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At the heart of the Coral Triangle – the global center of marine biodiversity – lies the small island developing state of Timor-Leste.

Indigenous legend holds that Timór Lorosa'e (‘East Rising Sun’) was created by a great crocodile, Lafaek Diak, that transformed itself into land so that its human friends could live there.

Imposing mountains – the spine of the mythological crocodile – dominate the center of the country. Ancient marine fossils litter their peaks.

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Remote mountainous regions of Nepal are harsh places in which to survive and make a living.

Economic, social, and environmental challenges include lack of market access, outmigration, dependency on imports and subsidies, women’s drudgery, malnutrition, unpredictable weather, pests, and diseases.

To tackle some of these challenges, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners are working with the local community to conserve biodiversity of crops, to boost food security and resilience.

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Alejandro Anganuzzi is Global Coordinator of the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project, an FAO-managed and GEF-supported Common Oceans program, which aims to promote sustainable decision-making around both fisheries and conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

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