Environment and Energy
Tush shepherds in Georgia have been grazing livestock in what is now Vashlovani national park for centuries. But the land is vulnerable to climate change and under threat of desertification, and we want to know how to best help them to adapt. more
Can we get the public to participate in projects that will benefit their communities? As we wrote back in July, we found that energy cooperatives offer a big “Yes!” to each of these questions. more
We experimented with the challenge prize to help find a solution for 3,000 returnee families in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina who have been without access to electricity since they came home after the war. more
Overuse of pesticides in Resen has been proven to be a major cause of pollution in the environmentally vulnerable region of the Prespa Lake Basin. Farmers in Prespa reduced their use of pesticides by 30 percent, thanks to SMS and Facebook updates on weather and pests. more
Earthworms are providing farmers with an appealing, organic alternative to chemical fertilizers in a part of Turkey that suffers from high levels of land and water pollution. more
Bosnia and Herzegovina is testing intercropping and hydroponics, two farming techniques to boost production and increase farmers revenue. more
Going off-road in Bosnia and Herzegovina seems like traveling back in time. Just a few kilometres into the countryside and you’ll find people who have returned to their pre-war homes living like their grandparents. No electricity. No TV. No refrigerator. more
Three months have passed since we started the campaign inviting all of you to test the mobile application and online platform for locating waste dumps in Montenegro. What difference did it make? more
An animated film about one little saiga who got separated from his herd. The film is based on drawings made by Uzbek children from Tashkent and the Jaslyk village on the Ustyurt plateau.
Endemic flora and species make Tusheti one of the richest protected areas in the Caucasus. But hard living conditions and unemployment force people to leave those beautiful mountains.
UNDP's Energy Efficiency project has been reconstructing public buildings throughout Uzbekistan. See a short review of the whole construction process with the Rural Health Clinic Oktepa.
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