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With more than half the world’s population living in cities, a figure predicted to grow to 70 percent by 2050, it is an increasingly urban world.

And while our cities might be key to economic growth, they are also major drivers of environmental degradation, consuming two-thirds of the world’s energy and accounting for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Ile aux Aigrettes, or Egret Island, is just one of the many small islands off the coast of Mauritius named after birds. There’s also Common Noddy Island, Shearwater Island, Lesser Noddy Island, Bird Island, Bird Rock, and Flamingo Island.

There is just one thing missing from all these islands with avian appellations.

Large populations of seabirds.

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Sierra Leone has experienced significant human, environmental, and economic hardship from climate change over the past decade, and floods, landslides, and extreme weather events only expected to increase in the years ahead.

Yet the West Africa country is also home to an innovative and entrepreneurial network of small businesses, many of whom see opportunity in creating and distributing products and services that can help families and communities cope and respond to a changing climate.

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Nepal’s steep topography and melting glaciers makes it vulnerable to many climate change-induced hazards, including floods, landslides, and debris flows, with impacts seen in mountains, hills, and valleys alike. These fragile and beautiful ecosystems are also now facing new pressures from large numbers of people returning to the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Argentine scientists have developed a potentially potent weapon against COVID-19, derived from a special kind of antibodies in the bloodstream of domesticated llamas. The finding was made while working on a Global Environment Facility-supported research project designed to help protect the llama's wild and threatened cousin, the guanaco. 

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From the 1970s to the early 1990s, Daria Babenkova’s family was one of many in Tajikistan who relied on bees for their livelihood – shipping their hives across the country’s mountains and prairies as they sought out the flower meadows that would yield the finest honey.

“Relying solely on honey production did not guarantee a secure income so my family began taking on pollination jobs as they travelled,” Daria said. “Farmers would pay them to camp around their fields for a few days at a time so the bees would pollinate their crops.”

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and restore nature amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects. For details on the Council proceedings, please click here.

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The Global Environment Facility’s latest work program, approved by the GEF Council in December 2020, includes a series of projects designed to help countries protect and regenerate nature amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of these projects.

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Gender gaps at the nexus of food, land use, and restoration must be tackled to establish sustainable production landscapes, a core aim of the Global Environment Facility-supported Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR) impact program.

More than 25 participants from 15 countries, and 10 partner and collaborating organizations attended a recent webinar, the first in a series of FOLUR global practice knowledge and learning events for core partners to discuss strategies and plan upcoming activities. The event resulted in the creation of a technical gender working group.

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Regenerative agribusinesses can catalyze ecological restoration, carbon sequestration, and food security whilst driving job creation and supporting livelihoods.

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