Getting a handle on it: Twitter and disaster relief in fYR Macedonia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Disaster response Social innovation

As the recent devastation wrought by flooding in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has shown, social media has a vital role to play in spreading information during natural and human-made disasters. Twitter is a great example of a platform that can quickly deliver vital information to a vast number of people. So Igor Miskovski of the… Read more »

Czech Republic and Montenegro: Cleaning up after a legacy of irresponsible mining

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Filed under: Development Disaster response Environment

The Czech Republic is no stranger to environmental burdens, thanks to a legacy from the Soviet army and from the mining industry in northern Bohemia. The Ministry of Environment is in charge of monitoring environmental hot spots, creating environmental legislation, and coordinating clean-ups. The Czech Republic is focusing on developing a sustainable economy, or what… Read more »

When disaster hits: A mobile app for people with disabilities

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Filed under: Central Asia Development 2.0 Disaster response Human rights Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

Just imagine that you can’t hear and you can’t speak. What happens when there is an emergency? An earthquake, a fire, or any other natural or man made disaster? The more than 21,000 people with hearing and speaking disabilities (deaf-mute) in Kazakhstan have to rely on other people’s help during an emergency situation – relatives… Read more »

Exploring behavioural science: How to encourage farmers to be more climate friendly

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Disaster response Environment Social innovation

Just over 35,000 hectares of protected land in Vashlovani national park, Georgia, is vulnerable to climate change and under threat of desertification. The park is also used for winter pastures by Tush shepherds (about 45 farms), who have been grazing their sheep on the land for centuries. Unsustainable use of pastures within the territory has… Read more »

The fate of farmers in the Lower Amu-Darya State Biosphere Reserve

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Filed under: Central Asia Disaster response Environment Social inclusion

The shrinking of the Aral Sea has been called one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters. Once one of the world’s largest lakes, the Aral Sea is now just 10 percent of its original size due to the diversion of the Amu-Darya river flow and extensive irrigation. The shrinking has resulted in severe environmental and… Read more »

Empowering communities in the Aral Sea disaster area

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Disaster response Poverty

The Aral Sea – once the world’s fourth largest lake – is now just 10 percent of its original size, due to devastating over-irrigation over the past 40 years. As a result of the Aral Sea environmental disaster, Karakalpakstan, and its northwestern communities of Muynak, Shumanay and Kanlikul are faced with alarming insecurity. The drying… Read more »