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PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE

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 In Colombia’s tropical dry forests these seeds are the oxygen that you will breathe in the future.

NOURISHING A COMMUNITY, GERMINATING A FUTURE

Particularly memorable meals and favorite dishes evoke happy moments, remind us of our childhood with their smells and flavors, or transport us to places we have never been before.

Coloured yams in Montes de Maria / Photo credit: Mauricio Enriquez

Coloured yams in Montes de Maria / Photo credit: Mauricio Enriquez

That happiness is the reason why Carmen Rodríguez gets up in the morning. A plate of colourful beans, cooked yellow yams, and a good coffee give her the energy to grow her crops in an isolated group of small mountains in the Caribbean region of Colombia known as Montes de Maria.

Green Economy: Caterpillar Alternative Business Model

Green Economics is about doing business in new ways and changing business models to meet market demands of  the emerging global circular economy. The following UN  Case Study: Product Lifetime Extension: Caterpillar, how Caterpillar’s business model of re-manufacturing highlights the benefits to their customers, for its business and the environment. Also how the remanufacturing process can provide solutions that contribute to more sustainable production and consumption models.

This case study presents a successful business strategy to extend products lifetime. The aim with of this case study is to inspire and encourage organizations to shift to more circular models, to improve their business models towards prolonging or extending a product’s lifetime.

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SCALING MOUNTAINS Nepal’s aspirations for a climate-resilient sustainable future

The new NDC aims to see 45 percent of the total area of the country under forest cover, pledging to stop deforestation of the Chure range.

The new NDC aims to see 45 percent of the total area of the country under forest cover, pledging to stop deforestation of the Chure range.

Each year, usually between June and September, the annual summer monsoon sweeps across the southern plains of Nepal from the Bay of Bengal. Communities welcome the daily downpours, filling as they do the rivers and countryside and drenching the region’s thirsty rice paddies and vegetable crops.

The monsoon, however, can be a blessing or a curse. Too little rain, or too late, can leave crops ruined. Too much rain can see rivers overflow and mountain slopes collapse under the weight of the water.

In 2017, it was a case of too much, from east to the west of the country. In some areas, 17 inches of rain fell in just eight hours. Around 1.7 million people were affected, with 460,000 displaced from their homes, many with nowhere to go. Those most affected were poor, smallholder farmers.

An international response was mobilized, but the damage was great, with losses estimated at US$585 million and recovery needs at $705 million.

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MAKING WOMEN STRONGER

Sylvia tends to her goats. Photo: UNDP/Belinda ZimbaSylvia tends to her goats. Photo: UNDP/Belinda Zimba

Responding to the climate crisis in Zambia, the Government has joined a UN coalition led by UNDP, FAO and WFP in a GCF-funded project to help women turn goat rearing into economic fortune.

Sylvia Chiinda lives on the edge of desperation. Her husband died a few years ago, leaving her with no savings or possessions. It was a crushing blow for the mother of seven.

To make matters worse, Zambia has seen a rise in more frequent and intense floods, recurrent droughts and other climate risks, that have reduced yields for farmers like Sylvia, putting lives and livelihoods in the crosshairs.

With her maize and groundnut farm production dwindling, Sylvia was forced to find an alternative income to keep her family afloat.

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Science combatting desertification in the Sahel

Photo ©FAO/Gideon Vink: UN New 01/24/2021Barkissa Fofana believes that microbiology is key to making degraded land green and productive again, and she is carrying out research to prove it.

“Something has to be done to tackle the environmental problems caused by climate change, desertification and population growth,” says Barkissa from an Acacia field just outside the city of Djibo in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region.

Barkissa, a 30-year old microbiologist at Burkina Faso’s Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Research (INERA), is particularly interested in the role of micro-organisms in solving these problems.

Take the example of nitrogen fixation, she says. There are bacteria capable of transforming nitrogen gas in the air into nitrogen compounds that can be used by plants as a natural fertiliser. Some of these bacteria are symbiotic: they enter a plant through its roots and make nitrogen available for the host plant to grow.

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