Since 1900 more than
of wetlands have been lost through drainage and conversion, and much of the rest have been degraded.
Although peatlands cover only 3% of the global land surface, they store 2 times more carbon than all the world’s forests together and over
of the world’s fresh water resources.
Wetlands act as water sources, sinks and purifiers.
They protect our shores.
They are Earth’s greatest natural carbon stores.
They support abundant and unique nature.
Restoring life to the desert in Senegal.
We showed how returning water flows brings back life in the dried up Ndiael Reserve in the Senegal delta. The African Development Bank now invests around $20mln.
Piloting peatland rewetting in Russia.
Re-wetting of peatlands was carried out in 5000 ha in Russia. We advised on a further 11,200 ha for upscaling and reduction of CO2 emissions and fire risks.
Using our experience to influence global policies.
We used our experience to influence the global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (Sendai Framework), giving emphasis to the role of wetlands in reducing the impacts of disasters like floods and droughts and the need to prevent damaging developments that undermine these valuable wetland functions.
Restoring safe water supplies in Uganda.
Altering and zoning land use practices and enabling recovery of wetlands helped to restore drinking water supplies and prevent pollution in Uganda. The Ministry of Water and Environment committed to national replication of the approach.
Helping mangroves to safeguard Indonesia’s eroding coasts.
Based on our successful pilot, which used mangroves to safeguard eroding coasts, the Indonesian government joined us to invest in scaling up the “Building with Nature” approach to a 20km stretch of coastline.
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