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This month we put the spotlight on why Europe’s Common Agriculture Policy proposal should be withdrawn, discuss why ‘Ecological Mangrove Restoration’ is more effective than simply planting, celebrate the designation of two newly-listed Ramsar sites in India and much more. Plus, don't miss our Building with Nature finale event as this pioneering programme hits a milestone.   
Reflections and highlights on Building with Nature in Indonesia
Indonesia has been one of the first countries to embrace the ‘Building with Nature’ ecosystem restoration approach to deal with severe coastal erosion. Over the last five years, Building with Nature has been piloted across Northern Java to both enhance coastal safety and revitalise the local economy and has since been scaled up. Join us on 19 November for a grand finale of this stage of work, as we reflect on the highlights from the work to date, and discuss how it has become a beacon for scaling up socially and ecologically inclusive adaptation. Register here.
Promoting Integrated Risk Management
Over its decade-long work, global resilience programme, Partners for Resilience, has been promoting the approach of ‘Integrated Risk Management’ to reduce the risk of disaster, prevent hazards and build resilience to adapt to climate change. But what exactly is IRM, how does it work and where is it used? Watch this latest video from Partners for Resilience to find out how thousands of communities and local organisations have empowered themselves through IRM, while working towards international commitments.
NGOs Call for a Withdrawal of the Common Agricultural Policy
After an intense week, Members of the European Parliament have voted for a proposal on the Common Agricultural Policy that would undermine the EU’s Green Deal and continue to incentivise farmers to drain peatlands – the source of 25% of Europe’s total emissions. Click here to read Wetlands International and allies’ open letter to European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen calling to withdraw the CAP.
Wetlands International and allies call for a targeted and joined-up European Nature Law
As part of the EU’s 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, the European Commission will propose legally binding EU nature restoration targets by 2021. But, according to Wetlands International Europe and a host of NGOs including BirdLife, Client Earth and Rewilding Europe, to be effective at halting and reversing biodiversity loss, any new law must be targeted, must not undermine existing nature and water protection measures and must create synergies between climate and biodiversity policies. Read the position paper here.
Restoration is more than planting trees
Mangrove restoration is more than simply planting trees, which is why Wetlands International uses the approach of ecological mangrove restoration (EMR) in projects around the globe. This approach considers the wider system of water and sediment flows in which mangroves flourish. Supporting the system encourages natural restoration, results in better survival rates, faster growth, and a more diverse, resilient forest, as journalist Mark Hills discovers chatting to Wetlands International. Find out more here in this Mongabay feature.
Celebrating two new Ramsar sites in India
A Ramsar site is a wetland site declared of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, and is a key step in its conservation and wise use. Wetlands International South Asia has been working with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on designating two Indian Wetlands, Kabartal and Asan Conservation, Ramsar Sites - helping ensure their conservation and management. Find out more here.
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While COVID-19 has presented major challenges for us in carrying out our work this year, we are determined to continue. But, we need your support. Donate today and get a copy of Water Lands with contributions over €50. Water Lands will take you on an environmental, cultural and socio-political journey through wetlands all over the world. Click here to donate and get your copy today.
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