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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 intmore

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Uzbekistan: Revising energy codes, piloting energy savings

In winters past, electricity and hot water would all but stop flowing to School No. 2 in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. To cope with the sub-zero temperatures, it would heat with coal, wood and sometimes dried cow dung. Makeshift stoves were used to heat classrooms to tolerable temperatures. Somemore

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Lao PDR: Diversifying crops to cope with climate change

For Ki Her, the head of Kioutaloun village in mountainous northern Lao PDR, and 95 percent of the population who grow rice, the change in the weather over the past several years presents significant challenges. With shorter but more intense rainy seasons, followed by longer dry seasons, farmers are more

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Building a brighter future for rice farmers in Cambodia

Farmers in the small community of Tuol Sdey, in the Svay Rieng province of southeastern Cambodia, have reason to be happy. For the first time in decades they can rejoice in having two harvests in one season. This is largely due to the construction of a new water dam which stores rain in a nearby resmore

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Malawi women turn waste into a sustainable living

Norah Baziweli, a resident of Mtandire, an informal settlement in Lilongwe, Malawi, had a tough routine taking care of her family and earning a living. Every morning, she would wake at 4:00 a.m. to do chores and prepare breakfast for her three young children. After they left for school, Norah would more

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Recycling boosts incomes in Rwanda's capital

For Edith, Eugénie and Vestine, three women in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, life has taken a turn for the better since joining a local association that helps get vulnerable people off the street and earning an income, while cleaning up the city. The three are among 200 members of Association Dusabane tmore

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Teaming up to improve public services in Moldova

For 20 years, basic water, sewer and garbage services were a rare luxury for most people in Telenesti, Moldova. The town of 9,000 used to be one of the country’s poorest. Decaying infrastructure languished without repairs. For residents like Mihai Druta, 76, that meant struggling to carry water overmore

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Afghanistan: Women gain access to clean water

Until recently, women in the village of Jukna, in the remote province of Badghis in western Afghanistan, used to walk four kilometres a day to collect drinking water for their families. And even then, the scarce, brackish water was often a health hazard. “The women used to collect water from uncovermore

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In Uzbekistan, beekeeping benefits communities and the environment

Kuralbay Nugmanov, an entrepreneur and farmer in Karakalpakstan, north of Uzbekistan, says his community is much better off since they installed bee hives. “This year we got much better fruits and vegetables, as compared to last year. We believe that this is thanks to our bees,” he says. In Karakalpmore

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Saving every drop: Fighting drought in Honduras

In Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital, residents of the Campo Cielo district have one more line of defense against climate change and the severe drought putting over half a million people at risk of food shortage. With UNDP support, a 63,000-litre storage tank has been installed, along with a rooftop hamore