Scientists and government officials are collaborating with communities to test out new approaches to reversing land degradation—methods that might have potential to change the status of the entire highlands region from vastly degraded to successfully restored.
WLE’s Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) program is striving to reduce urbanization’s negative footprint on ecosystems by safely converting human waste into a resource that benefits farmers, improves sanitation, and generates new business opportunities.
Finding ways to assess and manage trade-offs and opportunities - balancing human development and environmental preservation - may be the most important contribution made by scientists from WLE and its partners to the SDG process.
India has a new climate-smart cash crop: Sunshine. The sun increasingly is powering irrigation pumps on farms, and to avoid over-pumping of groundwater researchers have helped enable farmers to sell back surplus solar power to the utility grid.
Around 5,000 acres of farmland in arid and semi-arid regions are lost every day to damage caused by salt, according to a UN report with contributions from scientists at the International Water Management Institute and WLE.