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A novel embedded wavelet coding scheme is proposed for the transmission of images over unreliable channels. The proposed scheme is based on the partitioning of information into a number of layers which can be decoded independently provided that some important and highly protected information is initially errorlessly transmitted to the decoder. Forward Error Correction is used in conjunction with the error-resilient source coder for the protection of the compressed stream. Unlike many other robust coding schemes presented to-date, the proposed scheme is able to decode portions of the bitstream even after the occurrence of uncorrectable errors. This coding strategy is very suitable for application with block coding schemes such as defined by the JPEG2000 standard. The proposed scheme is compared with other robust image coders and is shown to be very suitable for transmission of images over memoryless channels.