Water and wetlands

Gestion communautaire des ressources naturelles au Bénin: cas de la vallée du sitatunga

CREDI-ONG est une organisation non gouvernementale s´investissant principalement dans la promotion de l´aquaculture et la protection de l´environnement. Depuis 2006, elle s´est engagée dans un processus de création d´une réserve naturelle communautaire dénommée « la Vallée du Sitatunga ». D´une superficie d'un millier d´hectares, la Vallée du Sitatunga s´étend sur les communes d´Abomey-Calavi et de Sô-Ava.

Biodiversity and Development along the Congo River: Bridging more than rivers

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, a team made up of 67 Belgian, Congolese and international scientists set off on an expedition along the Congo River. Natural and social scientists as well as health experts made their way along a 1000 km stretch of this mighty river, from Kisangani to Bumba and back, to study biodiversity and development issues along the river and in the forests of the Congo basin.

International cooperation for waterbird monitoring to support sound management

Recently, migratory birds populations have fluctuated in a great scale due to habitat loss and degradation, and climate change. To set up proper conservation strategy and to cope with the dramatic decrease of threatened and endangered species, exact information and analysis of current migratory birds population in a yearly basis is crucially important. The workshop aims to promote public participation to monitor the distribution and populations of waterbirds and status of wetlands.

Land-cover change in the Mekong delta 2004-2009

Land cover in the Mekong Delta has changed dramatically since Vietnam was unified in 1975. Change has been particularly dramatic since the 1990s when government instructions led to the mass conversion of mangroves to shrimp ponds. Despite efforts to slow the loss of mangroves, the process continues. To support a range of projects on land and water use in the Mekong Delta, IUCN collaborated with Vietnam's Space Technology Institute to classify land cover change using SPOT multi-spectral images for 2004-05 and 2009-10.

Education for Sustainable China: the collective voice, wisdom and action in schools and communities

Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities (SISC) works to promote social transformation towards sustainability through our Education for a Sustainable China (ESC) programme. ESC is a platform for developing and disseminating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) practices and theories through local and national projects in China.

The focus of our poster will be examples of our ESD projects implemented in both formal and non-formal sectors. This will include brief introductions to our work in water preservation, community empowerment and climate change education.

Soluciones al cambio climático: experiencias de adaptación basada en ecosistemas en cuencas transfronterizas de Mesoamérica

En Mesoamérica la adaptación al cambio climático no puede esperar, es una región tan vulnerable a los efectos adversos de la variabilidad climática, que la adaptación de los sistemas naturales y sociales a las nuevas condiciones debe ser una prioridad. Sin embargo, las condiciones político administrativas y la gestión de los recursos naturales compartidos suponen un reto a la hora de elaborar cualquier plan local o estrategia nacional. La gestión del recurso hídrico es un elemento crucial para lograr la adaptación.

Movilizando el conocimiento: Un aporte regional al manejo integral de los humedales de la Cuenca del Plata

Este evento propone generar un espacio de intercambio de experiencias y conocimientos en relación a las problemáticas ambientales, sociales y económicas que afectan la integridad de los humedales de la Cuenca del Plata, la más grande de Sudamérica después de la del Amazonas.

Possible threatening impacts of climate change to wetland ecosystem and appropriate countermeasures

Climate change is now widely recognized as the major environmental problem facing the globe. Natural disasters occurred by impacts of climate change cause a huge losses of life and property and the incidence is on the rise. Climate change affects not only human society, but also environment around us. Wetland ecosystem is one of the most significant habitat for hundreds of plants and animals, but it is considered to be highly vulnerable to any environmental changes. Although enormous efforts have been made in various ways, it is not sufficient to deal with the impact of climate change.

Building resilience in agricultural landscapes: finding solutions through business and conservation collaboration

A lack of tools for companies to engage on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) was highlighted in The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity Business (TEEB) report. The first step for sustainable business is to identify the company's impacts and dependencies on BES. While companies strive to address the impacts of their operations, a broader approach is required in agricultural landscapes, to enable multiple stakeholders to assess BES risks, opportunities and interventions consistently.

The Global Wetlands Observing System: GEO BON support for Ramsar

Information about the about the geographic extent, status (eg., land cover, hydrology, biodiversity), and use of these wetlands is scattered, difficult to locate, and more difficult to incorporate into multidisciplinary analyses that can inform conservation and management strategies. To address this problem, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has proposed the development of a Global Wetland Observing System (GWOS) – a network and portal for organizing information on wetlands and their wise use.

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