There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in the stuff. But 97 percent of this is salty ocean water. The remaining freshwater is mostly found in the form of ice, leaving precious little available for human use.
Despite contributing significantly to the cultural identity of the diverse ethnic groups and nations that call the high mountain regions their home, the number of snow leopards is rapidly dwindling. In the 12 countries where they are currently found there are only an estimated 4,000 snow leopards left.
Over the past decade, Peru's economy has been one of the fastest growing in Latin America. The country has cut poverty and extreme poverty in half, especially in rural areas. However, not everyone has reaped the benefits of this growth. A large segment of the population is relegated to outlying neighborhoods of large cities, where poverty has been rising in recent years.
Also known as "snail fever", schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease carried by fresh water snails. It is one of the most widespread tropical diseases in the world after malaria, affecting more than 249 million people globally, including 100 million children. In Tanzania, the first cases of schistosomiasis were reported in the early 19th century.
A project by UNDP and the Ministry of Environment in Panama aims to identify natural products for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries to promote sustainable and equitable use of genetic resources.