Euro-Site-Member | Network news
World Wetlands Day 2011: focus on wetlands and forests
World Wetlands Day is this year celebrated with the theme “Forests for Water and Wetlands”. Wetlands International marked the day by launching its new initiatives to reverse the loss of the world’s wetland forests such as forested peatlands and mangroves.
Wetlands International: action to save wetland forests Supported by a range of donors, Wetlands International starts various long-term programmes to protect and restore wetland forests. In Indonesia and West and East Africa, it is planned to reforest hundreds of kilometers of coastline with mangrove trees. This helps to ensure more resilience against extreme weather events and supports locals with food and water security. To scale up these efforts the knowledge and methods will be fed into engineering projects to enhance coastal resilience.
In Indonesia, programmes will work with several partners to obtain conservation concessions of tens of thousands of hectares of remaining peat swamp forests. In addition the aim is to restore peat swamp areas that are already degraded. At the level of the UN climate negotiations Wetlands International continues to push for incentives to reduce the enormous amounts of carbon emissions from peatlands. REDD could stimulate large scale conservation and restoration of peat swamp forests in countries like Indonesia.
Forests and wetlands: a strong combination. Wetlands International will also continue its efforts for criteria to exclude palm oil from peatlands in certified palm oil, at the levels of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm oil and in the EU.
Activities to celebrate Wetlands Day World Wetlands Day is led by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. All over the world, organisations and governments highlight the theme. Wetlands International offices celebrate World Wetlands Day 2011 with several activities ranging from mangrove planting, exhibits and symposia.
Read more on World Wetlands Day: http://www.wetlands.org/NewsandEvents/CalendarofEvents/WorldWetlandsDay2...
Source: Wetlands International, Alex Kaat, Communications Manager