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Water and energy - twin benefits from UNDP--Coca-Cola projects

  The concept of ‘water and energy’ – the theme of World Water Day in 2014 – can conjure up thoughts of large cooling towers in power stations and the hefty power needs of industrial-scale water-treatment plants. But on a much smaller scale, within communities, water and energy also go hand in more

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Restoring the health of Lake Prespa

At over five million years old, Lake Prespa is amongst the most ancient freshwater lakes in the world.   The beautiful but environmentally vulnerable region of the Prespa Lake Basin is home to more than 2,000 species of fish, birds, mammals and plants. Many of these species are unique and manymore

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New solutions to energy challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

New York, 11 December 2013 – UNDP launches the third volume of Empowering Lives, Building Resilience, a report compiling sustainable energy success stories from UNDP’s work in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. These stories demonstrate how sound policies, capacities and finanmore

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Communities help manage Turkey’s Kure Mountains National Park

Turkey is home to three globally recognized biodiversity hotspots, and has had a system of protected natural areas in place, but half its forests are considered degraded as a result of encroachment, overgrazing and illegal logging.   With UNDP support, Turkey is starting to turn the decline armore

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Unlocking energy-efficiency in Kazakhstan

A student at Public School Number 9 in Astana, 14-year-old Arman said that a few years ago, the gymnasium in his 63-year-old school was so cold in winter that he and his classmates could see their breath.   "We hated going to gym class," he said.   The chill hurt students’ healthmore

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After the Rain - new documentary about women coping with climate change

  “It isn’t the strongest species that survives, nor even the most intelligent, but the species most adaptable to change.”   Charles Darwin   So begins After the Rain, the first ever documentary film made by a Macedonian director about climate change, will be screened in Skopje this more

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Montenegro reconfigures its energy strategy

Europe is consuming increasing amounts of energy. Average energy use in the European Union (EU) rose by 1.4 percent yearly from 1990 to 2012. Consequently, the EU has been encouraging its member states to explore alternative sources of energy, particularly renewables.   Montenegro has also more

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Solar powered concert rocks Chisinau

CHISINAU, Moldova - 30 April 2013 - A solar powered concert in Chisinau this past weekend is just the beginning for rock band FurioSnails.   "In 2014, we would like to organize a larger-scale concert powered by renewable energy," said FurioSnails soloist Lilian Severin.   "Wmore

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Gloomy prospects for carbon markets in the region

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — 29 April 2013 — In 2012, the value of the global carbon market rose to $176 billion and it was not long earlier that analysts had been predicting a trillion dollar market within the next decade. The carbon market was supposed to turn into the world’s largest commodity market amore

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In Turkey, an earthy alternative to chemical fertilizers

Earthworms are providing farmers with an appealing, organic alternative to chemical fertilizers in a part of Turkey that suffers from high levels of land and water pollution - with 45 farmers piloting the use of fertilizer made from earthworm waste in western Turkey’s Gediz River basin.   more

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Communities take action to address climate change

The village of Aygehovit, Armenia experienced a string of 18 hailstorms in the past five years. Hailstones – some the size of chicken eggs – caused $125,000 in losses in this remote area that relies on its vineyards as a mainstay of its economy.   The local authorities conducted a risk assessmmore

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In Moldova, big plans for biomass

The kindergarten in the village of Ermoclia has declared its independence. Energy independence, that is. Instead of struggling to keep students warm with expensive imported gas, the kindergarten now heats up with locally produced biomass fuels.   It’s good for the children and the environment more

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How can SMS and Facebook help farmers in Prespa?

“This is the one everyone knows from cartoons - the little worm in the apple,” says Eftim Petkovski, scooping the larva of a codling moth from an apple in his orchard in Resen.   “But it’s no joke, I can tell you – if we farmers don’t spray for them early on, all our livelihoods are at risk.&qmore

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Kyrgyzstan: Setting ground rules for investment in hydropower

"It’s just plain and dry land for now, but I hope in several years this land will be green and employ hundreds of farmers," says Asan Halbekov showing the 2,000 hectares of land in the village of Toguz-Bulak in the far west of Kyrgyzstan’s Batken Province.   "Since the collapse omore

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Restoring hope in the future for Prespa Lake

"We used to do a lot of things without thinking about the effects on the environment," says Naume Toskovski, an apple farmer in the Prespa Lakes region of fYR Macedonia.   "We didn’t know that dumping apples would pollute the water."   "Perhaps it’s a different stomore

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