In some ways India could be considered a test case for the rest of the world, as it works out how to feed its population of 1.3 billion people in a sustainable way. The challenge is to achieve this feat without degrading the land, soil and water resources, destroying the country’s rich diversity of flora and fauna, or causing serious smog in cities like Delhi.
‘’For years, we were suffering from inflamed sinuses and unable to breathe,” said Monir Abdo, a resident of El-Saf, a city about 50 kilometers away from Egypt’s capital of Cairo. “I had to have an operation done. The bad smell was continuous, day and night. It got worse during summer.’’
‘’Now the pesticides are removed,” he continued, “our health is better. Finally, my children are able to study without being distracted by nasty smells and breathing difficulties.’’
Since the beginning of this century Viet Nam has experienced years of rapid economic growth, driven mainly by the processing and manufacturing sectors. By 2013, the government had established 173 industrial zones, with an average of 90 companies in each zone. Basic environmental legislation had been passed but regulation and enforcement capacity was weak.
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.
A five-year, $50 million Global Environment Facility-funded program rolled out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners has made remarkable progress in protecting international waters' biodiversity by rendering fishing in these waters less harmful to several marine species, including sea turtles and tuna.
The Good Practice Briefs were produced by the GEF Secretariat in collaboration with relevant GEF Agencies. Shared at the 57th Council meeting, this pilot series identifies good practice examples from the GEF project portfolio, in line with key GEF2020 strategic priorities and GEF-7 programming directions and policy recommendations.
The Ministry of Forests and Environment launched the Integrated Landscape Management to Secure Nepal’s Protected Areas and Critical Corridors (ILaM) at an event in Kathmandu. The $6.6 million project will be implemented in the Terai Arc Landscape for a period of five years.