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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Effects of different management regimes on mangrove ecosystem services in Java, Indonesia
This report for the first time quantifies the provision of mangrove ecosystem services according to different management regimes. The study concludes that ecosystem service provision depends strongly on the type of management and that mangrove-rich management regimes generally outscore aquaculture regimes. Decision-makers can make management choices depending on the desired outcome in terms of ecosystem services.
Flooding of lowland peatlands in Southeast Asia
This factsheet explains why urgent action is needed to avoid catastrophic regular flooding of vast peatland areas in Southeast Asia. The drainage of peatlands for agriculture or forestry (in particular oil palm and pulp wood plantations) is unsustainable in the long term, leading to soil subsidence as large CO2 emissions. Radical changes in land-use are needed to secure the livelihoods of future generations.
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.
Wetlands International's voluntary commitments to disaster risk reduction
This document contains Wetlands International’s voluntary commitment to reducing disaster risk for the next 5-10 years. Our commitments are shared by UNISDR with the disaster risk reduction community at large. Voluntary commitments from organisations like Wetlands International and individuals are seen as an essential compliment to legal obligations for protecting lives, livelihoods, assets and the environment and will be one cornerstone of implementation of the post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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.
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.
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.
Towards climate-responsible peatlands management
The aim of this guidebook is to support the reduction of GHG emissions from managed peatlands
and present guidance for responsible management practices that can maintain peatlands ecosystem services while sustaining and improving local livelihoods. The book also provides an overview of the present knowledge on peatlands, including their geographic distribution, ecological characteristics and socio-economic importance.
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.
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.
The response of mangrove soil surface elevation to sea level rise
Coastal ecosystems such as mangroves can reduce risk to people and infrastructure from wave damage and flooding. The continued provision of these coastal defence services by mangroves is dependent on their capacity to adapt to projected rates of sea level rise. This report explores the capacity of mangrove soil surfaces to increase in elevation in response to local rises in sea level.
Rivers by Design
A step-by-step guide for planners, developers, architects and landscape architects on how to maximise the benefits of river restoration in development projects.
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), co-authored by Wetlands International, emphasises the enormous economic value of wetlands. TEEB For Water and Wetlands highlights the key role played by wetlands as natural infrastructure and the multitude of enormously productive services they provide around the world. The continued loss of wetlands illustrates the need for improved policy making and business decision making that accounts for their true value.
Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroves
Mangroves can reduce storm surge water levels by slowing the flow of water and reducing surface waves. Therefore mangroves can potentially play a role in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction, either alone or alongside other risk reduction measures such as early warning systems and engineered coastal defence structures (e.g. sea walls).
Peatlands – guidance for climate change mitigation by conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use
This is the second edition of the publication that informs on management and finance options to achieve emissions reductions and enhance other vital ecosystem services from peatlands.
Waterbird Populations Estimates Fifth Edition
This is the Summary Report of the Fifth Edition of the Waterbird Population Estimates, whose main objective is to provide a global overview of the status and trends of world’s waterbird populations; one of the most remarkable components of global biodiversity. It accompanies the searchable online Waterbird Information Portal (http://www.wetlands.org), which provides unprecedented access to all the data and information from five editions, as part of Wetlands InternationaI’s continuing commitment to supporting the Ramsar Convention and all those concerned with wetland and waterbird conservation and wise use.
Reduction of Wind and Swell Waves by Mangroves
This report focuses on mangrove forests and the role they can play in reducing wind and swell waves. While mangrove forests are usually found on shores with little incoming wave energy, they may receive larger waves during storms, hurricanes and periods of high winds. Large wind and swell waves can cause flooding and damage to coastal infrastructure. By reducing wave energy and height, mangroves can potentially reduce associated damage.
Global Interflyway Network: Korea Workshop 2011
The international workshop organised in Seosan City, Republic of Korea, 17-20 October 2011 brought together experts from various flyway initiatives. The meeting provided an ideal opportunity to promote exchange of good practice and lessons learnt from these flyway initiatives which has led to the establishment of the Global Interflyway Network. These proceedings summarize the main outcomes of the meeting and identify priorities for the future.
The Critical Site Network
This publication aims to provide an overview of the Critical Sites identified for waterbirds in the African-Eurasian region through the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) project. It highlights the importance of Critical Sites for the populations they hold, the threats facing these sites and their current protection status. Case studies illustrate different approaches to achieving effective conservation for migratory waterbirds.
Water sharing in the Upper Niger Basin
The scope of this study encompasses the Upper Niger Basin in Mali, focussing on the downstream Inner Niger Delta up to Tombouctou. It focuses on the core bottlenecks and options with regard to IWRM and green development in the basin and steps which have been set – in terms of knowledge development, stakeholder engagement, implementation (emerging practices) - towards a more integrated approach.
Peatlands in Indonesia National REDD+ Strategy
The draft National REDD+ Strategy of Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia has major ambitions to tackle its significant emissions from peatlands and conserve these unique ecosystems. This ambition is greatly welcomed and urgently needed. Some critical issues in the report, however, need to be addressed if Indonesia is to achieve its targets effectively and in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Strategic Intent 2011-2020
The Strategic Intent 2011-2020 is the ten year outlook for our organisation and the overarching strategy for the organisation worldwide. It reflects the new challenges for wetland conservation and the increasing relevance of wetland condition to human well-being in today’s world.