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Projects of Mali office

Reducing disaster risk by restoring wetlands in the Inner Niger Delta of Mali

The 1.4 million people who depend on the Inner Niger Delta in Mali suffer increasingly from low water levels in the Niger River, which flows downstream into the delta. We are working to address the growing upstream water diversions for irrigation and hydropower, and help downstream communities adapt to sustain their livelihoods.

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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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Ramsar Conference, Bucharest

The Ramsar Conference (6 - 13 July 2012 in Bucharest, Romania) offered an opportunity to strengthen and extend the reach of the Convention to achieve improved wetland conservation and management. We attended the conference with a team of experts from our global network and engaged Contracting Parties and partners to achieve these objectives. 

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For a healthy Inner Niger Delta, Mali

The Inner Niger Delta is a lifeline for one and a half million people, whose flooding provide fish, fodder for their cattle and water for rice production. This inland delta is also home to millions of waterbirds, that migrate to this rich environment, as well as hippos and many other species. We work with communities and Malinese government to restore the flood forest, reduce the people's poverty and prevent the negative impacts of dams and climate change on the delta. 

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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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African Waterbird Census

Wetlands International produces the African Waterbird Cencus. The organisation is the only source of structured information about African waterbird populations.

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Gestion intégrée des fleuves critiques en eau

De l'eau pour les écosystèmes (Water for Ecosystem). Ce projet concerne le delta intérieur du Niger au Mali.

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Voies de migration AEWA-GEF 2004-2009

Accroitre la conservation du réseau de sites requis par les oiseaux d'eau migrateurs sur les voies de migration Afrique-Eurasie. Les pays concernés par ce projet sont le Nigeria, le Sénégal, l'Afrique du Sud, la Tanzanie,la Turquie, le Yémen.

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Intégration de la biodiversité des eaux douces dans le processus de développement en Afrique: Collecte d’informations et sites de démonstrations

La Commission de la sauvegarde des espèces de l’UICN a reçu de la Commission européenne un financement pour le projet « Intégration de la biodiversité des eaux douces dans le processus de développement en Afrique : collecte d’informations et sites de démonstration.

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Les dénombrements d'oiseaux d'eau en Afrique - DOEA

Les dénombrements d'oiseaux d'eau en Afrique sont un réseau dynamique et en expansion, englobant des personnes très diverses qui vont des groupes communautaires locaux aux personnels des aires protégées, et des étudiants des universités aux chercheurs chevronnés. Le réseau couvre également une mosaique de pays avec partout un intêrêt commun pour les zones humides et les oiseaux d'eau.

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Nepenthes ampullaria (flask-shaped pitcher-plant)

Projects of other offices

Creating climate resilient wetlands for waterbirds and communities across the African-Eurasian flyway

Every year millions of waterbirds fly thousands of kilometres between Europe and Africa in search of food and good breeding sites. The conservation of these migratory waterbirds depends on a network of key wetlands across their annual migration route or flyway.  These same wetlands are also critical to the survival of local communities. However, unsustainable practices and a changing climate are threatening the health of some of these wetlands.

Restoring the abundance of Senegal’s Ndiael Special Reserve for people and nature

The Ndiael Reserve in Senegal is an oasis of desert wetlands that is internationally recognised for its outstanding nature. Like the birds and the fish here, human living patterns of fishing and subsistence agriculture have been a part of these wetlands for generations. To address the growing competition for land and water that is threatening this important ecosystem, we are bringing back water to the wetlands.

Ensuring sustainable peatlands & mangroves in Indonesia

To counter the destruction of mangroves and unsustainable oil palm expansion in Indonesia’s peatlands, we work with the government to improve policies and spatial planning. We also engage with the palm oil industry to promote best management practices in peatlands and ensure the participation of local communities. At the field level, we work with local partners and communities to restore peatlands and mangroves, and improve the livelihoodsof people through Bio-rights micro-credit financing that promotes conservation.

Empowering people through nature in Kenya’s Tana Delta

The Tana River Delta in Kenya is one of the largest and most significant coastal delta ecosystems in Eastern Africa. In order to protect the outstanding diversity of nature here in the face of a changing climate and economy, we work towards the sustainable management of wetlands and water resources while promoting more sustainable livelihoods for the local pastoral, agricultural and fisherfolk communities.

UN Climate Summit in Warsaw (11-22 November 2013)

The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) is expected to make significant progress towards a new global climate agreement, aimed at increasing mitigation ambition before 2020 and putting in place a new global climate regime from 2020 onwards.

Campaña: El Manglar Está en Peligro, ¡y Tú También!

La campaña: El Manglar Está en Peligro, ¡y Tú También! es un initiativa conjunto realizado entre diferentes organizaciones que comparten el interés por la protección de los humedales en Panamá. El objetivo principal de la campaña es concientizar a la población panameña acerca del papel que juegan los humedales en el ambiente y en nuestras vidas, y motivar a las personas apoyar y tomar acción en iniciativas que permiten mantener este importante legado de la naturaleza.