The three gentle giants of Prespa

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Filed under: Environment




I recently spent a morning with the rangers of Ezerani Nature Park, and it was an eye-opening experience. As I accompanied them to the first mission of the morning – a reported case of illegal logging in some far-flung corner of the park – the sheer scale of the task confronting these guys became instantly… Read more »

What six easy snapshots can tell you about our changing climate

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Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment




Today is the first day of COP21, and the stakes have never been higher. It is hoped that these crucial talks will reach a deal to limit the warming of our planet to two degrees Celsius. In his recent blog, my colleague Damiano Borgogno introduced the Global Support Programme, which was created because “ the technical information… Read more »

From Paris to your hometown: How climate action is going local

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Filed under: Climate change Development Environment




Over recent years, climate negotiations have gotten more and more complex. With 193 countries bringing competing interests to the table, perhaps that’s not surprising. So negotiators are taking a bottom-up approach, with individual countries coming to the table to declare what they are nationally prepared to do to advance internationally agreed upon goals.

Innovating local governance: What did you create?

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Filed under: Environment Governance Social innovation




If government is best run close to the people, then local self-governance is a cornerstone in the structure of our democratic political system. But in a time of limited budgets, how can we make our local government more efficient and responsive? Instead of leaving this headache to policymakers, Kolba asked those of us who are… Read more »

A school powered by the sun: Shining example from Croatia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion Social innovation




We all want the best for our children. A good school is often at the top of that list. Unfortunately, for many schools in Croatia today, the high cost of energy bills poses a challenge. The Ostrog Primary School, located in sunny Dalmatia, is changing that narrative.  A 25 kW solar energy plant, mounted on… Read more »