The gender panel at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum held in Paris, alongside COP21, urged that recognizing a woman's right to land is a key stepping stone in paving the way forward for women's rights.
The latest episode of the Thrive podcast takes a close look at the ground beneath our feet. Soil, on which terrestrial life depends, is often ignored precisely because it is everywhere and yet invisible.
Farming in western Kenya is challenging. Although farmers can cycle two full crops in a single year, poor soils and expensive traditional fertilizers keep yields low. But results of a study offer farmers hope in the form of phosphate rock.
As dam construction surges across Southeast Asia’s Mekong region, major changes in river flows, sedimentation, and fisheries are taking place. WLE Greater Mekong has been compiling a free and publicly available Dam Observatory that collects data on planned and constructed hydropower and irrigation dams in four Southeast Asian river basins.
The Government of India announced a new multi-billion dollar scheme to solarize farm irrigation on a national scale. This is due to the success of the first ever solar pump irrigator's cooperative established in Gujarat, based on research done by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), WLE and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), with support from the Tata Trust.
In an era of rampant land development and increasing climate unpredictability, the world is growing used to alarming images of flooded city streets. But cities can combat these floods by turning themselves into "sponge cities".
As the world marks World Wetlands Day this week, Colombo is gearing up to be recognized as one of the first official “Wetlands Cities” accredited by the Ramsar Convention. The vital benefits of urban wetlands – wet areas such as swamps, marsh and ponds – are on display in Colombo every day. They are, in fact, some of Colombo’s most precious infrastructure.
Sri Lanka Daily News. Colombo is drying up—literally. Since the 1980s, the city has lost almost 60 percent of its wetland area. Today, on World Wetlands Day, it’s more crucial than ever to consider why all of this matters—and why the fight to save Colombo’s remaining wetlands is one that should involve each and every one of us.
Roar Media. The importance of Colombo’s wetlands—and indeed wetlands in all major cities, globally—cannot be overstated. They are a vital cog in the health and wellbeing of the city’s ecosystem. They are a natural defence against flooding, provide a no-cost sewage network, and grant fertility to the farms and paddy fields that feed the population.