Stories

Citizen science helps ecosystem renewal in Kenya
January 18, 2017

Nairobi, 18 January 2016: Kenya faces diverse sustainability challenges such as climate change, degraded ecosystems, poor health, waterborne diseases, and poor waste management. Unsuitable consumption patterns and limited environmental awareness are compounding the problem.

There is, therefore, an increased need for capacity development, environmental awareness, and information exchange to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens capable of positive...

Protecting our water sources brings a wealth of benefits
January 12, 2017

By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security

The journey of our water from source to tap is long, and not one we think much about. For most of us, our water starts high in the mountains, hundreds of miles away. From there, water flows across natural and working lands until a portion is channeled to water pipes that move water to our faucets, to farms and to various types of businesses. Most often we think of those pipes as being our main water infrastructure, but upstream...

Gambia project helps combat coastal erosion, flooding
January 9, 2017

9 January 2017: The West African country of The Gambia is prone to flooding and coastal erosion. The River Gambia, which passes through it, is both a source of livelihoods for communities and at the same time can become an environmental hazard severely affecting the capital, Banjul, and almost half the country.

Better ecosystems management can help address this challenge. To this end, the Global Environment facility supported a UN Environment-led project titled ...

Conserving Bahrain’s oyster beds
January 3, 2017

3 January 2017: Bahrain is renowned for its world-famous, high quality pearls. They have a unique lustre because they are formed in seawater through which bubbles of fresh water flow from the sand below.

The pearls are found in a species of oyster known as “pearl-forming oysters”.

The trail was recently listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site due to its prestigious cultural and natural value which the government is keen to preserve.

Dugong conservation project makes waves
December 27, 2016

Conservation of the iconic “sea cow” and its seagrass habitat requires education and incentives.

Nairobi, 27 December 2016: Popularly known as “sea cows”, dugongs are an endangered species. They are affected by fishing activities, coastal pollution, killed for their meat, or injured by boats.

They feed exclusively on seagrass in shallow coastal areas of the Indo-West Pacific.

Tropical seagrass ecosystems are as important as coral reef systems...

Saving Guatemala's biodiversity through the power of traditional art
December 14, 2016

The common calabash tree (Crescentia alata and Crescentia cujete) has a slender trunk and long branches replete with small green leaves and cannonball-like fruit. The “niij” (Llaveia axin) is a peanut-sized insect that looks like a cotton ball – round and covered in a white powdery substance.

The indigenous inhabitants of Rabinal municipality in the Guatemalan department of Baja Verapaz use the unlikely combination of the two to create handicrafts of rare...

UN Environment Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh, braves Antarctic swim to help preserve the precious marine area
December 13, 2016

There is an Inuit parable that tells of two wolves that battle inside each of us. One is a good wolf, the other is bad. The wolf you feed is the one that will win the flight.

Conservation agreements help preserve Andean ecosystems
December 9, 2016

On International Mountain Day, the Andean communities of Ecuador and Peru have a lot to celebrate. Thanks to the Global Environment Facility and the UN Environment-supported “Multiplying environmental and carbon benefits in high Andean...

The Future of Wetlands
December 6, 2016

Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on the planet, and also among the most threatened. It is estimated that over the last 100 years wetlands have declined by 64 to 71%, leaving millions of people deprived of essential ecosystem services such as water supply and purification, food supply; climate and flood regulation coastal protection; and tourism.

Grenada coral farmers restore reefs to their original beauty
December 6, 2016

Coral reefs are an important source of income for Caribbean islands such as Grenada, as they provide viable and profitable tourism, recreation and fishing opportunities. More importantly they are vital for protecting the island against waves, storms and hurricanes.

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