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Building Community Resilience to Natural Disasters in Kenya

Downstream communities in the Ewaso Nyiro River of northeastern Kenya are extremely vulnerable to droughts and floods. We are helping communities reduce their vulnerability and […]

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Innovative solutions to reduce emissions from coastal engineering

One of the greatest challenges in coastal engineering is reducing the carbon footprint, according to Sander Dekker and Hedwig Thorborg – who are working with […]

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Netherlands signs new partnership with civil society to help disaster-prone regions

UNFCCC COP21, Paris – Minister Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation signed an agreement for a new five-year ‘strategic partnership’ with five Dutch agencies […]

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Turning abandoned rice fields into mangroves

What do you do when mangroves fail to naturally recolonise abandoned rice fields in one of the most precious mangrove deltas of the world? Pieter […]

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We are the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. Our vision is a world where wetlands are treasured and nurtured […]

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Natural infrastructure solutions

Floodplains are nature’s flood storage areas, evolving to make space when a river is periodically in a flood state. Society has evolved alongside floodplains using their fertile soils and flat land. As a result, vast stretches of floodplains are heavily modified and have lost their natural functions.

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Integrated delta management

Deltas are complex environments, consisting of a patchwork of different ecosystem types and land uses. Stakeholder perspectives and interests are equally diverse. We help integrated knowledge about ecosystem values and local risks and solutions into planning processes and investment decisions.

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Coastal resilience

Hard structures like dams, sea walls, and canals have boosted coastal development, but also resulted in the loss of valuable coastal wetlands and their services. Using the Building with Nature approach, we aim to catalyse a fundamental shift in coastal and delta planning.

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Aquaculture, fisheries and coastal agriculture

Wetlands serve the needs of many different stakeholder groups. They provide vital services to production systems, including flood and drought regulation, water quality enhancement and storm protection. And they deliver valuable products such as fisheries and timber.