Transformer le brouillard en eau pour lutter contre le changement climatique au Maroc

  “Moissonner” le brouillard pour en faire de l’eau potable. L’idée semble pour le moins insolite et pourtant une ONG marocaine s’est donné pour mission de construire la plus grande installation de collecte de brouillard au monde. Le projet est en train de révolutionner la vie des villageois de la région. Quand le vent souffle depuis l’Atlantique, un épais brouillard s’installe sur la cime des montagnes dans la région de Sidi Ifni au Sud du Maroc. En altitude, même si les précipitations sont rares, les nuages créent un environnement où l’humidité est omniprésente. En plaine, pourtant, la région ne pourrait …

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Climate Change and Gender: Part 3 – Improving women’s lives through innovative water technologies

[:en]Water security has become a very hot topic in discussions on climate change adaptation. Access to water is one of the most basic human needs, essential to cooking, hygiene, sanitation and, needless to say to keep our bodies alive and functioning. Unfortunately, as a result of climate change, this vital resource is becoming increasingly scarce. But water is not only a matter of life or death, it’s also about gender inequality, economics and missed opportunities for girls and women. Water is closely tied to gender roles in many societies. In most parts of the globe, women are the ones traditionally …

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Climate change and gender: Part 1- Why should we care?

[:en]Environmental researchers have warned for years now that the destabilizing effects of global warming will inflict far more suffering on women than men. As climate change slowly kicks in, these warnings are becoming a sad reality. Unfortunately for women, climate change has become the next (very big) hurdle on the path to equality. Why are women so vulnerable to climate change? To answer this question, it is useful to think for a minute about what vulnerability actually means. When digging through the definitions, three key words keep reappearing: exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. Which makes sense, as the vulnerability of …

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Urban farming for a green future

Across the world, close to 800 million people, that is one in nine people, still struggle with hunger, while many more lack access to healthy and nutritious food. This food crisis is not unique to the developing world, in the United States and Europe millions of people live in food-insecure households. Achieving food security and improved nutrition is a key goal of the sustainability agenda, which can only be reached by empowering communities to provide for themselves, especially in urban areas, where 60 percent of the world population is likely to live by 2030 and where food production is particularly challenging. …

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Smart financial mechanisms to increase access to sustainable energy

Energy poverty is a widespread phenomenon. Close to 15% of the world’s population still has no access to electricity and when available, it is often either unreliable or too expensive. Access to clean energy, however, is crucial in the fight against poverty. When reliable and affordable sources of energy are missing, most economic activities become difficult to establish and run, homes are left without light for homework in the evenings and health can get compromised by the intensive use of kerosene, charcoal and so forth. Obstacles to energy access can be political (inequality, lack of investment in inclusive infrastructure, lack …

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Out of the box projects for valorizing plastic waste

The Plastic Village, the Plastic Bank and the Plastic Machine We all know it: plastic pollutes, fills up the oceans, kills marine and terrestrial wildlife and uses up a great amount of non-renewables resources. So what can we do about it? Have a look at the new projects posted on the Connect4SD Sustainability Hub and find out how creative individuals and organisations are working on new ways to collect, recycle and reuse plastic. In the jungle of Panama Robert Bezeau has set out to create the world’s first Plastic Bottle Village. Made up of 10’000 used plastic bottles, the first …

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