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31.3.2018 International Day of Forests 201

International Day of Forests 2018: Halting deforestation in the Amazon


Source:, 2018-03-22

Twenty years ago, the fate of the Amazonian rainforest was a cause celbre and many environmentalists believed it to be a lost one. After decades of rapid deforestation, peaking in the 1990s, prophets of doom were beginning to draft obituaries for the world's largest tropical forest.

Now it is being celebrated in a different way. Over the intervening period, the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has fallen by more than two thirds. And though the battle for the forest's future is far from over, it has begun to become a symbol of hope, not despair.

At the heart of the transformation lie determined government policies and an extraordinary programme, pioneered with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) following the vision provided by the government of Brazil, that has created more than 100 reserves. The Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) programme, begun in 2002, has exceeded all its targets.


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31.3.2018 World Water Day 2018

World Water Day 2018: Water for nature


Source:, 2018-03-22

Earlier this week, a new UN report issued a dire warning saying that 3.6 billion people, or half the world's population, already live in areas where water can be scarce for at least one month a year. Projections are that this number could go up to 5.7 billion people by 2050 if business as usual continues.

The World Water Development Report 2018, entitled Nature-based Solutions for Water, was launched in Brasilia in advance of UN World Water Day, an event celebrated every year on March 22. This years theme is nature based solutions (NBS): the answer to reducing pollution, droughts and floods lies in nature.

To address these urgent challenges and to share ideas and help identify solutions to the growing water crisis, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) joined other organizations at the 8th World Water Forum (WWF) in Brasilia - the largest gathering on freshwater issues worldwide.

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