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Local treasures: Nepal’s mountain crops drive biodiversity and economic growth

Source: UN Environment Programme

Remote mountainous regions of Nepal are harsh places in which to survive and make a living. Economic, social and environmental challenges include lack of market access, outmigration, dependency on imports and subsidies, women’s drudgery, malnutrition, unpredictable weather, pests and diseases. To tackle some of these challenges, UNEP and partners are working with the local community to conserve biodiversity of crops, to boost food security and resilience. Read more.

COVID-19 and SDG 6 goals: All that we need to learn and do

By Mahreen Matto, Sumita Singhal

We need political will and commitment during COVID-19 times. Our world is packed with knowledge and we can achieve SDG6 goals if we remain engaged. Read more.

Sufficiency – An approach towards a sustainable (digital) future

By Carmen Ferri

In environmental research, sufficiency is seen as a major pillar of sustainability. However, up to this day, sufficiency has been widely absent in the political and public conversations on environmental strategies. With digitization informing novel technologies and means to manage resources, there are also promising avenues for sufficiency measures being discussed and introduced. Read more.

Global Sustainable Development Report

Prof Messerli’s (chairman of UN SDG report sep 2019) presentation at the SUDAC conference and his speech at the UN.

Can ice stupas solve the water crisis in the Himalayan Desert?

Content source: BBC News

Meet the engineers who build glaciers from scratch to help isolated villages in Ladakh, the northern most province of India. Sonam Wangchuk’s team hope that when the man-made sculptures melt, they will provide water in times of need. Watch the video.

How the Climate Justice Movement in South Asia Took a Big Step Forward Last Week

by Nagraj Adve

The climate justice movement in South Asia, and India in particular, took a significant step forward last week with the launch of the South Asian People’s Action on Climate Crisis (SAPACC). Read more.

An agroforestry scientist’s notes on Kodagu, coffee and climate change

by Nandita Jayaraj

After spending over three years with small farmers in coffee plantations, ETH Zurich’s Maike Nesper presents a strong case for promoting traditional coffee growing practices. Read more.

Biochar, a possible solution for crop burning in India

by Sandhya Ramesh 

Read more about Biochar by UZH researcher Samuel Abiven and his team, and how it solves issues pertaining to residual crop waste, crop quality and soil fertility.