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A passion for the land

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In cattle country

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A herder’s life

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‘Tierra Brava’

Onay Martinez Diaz is one of more than 12,000 farmers who have benefited from the Country Pilot Partnership on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in Cuba. Onay previously had a successful career as a computer engineer working in the city, but, he had been raised in the countryside and always retained a deep connection to the land and a desire to nurture life from it.

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Drought and scarcity

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The critical Qaraoun

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The disappearing sea

There were once over 1,100 islands scattered across the extensive waters of the Aral Sea. “I remember it very well,” recalls Zhandos Moldagulov, who came to live in the Aral district with his family in 1967. “Aral was formerly a harbour and fishing port on the banks of the Aral Sea, supplying fish to most of the neighbouring countries. My parents were proud to live in this place, with its abundant water, promising jobs, prosperous neighbourhoods, and fertile land”, he says.

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The ancient city of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Vietnam’s most coveted tourist destinations. In 2016 alone, over 21 million tourists visited the city. Collectively, the 120,000 inhabitants of Hoi An  and the booming tourism industry produce approximately 75 tons of solid waste per day generated by households, restaurants, hotels, markets, schools, offices, streets and public areas. The collection and disposal of this waste has not been dealt with properly for a long time.

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Vulnerable farming communities get help adapting to climate change and building ecosystem resilience.

Since losing his wife, 61-year-old Senyenzi Esron from Nyabihu District near the Gishwati forest in western Rwanda has been struggling to educate his eight children.

But a project funded by the world’s largest financer of environmental projects in developing countries, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has allowed him to diversify into beekeeping, which has changed his life.

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“I was working hard on a poultry farm trying to make a living – it was a daily struggle to make enough money simply to put food on the table. I had begun noticing on my way to work, that a group of women were meeting every Tuesday, but I felt too shy to join them. One day, I worked up the courage and went with my smallest daughter, to see what these meetings were about. I didn’t know then that my life was about to change forever – when I heard what the women were talking about, I decided to quit my job at the farm and get involved in this new project.