The Strumica River Basin is one of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. By 2020, water demands in the Strumica River Basin are expected to increase by 40 percent, while extreme weather events – such as floods and droughts – are also expected to become more frequent. To avoid… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Environment
In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the hackathon idea, and how we’re planning it to use it in Belarus to kick off Shift week. We chose to explore three overarching themes: healthy lifestyles, environmental protection, and disability-friendly employment. We held an open call for ideas and out of the 20 applications received, nine seemed like… Read more »
Vahid Huseynov is a farmer from mountainous Burovdal, a tiny village in the Ismayilli region of Azerbaijan. In the past few years, he’s been having trouble grazing his sheep in summer pastures. They’re just getting harder and harder to find.
In the last few decades, environmental sustainability has been recognized as a key part of development. It forms one of the Millennium Development Goals and dominates the post-2015 consultations. But let`s be honest: Economy-centred growth, with little regard for environmental impact, still dominates the development strategies of most countries.
This is a story of how we won hearts and minds in Georgia with our World Environment Day campaign. But first, let me start with a bit of background.
From its significance to the silk trade routes in the 13th century, to its rise as a great energy producer during the first oil boom of the 19th century, Azerbaijan has long been known for its geo-strategic position in the world. Today, with the successful completion of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline, this has never been truer.
The Rioni River basin in Georgia is becoming more and more susceptible to extreme climate events. Floods, landslides, and mud torrents are increasing in both intensity and frequency, causing extensive damage to agriculture, forests, roads, and communications infrastructure. More than 10,000 hectares of agricultural land has fallen out of use in the past decade due to… Read more »
Tajikistan’s mountainous landscape is certainly beautiful, but it’s also difficult to cultivate: only seven percent of the land is suitable for economic use. Nevertheless, agriculture remains the backbone of the economy, and the poor in particular depend on it for their livelihoods.
A year ago, we received seed funding from the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund for an innovative agricultural project. Today, we’re testing hydroponics alongside the conventional methods of growing vegetables in order to figure out which one yields more.
Last week I accompanied UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, on a trip to Serbia. We went to see for ourselves the damage wrought by the floods that struck in May. The most catastrophic natural disaster in the Balkans in over a century, the floods led to over 50 deaths, with thousands displaced and left homeless. Even… Read more »