The Source, Annual Review 2020


With the fires extinguished they started a tree nursery to help re-establish native forests in the charred wetlands

Tree nurseries were set up to restore the burnt forest.


community’s ad-hoc volunteer wetland fire brigade with water bombs and protective clothing, and facilitating the sharing of fire-fighting expertise with neighbouring villages. With the fires extinguished, they started a tree nursery to help re-establish native forests in the charred wetland. But the big lesson for the blue-green recovery was not lost along the Paraná-Paraguay river system of which the Pantanal is a vital part. Without wetlands, fires are an annual menace. Clearly, the global pandemic can be seen as a threat to wetlands, as local communities and returning migrant populations are forced to rely ever more on their products to survive. But it is also an opportunity. For the virus and the lockdowns both reveal afresh the vital importance to wetland communities of their wetland resources.


Celebrating Mr. I Nyoman Suryadiputra’s exceptional accomplishments in 25 years serving Wetlands International in Indonesia This year, Wetlands International is celebrating its 38th anniversary in Indonesia. For many of these years it was led by director I Nyoman Suryadiputra, who worked with passion to foster staff, pioneer new techniques, implement and guide various collaborations with the government, knowledge institutions, the private sector, other non- governmental organisations and community groups.

our legal entity Yayasan Lahan Basah and becoming the leading non-governmental organisation for managing wetlands in Indonesia. More than a quarter-century after joining this organisation, Pak Nyoman will retire as Chairman of the Executive Board and Director of Wetlands International in Indonesia. But birds never fly too far from their nest, and neither will Pak Nyoman. With his deep expertise in limnology, peat, mangroves, community engagement and policies in wetlands, he will continue to provide support to the organisation in the years to come. We would like to recognise his grand contribution, including to the global network of Wetlands International, and thank him for all he has done. We wish him all the best and look forward to future collaboration.

Pak Nyoman’s leadership guided the development of Wetlands International in Indonesia, including setting up



Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

Wetlands International Annual Review 2020

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