people suffer water shortages for at least a month each year
Drainage of peatlands threatens the 71 billion tons of carbon stored in the tropical peatlands of Southeast Asia, and leads to peat fires that are a serious health risk.
Wetlands act as water sources, sinks and purifiers.
They protect our shores.
They are Earth’s greatest natural carbon stores.
They support abundant and unique nature.
They are the engines of local economies.
They provide plentiful food and fish.
1. Enabled the production of locally-owned long-term conservation and sustainable development strategies for the Lower Senegal Delta in Senegal and Mauritania and for the Pechora Delta region in Russia. These strategies were developed jointly with key stakeholders including River Basin Authorities, park managers, local and regional governments, local experts and several knowledge institutes.
2. Mapped critical wetland habitats of the Arctic. We collaborated with Shell to identify, map and assess potential critical habitats (as defined by the International Finance Corporation) in the Arctic regions trialing a tool that we developed to model the likely occurrence of critical habitat, based on the expected presence of migratory waterbirds and endangered species. The information generated by the project has been included in Shell’s early project screening tool to help project teams manage and prevent potentially adverse impacts on Arctic biodiversity. It has relevance to other regions.
3. Enabled uptake of environmentally sustainable livelihoods in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. The Abobiri, Obia-yagha and Opume communities in the Niger Delta have changed the way in which they manage their wetland environment. The Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Project is one of the projects in the portfolio of the collaborative partnership with Shell and our local partners Living Earth Nigeria Foundation and Nigerian Conservation Foundation. Through this collaboration they are working with the three communities to bring about change. Provided with access to micro-credits, 58 community member-groups have stopped wetland-detrimental livelihood practices (mainly mangrove cutting) and have switched to wetland-friendly livelihood practices such as fish, periwinkle, plantation and poultry farming. In addition, they are contributing to wetland restoration through wetland tree nurseries and restoration, tree planting and clearing of waterways overgrown by invasive plant species.
4. Held oil developments along Lake Albert, Uganda to the highest environmental standards. Through our role on the Biodiversity and Livelihoods Advisory Committee (BLAC) established by Total Uganda we made recommendations on how to achieve the highest biodiversity and livelihood standards while developing oil in environmentally sensitive areas. These recommendations now cover the full landscape scale of development and have already resulted in additional baseline studies and improved design of the project, with a goal of delivering a Net Gain for biodiversity over the full duration of the project. Our mandate to advise the project was expanded in 2015 to advise other oil operators along Lake Albert.
5. Promoted Verified Conservation Area (VCA) to enhance biodiversity conservation and restoration by facilitating the first step in the process for a VCA nomination by a peat extraction company in a former peat mining area in Germany. VCAs are a new tool that offers great potential to engage private landowners and businesses around the world in conservation and restoration actions. This is especially valuable for wetlands that
are often not protected but rather under some form of extractive management.
6. Influenced producers to ban wetlands for soy cultivation under Roundtable on Responsible Soy certification (RTRS). As a member of RTRS, we advocated several years for wetlands conservation to be addressed. Now wetlands, particularly in Argentina, are better protected as producers, who want to certify soy under RTRS, cannot expand the crop by draining wetlands. Although currently only a small portion of soy producers certify their soy, this is a clear message to the sector as well as to banks and other loan institutions to guide their investment decisions in soy.
7. Restored 20 hectares of wetlands in the Ramsar Site Laguna Llancanelo, in Mendoza province of Argentina. This pilot project aimed at eradicating alien Tamarind (Tamarix sp.) and sets the baseline for a high-scale project to eradicate the 300 ha of Tamarind woodlands that surround the Llancanelo lagoon. This will contribute to the removal of the Site from the Montreux Record, the `blacklist` of the Ramsar Convention. We coordinated the implementation of the project, facilitated the consortium of partners and provided technical advice.
8. Reduced water pollution in Fujin Wetland Park in Northeast China. We worked with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to collect baseline information on the hydrology, water quality, soil, plants and animals for the 68,511 ha Fujin Wetlands and formulated measures to reduce the water pollution that is occurring due to high nitrogen levels.
9. Raised awareness of wetland conservation, appreciation of nature and its wise use among teachers and children in schools in Quanzhou Huian, Fujian Province, China. To improve the curricula, we organised exchange events, developed brochures and a training module. Our ‘Wetland School’ is becoming a well-known and respected brand in China.
10. Enhanced capacities of wetland centres in Russia and the United States. Knowledge and experiences of Russian and American wetland education centres were enhanced through an exchange programme and conference, sharing of outreach materials and the creation of a manual for advising on the best practices for public education and engagement. These activities built public awareness and concern about wetlands and their biodiversity, emphasising the shared international context between the US and Russia. We initiated the programme and supported staff capacity by bringing project partners together and providing the methodology and consultations.
11. Restored 60 ha of high value wetlands in Senegal and Mauritania. We coordinated with park management and local communities in Tocc Tocc Community Nature Reserve (Senegal) and Diawling National Park (Mauritania) to remove invasive aquatic plants and abandoned nets. The result was increased numbers of waterbirds and more fishing places for local people (in Diawling). In Tocc Tocc, this created additional habitat for the free and safe movement of key species such as the West African manatee.
12. Improved site management for waterbirds in the Senegal Delta. Managers of critical wetland sites for waterbirds in the Senegal Delta now integrate knowledge on the wise use of waterbirds, wetlands and the flyway approach to conservation into better management of these wetlands. We supported capacity building for site managers to improve their understanding of the threats birds are facing in the flyway, improve their competencies monitoring waterbirds and train them in sharing this information with colleagues along the western coast of Africa.
13. Added 133 sites to the Important Wetland list in Japan, as a step towards their conservation. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) in Japan updated the list of 500 “Important Wetlands List in Japan” and added new sites, bringing the list to 633 sites. We facilitated this process by bringing together experts, gathering information and creating a website. MOE will use this list as the basis for selecting new Ramsar sites and will also inform municipalities regarding their conservation and restoration obligations.
14. Produced a framework to guide sustainable waterbird harvesting in Europe. Through our Sustainable Harvest Specialist Group, we produced the report “Towards sustainable management of huntable migratory waterbirds in Europe”, setting out a framework for coordination of adaptive harvest management. This report led to the adoption by the African Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) of a new ranking of populations for management planning and the initiation of a European Goose Management Platform.
15. Informed the ”fitness check” of EU Nature Directives through our waterbird indicator results. We developed an indicator for wintering waterbirds for the European Union. The indicator informed the review of how the EU Nature Directives are performing. The results show that species listed on Annex I (rare, threatened or vulnerable species) of the EU Birds Directive are doing somewhat better than other waterbird species, and that species listed on Annex II (huntable species) are doing worse. We have also shown that species in the marine environment are doing worse than in any other wetland types. We attributed the difference to more comprehensive protected area network in freshwater and coastal habitats than in the marine environment and to uncoordinated harvest management.
1. Scaled up the application of our Building with Nature solutions to tackle extreme erosion of a mangrove coastline in Central Java, Indonesia. The sediments captured behind our permeable dams provided a substrate for settlement of natural mangrove seedlings, locally halting the erosion that threatens villages in the area. Meanwhile, with local communities, we started to develop plans for improving the sustainability of their aquaculture practices. These measures together will enhance resilience and productivity of the Demak district. The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries invested in the implementation of similar measures within Demak as well as sites elsewhere along the Java Coast. Local NGOs have started putting in place permeable dams in the vicinity of Semarang that suffer from similar coastal vulnerability problems. Together with local partners we enhanced our designs and ensured that these measures are embedded in local spatial plans.
2. Contributed to a Masterplan for post-disaster recovery along the vulnerable coast in Tacloban, Philippines. Together with leading water sector partners from the Philippines and the Netherlands, we started a master planning process for post-disaster recovery following hurricane Yolanda in the coastal area of Tacloban. We coordinated a training programme for more than 100 local and national level coastal zone managers to make them familiar with ecosystem-based approaches to risk management. This paved the way for the integration of mangrove restoration and Building with Nature measures in the master plan. These approaches and measures will help ensure long-term sustainability and adaptiveness. The plan will be formalised in 2016.
3. Replicated mangrove conservation approaches in Indonesia through participation in the National Mangrove Working Group. In 2012 our policy dialogue under the Partners for Resilience programme resulted in a moratorium on mangrove degradation in Sikka district in Nusa Tenggara Timor. In 2015 we brought the lessons learned from this process to the National Mangrove Working Group, involving all government agencies that are engaged in mangrove management and explored how the approach can be replicated in other districts. As a first step, we established a local mangrove working group in Banten district. A provisional action plan that incorporates mangrove conservation and restoration in large scale urban development plans for the area was proposed and discussed. In the years to come we will aim to integrate this action plan into spatial planning for the region.
4. Enabled the expansion of Pulau Dua reserve in Java, Indonesia through mangrove rehabilitation. This site is one of Java’s main breeding sites for waterbirds and a wintering site for migrants from the north. We constructed sediment-trapping permeable dams to protect the reserve against erosion and created a mangrove greenbelt. We enabled local communities to apply silvo-fisheries techniques in 25 ha of aquaculture ponds, introducing three species of mangroves. These measures together boost the local communities’ resilience in the wake of sea level rise and related coastal flooding and salt water intrusion problems. The measures are currently being maintained and scaled up by a local community-based mangrove working group.
5. Improved management of mangroves and seagrass meadows in Southeast Johor state, Malaysia. Together with the Johor development authority, we initiated a campaign to make local communities aware of the importance of these ecosystems and their resources for supporting local livelihoods. This resulted in a marked decrease of illegal resource harvesting among the local community. Further, we worked with local communities to establish sustainable income generating activities such as ecotourism.
6. Influenced the sustainability criteria for land use and developments in the Paraná Delta, Argentina. In 2015 the Ombudsman of Argentina issued a resolution that demands consideration of sustainability criteria in plans for the Paraná Delta. This resolution directly steers planning and decision making by national and provincial government agencies. By feeding the results of our research and assessments on the Paraná Delta to the Ombudsman, we were instrumental in the development of this resolution.
7. Facilitated sustainable water and wetland management as part of water risk reduction for Panama City. In 2014 we brought together the dredging company Boskalis and the Netherlands embassy, along with public and private sector partners to discuss sustainable water management solutions for Panama City. Many of the recommendations were implemented in 2015, including short-term drainage system clean-up measures, a review of new wetland landfill urbanisation projects and the assembling of an inter-institutional Resilience Commission. The recommended measures have contributed to and laid the foundations for integrated water resource management in Panama City, aiming to reduce urban flood risk and protect and restore wetlands. We supported the initiative by providing technical inputs on ecosystem-based risk reduction and by coordinating the water dialogues between Dutch and Panamanian water managers. These dialogues will continue in 2016.
8. Increased capacity for mangrove management in Panama. By providing training and policy advice, emphasising the values of mangroves for climate adaptation and mitigation, we increased the capacity of the Panamanian authorities to manage their mangrove resources. This created the basis for the protection of the country’s 170,000 ha remaining mangroves, and for the integration of mangrove-based solutions in national and local adaptation plans and strategies.
9. Established a Mangrove Platform in the Sine Saloum Delta, Senegal. Working closely with the County Council of Foundiougne, we established a multi-stakeholder Mangrove Platform to harmonise the many interventions and investments already being made in the mangrove ecosystems. A mapping exercise assessed all actors and interventions in the Delta and identified gaps, forming the basis for a more integrated management approach in the future. An umbrella strategy for sustainable development of the area was established, and this will be followed up in the coming year with a process including the other riparian countries.
10. Facilitated the uptake and mainstreaming of sustainable oyster farming in the Saloum Delta, Senegal. With around 4,000 inhabitants, oyster farming is recognised as a key sector for sustainable development in the Saloum Delta area. Formerly, destructive farming techniques that involved the cutting of mangrove roots were degrading coastal wetlands. We introduced a new technique that is protecting mangroves and has increased yields tenfold to two to three kg per metre per annum of oyster garlands. We introduced this technique with 300 women who laid more than 36 km of oyster garlands, expecting an annual income of €700,000.
11. Boosted livelihoods and safeguarded mangrove wetland system in Sine Saloum Delta, Senegal. To better conserve mangroves in the area through more sustainable livelihoods, we supported the installation of nearly 250 beehives, using aggressive bees that prevent people from entering the area for mangrove cutting. Training on improved beekeeping, as well as the installation of a honey production unit with attractive marketing, led to a production increase of 2000 litres of honey worth an additional €12,000. Nine Improved fish smoking stoves with a capacity of 840 kg, and five improved bakery ovens, significantly reduced the need for mangrove wood cutting.
1. Improved flood prediction in Mali’s Inner Niger Delta. Rice, livestock and fish farming are all intimately linked to the annual flooding in the Inner Niger Delta. The annual decision to release cattle to feed on the flooded grasslands is the most important cultural event in the Delta. Working with our partners, we improved our existing flood prediction tool OPIDIN to include a cattle crossing date, and delivered weekly bulletins on water level and flood timing. This reduced the loss of cattle and potential for conflict over access to land and fodder.
2. Designed and gained commitment to establish an Observatory to guide water and land use decisions in the Upper Niger Basin and the Inner Niger Delta. The governments of Mali and Guinea and the Niger Basin Authority committed themselves to establish an Observatory for the upper Niger and the Inner Niger Delta. This tool will provide the knowledge base for improved river and wetlands management so that infrastructure investments and their operation will be better planned. We conceived the tool with our partners and convened the key stakeholders in reaching agreement on the need and main components of its design. In 2016, the first working version will be set up and run.
3. Safeguarded Senegal’s Ndiael Special Avifauna Reserve and maintained the commitments for rehabilitation. The Reserve is an internationally protected wetland of critical importance to livelihoods. Already degraded by government water allocation decisions, the edges of the protected area and related rehabilitation plans came under further threat from planned water allocations to a private sector agricultural company SenHuile. We supported national campaigns involving concerned NGOs and CBOs representing local communities in a dialogue with the sub-basin water authority (OLAG) and SenHuile. This stimulated planned investments in maintaining the restoration of the wetland and persuaded OLAG and SenHuile to better integrate ecosystems in the water allocation strategy.
4. Launched initiative to improve water security in Mali. Together with the Malian government and the Royal Dutch Embassy in Mali, we launched a regionally significant initiative to support improved approaches to integrated water resources management in the Upper Niger and Inner Niger Delta of Mali through a five-year project of €7 million called BAMGIRE. Major investments are planned to expand irrigation in Mali and build major new infrastructure upstream in Guinea. The BAMGIRE initiative will influence the nature and design of these investments and ensure that wetland ecosystems and options for their management and restoration are part of the development planning in the years to come.
1. Assessed the value of Kenya’s Tana river basin wetlands. Over the course of three years we convened a wide array of partners including the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, UNEP, the University of Amsterdam and Kenya-based knowledge organisations and experts to develop a study assessing the value of wetlands on Kenya’s longest river and the likely impacts of different development scenarios. It is intended that this study will play a key role in improving future planning and investments in the Tana river basin, and influence decisions on water management in Kenya.
2. Established a wetland policy and action plan for Kenya. Wetlands conservation in Kenya has for a long time been cross-sectoral in nature, with no specific institutions charged with the management. Unfortunately, this multiplicity of policies and laws contributed to the degradation of the country’s natural resources, including wetlands. Over the last few years we advocated for the establishment of a policy that articulates the principles and values for sustainable conservation and management of wetlands. Our efforts bore fruit in December 2015 when the Kenyan government officially approved the National Wetlands Conservation and Management Policy and the establishment of an action plan.
3. Led the campaign for a Wetland law in Argentina. The importance of healthy wetlands for reducing the impact of floods moved to the top of the national political and environmental agenda in 2015. In the course of five years, we have raised the idea of a wetlands law from an issue that nobody in the country considered to one that was presented on national television by the new President in celebration of World Wetlands Day 2016. We are leading a consortium of more than 120 NGOs from all around the country to support the approval of the law. If enacted it will put a strong limit on agricultural expansion in wetlands.
4. Restored over 400 ha of wetlands in the Lagunas de Guanacache Ramsar Site, Argentina. Since 2011 we coordinated the implementation of the project, facilitated the participation of the Huarpe communities and provided technical advice. As a result, 1,259,363 m3 of water accumulated in 2015 in the restored gullies. This was largely done by the local communities around the lake, who now practice improved methods to accumulate water. Vegetation and wildlife are returning to the area and water quality is improving. 100 families in local Huarpe communities are benefiting from the water that is now available to support livelihoods based on goat farming.
5. Guided restoration of Wular lake in India to reduce flood risks downstream. Over many years Wular lake was over-exploited. This resulted in major siltation of the basin, a decrease in water quality, the loss of community livelihoods and increased downstream flood risk. We supported the governments of Jammu and Kashmir in the development of a management plan that laid out a series of measures to remediate the situation. In 2015 implementation began with our ongoing guidance and advice. Key actions include the removal of willow plantations and dredging of sediment. Ultimately it is expected that the restored lake will improve the resilience of more than 100,000 people.
6. Guided the adoption of resolution on wetlands and disaster risk reduction by the Parties of the Ramsar Convention. We provided technical input into several versions of a proposed Ramsar Convention on Wetlands resolution on wetlands and disaster risk reduction put forward by the Philippines, and advocated for it with a number of countries, including India and Switzerland. The Resolution was adopted with strong support at the Ramsar Convention of Parties in Montevideo, Uruguay in June 2015. As a follow-up, we proposed to create implementation guidance with UNEP, an offer that was welcomed by countries and will be followed up in 2016 and 2017.
7. Contributed to recognition for ecosystem-based approaches to accelerate resilience to climate change and natural disasters. At the UNFCCC COP21, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte announced that the Partners for Resilience Strategic Partnership programme 2016-2020 is the Dutch contribution to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s ‘A2R’ initiative for accelerated resilience and climate adaptation. In his announcement, the Prime Minister said the agreement with our partners Netherlands Red Cross, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Cordaid and CARE Netherlands, “contributes to strengthening the resilience and livelihoods of many vulnerable communities, connects this to government priorities and investments, and supports economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable”.
8. Gained recognition for ecosystem-based solutions to be recognised as key for global disaster risk reduction. In the two years leading up to a new UN agreement for Disaster Risk Reduction we advocated to make ecosystem-based solutions a central theme. In 2015 we participated in the Third World Conference on Reducing Disaster Risk in Sendai, Japan to support countries with integrating water and wetland management in their efforts for sustainable risk management. With our partners we succeeded in gaining unprecedented attention for the linkages between disaster risk and the environment in the final agreement. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for 2015 – 2030 includes a central role for ecosystem degradation as a root cause of increased risk, and for ecosystem-based approaches as key solutions for reduced risk.
9. Influenced dam operations to optimize water sharing in Mahanadi Delta, Odisha India. The hydrology of Mahanadi Delta is controlled by the Hirakud Dam, the largest and most significant water infrastructure of the State of Odisha. Constructed in 1957, the water infrastructure is operated to control floods in the delta, besides generating hydropower and providing water for irrigation. The multiple values of the dam and its associated reservoir have been adversely impacted by rapid transformation of catchments enhancing silt deposition in the reservoir and severely impacting flood moderation capacity and providing water for various human uses. On request of the Odisha State Wetland Authority, we developed an integrated management plan for the reservoir so as to secure its role in the ecology of the River Mahanadi Basin and its Delta. An important contribution of the management plan is to integrate the water needs of downstream wetlands in reservoir operations.
10. Improved water management to safeguard wetlands and livelihoods of Kanwar Jheel in Gandak-Kosi floodplains, Bihar. We formulated the restoration plan of the Kanwar Jheel wetland complex, which secures hydrological regimes of the floodplains, particularly acting as flood buffer to the entire region and securing livelihoods of 15,000 fisher households. The recommendation of constitution of State Wetland Authority to act as a nodal policy and planning agency for wetland conservation in the state has been accepted, and the authority has been constituted. Agreements with the Department of Water Resources and Department of Environment on restoring natural hydrological regimes of the wetland, as per the management plan, have been agreed for implementation.
11. Established the knowledge base for internalizing wetland values in land and water use decisions in India. We concluded implementation of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity India Initiative (TII). TII used an evidence building framework for demonstrating use of economics based approaches to address wetland related policy issues. Results from economic assessments at nine pilot sites were analysed to derive recommendations pertaining to investment in wetland restoration, integration of wetlands in land use planning and regulation, property rights and improving distribution of costs and benefits, and use of market based instruments for supporting wetland wise use. The recommendations are being internalized within implementation of national wetland programme of the Ministry.
1. Developed knowledge base on peatland subsidence. We enhanced the understanding of the nature and extent of peatland subsidence and the consequent long-term scenario of massive flooding of peatland landscapes in Southeast Asia, by commissioning research for two major case studies in Malaysia (Rajang delta, Sarawak) and Indonesia (Kampar peninsula, Riau province). The published results created awareness on the need to stop subsidence, and key stakeholders now agree the issue needs to be addressed. External independent evaluation identified significant appreciation among our target groups.
2. Mobilised support for peatland restoration Russia. Our efforts in capacity building and awareness raising activities, including workshops, investments in a Peatland Restoration Education Centre, a peat museum and several peatland rewetting pilot projects, established a foundation for increased support from the main stakeholders. A cost-benefit analysis, comparing approaches for peatland restoration resulted in clear evidence of the cost-effectiveness of ecological rewetting in Russia. This was used to raise awareness, resulting in high-level political support and finance for ecological restoration of peatlands in a number of provinces around Moscow.
3. Created a roadmap for Sustainable Pulp Plantations. Several years of discussions among Indonesian NGOs resulted in a consensus among a large network on a Roadmap for Sustainable Pulp Plantation industry on peatlands, requiring the phasing-out of drainage-based land-use on peat and phasing-in of sustainable alternatives that require no drainage. The Roadmap is a basis for an ongoing campaign to address deforestation and peatland degradation issues (biodiversity loss, fires and haze, soil subsidence, flooding and GHG emissions), linked to the pulp-for-paper sector.
4. Turned around private sector and government policies concerning drainage-based land use of peatlands. The science sector, governments, conventions (UNCCD, CBD, Ramsar, UNFCCC), FAO and commodity chains with a large footprint on peat (palm oil, pulp-for-paper and peat mining for horticulture) have been confronted by our information which amounts to undeniable scientific evidence that drainage based land-use on peat leads to unacceptable societal and economic impacts. As a result, major plantation sectors have pledged a stop of expansion of such practices on peatlands, and peat mining is focusing on degraded areas with an obligation to restore. More attention is going to development of innovative sustainable alternatives such as paludiculture.
5. Increased government recognition of the need to protect peatlands in Sarawak, Malaysia. Through our Rajang delta study and local stakeholder consultations, we contributed to a change in thinking on oil palm plantation development on peatlands. The new Chief Minister of Sarawak indicated a more restricted approach, recognising the value of protecting the natural resource base.
6. Strengthened peatland policies in Indonesia. We informed and supported the Indonesian government’s regulatory and policy processes for improving peatland management, resulting in more stringent water management requirements and an extended and strengthened moratorium on licensing new concessions on peatlands. The government announced the establishment of a national Peatland Restoration Agency with the aim to restore two million ha of degraded peatlands by 2020.
7. Achieved significant steps made towards our five year milestone of contributing to reduced peatland emissions of around 100 million t CO2 through peatland conservation and restoration.
Certification for responsible soy production improved to safeguard wetlands in Argentina
As a result of our evidence-based advocacy, soy producers who wish to gain certification under the Roundtable for Responsible Soy cannot drain wetlands to expand their crop.
Mangroves of the Saloum delta in Senegal now valued and protected by local communities
New techniques that we introduced for oyster farming, beekeeping and improved ovens and fish smoking stoves significantly reduce the need to cut the trees while increasing yield and income.
Improved flood prediction in Mali’s Inner Niger Delta
Our flood prediction tool was upgraded and the results communicated to help millions of people in Mali’s Inner Niger Delta to optimize the timing of the release of cattle onto the annually flooded grasslands – the most important event of the year! This information reduces the loss of cattle and conflicts over land and safeguards the wetland condition.
Wetlands recovered in the desert at Guanacache, Argentina
We helped to restore over 400 ha of wetlands in the Lagunas de Guanacache, which resulted in the accumulation of over 1 million m3 of water and the return of native vegetation and wildlife.
Plans for massive restoration of peatlands announced by government of Indonesia
Consistent with our advocacy, there was a paradigm shift in thinking in Southeast Asia governments and major industries in 2015, shifting from large-scale drainage of peatlands towards “No Peat Policies”. Indonesia mandated a new national Peatland Restoration Agency to rewet 2 million hectares of peatlands by 2020.
In 2016 we will:
1. Launch a global campaign called ‘Coasts Count’ to mobilise conservation action for key coastal wetlands.
2. Start to implement two new 5-year partnership programmes in cooperation with the Dutch government to build resilient communities in developing countries affected by water-related natural disasters and to integrate water resource management with WASH provision.
3. Extend the implementation of the Building with Nature programme to safeguard a highly eroding coast in Central Java, Indonesia; and explore the potential to adopt the innovative approach along vulnerable coasts and deltas elsewhere.
4. Support and guide water and natural resource related decision-making by the governments of Mali and Guinea in the Upper Niger Basin to enhance climate resilience, food and water security, and to safeguard the Inner Niger Delta.
5. Catalyse global, regional and national action to conserve and restore peatlands in collaboration with governments, civil society and the private sector.
Asian Development Bank
East Asian – Australasian Flyway Secretariat
Global Environment Facility
Global Resilience Partnership (The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, SIDA)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Japanese Ramsar Committee for Relevant Municipalities
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Chinese Forestry Administration
Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Bamako
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Japan Fund for Global Environment (JFGE)
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
Malaysian Forestry Department
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS)
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
Swiss Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN)
Climate and Land Use Alliance
Dutch Postcode Lottery
Fund for the Americas
Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund
Polar Lights Foundation
Stichting Otter Fonds
TCU Global Academy
The Waterloo Foundation
Bird Studies Canada
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands
Netherlands Water Partnership
Prof. Emeritus André van der Zande
Mr Harry Dijksma
Prof Dr Noelle Aarts
Dr Gonzalo Castro de la Mata
Prof Kazuaki Hoshino
Dr Kathy Mackinnon
Dr Dan Martin
Dr Eliot Taylor
Ms Ania Grobicki
Counsellors of Honour:
Jan Ernst de Groot
Ms Jane Madgwick
Ms Josje Reinartz
Wetlands International Africa
Wetlands International Mali
Wetlands International Guinea-Bissau
Wetlands International Kenya
Wetlands International Ethiopia
Wetlands International Latinoamérica y el Caribe – Argentina
Wetlands International Latinoamérica y el Caribe – Panamá
Wetlands International Guatemala
Wetlands International China
Wetlands International Japan
Wetlands International Indonesia
Wetlands International Malaysia
Wetlands International Brunei
Wetlands International Philippines
Wetlands International South Asia
Wetlands International European Association
Wetlands International Russia
Wetlands International Head office – Netherlands
African Centre of Meteorological Application for Development (ACMAD)
African Development Bank
African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement Secretariat
African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership
Altenburg & Wymenga
Argentinian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Asia-Pacific Working Group on Migratory Watebirds and Avian influenza
Avian Influenza Task Force
Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
Brunei Liquified Natural Gas
Buenos Aires provincial government
Climate Action Network
Clinton Global Initiative
Coalition of NGOs cooperating on European Biofuels
DFS Deutsche Forstservice GmbH
District of Demak, Indonesia
East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP)
Ecosystem Climate Alliance (ECA)
Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Bamako
Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS)
Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA)
European Habitat Forum
Fauna and Flora International
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Foundation Democratic Change
Foundation for Responsible Peat
Free University of Amsterdam (VU)
Guatemalan Ministry of Education
Guatemalan Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN)
Guatemalan National Coordination for Disaster Risk Reduction
Guinea-Bissauan Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP)
Guinea-Bissauan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Climate Services Center
Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N)
Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests
Indian State governments (Gujarat, others)
Indonesian Government Centre for Marine Resource Survey
Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
Indonesian Ministry of Public Works
International Water Management Institute (IMWI)
Italian Agency for New Technology, Energy, and Economic Sustainability (ENEA)
IUCN and IUCN Netherlands Committee
Japanese Ministry of the Environment
Johor State Regional Development Agency, Malaysia
Kenyan Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA)
Living Earth Nigeria Foundation (LENF)
Mangroves for the Future
Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory
Mendoza provincial government, Argentina
MGFI – GNHM
Malian Ministry of Water and Energy
Malaysian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
Michael Succow Foundation
Mongolian Academy of Sciences
Mongolian Forest Research Association
Mongolian Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism MonMap Co. Ltd.
National University of San Martin, Argentina
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS)
Netherlands Royal Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
Netherlands Water Partnership
Niger Basin Authority (NBA)
Organization for the Defense of Wetlands (ODZH)
Panamanian Marine Resources Authority
Panamanian Ministry of Environment
Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR)
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC, Netherlands Red Cross, and several national organisations)
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) – platform Netherlands
REDD Safeguards Working Group
Regional Program for Conservation of the Coastal and Marine Zone of West Africa (PRCM): WWF, IUCN, CSRP and FIBA
Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Regional Centres
REMOTE SENSING SOLUTIONS
Rift Valley Lakes Basin Authority (RVLBA)
Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Rubicon Foundation (Stichting)
Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Senegal River Basin Development Authority (OMVS)
Source to Sea Platform
The Nature Conservancy
Total Exploration and Production Uganda
Tour du Valat
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
University of Bonn, Germany
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (UGM)
University of Malaga, Spain
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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