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Harvesting in Colombia
Climate change poses a major threat to Latin America – from an increase in extreme weather events to the loss of livelihoods, the most vulnerable risk suffering most.
Earth's ocean
From the ways we lead our lives to the production processes which support them, adopting more sustainable practices is central in ensuring a better future. The United Nation’s One Planet Network was formed in acknowledgment of just how far we have left to go – with the goal of providing a unified direction to achieve sustainable consumption and production patterns.
The Larger than Tigers report, released by the European Commission in May, presents a synthesis of the challenges facing biodiversity across Asia. Lead author Pete Wood walked us through the report’s main findings.
With a population predicted to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050 according UN estimates and increasing resource scarcity to match – shifting to a sustainable economic model is quickly becoming an imperative. Capacity4dev caught up with the European Commission and Chatham House, to find out what a circular economy means for the developing world – and how it can be promoted in development cooperation.
Virunga: Preserving Africa’s national parks through people-centred development
Home to rare and endangered species, the Congo’s national parks are also sites of human conflict. Without addressing the material drivers behind ecological degradation, conservation risks a losing battle. For Virunga, tackling socio-economic challenges facing local populations was a necessity in preserving its natural heritage.
Dr.Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Uruhara at the Sweetwaters Sanctuary in Kenya.
Best known for her breakthrough study on chimpanzees and her activist work around the world, today, Jane Goodall focuses her efforts as much on conserving the natural environment as helping the people who depend on it. She sat down with Capacity4dev to explain the link between the two.
A Pakistani family sets up camp by flooded lands
Climate change affects everyone – from villagers in the most remote parts of the world, to metropolitan heads of government and private sector leaders. Amid a changing political landscape and an increase in climate impacts, dialogue and collaboration are needed more than ever to make a lasting difference.
Q&A with Franck Viault, former EU Head of Cooperation in Indonesia
In recent years, Indonesia has graduated out of bilateral EU development assistance. Franck Viault, who recently finished his post as the Delegation’s Head of Cooperation, explains the different projects and programmes and how they’ve been affected by the country’s graduation.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 29 September 2017
Water becomes priority for economic development
Sustainable Development Goals call for ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. But water’s significance goes further.
Women breaking stones
Sand, gravel and salt may have a low price per tonne, but their value for domestic development and their potential for local employment creation is significant, especially when compared to the more talked about minerals like copper and gold. With 70% of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, these humble ‘Development Minerals’ will play a crucial role in building homes and urban environments. The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, supported by the EU and UNDP, have initiated a capacity-building programme to develop this sector sustainably and improve livelihood opportunities.

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