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The world’s biggest ecosystem restoration project
“Any threat to our environment is a threat to our health, our society, our ecosystems, our economy, our security, our well-being and our very survival,” says a…
My cattle, your rhinos: South Africa’s poverty-and-wildlife conundrum
The coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to think deeply about human beings’ relationship with the natural world on which we all depend for our survival. Many…
The wonder trees that nurture marine biodiversity
This 2020 theme for the International Day of Forests on 21 March is Forests and Biodiversity. It's an often-quoted fact that forests are home to 80 per cent of…
Tree planting to promote environmental conservation and improve livelihoods in Burkina Faso
Biodiversity loss, through land degradation and drought, is a serious threat to the sustainable development activities across the continent of Africa. This is often…
The road to the strategy on the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030 is expected to be a global call to action, drawing together political support, scientific research and financial…
Afghan youth are helping shape the country’s first national environmental policy
Over 40 years of conflict and insecurity have taken their toll on Afghanistan in countless ways. Amongst the casualties, nature. For example, interminable conflict…
Biodiversity in grave danger: what can be done in 2020?
Taking action to stem biodiversity loss was the focus of several events, reports and activities in January—important reminders that 2020, the “Super Year” for…
Swimming on the edge: endurance swimmer takes on melting glaciers
What does it take to get the world’s attention on climate change? Lewis Pugh thinks swimming across a supra-glacial lake in East Antarctica might. The pioneer…
The effect of wildfires on sustainable development
With only 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders in September 2019 called for accelerated action in the next decade to deliver at…
Spotlight on Ethiopia’s tree-planting programme
“Climate change impacts have greatly affected Ethiopia in terms of flooding, drought and food insecurity,” says Margaret Oduk, Programme Coordinator of UN…
Ambitious project to restore Andean forests
Growing at altitudes of up to 5,000 metres, polylepis forests, comprising 28 recognized shrub and tree species endemic to the mid- and high-elevation regions of the…
Rewilding London’s urban spaces
Rewilding is an approach to conservation that lets nature return areas of land to a wild state. The process involves allowing ecosystems to restore themselves over…