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Sustainable development and land planning in the Parana Delta

The Parana Delta wetlands in Argentina are under pressure from the extraction of natural resources, infrastructure development, large-scale livestock farming and agriculture. This is threatening the wetlands ecosystem and traditional livelihoods that rely on island cattle-raising, bee-keeping and artisanal fishing. To overcome these challenges, we are working with strategic partners to develop sustainable solutions that rely on a scientific knowledge base and best management practices.

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Bio-rights for Disaster Risk Reduction of K'iche' communities in Sololá, Guatemala

With our partner CARE we have started a Bio-rights initiative in Sololá, Guatemala to reduce the vulnerability to landslides, mudslides and heavy weather of four K’iche’ communities. Each rainy season they suffer these landslides and mudslides, which are caused by deforestation, as forest has been cleared for maxán leafs, pacaina and coffee monocultures.  

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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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Conservación de los peces de agua dulce de la Cuenca del Plata

La Cuenca del Plata conforma una gran reserva de agua dulce así como el habitad de una notable diversidad de peces, incluyendo algunas especies migratorias de importancia biológica, económica y social. No obstante, muchas de estas especies se encuentran hoy amenazadas, comprometiendo la conservación a largo plazo de sus poblaciones y la alimentación de las comunidades locales que dependen de la pesca de subsistencia.

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Inclusive nature management in Rio Paz - Guatemala & El Salvador

In the lower basin of Rio Paz we worked to protect the river  and mangrove forests together with communties, the governments and other involved actors. Together we developed management and restoration actions for the conservation of the lower basin, meanwhile improving the well-being of the communities depending on it, on the basis of joined management through  Rio Paz Participative Environmental Management Plan (PEMP).

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Maintaining Wetlands and Livelihoods in the Paraná Delta, Argentina (La Plata basin)

This project aims to fight the current degradation of the Parana Delta wetlands by influencing the “Strategic Integral Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Parana Delta” (PIECAS) and other policy processes, contributing to the implementation of an Integrated Management of Wetland Resources approach, as a basis for food and water security; and for new livelihood strategies that will support sustainable economic development.

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Ecología no reproductiva y conservación del Charlatán

El Charlatán (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) es el único ictérido migrador neártico que llega a la Argentina, cubriendo una distancia de 20.000 km de ida y vuelta entre América del Norte y nuestro país. El conocimiento sobre la ecología no reproductiva del Charlatán en América del Sur fue muy pobre hasta los inicios del presente milenio, cuando se realizaron algunos trabajos de revisión que aportaron información inédita y actualizada sobre la especie. 

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Taller para la Conservación de Aves Playeras Migratorias en Arroceras del Norte de América del Sur

Durante el mes de octubre de 2008 se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Calí, Colombia el taller para la “Conservación de Aves Playeras Migratorias en Arroceras del Norte de América del Sur”, organizado por Wetlands International y la Asociación Calidris, con el apoyo de la Red Hemisférica de Reservas de Aves Playeras (RHRAP) y la National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) y, con el auspicio de la Corporación Autónoma Regional del Valle del Cauca (CVC).

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Conservación de los recursos acuáticos y la biodiversidad en arroceras de Argentina

El agroecosistema arrocero se comporta como un humedal artificial temporario, alternando períodos de inundación en verano y de sequía en invierno, y con una heterogeneidad espacial y temporal que facilita el establecimiento de una notable fauna acuática, incluyendo invertebrados, anfibios, peces y grandes poblaciones de aves acuáticas.

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Nepenthes ampullaria (flask-shaped pitcher-plant)

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Créer des zones humides résilientes au changement climatique pour les oiseaux d’eau et les populations le long de la voie de migration Afrique-Eurasie

Chaque année, des millions d'oiseaux d’eau volent des milliers de kilomètres entre l'Europe et l'Afrique à la recherche de nourriture et de sites de reproduction appropriés. La conservation de ces oiseaux d'eau migrateurs dépend d'un réseau de zones humides décisives le long de leur route de migration annuelle ou de leur voie migratoire.  Ces zones humides sont aussi essentielles à la survie des communautés locales. Toutefois, des pratiques non durables et le changement climatique menacent la santé de certaines de ces zones humides.

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.