The Source, Annual Review 2020


This chapter presents our results achieved in 2020. We have organised these achievements along our three streams of work (Coasts and Deltas, Rivers and Lakes, and Peatlands) in relation to the ambition laid out in our Strategic Intent 2020-2030. The section below summarises the first steps taken towards our targets.

Impact Area - Resilient Wetland Communities Highlights include:

Achievements described below are the result of our team across the world working in collaboration with many other partners, locally and internationally. These are a selection from a much wider range of results, and in several cases are based on work that was started in previous years. We are highlighting those achievements where Wetlands International’s role or contribution was particularly significant. In short, positive steps were made last year towards our 2030 targets despite the significant disruption in all programmes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the end of 2020, we believe we have established a solid foundation for future delivery and are largely on track towards our 2030 targets.

paludiculture becoming eligible for payments that will promote peat-wise land management; and • increased uptake of wetland solutions in governmental NDCs reported to the UNFCCC that increase action to reduce emissions and repair drained peatlands at a huge scale, for example in Argentina, Ireland, Russia and Peru. Setbacks Of course, not everything went according to plan. Many of our programmes suffered delays and required substantial replanning due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. For example, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) “drainability assessment” to help identify where palm oil plantations should be phased out and restored to functional peatlands was delayed, as face-to-face interactions were not possible. Fortunately, there was understanding shown by our donors and in several cases support to use project resources to help local communities adapt (see the article on page 22). On the following pages we report our 2020 achievements per stream and impact area, indicating the progress towards our 2030 targets.


• an agreement with government authorities reached by communities with our support that will promote better practices in island cattle raising, tourism and real estate development in the Argentinian Paraná Delta (376,000 ha); • 200 hectares of land restored in the Ziway-Shalla basin in Ethiopia through community managed enclosure sites. A quarter of a million seedlings were planted and physical soil and water conservation structures built to reduce sedimentation into Lake Ziway; and • the roll-out on a national scale by the Indonesian government of 3 successful peat-wise local business models. In the district of Tapanuli Selatan we also restored 51 ha of peatlands and strengthened communities through the establishment of Bio-rights contracts with 15 community-based organisations.

On track to exceed target (we will achieve the target before 2030)

We expect to achieve the target by 2030

Impact Area - Healthy Wetlands Results that stand out include:

• launching the Global Mangrove Watch Platform that makes geospatial information related to mangroves worldwide available for policy makers and practitioners; • starting an initiative to restore 2,500 ha of mangroves in Guinea-Bissau in partnership with the Dutch Energy company Greenchoice; • the designation of the Kabartal and Asan Conservation Reserves as Ramsar Sites in Bihar, India and the start of their respective management plans; and • starting the phase 3 of the internationally acclaimed “PeatRus” project that expands the restoration of peatlands to 11 provinces and enables the emissions reductions to be included in Russia’s enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Substantial progress, but more time is needed to reach our target

Impact Area - Reduced Climate Risks Key results achieved include:

• developing a joint plan for establishing a large programme on Building with Nature in Asia, in collaboration with partners and government agencies from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines; • launching a partnership agreement with Boskalis, a global leader in dredging and maritime services, to enhance coastal wetland habitats that provide some of the greatest carbon stores for Blue Carbon; • the adoption of peatland protection and restoration in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with

So far, there is no significant overall progress

The situation is deteriorating and we can’t manage to make improvements



Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

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