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Preserving the “Earth’s Kidneys”

Preserving the “Earth’s Kidneys”

Wetlands are vital to the health of our planet. Like kidneys, which filter our blood to eliminate toxins, wetlands store, assimilate and transform pollutants before reaching the water table and waterways. They help control floods, mitigate droughts, naturally disinfect wastewater, and retain carbon. The Hubei province of China, known as the province of a thousand lakes, has 1.4 million hectares of wetlands. This territory serves as an ‘ecological kidney’ and also provides a habitat to 140 species of migratory birds. Human activity and climate change is threatening the territory. A UNDP project of wetland conservation is alleviating this threat.

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One trillion trees

One trillion trees

The World Economic Forum has launched a global initiative to grow, restore and conserve 1 trillion trees around the world – in a bid to restore biodiversity and help fight climate change. The 1t.org project aims to unite governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and individuals in a “mass-scale nature restoration”.

1t.org is designed to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, led by UNEP and FAO. Learn more here.

Technology to build resilient communities

Technology to build resilient communities

Mobile phones, satellite mapping, and other technologies can help the world better prepare for – and respond to – disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and landslides.

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Adaptation is the name of the game

Adaptation is the name of the game

Latin America and the Caribbean: a laboratory for climate action. A region that offers exciting opportunities to test and scale up a wide range of solutions to address climate-related issues.

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How can we build climate resilience for food security?

How can we build climate resilience for food security?

To ensure a world free of hunger, we need to use climate-smart agricultural practices such as drought-tolerant crop varieties, and agroforestry technologies that restore soil fertility and control soil erosion and desertification.

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10 stories of impact

10 stories of impact

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) celebrates 10 success stories of enhancing economic growth and human security, such as mobilising communities to manage floods in Thailand, investing in transboundary water management in Southern Africa, and preparing for regional drought in Slovakia.

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Catching the rain

Catching the rain

Rainwater harvesting can secure water resources in regions with irregular rainfall and in those facing increasing precipitation variability.

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