Briefing paper: accelerating action to Save Peat for Less Heat!
Emissions from drained and degrading peatlands (organic soils) amount to almost
double the amount of CO2 emissions from aviation1, even when skyrocketing
emissions from peat fires are not included. This briefing paper shows where the most
urgent action is needed and presents a roadmap and policy recommendations for
Annual Review and Accounts 2014
2014 saw the re-setting of the our strategic outlook and goals for the coming ten years, involving close consultation with our partners in all regions. Major programmes were implemented and in some cases renewed, bringing achievements and insights which are at the cutting edge of connecting wetlands into sustainable development. Highlights include the development of a ‘Building with Nature’ partnership and pilot project to protect eroded mangrove coasts in Indonesia; the establishment of our European Association of NGOs which informed policy processes in Brussels, the launch of a refreshed brand and visual identity and the celebration of 60 years as Wetlands International. Find out more about these and other achievements as you read our Annual Review and Accounts 2014.
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Wetland Solutions for People and Nature
This Strategic Intent for 2015 - 2025 is the highest level guide to our work. It sets out the ambitions of Wetlands International in terms of what we aim to achieve for people and nature – and how and where we plan to go about that work. It gives all of our offices a common focus and basis for collaboration across the globe for the next ten years.
A recipe for resilience
The unique approach from the Partners for Resilience (PfR) to the building of community resilience, developed with more than 40 local implementing partner agencies, integrates climate change adaptation and ecosystem management and restoration into disaster risk reduction (DRR). This experience over the past four years of evidence-based, holistic risk reduction can contribute meaningfully to the collective commitment to a post-2015 framework. The PfR key messages and ‘calls to action’ at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) at Sendai, Japan, are presented in this position document.
Promoting Ecosystems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation - Opportunities for integration
With case studies contributions from PEDRR partners, this discussion paper highlights opportunities for integration between DRR and CCA through ecosystem-based approaches.
Animation: Reducing floods and land slides in the Philippines
The Red Cross, CARE Netherlands and Wetlands International have joined forces to work on disaster prevention and preparedness in the Agusan Delta in the South of the Philippines. Because we truly want to reduce the chance and impact of disasters, we do not only address the problems in the village, but also assess land and water management and use in the entire river landscape and implement solutions such as better management and restoration of ecosystems.
Animation: restoring eroded coast Java by Building with Nature
This animation shows the "Building with Nature" technique that Wetlands International, Deltares and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries piloted from 2012-2014 to restored the strongly eroded coast in Central Java. The technique successfully works with nature instead of fighting against it and will be scaled up to other parts of the coast in the next years.
Facts & figures on palm oil
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a common ingredient in a wide variety of products, ranging from biscuits, bread and noodles to shampoo, candles and deter-gents. It has been estimated that around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets contain it. Palm oil is also used as biofuel. The use of palm oil is expected to continue growing, with an esti-mated doubling of use by 2020.
Green economy with sustainable value chains
CHALLENGE: Agricultural output is expected to double and resource efficiency increase tenfold in the coming decades. Only a rapid transformation in the way products and services are produced and consumed will ensure the continued delivery of essential ecosystem services provided by a healthy environment while meeting the demands of the world’s growing population. Local communities must have a voice in this transition.
Mudbank is an innovative approach for business to support the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds around the globe. To offset the impact of development projects, Mudbank invests on behalf of companies in the permanent protection of important coastal habitat along migratory flyways. It is designed to be an option in the Mitigation Hierarchy—and not just an “in lieu of” solution.
Keep it fresh or salty
This report provides guidance for program and project developers from, or working in, developing
countries on the numerous funds and finance mechanisms that can provide carbon finance for wetland carbon conservation and restoration. It also highlights ways to access and link carbon activities with non-carbon based sources of financing.
Position paper: Accounting for peatland hotspots in the new climate agreement
This position paper gives insight in why peatlands should be treated as hotspots for climate change mitigation in the negotiations for a new climate agreement, and was prepared as input for the climate conference in Lima (UNFCCC COP20). It contains an overview of countries with significant migitation potential. This can be realised by placing a ban on draining new peatlands (for forestry and agriculture), and by rewetting already drained peatlands, with options for the maintenance of productive land use under wet conditions (paludiculture).
The Role of Mangroves in Fisheries Enhancement
Some 210 million people live in low elevation areas within 10 km of mangroves and many of these directly benefit from mangrove-associated fisheries. Yet, these people are often unaware of the key role mangroves may play, especially if the associated fisheries are offshore.
A new study by Wetlands International, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Cambridge, concludes that mangrove conservation and restoration in areas close to human populations will render the greatest return on investment with respect to enhancing fisheries.
A Review of Migratory Bird Flyways and Priorities for Management
The phenomenon of bird migration has been a source of wonder for man since time immemorial. However, the biological integrity of this intricate seasonal journey, which covers a network of several biomes across different frontiers and continents, is being compromised due to a plethora of threats and challenges, and consequently the vulnerability of migratory birds is increasing worldwide. A Review of Migratory Bird Flyways and Priorities for Management is an exhaustive work which addresses the issue of conservation of migratory birds and their habitats with a comprehensive approach touching on core thematic areas.
Next steps for RSPO in relation to peatlands
The new RSPO (April 2013) Principles and Criteria (P&C) require the avoidance of new plantation
developments on peatlands and provide important guidance for addressing the issues related to
the production of palm oil on peat. The new P&C acknowledge that drainage of peatlands results in greenhouse gas emissions and peat soil subsidence, which in turn create fl ooding problems. The new requirements constitute a major step forward in the development of sustainable palm oil.
Subsidence of peat soils in South-East Asia – Flooding risks in Sarawak
This paper presents the case study of the Rajang Delta in Sarawak, Malaysia where peatland subsidence will cause flooding, rendering 50% and 67% of the land unsuitable for palm oil cultivation after 25 and 50 years respectively. This is 3 to 4 times the size of Singapore.
Mangroves for coastal defence
Can mangroves reduce waves and storm surges? How will they influence the forces of a tsunami? Do they actually contribute to stabilizing coasts and build-up of soils? Can they keep up with sea level rise? The “Mangroves for coastal defence: Guidelines for coastal managers & policy makers" provides an in-depth analysis on the role that mangroves play in defense against waves, storms, tsunamis, erosion and sea level rise. Working with the University of Cambridge to review hundreds of scientific papers, the guide book outlines a practical approach for coastal decision makers.
The Wetlands International organogram was published in September 2014. Click on the PDF to view the goverance structure of our global network.
Partnering for Sustainable Business
Companies impact wetlands, but they also have the power to trigger positive change on a scale that Wetlands International can never reach alone. This brochure outlines why wetlands are important for companies and how we partner with copanies to ensure the wise use of wetlands.
Workshop: 'Making the business case for Building with Nature'
Workshop Deltas in Practice 4.2 - Deltas in Times of Climate Change II - 25 September, Rotterdam
Building with Nature solutions for creating resilient coasts have rapidly gained momentum. How can this concept contribute to solving key challenges related to coastal security, environmental sustainability and spatial development? There is a need for convincing business cases that quantify costs and benefits of this new way of working and compare these with conventional civil engineering approaches.
Annual Report and Accounts 2013
The “red thread” for our work in 2013 was our increasing connection, dialogue and influence with other civil society organisations, business and industry. As you glance through the Achievements section in the report, you will see many concrete examples of this, with on-ground and policy results evident from the local to global scale. Through our major programmes we have demonstrated how wetlands play a vital role in securing biodiversity, strengthening livelihoods, increasing community resilience natural hazards like floods and droughts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Wetlands International #WhatsInYourPaper
More than 120 non-profit organizations from around the world have come together to endorse a new Global Paper Vision.
Join a global conversation that can be an extraordinary opportunity to protect our air, water, forests climate, and communities. Share the hashtag #whatsinyourpaper with your followers, friends, and connections to be a part of the solution and help generate a powerful force for change. Visit http://environmentalpaper.org/vision to read more.
Our Achievements 2011 - 2013
This document presents to what extent we have achieved the collective targets we set ourselves for the period 2011-2015. It presents our main achievements until the end of 2013.
Environmental Sustainability As part of the dutch WASH Alliance’s ‘FIETS’ strategy
What do you need to pay attention to when you want to set up sustainable projects in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)? The financial, institutional, environmental, techno logical and social (FIETS) aspects of sustainability. The Dutch WASH Alliance believes that all of these aspects require attention; not separately, but as a whole. This fact sheet explains the relationship between environmental sustainability and each of the other FIETS elements.
La Durabilité Environnementale dans les projets eau, hygiène, assainissement de l’Alliance WASH Néerlandaise
Comment permettre aux populations de vivre en bonne santé ? D'abord en s'assurant qu'ils ont accès à su samment d’eau propre. En les aidant également à construire des installations sanitaires appropriées. Ou encore en améliorant leurs connaissances des bonnes pratiques en matière d'hygiène.
Environmental Sustainability In WASH projects by the Dutch WASH Alliance
How can you support people in living healthy lives? One way is to ensure that they have access to enough clean water. Another is to support them in building proper sanitary facilities. Or to increase awareness of good hygiene practices. The Dutch WASH Alliance aims to realise and embed these conditions around the world. To ensure that it is done in the most sustainable manner possible, the Dutch WASH Alliance follows a unique strategy called ‘FIETS’. This factsheet explains part of the strategy: the focus on environmental sustainability.
Integrating Climate and Ecosystems into Community Risk Assessments
Examples and lessons learned from the Partners for Resilience Programme.
Mengintegrasikan ekosistem ke dalam praktik resiliensi
Integrasi pengelolaan ekosistem dan sumber daya alam ke dalam pengurangan risiko bencana (PRB) hingga saat ini nyaris terabaikan. Dokumen ini memperkenalkan serangkaian kriteria yang dapat dipergunakan oleh perumus kebijakan dan para praktisi untuk mengintegrasikan pengelolaan ekosistem dan sumber daya alam dalam pekerjaan PRB mereka dengan lebih baik. Read more
Practical guidance for implementing RSPO Principles & Criteria in relation to peatlands
This manual provides guidance to oil palm growers to adjust their planning and practices according to the new RSPO Principles and Criteria related to peatlands. These specific requirements address the issues of greenhouse gas emissions, soil subsidence and peat fires resulting from peatland drainage for oil palm cultivation. Some requirements relate to existing plantations on peat and others are relevant for the development of new plantations.
L’intégration des écosystèmes dans les pratiques de la résilience
L’intégration de la gestion des écosystèmes et des ressources naturelles dans la réduction des risques de catastrophes (RRC) a été en grande partie ignorée jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Ce document présente une série de critères utilisables par les décideurs politiques et les professionnels pour mieux intégrer la gestion des écosystèmes et des ressources naturelles dans leur travail de RRC. Read more