Archive for June 27th, 2020

27/06/2020

A Kenyan Entrepreneur Fights Deforestation with a New Energy Solution

To mark Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, which falls on 27 June, we are profiling entrepreneurs who are helping to tackle some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues.

36175280672_822bb300f2_kWhen Leroy Mwasaru was in his teens, he noticed a major problem at his Kenyan boarding school. Ageing pipes were leaking sewage directly into a nearby stream, which was a source of water for a neighbouring community.

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27/06/2020

The Power of Small: Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day

A woman with a mask and detergents
Martha Maocha runs a detergent manufacturing company but has recently started making hand sanitising gel, which protects against COVID-19. Bulawayo, April 2020. Photo: KB Mpofu / ILO.

To continue playing their crucial role in creating decent jobs and improving livelihoods, small businesses depend more than ever on an enabling business environment, including support for access to finance, information, and markets.

Let’s not forget that these enterprises, which generally employ fewer than 250 persons, are the backbone of most economies worldwide and play a key role in developing countries.

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27/06/2020

Cameroon: Entrepreneur Aims to Plant a Billion Trees to Create Local Jobs

Human Wrongs Watch

To mark Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, which falls on 27 June, we are profiling entrepreneurs who are helping to tackle some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues.

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Agricultural technician at a plantation in Cameroon, Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

27 June 2020 (UN Environment)* — Tabi Joda grew up in the forest, spending hours playing with his friends among the trees that lined the Mambila Plateau between Cameroon and Nigeria. But as they got older, there were fewer trees to climb amid a widespread and ruinous deforestation that turned trees into timber and agricultural land into deserts.

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27/06/2020

The Future Belongs to the Tropics!

The Tropics account for 40 per cent of the world’s total surface area and are host to approximately 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity and much of its language and cultural diversity. Photo: FAO/IPPC

The Tropics are a region of the Earth, roughly defined as the area between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn. Although topography and other factors contribute to climatic variation, tropical locations are typically warm and experience little seasonal change in day-to-day temperature.

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27/06/2020

‘Historic’ Caribbean Dust Storm, Posing Significant Threat to Health, Shows Importance of Having Effective Warning Systems in Place

Human Wrongs Watch

A massive dust storm currently blanketing many parts of the Caribbean, posing a significant threat to regional health, has revealed the importance of having effective warning systems in place, the World Meteorological Office (WMO) said on Friday [26 June 2020]. (*)

WMO | A dust storm which originated in the Sahara in Africa has arrived in the Caribbean.

The storm arrived in the Eastern Caribbean from North Africa last week, affecting a wide area so far, spanning from the northern coast of South America to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

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