Archive for March 20th, 2019

20/03/2019

Getting Smart at Securing Seas

Human Wrongs Watch

20 March 2019 (UN Environment)* When Ali Tewa started fishing after leaving school in 1990, the waters around Lamu County in southern Kenya were teeming with fish.

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Photo by Simon J. Pierce / Coral Reef Image Bank | Photo from UN Environment.

“Back then you could go to fish for about half an hour to a maximum of two to three hours and end up catching almost 200 to 300 kg of fish,” he said. “Now, you could go a whole day without catching any.”

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20/03/2019

World Needs to Produce 60% More Food by 2050 – Yet, Water Resources Are Under Increasing Stress Due to Climate Change, Poor Management and Pollution

Human Wrongs Watch

The world needs to produce an estimated 60 percent more food by 2050 to ensure global food security, and it must do so while conserving and enhancing the natural resource base. Water is a major input in the provision of food – from production in the field through all the steps in the value chain.*

Photo from FAO.

Water is also required to meet personal and household needs, for energy and industrial production, and to maintain important water-dependent ecosystems and ecosystem services.

With demand and competition for water on the rise, however, the planet’s water resources are under increasing stress due to climate change, poor management and pollution.

20/03/2019

Learn to Love Forests!

Human Wrongs Watch

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.

Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually.

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20/03/2019

A ‘South-South Galaxy’ Knowledge-Sharing Platform to Place in a ‘Single Digital Space all the Experiences of South-South Cooperation”

Human Wrongs Watch

When countries of the Global South forged an historic technical cooperation deal among themselves 40 years ago, digital technology was a thing of the future, but developing nations have come a long way since then.*

Laura Quinones/UN News | Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the Secretary General on South-South Cooperation, and the President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vásquez (centre), launching the report on ‘South-South Cooperation in the Digital World.’

China, for example, has managed to send an exploration vehicle to the dark side of the Moon, while India has a satellite orbiting Mars.

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20/03/2019

“Access to Safe, Affordable and Reliable Drinking Water and Sanitation Services Are ‘Basic Human Rights’ – New UN Report

Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday [19 March 2019] in Geneva.*

UN Environment/ Hannah McNeish | Before a UN Environment-supported rainwater harvesting project was set up at Kingani secondary school in the coastal town of Bagamoyo, the drinking water used to be so salty that students would complain of headaches, stomach aches and ulcers.
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