2011 At a Glance


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As an organisation, Wetlands International made big strides
forward in 2011; these will help
us achieve the goals of our new 10-year Strategic Intent (2011-2020). With the seal
of good governance from the Dutch Central Bureau on Fundraising under our belt,
and growing recognition of our distinctive approach and niche, we proudly share with
you some highlights of 2011.

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2011 At a Glance

  1. 1. 2011 At a glance
  2. 2. 2011 At a glanceBy reconnecting it to the sea we have restored the fish stock of ChilikaLake in India, the second largest lagoon in the world. By Ritesh Kumar
  3. 3. From the CEO, Jane MadgwickWetlands International’s role proved more As an organisation, we made big stridesimportant than ever during the political and forward in 2011, including launching threeeconomic turmoil of 2011. We experienced an new five-year multi-million euro programmesincreasing demand for our technical expertise for the restoration and wise use of wetlandsand entered many new strategic partnerships. across four continents. These will helpWe scaled up our success on the ground and us achieve the goals of our new 10-yearentered dialogue over major development Strategic Intent (2011-2020). With the sealissues that affect wetlands, such as ‘water of good governance from the Dutch Centralgrabs’ and competing demands on water for Bureau on Fundraising under our belt,future food and energy production. and growing recognition of our distinctive approach and niche, we proudly share with you some highlights of 2011.Read the full Annual Review 2011 wetlands.org/ar2011 2011 At a glance 1
  4. 4. We enable communities, governments and private sector to take action for wetlands. By Yus Rusila Noor2 Wetlands International
  5. 5. Who we areWetlands International works to sustain We do this through our worldwide networkand restore wetlands, their resources and of 18 offices, and by working with a widebiodiversity. variety of experts and partners, including governments and international conventions,We combine local community action and other NGOs, community-based organisationsknow-how with scientific research and and research institutes, as well as leadingpolicy advocacy. Bringing these three private sector companies.elements together, we enable communities,governments and the private sector to takeeffective action for wetlands. We believethis is the most effective way to conservewetland biodiversity, address water scarcityand pollution, enhancing local livelihoods andtackle climate change.Our strategy wetlands.org/strategyOur offices wetlands.org/officesOur members wetlands.org/membersOur partnerships wetlands.org/partnerships 2011 At a glance 3
  6. 6. Securing water for wetlands in the Sahel The Niger River is the lifeline for the drought- Through the Niger River Basin Authority, we stricken Sahel region and enables the annual have influenced the design of the planned flooding of the Inner Niger Delta in Mali, that Fomi dam upstream in Guinea. Our flood is vital to support 1.5 million fisherfolk and prediction tools have increased the drought farmers, plus millions of migratory waterbirds. resilience of 10,000 delta inhabitants, and However, climate change, dams and large we’ve helped 60 villages draw up flood irrigation schemes are limiting the floods. risk management plans. Together with these stakeholders, we will scale up our In 2011, by highlighting critical links between efforts towards ecosystem-based water flooding, food security and ecosystems, we management and development in the Niger gained commitments to limit water off-take Basin. for irrigation and helped create sustainable development plans. Our work wetlands.org/ind Video wetlands.org/indvideo Presentation wetlands.org/indwatercrisis Publication ‘The Niger, A Lifeline’ wetlands.org/lifeline4 Wetlands International
  7. 7. Dams in the Niger River limit the water flow and impact the downstreamInner Niger Delta and the livelihoods of its 1.5 million inhabitants.By Elhadj Bakary Kone 2011 At a glance 5
  8. 8. Increasing coastal resilience with mangroves In coastal Java, Indonesia, extensive This showcase and our coastal mapping mangrove forests have been cleared for of mangroves and wetlands will enable aquaculture, leaving the coast vulnerable Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry to achieve to storm surges, flooding and salinisation. its target of 50,000 ha of restored coastal In 2011, as a showcase to other fishpond wetlands by 2018. In the coming years we will owners, district governments and the National promote responsible aquaculture in Indonesia Mangrove Committee, we rehabilitated 20 and replicate best practices for coastal hectares (ha) of degraded fishponds and 5 resilience in Southeast Asia, Central America ha of buffer zone surrounding the Pulau Dua and West Africa. Nature Reserve, close to Jakarta. By working with local communities to plant 136,000 mangrove seedlings, we will offset 10,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2023. Map of our offices Our work wetlands.org/mangroves Brochure wetlands.org/mangrovesbrochure Video wetlands.org/mangrovevideo6 Wetlands International
  9. 9. 2011 At a glance 7
  10. 10. Restoring fragile peatlands At the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting In Indonesia, we took steps to procure long- in 2011, Wetlands International received top- term ecosystem restoration concessions level recognition for our peatland restoration and urged the government to extend its work worldwide and our pledge to reduce moratorium to prevent further deforestation CO2 emissions by at least 100 megatonnes by and peatland conversion, and advised on its 2015 through wetland ecosystem restoration Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and and policy influence. forest Degradation (REDD+) strategy. We aim to expand our peatland conservation and In 2011, we worked towards this pledge by restoration work in Russia, Malaysia, Brunei permanently protecting Malaysia’s Ayer Hitam and Brazil. peatswamp forest and starting large-scale peatland restoration work in the Moscow region of Russia. Our work wetlands.org/peatlands Research wetlands.org/peatlandresearch Video wetlands.org/peatlandvideo8 Wetlands International
  11. 11. Peat swamp forests are fragile ecosystems, such as these in Rio Preto near Sao Paulo, Brazil. By Marcel Silvius 2011 At a glance 9
  12. 12. Reducing global wetland carbon emissions We are the lead organisation advocating for Also, countries in the REDD+ programme incentives for wetland restoration in a new must include organic (peat) soils and peatland UN climate treaty (UNFCCC). Our work led degrading activities in their emissions to positive decisions at the 2011 UN Climate baseline, used to assess their emission Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. reductions. Wetlands International offers governments critical support by advising them From 2013 onwards, developed countries can how to reduce their emissions and helping achieve their emission reduction targets by them implement their national strategies. rehabilitating drained peatlands and counting this towards meeting their greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Our work at the UN Climate Convention wetlands.org/unfccc UNFCCC Durban Conference wetlands.org/durban Peatland GHG emissions wetlands.org/peatclimate Research wetlands.org/peatlandresearch10 Wetlands International
  13. 13. Peat fires cause enormous carbon emissions and smog with international consequences. By Alue Dohong 2011 At a glance 11
  14. 14. Greening biofuels In 2011, Wetlands International achieved As a result, the USA excluded palm oil from significant success in blocking further bio-energy subsidies. Through a satellite expansion of palm oil production on peatlands and remote-sensing study, we highlighted and in sustainable biofuel practices. the enormous deforestation of peatlands for palm oil production in Sarawak, Malaysia, We contributed to a scientific review of triggering discussions on biofuel sustainability. environmental impacts and guidance on best In Indonesia, we prevented two government practices for existing oil palm plantations on regulations, which would have allowed peat for the biofuel roundtables (Roundtable massive palm oil expansion on peat with over on Sustainable Biofuels and Roundtable 450 Mt of CO2 emissions. on Sustainable Palm Oil). Moreover, the European Union (implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive) and USA (Environmental Protection Agency) now use our emission figures for palm oil production on peatlands. Our biofuels work wetlands.org/biofuels Our work at the RSPO wetlands.org/rspo Video wetlands.org/palmoilvideo12 Wetlands International
  15. 15. Palm oil plantation development in logged-over and burned peatswamp forest. By Marcel Silvius 2011 At a glance 13
  16. 16. Wetland-friendly water supply, sanitation and health The condition of wetlands affects the We also piloted a water access project for sustainability and quality of water, especially 400 households in one of Argentina’s poorest for the poor. Through ecologically sustainable regions, Lagunas de Guanacache. In 2011, solutions to water, sanitation and health we launched a five-year WASH Alliance problems we aim to make the water supply, programme in six African countries, plus sanitation and health (WASH) sector more Nepal and Bangladesh, in which we provide wetland friendly. environmental expertise to NGO partners. We aim to use these examples to trigger In Mali’s Inner Niger Delta, we provided more wetland-friendly WASH strategies and communities with clean drinking water and investments on a bigger scale. improved the management of waste, invasive weeds and latrines, preventing water-related diseases like malaria, schistosomiasis and diarrhoea, reaching 134,000 people. WASH Alliance wetlands.org/washalliance Booklet wetlands.org/washbooklet14 Wetlands International
  17. 17. Many communities in the Inner Niger Delta depend on its waterfor their household use. By Sander Carpay 2011 At a glance 15
  18. 18. Strengthening waterbird monitoring worldwide For decades, Wetlands International has By analysing global datasets, we defined generated information on the status and the conservation status of all waterbirds trends in waterbird populations. Our annual and set up conservation plans, such as the International Waterbird Census brings Recovery Plan for Shorebirds in Patagonia. together the work of national coordinators Furthermore, we upgraded our award- and bird counters all over the world. In 2011, winning Critical Site Network Tool that is we strengthened our partnerships along the helping wetland managers, governments and African-Eurasian flyway, trained waterbird international conventions like the African- counters and park agents in Senegal’s Djoudj Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and the National Park, and held the first simultaneous Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to pinpoint counts of migratory water birds in the Azov- critical areas for wetland and waterbird Black Sea. conservation. Waterbird monitoring wetlands.org/iwc Migratory flyways wetlands.org/flyways Critical Site Network Tool wetlands.org/csntool African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement wetlands.org/aewa Ramsar Convention on Wetlands wetlands.org/ramsar16 Wetlands International
  19. 19. White storks (Ciconia ciconia) on migration.By Nicky Petkov www.naturephotos.eu 2011 At a glance 17
  20. 20. Future outlook Wetlands International will step up its efforts We will replicate our successful ecosystem to generate and champion the knowledge, approaches in water management in key river tools and improved policies necessary and lake basins. We will also expand our work to tackle wetland degradation, poverty, in Europe and the Mediterranean, and with vulnerability to natural disasters and climate the corporate sector, for example pioneering change. hybrid-engineering techniques that combine man-made and natural infrastructure to As water scarcity bites deeper in all corners of protect vulnerable coasts. the world, we will highlight the critical lifeline role that wetlands play.18 Wetlands International
  21. 21. Thanks to our work with local partners, the SebouBasin is the first basin in Morocco to adapt the EUWater Framework Directive to its local context.By Maïlis Renaudin 2011 At a glance 19
  22. 22. Mediterranean and Black Arctic wetlands Sea wetlands Peatlands in Russia Where we work Some places where we work for the long term Tibetan PlateauSahelian floodplainsMangrove coasts ofLatin America West African coastal Patagonian peatlands Mahanadi River Basin Mangrove coasts of Southeast Asian peatlands wetlands Southeast Asia20 Wetlands International
  23. 23. Mission: Working together is the most effective Find out more about our work on our way to counter the continuing trend of website, or contact us to find out howTo sustain and wetland loss and degradation. Join us to you can become a member, supporter orrestore wetlands, make a bigger difference! partner:their resources andbiodiversity Wetlands International P.O. Box 471 6700 AL Wageningen Tel: +31 (0) 318 660 910 Website: www.wetlands.org E-mail: post@wetlands.org Mission: Wetlands International is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to sustaining and restoring wetlands, their resources and biodiversity for future generations. Wetlands International Annual Review 2011 To sustain and We work through 20 offices, including the headquarters based in the Netherlands. restore wetlands, their resources and We work in over 100 countries to tackle the most pressing problems affecting wetlands. With biodiversity the support of governmental and NGO members and donors, we promote and demonstrate the positive role that wetlands can play in addressing biodiversity loss, poverty and climate change. Our work ranges from research and community-based field projects to advocacy with governments, corporations and international policy fora and conventions. Wetlands International works through partnerships and is supported by contributions from an extensive specialist expert network and tens of thousands of volunteers. Read our full Annual Review 2011