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Villages in Myanmar help build better access to clean water

The sound of cuckoos cooing may bring to mind summer, when this bird song is common in Myanmar. But Daw Kim Ma doesn’t like the sound, which reminds her of hot weather. Due to water shortages, summer used to be the least favorite season for villagers in Sin Owe Wa, situated along the Kaladan River. more

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Kyrgyzstan: Energy-efficient school offers national lessons

In Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest city of Osh, a new school has become Central Asia’s most energy efficient building. Incorporating state-of-the-art design principles, it consumes 50 percent less energy than similar structures, saving US $20,000 annually. More than 970 children now study in warm classr more

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In Panama, land deeds help farmers protect forests

Melquiades Jaén, a farmer in the Capira district of Panama, has spent 45 years living and working on his 130 hectares: cultivating the land, taking care of it, grazing cattle there. But has hasn’t been able to hold in his own hands the title deeds for his farm – until now. The Capira district west o more

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Zambian women lead the way
in conservation farming

Esnart Siandavu, 49, is engaged in a passionate discussion with a group of farmers on how to grow better crops.  Over the past 10 years, their Southern Zambian village of Muyumbela has been prone to extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. Crops and cattle have been destroyed, elimin more

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Nicaraguan communities are adapting to climate change

Macario López Meléndez lives in Salale, a village in Nicaragua affected by climate variability: rain, high temperatures, hurricane winds, droughts and soil erosion. This humble smallholder farmer says that in the dry season of January to May, the community suffers from food and drinking-water shorta more

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Ghana: New wells bring peace

Instead of going to school, Fatimata Seidu, a 12-year-old girl from Changli in northern Ghana, used to spend long hours fetching water for her family. With only one deep well for a community of 10,500 inhabitants, heated disputes over water sent many children, including Fatimata, on long treks in se more

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Zambia: Building environmental sustainability, one village at a time

Peter Kilalo, a 25-year-old community teacher from the village of Kaminzekezeke in north-western Zambia, has been recently appointed to serve as the local “Muzovu” or Awareness Project Officer. His task is to provide environmental awareness lessons to elementary school children in the north-western more

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Harnessing the sun’s abundance in Albania

Albania has plenty of sunshine—around 265 days a year. Now it is learning to harness the sun’s abundant rays as a source of clean, renewable energy. Nestled high in the Albanian Alps, the National Park of Thethi is home to one of the country’s largest woodlands and a variety of endangered species. S more

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FYR Macedonia: Municipalities join forces to improve energy efficiency

In the former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, many municipal authorities agree that energy efficiency is a sound economic solution -- they just don’t always know how to attain it. “We know these changes bring long-term savings, and we know they’ll be better for the environment,” says Mitko Vla more

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In Montenegro, making houses energy efficient and legal

Siniša Pavićević, 52, is a construction worker who lives with his wife and two sons in the town of Bijelo Polje, Montenegro. In 2004, he started building a house, but three years later he still could not afford to finish it or pay the fees for its legal title. Though the family was happy to move int more

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