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This month, Wetlands International emphasises the value and role of wetlands in climate action, from reducing carbon emissions to building resilient communities around the globe. Keep reading to find out more!

We are excited to announce that this month we launched our #PowerofWetlands campaign, focused on celebrating the thousands of young people around the world working to safeguard and restore their wetlands. We are currently gathering stories of hope and action from the ground up to strengthen the link between wetlands and climate action.
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Wetlands have the potential to help countries increase climate ambition and close the emissions gap

Nature-based solutions can deliver up to a third of the emissions reductions needed by 2030. The new report 'Locking Carbon in Wetlands: Enhancing Climate Action by Including Wetlands in NDCs' by Wetlands International, AGWA and GIZ addresses how countries can expand the scope and process of NBS in their NDCs. Download the full report here.

"We urge countries to include wetlands as a focus in their Nationally Determined Contributions and reap the reward of a ‘triple-win’: reduced carbon emissions, avoided future emissions and resilient, biodiverse land and water systems. All of this is needed as a basis for a healthy, prosperous society.”

- Wetlands International CEO, Jane Madgwick

Other News & Updates
Researchers have discovered that waterbirds around the equator are sensitive to global warming and are reacting more quickly than birds from regions with a more moderate climate. Species shifts and loss have serious implications on local biodiversity, and the ecology of the coastal and inland wetlands across the world. Read more here.
The next conference to the CBD will occur in China in 2021, where countries should agree a new 'post-2020 global biodiversity framework'. Wetlands International suggested careful consideration of the ecosystem groupings that make up the current monitoring elements of goals and targets - find out more here.
Wetlands International Sahel participated in the Water for Peace podcasts for the World Bank's Online Fragility Forum 2020, as part of the Water, Peace and Security partnership. In the podcast, Director Karounga Keïta discussed the role of programming in managing water and fragility. Listen to the full podcast here.

Did You Know?

Peatlands are carbon-rich ecosystems that have stored vast amounts of carbon over thousands of years. The major threats to carbon stores such as Cuvette Centrale are coming from land use change or industrialisation. Just three countries are responsible for 70% of the drained or organic soil emissions. This provides a focus for decisive action: safeguard the intact wetlands we have and restore what’s degraded.
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