Healthy wetlands, healthy people: a review of wetlands and human health interactions

Summary

The Ramsar Convention one of the major Livelihoods partners since its inception has published with World Health Organization (WHO) a report on conservation and protection of wetlands.

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The report

Just published jointly by the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention and WHO, this report provides advice to wetland managers and decision-makers on the range of complex issues concerning wetland conservation, and protecting and promoting human health and well-being. It considers wetland ecosystem services and products as well as the sustainability factor wetlands provide to livelihoods and socio-economics conditions.

It can be downloaded here.

This report joins the Livelihoods’ commitment to the restoration of wetlands in particular through the replanting of mangroves. Indeed Livelihoods has undertaken three large-scale mangrove restoration Projects including the largest and oldest is the Casamance, Senegal.

Since 2008 the NGO Océanium with the cooperation and commitment of nearly 450 villages, about 10 000 hectares of mangroves have been replanted.

These mangroves which have a great capacity for carbon sequestration, are also a favorable environment for the proliferation of fish, crabs, which are food resources of local people and also source of more income.

The other two mangrove restoration projects are conducted in India and Indonesia, they cover about a total area of 12,000 hectares, with the participation of hundreds of thousands of men and women from nearly 40 villages, whom Livelihoods will certainly be improved.

 

The Ramsar convention and Livelihoods

 

Here are a few words from Anada Tiega, secretary General of The Ramsar Convention about Ramsar mission and its involvement with Livelihoods:


Anada Tiega Secretary General of Ramsar Convention by Livelihoods

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