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Waterbird Population Estimates Database

The Waterbird Population Estimates (WPE) online database provides current and historic estimates, trends and 1% thresholds for over 800 waterbird species and 2300 biogeographic populations worldwide. This project has been developed by Wetlands International with the support of Environment Canada and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Visit the Waterbird Population Estimates Database

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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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Wetlands and Livelihoods Programme

This programme focused on the mainstreaming of sustainable wetland management principles and practice into the development of poverty reduction strategies through local and international partnerships in DAC1 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It did so by enhancing of existing and supporting development of new policies at local, national and international levels, with specific inclusion of the water and health sectors and by ensuring due attention to the need for equitable development.

 

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Municipal Governance, Capacity and Social Responsibility in Wetland Biodiversity Conservation: A demonstration in Anqing Municipality, Anhui Province

The project funded by the European Union - China Biodiversity Project aims to incorporate wetland biodiversity conservation into the routine business of The Peoples Government of Anqing Municipality (GAM) in middle Yangtze river, Anhui Province. The project will create conditions for wetland users to organize themselves to take joint actions that eliminate deleterious overall impacts on wetland biodiversity and local income generation.

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Wetlands and Poverty Reduction in Hengshui Lake

Hengshui Lake is a vitally important oasis ecosystem in the harsh dry central North China Plain. The lake is a central component of the Hengshui Lake Nature Reserve. The lake itself has been a central part of the local economy, with fishing and farming the predominate activities. However, slowly the lake’s resources are diminishing and many of the local people live in poverty. This project aimed to investigate the possibility of alternative livelihood development within the Nature Reserve to aid conservation and poverty alleviation.

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Status of Waterbirds in Asia: Results of the Asian Waterbird Census 1987-2007

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. This report summarises the results of the AWC from 1987 to 2007, comprising counts at 6,705 sites in 27 countries.

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Conservation of the Relict Gull in Hongjiannao Wetland, Yunlin, Shaanxi Province

Hongjiannao wetland, Shaanxi Province has long been considered a place of significance for the Relict Gull, now harbouring thousands of breeding pairs annually.  This project aimed to determine the significance of the site for Relict Gulls and what threats the area faces. 

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Conservation of the Ruoergai Plateau marshes and Altai Mountain wetlands

In the Ruoergai Marshes on the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau and the Altai Mountains in Northwest China, we demonstrated practical ways in which biodiversity conservation and provision of ecosystem services can be supported by different economic sectors and local communities.

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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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Yellow Sea large marine ecosystem

This project will facilitate protection and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in the Yellow Sea.

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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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Production of a wetlands newsletter for China

The production of a newsletter will improve awareness of wetlands issues among managers and the public in China.

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Natural wetlands study and Education Centre development, Ningbo/Cixi

This project aims to reduce degradation of marine ecosystems by scaling up investment in reducing land-based pollution, designating wetlands and proposing coastal management options.

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Migratory shorebird posters

This project aims to increase awareness and improve the knowledge of local people and relevant agencies in China about wetlands and waterbird conservation, and to improve the development of the Shorebird Site Network in China.

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Awareness campaign for children and teachers in China, Japan and Korea

This project promotes wetland conservation and increases awareness on wetlands conservation and wise use among schoolchildren and teachers in the East Asian region.

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Asian-Pacific migratory waterbirds strategy, China

This project aims to enhance the conservation of migratory waterbirds and improve public awareness of key issues.

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Himalaya project (HimalWet)

This project aimed to develop an information base for wise use of Himalayan high altitude wetlands through integrated water resource management. An inventory of high altitude wetlands based on remote sensing data was developed together with a system of vulnerability assessment mapping. Based on these, a concept for an integrated management strategy for the region was also developed.

This project was carried out in Nepal, India, China and Bhutan through our offices in India and China.

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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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Wetland School Network

The Wetlands School Network (WSN) unites schools from five different countries in Asia on education on wetlands, their services and importance. Special attention is paid to the East Asian and Southeast Asian region through the demonstration and sustainable development of the WSN in the five nations of China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and Thailand. 

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