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  • Rajang Delta threatened by floods

    Rajang Delta threatened by floods

    This paper presents a case study of the Rajang Delta in Sarawak, Malaysia where peatland subsidence will cause flooding, rendering more than half of the Rajang Delta unsuitable for any agriculture cultivation due to severe floods in 50 years. The ...

  • Turning abandoned rice fields into mangroves

    Turning abandoned rice fields into mangroves

    What do you do when mangroves fail to naturally recolonise abandoned rice fields in one of the most precious mangrove deltas of the world? Pieter van Eijk reports on a recent mission to Western Africa that paves the way for large-scale mangrove ...

    Pieter van Eijk

  • Aquaculture induced erosion of tropical coastlines throws coastal communities back into poverty

    Aquaculture induced erosion of tropical coastlines throws coastal communities back into poverty

    Shallow tropical coastlines harbour unique mangrove ecosystems, which support livelihoods and provide a natural barrier against coastal flooding. Non-sustainable land-use practices, such as large-scale clear cutting of mangroves for aquaculture, ...

    B.K. van Wesenbeeck;J.C. Winterwerp;T. Balke;Femke Tonneijck;Pieter van Eijk;H.Y. Siry;M.E. Rudianto

  • Effects of different management regimes on mangrove ecosystem services in Java, Indonesia

    Effects of different management regimes on mangrove ecosystem services in Java, Indonesia

    This new report, published by Wageningen University and Wetlands International, seeks to fill a significant gap in mangrove ecosystem service estimates. While several studies have sought to measure and value the ecosystem services provided by ...

    Alexander van Oudenhoven;Audrie J Siahainenia;Ita Sualia;Femke Tonneijck;Sander van der Ploeg;Rudolf de Groot

  • Building with Nature Indonesia, Securing Eroding Delta Coastlines - Design and Engineering Plan

    Building with Nature Indonesia, Securing Eroding Delta Coastlines - Design and Engineering Plan

    This design and engineering plan is produced during the inception phase (result 1) of the project and should be understood as a preparation for result 2 in which we aim to implement a large scale demonstration project in Demak. As such, this plan ...

    Femke Tonneijck;Han Winterwerp;Yus Rusila Noor;Bregje van Weesenbeeck;Roel Bosma;Dolfi Debrot;Tom Wilms

  • Sustaining Mali’s Inner Niger Delta

    Sustaining Mali’s Inner Niger Delta

    The Inner Niger Delta in central Mali is a giant green oasis on the edge of the Sahara desert. It is one of the country’s most productive areas, but also among its poorest. At the height of the wet season, when the River Niger is swollen by ...

    Fred Pearce

  • A comprehensive approach to reduce disaster risk in which care for people and nature go hand in hand

    A comprehensive approach to reduce disaster risk in which care for people and nature go hand in hand

    Multiple times a year, severe tropical storms and typhoons hit the Philippines. Fortunately, the population is very resilient. After each disaster, they reconstruct their lives with creative solutions. But due to climate change and increasing ...

  • Perspectives from the field: Ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction

    Perspectives from the field: Ecosystem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction

    UNEP - Starting this week at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the international community is expected to approve the next ten year plan to strengthen the resilience of countries and communities against disasters. The task at ...

    Marisol Estrella

  • PEDRR policy brief for post-2015 Hyogo Framework

    PEDRR policy brief for post-2015 Hyogo Framework

    Key messages for the streamlined document of the post-2015 framework on DRR dated 28 January 20151 More and more countries around the world are already recognizing and applying ecosystem-based approaches for reducing disaster risk. Such approaches ...

  • Small steps for big changes: Micro-projects to Strengthen Community Resilience

    Small steps for big changes: Micro-projects to Strengthen Community Resilience

    To build the resilience of 23 communities with a high disaster risk rating, the Partners for Resilience (PfR) run micro projects, applying the integrated approach that combines Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) with Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and ...

    Selvin Jarquín;Carlos Luis Franco;José Pinituj;Juan Saloj Pos

  • The Strategic Inter-Institutional Agenda in Guatemala

    The Strategic Inter-Institutional Agenda in Guatemala

    Working together to create resilient communities, the Partners for Resilience3 (PfR) identified a significant opportunity to increase collaboration between the governing bodies in Guatemala. Partners for Resilience joins the Ministry of the ...

    Raquel Sigüenza

  • Soy Cultivation in South America

    Soy Cultivation in South America

    The expansion of soy bean Soy cultivation has shown an increasing expansion throughout Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, in the last decade. This remarkable increase is explained by its economical importance in the region, and as a ...

  • A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

    A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

    The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against ...

    Fred Pearce

  • The Role of Mangroves in Fisheries Enhancement

    The Role of Mangroves in Fisheries Enhancement

    In 2011 humans caught and consumed 78.9 million tonnes of fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other species groups from the world’s oceans, accounting for 16.6% of the world’s animal protein intake (FAO 2012). This is projected to increase ...

    Mark Spalding;James Hutchison;Philine zu Ermgassen

  • Rewetting of Drained Peatlands

    Rewetting of Drained Peatlands

    Canal Blocking has many benefits : Restoration of `wet` peat characteristics and reduction of fire Return of the carbon sequestering capacity of peatland Re-establishment of the water buffer fucntion and a reduction of floads Opportunity to ...

  • Towards climate-responsible peatlands management

    Towards climate-responsible peatlands management

    Peatlands are lands with a naturally accumulated peat layer at their surface. They are found all over the world and come in many forms, display many different characteristics and are used in many different ways. Even though peatlands extend over a ...

    Riccardo Biancalani;Armine Avagyan

  • Bottom up in Indonesia!

    Bottom up in Indonesia!

    Last week, I visited Indonesia together with Femke Tonneijck from Wetlands International to meet our partners that are involved in the development of a Building with Nature approach to solve the severe erosion along the muddy Northern coast of ...

    Jaap van Thiel de Vries

  • Mapping of forest cover and assessment of ecosystems and ecosystem services related to local livelihoods

    Mapping of forest cover and assessment of ecosystems and ecosystem services related to local livelihoods

    The municipality of Santa Cruz del Quiché, located in the Quiché Department of Guatemala, is characterized by degraded natural resources and a population highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. As part of the Partners for ...

  • Saving wetlands through responsible cultivation of soy

    Saving wetlands through responsible cultivation of soy

    Those consuming tofu and soy milk, but especially meat eaters and those driving a car should keep a critical eye on the impacts of soy cultivation. About 70 percent of soy cultivated is used for animal feed fulfilling the growing meat demands in the ...

    Marta Andelman

  • Wild birds not the source of Avian Influenza in Korea

    Wild birds not the source of Avian Influenza in Korea

    The recent outbreak of the H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza is causing many victims amongst poultry and wild birds in the Republic of Korea. The Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has issued a statement on this outbreak saying ...