Sweeter than Honey: Economic Recovery Returns to DarfurSep 10, 2015South Darfur is known as a troubled region beset by years of endemic conflict, poverty, destruction of natural resources, and deterioration of livelihoods. However, the land is also a dynamic region that defies its popular conception as intractably and inevitably conflict-ridden. Recently, new projects being implemented by the UNDP Darfur Livelihoods Recovery Programme are slowly but surely changing that view.
Mapping out an environmental planSep 10, 2015The issue of the Kuwaiti environment is a long overdue concern. Like the rest of the world, Kuwait is trying to take steps to better its environmental progress and protect its climate. Initiatives in place plan to approach this issue from many angles. An important one includes highlighting the country’s entire environmental scope in order to understand the framework of the direction needed to improve the national conditions.
A community effort to save the environment from the pollution caused by the accumulation of solid wasteSep 10, 2015As the crisis persists in its fourth year, causing further deterioration of socio-economic situation, Syria is now the world's leader in forced displacement, with 9 million people having fled their homes, 6.5 million of whom are displaced within the country. The Syrian governorates have overflowed with IDPs, which have caused severe pressure on the available resources and weakened the social services.
A fresh crop: Exciting environmental initiatives take hold in northern SudanSep 10, 2015In the highly arid ecosystems in the northern part of the country lies River Nile state. Under the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) framework in the state, six villages that lay alongside the western bank of the River Atbara have been targeted by UNDP for increasing the resilience of the local communities to the effects of climate change in Sudan.
Agricultural Cooperative Association In Hallousieh – SIDA 2 projectsSep 10, 2015UNDP grant: 13,000$ for food processing equipments
The cooperative of Hallousieh was established in 1998 thank to the recommendations and encouragement of UNDP. Indeed, the cooperative first started with 12 members who were using the tractor granted by UNDP to support farmers by renting the truck for agricultural purposes at a reduced price, and help in municipal works such as garbage collection (due to the absence of the municipality at that time). Since, the cooperative grew and expanded its services and production; it now comprises a total of 57 members, 33 males and 24 females. As a first stage, the cooperative only had male farmers as members. However, in 2003 women started being included and became active members of the cooperative. The success of the cooperative currently relies on both genders joint efforts; male farmers provide the raw material and women ensure the processing and cooking of raw material by using traditional recipes . Women first started cooking in their homes until the ICU helped in rental expenses; the land is now secured for the coming 20 years. Women are very pleased to be actively involved in the village’s activities, to generate income supporting their families, and are proud to make their traditional food known and available in the market. They testified that their presence at the cooperative is not for financial purpose: “they will be willing to work as volunteers and are there for the self satisfying and rewarding experience”.
Buray flood control dykes changes life at Khadijo Haji villageSep 10, 2015In the Gedo region of Somalia, water from seasonal streams runs freely in the Dawa and Jubba rivers. Communities and Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) who live along these streams live in abject poverty. They lack resources and skills to utilize the water during rainy seasons to better their lives.
Climate change boosts drought and floods in North LebanonSep 10, 2015There is a seemingly natural incline, among most, to an inexplicable fascination with the weather. Its mention in most casual conversations proves both a simple ice-breaker and a curious insight into human thinking. With the growing frequency of natural disasters brought about by climate change, however, the weather appears to be giving us more to talk about than we would have bargained for.
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