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One of the world’s most vital ecosystems is set to take a step closer to a sustainable future, with the announcement of a US$63-million programme to stabilize forest cover, peatlands, and wildlife populations across the Congo Basin.

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On March 11, a group of policy makers, implementation partners and donor partners, met to align on their priorities and strategies for mini-grid market development, and to accelerate the implementation of mini-grid projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Summit explored mini-grid cost reduction pathways and business models, as well as providing a forum for the attendees to exchange best practices and lessons learned from their experiences with mini-grids in Africa.

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Unsustainable food systems are threatening human health and environmental sustainability. We need to change the way we farm—and our diets.

There are more of us, we’re getting wealthier, and we’re demanding more protein-rich foods, such as meat. In the long run, this is simply not sustainable.

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Inclusive dialogue with stakeholders is increasing country ownership and helping to enhance the impact of programming in GEF’s new four-year funding cycle, known as GEF-7.

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The Government of Lao PDR is leading the way to ensure complementarity and coherence in its programming plans for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), two global climate funds and the operating entities of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC. It is the first country to host a joint mission of GCF and GEF to support ambitious climate action in Lao PDR.

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In an effort to reduce the impact of drought on two of Cambodia’s most at-risk provinces, Kampot and Takeo, UNDP Cambodia and DanChurchAid have joined together to establish two new provincial drought information hubs and to train farmers and local communities in climate-resilient agriculture.

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UN Environment has been working with a broad range of partners to better assess the health of lake ecosystems in India, Kenya and the Philippines.

Economic activity in and around Lake Naivasha, and the rapidly growing population, have placed mounting environmental pressure on this important source of freshwater in central southern Kenya.

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Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy

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India will host the next global Conference on desertification, land degradation and drought from 7 to 18 October 2019 at the Vigyan Bhavan conference centre in New Delhi. Participants from 197 Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will have access, for the first time, to a wealth of vital new scientific data. They will have access to Earth Observation data on the trends in land degradation dating from 2000, gathered from 120 of the 169 countries affected by desertification.

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According to Belarusian tradition, Father Frost (also known as Dzyed Maróz or Santa Claus) lives in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, part of the immense primaeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.

It is hardly surprising then that Belarus’s largest manufacturer of high quality children’s plastic toys and games is based a few miles away. 

Polesie is a toy manufacturer located in the small town of Kobrin, famous for its cheese, and now also its toys.

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