6 Ensure environmental sustainability
Where are we?
Environmental sustainability (MDG 7) remains a concern for the entire region, in spite of the significant decline in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 and other improvements in environmental performance. The increased emissions per capita and the limited progress in improving energy efficiency over the last decade suggest that a number of countries are not on a sustainable path. Moreover, energy efficiency continues to be relatively poor in a number of economies. Lack of access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation remain serious problems in many of the transition economies.
Overuse of pesticides in Resen has been proven to be a major cause of pollution in the environmentally vulnerable region of the Prespa Lake Basin. Farmers in Prespa reduced their use of pesticides by 30 percent, thanks to SMS and Facebook updates on weather and pests.more
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Tush shepherds in Georgia have been grazing livestock in what is now Vashlovani national park for centuries. But the land is vulnerable to climate change and under threat of desertification, and we want to know how to best help them to adapt.more
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The 8 Millennium Development Goals
- 1 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
- 2 Achieve universal primary education
- 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
- 4 Reduce child mortality
- 5 Improve maternal health
- 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
- 8 Develop a global partnership for development