union Interanationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN) et Wetlands International soutenu par la Fondation MAVA de Suisse.

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Saving the Wular Lake, Kashmir while fighting flood and drought risks downstream

This project focuses on Wular Lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. Rapid degradation of Wular Lake has an enormous impact on community health and livelihoods. This prompted the state government to contract Wetlands International South Asia and her partners to develop an integrated management plan for restoration of the lake and its catchment.

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Increasing coastal resilience in the Pacifics

Wetlands International, WWF, the Institute of Applied Sciences and Wildlife Conservation Society developed a methodology for Adaptive Management of high biodiversity tropical mangrove areas and associated coral reef, sea-grass and upland ecosystems for the ability to recover from climate change impacts.

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