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International Day of Forests 201
International Day of Forests 2018:
Halting deforestation in the Amazon
Twenty years ago, the fate of the Amazonian rainforest was a cause celèbre – 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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World Water Day 2018
World Water Day 2018: Water for
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 year’s 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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