The Source, our Annual Review 2019

Building with Nature

Wetlands 2020

The grant enabled Wetlands International to engage with key actors in five cities (Semarang, Indonesia; Chennai, In - dia; Panama City; Manila Bay, Philippines and Buenos Aires, Argentina) to influence schemes aiming to build resilience to water risks such as storms, floods and water scarcity. By bringing wetlands expertise and community perspectives into the design processes (in Semarang and Chennai), we are able to promote wetland solutions as part of major flood risk infrastructure (e.g. in Panama City), influence national urban resilience programs (such as in India and the Philippines) and potentially influence larger regional investments (from regional investment banks or EU Green Deal) beyond 2020. Over 2020, the grant will further help to develop the political and technical basis for attracting major investments using Building with Nature solutions in five Asian countries.

The grant enabled the design and publishing process for our landmark book on wetlands: “Water Lands”, which was launched on World Wetlands Day 2020, and is disseminat- ed through major online outlets and influencers, helping to build attention for wetlands in the post-2020 biodiversity agenda. In 2020, we will launch a digital campaign and storytelling hub to inspire and mobilise youth and rally supporters behind specific calls to action for wetlands.

Peatland Treasures

The grant was not applied to peatlands in 2019, principally due to changes in the team and a focus on implementing ex- isting peatland projects. In 2020, the grant will enable Wet- lands International to implement a strategy to put peatlands on the map for carbon finance; mobilise our partnerships, knowledge and expertise to help save peat mega-stores, and to influence national climate policies and plans which will open up public and private sector investments.

Institutional development

The grant enabled the establishment of a new finance sys - tem for the global office which will increase our efficiency and generation of timely management information, as well as the provision of institutional support to offices in Africa, South Asia and Indonesia to improve governance, person- nel development and operational systems. In 2020, we will continue to strengthen our network institutional capacity . Part of the grant will be applied to assist offices to mitigate impacts of Coronavirus by improving communications, IT platforms and tooling for remote working.

Mangrove are starting to grow naturally in the area where sediments was caught and consolidated in Demak, Indonesia.

Community establishes permeable structure to catch sediment to let mangroves grow back naturally.


Wetlands Annual Review 2019

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