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The people living on the mountain are the poorest of the poor and the unluckiest of the unlucky - losing children, homes and crops to the conflict and lacking schools and medical clinics. These women, having seen years of fighting, were not willing to give up. Photo: <a href=\"http://www.jenguyton.com/\">Jen Guyton</a>.

Are you here to plant trees or help people?

How Gorongosa National Park is using agriculture to protect biodiversity and lift people out of poverty Imagine trying to convince a group of poor farmers who don’t know you to plant a crop that they’ve never heard of, has no nutritional value, and takes three years to start producing. After…
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Elephant in Gorongosa National Park. Photo: Sarah Wyatt/GEF.

Elephants hate kale and other lessons in bringing conservation and development together

When I try to explain the importance of the GEF when it comes to protecting the world’s biodiversity, I end up with two main arguments. First, biodiversity is not evenly distributed across the planet. And second, most of the places with the highest biodiversity are also the home of very poor people…
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An invasive lionfish. Photo: Rich Carey/Shutterstock.

When life gives you lionfish: Innovation in fighting invasive species in the Caribbean

Seeing a lionfish while diving in the Caribbean is a cause for mixed emotions. On the one hand, one marvels at the exquisite beauty of the fishes’ flowery fins and its amazing adaptability to a range of habitats, from shallow estuaries with low salinity to deep reef environments. But then you…
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Elephant in Gorongosa National Park. Photo: Sarah Wyatt/GEF.

Como os elefantes detestam couves e outras lições para integrar conservação e desenvolvimento

Quando tento explicar a importância do Fundo para o Meio Ambiente Mundial (GEF) na protecção da biodiversidade, falo de dois dados fundamentais. O primeiro é a distribuição desigual da biodiversidade no nosso planeta e, o segundo, a maioria dos lugares com maior biodiversidade está situada onde a…
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The vaquita has now been classified as Critically Endangered with only about 60 individuals left in the wild. Photo: Paula Olson/NOAA.

Three ways to include biodiversity protection in your life, besides cutting back on totoaba bladders

The theme of this year’s International Day of Biodiversity is “Mainstreaming biodiversity; Sustaining people and their livelihoods” and if you’re like 99% of people you will then ask – what is mainstreaming biodiversity? Mainstreaming biodiversity is a broad term we use to describe a suite of…

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