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Protecting Our Planet’s Lungs

By UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN CLIMATE CHANGE, INDIGENOUS & RAINFOREST The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiativeis a partnership between FAO, UNDP and UNEP. “We cannot live without our land,” says Cirila Tete, an indigenous leader living in the last refuge of the Harakmbut Amazonian people: the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve. As a member of Boca Isiriwe, one of the 10 native communities in this protected territory, Cirila defends the largest, most intact primary forest in Peru’s Southern Amazon region. The area is the source of livelihoods for more than 1,700 indigenous people, and Cirila is one of its stewards, protecting it from the ravages of mining and illegal logging. Because they breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, t...

8 Reasons We Love The Ocean

Who doesn’t love the ocean? This beautiful and mysterious element spans the globe, connecting all countries and all people. Humans have many reasons to show the ocean some love by protecting its ecosystems and preserving its valuable resources. See for yourself: 1. IT PROVIDES US WITH FOOD. Global fish consumption has skyrocketed over the past decades. On average, a person eats four times as much fish today than in 1950. In fact, fish and seafood are the main source of protein for four out of ten people in the world. That’s why we have to make sure our ocean stays healthy, and fisheries are managed responsibly. Photo: UNDP India Photo: UNDP India 2. IT PROTECTS US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE. The ocean plays an important role in regulating our planet’s weather and climate. It abs...

Loans and energy-saving technology transform lives in rural Ethiopia

For Kimiyaa Umar, a 35-year-old mother of six, from the district of Meta in central Ethiopia, lack of money and knowledge on how to run a viable business restrained her from bettering life for herself and her family. That was the case until a year ago, when Umar received a 3,000 Birr (140USD) interest-free loan, along with entrepreneurship training through the UN Women-Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, which has benefited over 19,500 women throughout Ethiopia. “We were selected to benefit from the programme for being the neediest. We had no capital or the knowledge on how to deal with business. Today, we are models in our village and many women have started to organize themselves by self-initiation,” said Umar, who leads a group of 13 women under the programme. Ki...

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