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Manuel Sebastião Afonço has a lot to take care of: nearly 1 million hectares, to be exact.

As administrator of Quiçama National Park, a sprawling territory near Angola’s capital Luanda, he is responsible for protecting wildlife including elephants, giraffes, zebras, impala, and other animals that are increasing draws for visitors as the country seeks to build an ecotourism sector.

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Novus’s branding is recognizable to customers in Ukraine from afar. The supermarket chain’s corporate colour is bright green – and with good reason.

“It really sums up well our company ethos, since we care a lot about the environment,” said Mark Petkevich, CEO of Novus. “We want to offer the best and freshest products to our customers, while also ensuring that we have a low carbon footprint.”

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Living atop a hill in Malindza, a tiny county in Eswatini’s lush east, 56-year-old Ntombi Ndzimandze is the matriarch of her household of 11 women and children.

At the beginning of the year, two of Ndzimandze’s grandchildren were bitten by Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes, one of the key vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The children showed all the usual symptoms of the disease, but when Ndzimandze brought them to the closest clinic they were misdiagnosed.

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Yielding success for three endangered species in Thailand, conserving productive habitats, and finding solutions that are mutually beneficial for people & planet

Thailand has undergone rapid development over the last three decades, lifting many of its people from poverty. This has involved rapid industrialization, urbanization, and intensification of agricultural production and fishing.

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They call them ‘blue forests’—and they are among the most productive and valuable habitats on Earth.

Mangroves might not look like much to some, but these humble salt-loving species are vital to coastal ecosystems and communities the world over. They are a crucial breeding habitat for aquatic wildlife—with some 75 percent of commercially fished species either spending part of their life cycle in mangrove ecosystems or depending on the habitat for food. They also protect the coasts themselves, with their dense root systems acting as natural buffers against storm surges.

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Trials carried out by the GEF-funded Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project explored the use of electronic monitoring systems to increase transparency

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The Mexican city of Xalapa is surrounded by ecosystems that not only harbor stunning flora and fauna, but also provide crucial services to the city and its 580,000 people.

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For many people, retirement is a chance to take a break. Not so for Victorin Laboudallon, a grandfather from the Seychelles who spends his days planting forests to fight climate change.

Wherever there’s a forest fire in the Seychelles, you can be sure you’ll find Laboudallon ready to fight back, armed with seeds and shovels.

“Protecting nature makes me very happy in life,” says Laboudallon. “We need to protect it as much as we can, so other generations can enjoy it like I did when I was a kid.”

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