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Vibrant Coasts and Deltas

Vibrant Coasts and Deltas Sustainable coastal production systems

Vibrant Coasts and Deltas

Vibrant Coasts and Deltas

Maintain intact coastal wetland environments

Degraded coastlines and heavily modified environments, including urban areas

Integrated management of deltas

We will exceed our target for uptake in three large-scale coastal planning initiatives.

Our work on promoting sustainable produc- tion systems has made substantial progress, as part of broader coastal zone management initiatives. In Demak Indonesia, the introduction of sus- tainable aquaculture practice, following the low external input sustainable aquaculture (LEISA) method increased household income of Indonesian farmers by 300% and reduced impacts from habitat conversion and pollu- tion. These areas have also become important breeding areas for thousands of waterbirds, especially herons. Similar results have been attained with the promotion of sustainable rice and cattle farm- ing practices in West Africa and Argentina respectively.

Action in ten key deltas is on track.

We are on track in implementing coastal wetland conservation strategies in Cacheu (Guinea-Bissau), Saloum-Niumi (Senegal and Gambia) and the Rufiji- Mafia-Kilwa seascape (Tanzania), and other regions, covering an area in excess of 150,000 hectares. In these regions, small scale community-based conservation and livelihoods measures are being upscaled and management plans are under development. Several of our corporate partners have shown interest to support the development of carbon projects to resource the conservation and restoration of mangroves to compensate for their carbon footprint. Among others we are exploring opportunities for developing such projects in Guinea-Bissau and Indonesia.

We participated in global and regional initia- tives that promote sustainable management of deltas and coastal areas. In coastal cities including Semarang, Panama City and Manila, we successfully integrated wetlands in urban development and flood risk reduction plans. In several rural deltas we developed integrat- ed management plans that support conser- vation and restoration of wetland ecosystem and sustainable management of water flows, including in the Paraná (Argentina), Rufiji (Tan - zania) and Saloum (Senegal) deltas. In 2019 we supported integration of wetland conservation and restoration in the Manila Bay master planning process. With the Indonesian government we devel- oped a roadmap to address soil subsidence problems along the northern coast of Java.

Our Building with Nature project in Indonesia emerged as a landmark initiative that shows how ‘building with nature’ can boost coastal resilience in rural and urban areas. Our out- reach has stimulated commitments to invest in nature-based solutions among national gov- ernment and multilateral agencies, including in Panama and the Philippines. We engaged the interest of governments in five countries in Asia to develop an ambitious programme that stimulates large-scale adop- tion of Building with Nature across the region. This offers opportunities to upscale impact beyond 2020.

A model for integrated wetland landscape man- agement involving conservation and pro- duction systems (rice, oil-palm and aquacul- ture) is implemented in 2 areas, contribut- ing to environmental and food security.

Building with Nature is mainstreamed in 3 landmark urban planning and hydraulic infrastructure develop- ments, enhancing com- munity resilience.

Healthy ecosystems sustain human popu- lations and biodiver- sity in 10 key deltas across the world.

High value coastal wetlands totalling at least 150,000 hectares are conserved and restored.



Wetlands Annual Review 2019

Wetlands Annual Review 2019

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