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Ghana

In search of the giant squeaker frog

Frog

Gilbert Adum loves frogs. So much so, that he has devoted his life to saving them. And in that pursuit, he is helping to improve local lives - and making his mark as a bit of an environmental hero.

Belize

Putting a pricetag on conservation

A parrot is sitting on a tree

As habitat loss, climate change and human intervention continue to threaten our species, conservation takes on an increasingly important role. But that comes at a price. Just how high is it?

Mexico

Dwarves and giants in the Gulf of California

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Poaching and overfishing is threatening wildlife and livelihoods in Mexico's Gulf of California. But now, local communities are getting on board to protect their environment.

Global

Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans

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The video explains how the agriculture sectors are the most vulnerable to climate change and climate variability.

Paraguay

Paraguay: Protecting Forest for the Benefit of Climate, People and Nature

View from above on forest in Paraguay

With a rapidly growing population and an advancing land use change Paraguay faces a huge challenge: to protect and enhance forest and high carbon stock areas. An IKI project  seeks the integration between human activities and forest conservation.

Rwanda

Saving Rwanda's marsh lands

Women and children sitting nearby the swamp

Mosquitoes, crocodiles, stagnant water: Swamps don't sound like pleasant places. But they are important ecosystems that feed rivers and lakes, and are home to a host of species - as some in Rwanda are discovering.

Peru

Peru: threatened delicacy from the Amazon

Man holding up a fish

The paiche is the largest carnivorous freshwater fish in the amazon region. And a delicacy. That threatens its population, which affects indigenous fishermen as well.

Nepal

Nepal: Fighting erosion with broom grass

Man and boy planting grass

Grass, in most forms, is overlooked as part of the fabric of our environment. But up close and deep down, there is rather more to it than meets the eye. In fact, it can be quite heroic.

Kenya

Recognizing Kenya's bid to preserve flamingoes

Screenshot of the film

Famous for its Red List, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is launching a “Green List” to highlight positive environmental projects. One of the first could be Kenya's Lake Bogoria nature reserve.

Thailand

Planting mangroves for greater biodiversity in Thailand

Mangrove plants

Mangroves were cleared in many places in Thailand to make way for shrimp ponds. But these days, many of these ponds lie idle. An initiative is trying to bring back the mangroves - which would benefit locals as well.  

Russia

Russia's peat bogs: An opportunity for the world's climate

Peat bogs

Peat bogs store twice as much carbon as all forests in the world, making their conservation essential for the fight against climate change. A project in Russia is doing even better: it is rewetting bogs.  

Peru

Protecting the Andean bear

Andean bear on tree trunk

Corn and goats are the snacks of choice for spectacled bears. But their eating habits are bringing them into conflict with disgruntled farmers in Peru. Some groups there are trying to smooth over bear-human Relations.

India

Mumbai moves to protect its flamingos

Flamingos flying over river

Mumbai isn't just home to skyscrapers and slums - thanks to its mangrove forests, it also attracts flamingos and rare bird species. But this biodiversity is under threat from pollution and illegal slum encroachments.

Philippines

The Value of Nature

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The project Protected Area Management Enhancement in the Philippines (PAME) is supporting the Philippine Government in implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

India

Media Reporting on Coasts

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The short film talks about media reporting and the interdependence of people regarding coastal protection.

India

Ecological Footprint

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The short film talks about the ecological footprint and its impact on natural resources and the planet.

India

Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services

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Short film about the marine and coastal ecosystem services.  

India

Indigenous Peoples' Adaptation to Climate Change

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Short film on adaptation strategies to climate change of indigenious communities.

India

The Jewels of Thane Creek

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The film titled "Jewels of Thane Creek" showcases the rich biodiversity of Thane Creek.

India

Chorao Island: A Place, its People and a Project

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Chorao Island, located in Goa’s Mandovi River, has a unique ecological and cultural history, involving many changes to its land and ecology.

India

Nature Under Threat: How to Conserve Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

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The film provides an insight into the project titled "Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Protected Areas (CMPA)."

Philippines

Protecting paradise on a budget

Man in a boat

One of the major challenges in protecting the planet's biodiversity is lack of funds. The marine protected area in the Philippines' Tanon Strait is a case in point. But help is at hand.

Nepal

Nepal between reconstruction and conservation

Woman with wooden sticks in her hands

The people of Nepal are still coping with the effects of the major April 2015 earthquake. Although reconciling reconstruction and environmental protection is challenging, forest committees are helping.

Colombia

Using microcredit to tackle a mega-problem in Colombia

Bus on a road

Small loans are helping farmers in Colombia arm themselves against climate change and protect the ecosystem. But they have to prove they are spending their microcredit on sustainable measures.

Costa Rica

Connecting Costa Rica's wildlife

Forest and fog

Even in Costa Rica, a country famed for its innovative environmental policies, animals find it difficult to get around. A network of new wildlife corridors should make migration easier.

Brazil

City planners in Brazil discover the value of nature

Two people viewing the city from a hill top

For a long time, nature was not high on the list of important features for city planners in Brazil. But increased landslides and pollutions have forced them to rethink their strategy.

India

A safe village for sea turtles

Beach

Sea turtles all over the tropics are a prime target for poachers for their meat, eggs and skin. One NGO in India is working with locals to protect turtles through a mix of education, ecotourism and plastic patrols.

Cambodia

The last cranes of Cambodia

Flying crane swarm

A conservation area and the introduction of organic farming aim to save the last 1,000 Sarus cranes in the wetlands along the mighty Mekong.

India

When forest rangers learn to dive

Rangers have to acquire new skills - i.e. diving.

India wants to protect some 1400 km of its coastline. As part of this effort forest rangers have to acquire new skills.

Global

Conserving wetlands for waterbirds & people

Screenshot: animated figures next to water

The animation video shows why wetlands are so important for waterbirds and people.

Guatemala

Saving the Maya rainforest

A foggy view over Selva Maya's rainforest.

The Selva Maya is home to immense biodiversity - and the ancient Maya city of Tikal. Today, the forest is under threat but NGOs and locals are working together to save it, along with their livelihoods.

Benin

Coexistence in the river delta

Making of a movie in Benin's Mono-Delta.

At the border between Togo and Benin, coexistence between people and animals hasn't been easy. A new biosphere reserve is helping.

Costa Rica

Cash for biodiversity in Costa Rica

Person looking at leaves

Costa Rica is a frontrunner when it comes to nature conservation but finding the cash to keep its status isn't easy. Conservationists, lawmakers and NGOs are searching for solutions.

Colombia

Dances with jaguars

Monkey in tree top

Colombia's SFF Los Colorados natural park is a haven for wildlife, but human settlers are causing problems. Park rangers are using novel ways to educate new arrivals about their environment, including a jaguar festival.

Seychelles

Protecting biodiversity in the island paradise of the Seychelles

Sandy beach

Protection of the ecosystem and a myriad of species has high priority on the Seychelles. The BIOFIN initiative will support the country in its efforts.

Ethiopia

Fighting to save a sacred forest

Person feeding cattle on meadow

The Sheka forest is one of the last tropical forests in Ethiopia and is sacred to the clans there. But human encroachment are threatening its survival. Now a local NGO is providing an alternative.

Peru

Simplicity is key to protecting Peruvian highland biodiversity

Castle remains

After hundreds of years living with nature, some indigenous communities in Peru are feeling the heat of climate change. They are using simple methods to continue their traditional existence and prevent biodiversity loss.

Global

Funding the Future

Screenshot landscape and film credits

'Funding the Future' talks about the successful work of BMUB's IKI. It offers project partners from different countries a platform to talk about how they contribute supported by IKI to mitigate emissions and to provide support to adapt to negative impacts of climate change.

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

People with boats on beach

The strip of Caribbean Ocean between St. Kitts and Nevis might be narrow, but is home to countless species. Because they have to share their space with fishing boats and tourists, there is plenty of scope for conflict.

Vietnam

Leeches on the trail of the rare saola

Man with antlers

Conservationists in Vietnam have tried in vain to track down the rare, endangered and elusive saola. They can't protect it until they know where it lives. To help in the search, they have enlisted blood-sucking leeches.

Kyrgyzstan

Weatherproofing the peaks of Kyrgyzstan

Man standing in front of mountains

In the furthest reaches of the Tian Shan mountain-range, water is becoming scarce. Little is left of the once mighty glaciers thanks to rising temperatures. Change is inevitable but people are learning to adapt.

Colombia

Economic success without deforestation

Cowboy on horse

Colombia's rangers and farmers need lots of space for production, which usually comes at the expense of the environment. But they could be successful and sustainable at the same time. They just need to learn how.

Moldova

Organic products for biodiversity

Person führt Pferdekutsche durch ein Dorf

A lot of farm land in Moldova has long been abandoned but as a result of the agricultural crisis, the soil has not been exposed to pesticides, creating ideal conditions for growing organic food.

Paraguay

Soya monocultures overshadow small-scale farmers

Farmland

While the rise of soya monocultures is changing the face of rural Paraguay, small-scale farmers are fighting back with traditional and environmentally friendly agriculture.

Uganda

Visions on Mount Elgon

National park

Uganda's Mount Elgon is home to an abundance of species - including an increasing number of humans. Now people there are back in the classroom to learn how they can live in harmony with the area's fragile ecosystem.

Peru

Coffee farmers protect Peruvian rainforest

Coffee farmers in Peru have been exploiting and destroying the rainforest for decades. But now, a new project is trying to teach them that cultivating coffee and protecting the forest don't have to contradict each other.

Mexico

In conflict with tradition

Mexico's Mayan population has always been deeply rooted in the forest. But today, their descendants have little choice but to exploit their home to survive. A forest protection project is trying to strike a new balance.

Senegal

Senegalese farmers get back to basics in the face of climate change

Drought and flooding might read like opposite extremes, but climate change is inflicting them both on parts of Senegal. Cultivating healthy ecosystems is one way local farmers are seeking to minimize damage.

Vietnam

Putting a price on mangroves

One of the world's richest ecosystems, mangroves have been severely eroded by shrimp aquaculture. Efforts are now underway to reverse the trend and ensure local fishermen a better income.

Brazil

An underwater referee fights for survival

A war is playing out in the depths off the coast of Brazil, where seagrass and algae threaten coral reefs. The parrotfish could be the solution - if it can be saved extinction.

Mexico

Protecting a playground for whales

Dolphins, whales and fish are among the many marine inhabitants that pass through the Gulf of California. Locals need them to continue visiting and are creating protected areas and sustainable fisheries to help.

Kenya

Kenya's largest river is a source of anger

Kenya's Tana river once supplied water in abundance, but dams essential to the nation's power supply are having devastating effects on rural communities.

Brazil

Trapped between growth and conservation

The rare Pau brasil tree on Brazil's east coast is dying out. Its population can only be boosted with the help of local communities who have to first be convinced that protecting the environment pays off for them too.

Honduras / El Salvador

A watery divide between El Salvador and Honduras

For decades communities in the Trifinio region fought over water they all felt was theirs to claim. Now they are taking a more pragmatic approach to resolving the critical issue of ensuring a steady supply.

Peru

Rivers without fish in Peru

Deforestation and gold mining waste are taking their toll on Peru’s lushly biodiverse Amazon Basin. In a bid to reverse the trend and earn a living, local communities are working with nature rather than against it.

Fiji

Struggling to save Fiji's marine wealth

The Pacific nation of Fiji is considered a paradise on earth. But in reality, the archipelago’s marine life is threatened. Researchers, politicians and residents need to join forces to save the rich underwater world.

Morocco

A lifeline for Morocco's fishermen

A fish breeding center at a lake in Morocco's Atlas Mountains is meant to boost dwindling populations and help local communities secure their livelihoods through increased fishing and tourism.

Mexico

The Monarch butterfly's incredible migratory journey

Millions of Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico from Canada each winter. It doesn't just make for a fascinating natural spectacle but is crucial for the entire ecosystem. Researchers are trying to find out exactly how.

Laos

End of the road for Laos elephants?

The elephant population in Laos is dwindling at an alarming rate. With more animals dying off than being born, the pachyderms face a real crisis. Their numbers as well their habitat need monitoring and preservation.

Indonesia

Learning to swing from the trees

The orangutans of Bukit Tigapuluh are to be released back into the Indonesian rainforest. But, first they need to train and master a whole host of skills that apes need to survive in the wild.

Grenada

Helping Grenada cope with water problems

A pilot project on Grenada is working to secure the water supply and conserve dwindling supplies of the precious resource. It's especially important for the island's main sources of income - agriculture and tourism.

Costa Rica

Preserving Costa Rica's coasts

Costa Rica has set itself ambitious climate goals, but balancing environment conservation with the needs of its people and its economy is proving to be a tricky task.

Kiribati

How climate change is reshaping societies

On the island of Kiribati, climate change has heightened social tensions and driven a wedge between local families. What's needed are cooperation and community spirit to battle global warming.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Green loans for the climate

Climate protection in Bosnia-Herzegovina is expensive. Low-interest loans aim to change that by encouraging private households and businesses to make their premises more energy efficient.

Turkey

Turkey turns to hydropower

Turkey faces an electricity shortage but one thing it has in abundance is water. The country plans to tap this potential and expand hydropower to ease its energy problems.

Morocco

Embracing wind power in Morocco

With its plentiful sunshine and frequent winds, Morocco boasts ideal conditions for a flourishing renewable energy industry - as illustrated by the success of a wind park in Tanger that is still growing.

China

The war on waste and methane

A model waste facility in Gaobeidian near Beijing is designed not only to reduce the amount of refuse amassed in the region, but also to protect the environment by curbing toxic methane gas emissions.

Vanuatu

Adapting farming to a changing climate

The Pacific island of Vanuatu is modifying its farming practices to cope with climate extremes.

Peru

Peru's shared natural riches

Peru's indigenous people are working to sustainably manage shared resources like forests and lakes.

India

Eco-friendly cooling in India

An Indian company is producing new air conditioners that use natural, climate-friendly coolants.

Mexico

Protecting Mexico's cloud forests

Farmers in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountain range are taking action to save their rich environment.

South Africa

Taking the climate train

Ahead of the UN climate summit 2011, a train traveled across South Africa to raise awareness.

India

When the Himalayas run dry

Droughts and deforestation threaten farmers on the foot hills. But clever water storage can help.

Serbia

Eco loans in Serbia

In Serbia, special loans are enabling businesses to invest in energy efficiency and clean tech.

Russia

Russia's melting permafrost

In western Siberia, rising temperatures are posing a health challenge for nomadic populations.

Russia

Saving the Taiga Woods

Siberian forests are crucial carbon stores for the global climate. But deforestation is a problem.

India

Helping India's industries go green

Energy efficiency and clean technology are helping make businesses more eco-friendly.

Zambia

Protecting Zambia's woodlands

Zambia's Miombo woodlands are vast and still intact. It's now been declared a conservation area. 

Fiji

A precious forest in the Pacific

Local clans in Emalu, Fiji, have chosen not to chop down their forest. They benefit from its products and may now also receive additional compensation under the REDD+ program.

South Africa

Cape Parrots face shrinking habitats

The Cape Parrot has become increasingly rare in South Africa with only about 1,000 birds surviving in the wild. Environmentalists are building nests, researching diseases and advising the government on a protection plan.

Kenya

Saving Kenya's anti-cancer tree

The bark of the Prunus Africana tree contains ingredients that fight illnesses like prostate cancer. Green groups and local residents are working together to stop illegal deforestation and promote sustainable harvesting.

Global

Biological Diversity - shouldering responsibility together

Learn more about the support of the German Federal Environment Ministry for protecting biological diversity. This film describes the challenges and presents some solutions.

Congo

What's growing in the weather kitchen?

Surveying the rainforest in the Congo basin, scientists try to establish how much it's worth.

St. Lucia

Tackling marine pollution on land

The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia faces multiple threats from overfishing, mass tourism, the growing use of pesticides and the illegal dumping of waste in the oceans. One project is trying to clean up.

Thailand

Natural flood control in Thailand

Thailand is trying to combat floods by building dams made of bamboo and sand and planting new trees. That helps stabilize the soil during the rains and eventually pays off for farmers too by producing better harvests.

Peru

Peru's conservation challenges

One conservation group working to protecting Peru’s lush Manú National Park is placing people at the heart of its work. But, it’s not easy with some indigenous tribes living in self-imposed isolation. 

Kongo

The bonobo - protecting forests, creating jobs

The DR Congo is the only country where bonobos are found. One project there is helping protect the habitat of the great apes by offering alternative jobs to local communities. In return, they are to stop cutting trees.

Kolumbien

Exploring remote corners of the Amazon

Parts of the Amazon rainforest in Colombia are still virgin, unexplored territory - a dream for scientists and biologists on the look out for new species. Global Ideas accompanies a research team to the lush landscape.

India

Green growth in India

Soaring demand for and erratic supply of energy make energy efficiency a top priority.

Vietnam

Curbing the soaring demand for rare animals

Vietnam's growing affluent classes have developed a taste for rare and hugely expensive wildlife species and products. Conservation groups are trying to change that in a bid to save the country's shrinking biodiversity.

Congo

A medicine boat helps raise eco awareness

The World Wildlife Fund is supporting a boat that brings medical care to communities along the Congo River and its tributaries. It helps gain the trust of locals and raise awareness for conservation issues.

Mexico

Mexico moves to fight smog

For over two decades, Mexico City has battled to combat air pollution and smog with a slew of measures. And they're paying off as old exhaust-belching vehicles are phased out and the megacity becomes greener.

Zambia

Measuring the Miombo forest in Zambia

Researchers are tracking changes in Africa's Miombo forest, the world's largest dry woodlands, threatened by deforestation. Residents of the Zambian stretch of the forest are also pitching in to help preserve the area.

Palau

Protecting Palau's rich biodiversity

The Pacific island state of Palau is famous for its biodiversity and rich marine life. Residents are learning to keep things that way with a campaign involving diving, sustainable fishing and lemongrass planting.

Paraguay

Indigenous tribe defies soy producers

Many farmers in Paraguay have sold their land to big soy producers. But the indigenous Aché community is going down a different path by earning a livelihood with sustainable farming and forestry management.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia's rare mountain lions

A German conservation group is compensating local farmers in Ethiopia's Kafa region,whose lifestock is often seized by rare mountain lions. In return, the farmers are helping protect the big cats.

Maldives

The marine riches of the Maldives

The spectacular coral reefs of the Maldives are in danger of dying out in some places. One project is trying to halt the destruction by roping in tourist resorts, local residents and marine biologists.

Brazil

Measuring biodiversity made easy

In the south of Brazil, scientists are developing a new monitoring programme, and are hoping to add the most important ingredient soon: ordinary people who will contribute with their own biodiversity observations.

Brazil

Brazil's Araucaria forests under pressure

Araucaria wood was once Brazil's leading export. But deforestation and overexploitation of the country's coastal forests have reduced the once mighty pine species to a symbol of the dangers threatening biodiversity.

Mexico

On the slopes of Mexico's Tacaná volcano coffee growers adjust to new ways

The Mexican volcano Tacaná provides its surroundings with mineral-rich and fertile soil. But with increasingly heavy rains and erosion, local farmers are adopting new practices to preserve the environment.

Philippines

After Haiyan: Planting forests in the Philippines

The Philippine island of Panay is dotted with rice paddies, fields and meadows, but little forest land. Typhoon Haiyan has changed that: now, trees are planted to protect humans and nature against storms.

South Africa

Fighting the desert with sustainable farming

The indigenous Nama in the semi-desert in western South Africa are learning how to farm sustainably as soil depletion and rapid species loss threaten to turn their home into a full-fledged desert.

Global

Green Cooling for a Warming World

As part of the International Climate Initiative, GIZ Proklima implements the Green Cooling Initiative in order to promote environmentally-friendly cooling with natural refrigerants for a sustainable future worldwide.

Burkina Faso

Fuel-efficient stoves in Burkina Faso

The Save for a Stove project is working to increase the penetration of three different types of fuel-efficient stoves to the low-income market in rural Burkina Faso. The improved stoves directly contribute to reduced reliance on traditional fuel wood, thereby reducing forest degradation as well as indoor air pollution and its related health risks.

Ecuador

The Galapagos go green

The Galapagos Islands are made up of a series of archipelagos and islands and deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. But due to the climate change one in every five of the island's endemic plant species is under threat, as well as half of the endemic animal species. Global Ideas joins researchers as they work to protect native species.

Cameroon/Congo

Three countries, one green goal

The Congo Basin has been called the "Green Heart of Africa," a place where wildlife roams free among a vast and varied landscape of forests, savannas and swamps. But the region is also rich in valuable resources, from minerals to tropical timber, and the changing climate has put the entire basin at risk.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic - Green Holiday Island

When it comes to climate protection, the Dominican Republic is a shining example of success in the Caribbean. The country has set an ambitious goal of slashing its CO2 emissions by 25 percent in the coming years. Together with the International Climate Initiative, the island nation has created a national climate plan.

Philippines

Philippines - Climate Change and Fishing

Many fishermen benefit from the rich biodiversity of the Isla Verde Passage, which stretches along the coast of the northern Philippines. But erratic weather patterns, a rapidly eroding coastline and rising water temperatures are threatening to destroy the ocean's fragile eco-system. But now, new intiatives are teaching locals to be more aware of their environment.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia - Storm insurance

Climate change has led to more frequent and severe hurricanes in the Caribbean, and it is often the region's poorest who suffer the most. Many impoverished families can lose everything they own in a single night. Micro-insurance could help protect families against such losses.

Brazil

Brazil's fight against forest fires

Brazil's woody Cerrado region sees frequent fires that raze entire forests. Now a team of researchers is monitoring the blazes in a bid to preserve the rich ecosystem which also serves as a vital carbon sink.

Morocco

A desert country sets green targets

Morocco is embracing a greener future by building the world's largest solar power plant. And that's not all. A series of smaller initiatives are helping Moroccans adapt to climate change in a sustainable way.

Tajikistan

Breathing fresh life into Tajikistan's forests

Using sustainable concepts, villagers in Tajikistan's mountains are learning how to protect their precious forest land and earn a living at the same time.

Costa Rica/Panama

Cross border water management

Communities living along the border of Panama and Costa Rica depend on the Sixaola River for their livelihoods and for transport. But the river is increasingly turning into a threat, too.

Brazil

Solar energy in Brazil

In Latin America, Brazil is by far the leading pioneer in solar energy. Two years before the World Cup tournament gets underway, the host country has installed solar-panel roofs on its stadiums.

India

India - Bright future for solar power

Tucked away in the North Indian state of Rajasthan, a giant and unusual solar park is coming up at the base of Mount Abu, a Hindu pilgrimage site.

Lebanon

Renewable Energy in Lebanon

In many parts of Lebanon, towns and cities get only five to six hours of electricity a day. Wind and solar energy could be a solution, but they have so far only provided power on a small scale.

Indonesia

Indonesia attracts tourists with sustainable recovery

In 2006, a tsunami devastated Pangandaran, a popular tourist destination. Today, hotels are back up and running and the tourists are back in force, but the local environment has been slower to recover.

Thailand

Palm oil in Thailand

The stinking lagoons behind the small palm oil mill near Krabi pose a major threat to the climate. They release methane, a highly toxic greenhouse gas which contaminates the ground water in the area and pollutes the air.

Indonesia

Forest conservation in Indonesia

Indonesia's rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate. In southern Sumatra environmentalists are trying to save 24,000 hectares of peatland forests. These are particularly important because their soil stores vast amounts of carbon dioxide.

Philippines

Shore defense in the Philippines

The people on the Philippine island of Negros are taking action against climate change. But for them it's not only about measures to save the climate. Adapting to the impact of climate change is just as important. For example through the reforestation of mangroves.

Mexico

Solar roofs in Mexico

The inhabitants of Heroes der Tecamac in Mexico City are taking action to protect the climate. To heat their water they don't use natural gas, instead they turn to solar energy. 60,000 houses are located in this blue-collar settlement.

Russia

Forest conservation in Siberia

The Bikin River Valley, home to Russia’s last remaining virgin coniferous forests, is under threat. With the help of the local population, efforts are underway to preserve the green cover. The Bikin River Valley in Far Eastern Russia is home to several endangered species.

Ghana

Ghana's eco-University

Valley View University in the Ghanaian capital Accra has committed itself to sustainability. Power is generated from rooftop solar panels, rain water is collected and processed, and kitchen waste is converted to energy at the on-campus biogas plant.

Tanzania

Reforestation in Tanzania

Tanzania's forests need protection. Each year wooded areas in the eastern African nation shrink by 400,000 hectares due to deforestation and wildfires. The country isn't just losing an important carbon sink, its flora and fauna are drastically reduced as well.

Vietnam

Coastal conservation in Vietnam

Vietnam's coastal mangrove forests are suffering from climate change. What's more, intensive rice production and enormous shrimp farms are also damaging coast lines. Better management of mangrove forests could help.

Micronesia

Protecting Micronesia's Islands

It's the small island-nations in the Pacific Ocean that suffer most from climate change: On the Marshall Islands, on Palau and other Micronesian islands, people are faced with steadily rising sea levels. Coasts are eroding and drinking water is becoming scarce. But the world is barely aware of the problem.

Georgia

A new forest for Georgia

The Caucasus is home to all kinds of landscapes - glaciers, forests, deserts, steppes. More than 7,000 species live between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. But the region's wild heritage is increasingly under threat. Georgia's forests are desperately in need of reforestation.

Jordan

Water pumps in Jordan

Water supply is one of the biggest development challenges in Jordan. A large share of the water reserves are in the Jordan Valley, located below sea level. The water has to be piped from there to the consumers - often to cities at an altitude of more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level.

Swaziland

Eco cooling in Swaziland

Swaziland, a small kingdom in southern Africa, is one of the poorest regions in the world. Most residents depend on farming and cattle grazing for their livelihood. Only a few own cars. They aren't responsible for climate change but Swaziland has been hard hit by the consequences - rising temperatures and drought.

Chile

Green energy in Chile

Chile has plenty of renewable energy potential. But so far that potential remains untapped. With 13 major rivers, plenty of sun in the north of the country and more than 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) of breezy Pacific coast, the South American nation of Chile has plenty of renewable energy potential.

South Africa

Climate aide in South Africa

More than a million people live in the Khayelitsha township near Cape Town, South Africa. Many are bitterly poor and lack access to warm water. They use oil or wood to heat their homes. This is where the climate project "Kuyasa" was set up.

Brazil

Rainforest conservation in Brazil

The Amazonian rainforest, known as the "world's lung," is hurtling towards destruction. Soya farms, infrastructure projects and new settlements are encroaching on the forest. Almost half of Brazil's greenhouse gases can be traced back to deforestation.

Belarus

New bogs in Belarus

Drained marshlands pose a huge risk to the climate because they release vast amounts of carbon dioxide stored in the ground. The problem is especially serious in Belarus. Now, one project in the country is aiming to restore the marshlands through flooding and thus cut emissions.

Papua New Guinea

Climate protection in Papua New Guinea

The forest on the Huon Peninsula is Papua New Guinea's first national conservation area. More than 70 percent of the country is covered in tropical rainforest, which is home to between five and seven percent of all of the world's species.

Kyrgyzstan

Energy efficiency in Kyrgyzstan

Local craftsmen in rural areas of the country are learning how to build energy efficient homes. Awareness and understanding of energy efficiency needs to be improved in Kyrgyzstan, especially in the country's impoverished mountainous regions.

South Africa

Eco supermarkets in South Africa

Supermarkets need refrigerators and freezers, and these rely on chemical coolants that damage the ozone layer and environment. But a South African supermarket chain is switching to less damaging natural options, such as carbon dioxide, saving energy and costs.

Guyana

Green industry in Guyana

Deforestation is rampant in many countries with rainforests being cleared for industry and agriculture and the mining of natural resources. Guyana is trying a different approach thanks to the government's Low Carbon Development Strategy.

Papua New Guinea

Protecting Papua New Guinea's natural wealth

Almost a third of the world's coral reefs are considered destroyed. Marine pollution, overfishing and climate change are increasingly threatening the fragile ecosystems. The so-called 'Coral Triangle,' a marine belt rich in corals which includes Papua New Guinea, is also hard hit.

Rwanda

Mountain forests in Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, and its thick, lush rainforests are home to most of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. But this habitat is increasingly at risk from erosion and forest clearance.

Croatia

Climate protection in Croatia

In many developing countries, measures to protect the environment tend to be tied up with heavy initial investment costs. But once they're up and running, environmental initiatives not only improve quality of life, they also boost local economies.

Turkey

Preserving the wetlands of Turkey

Wetlands provide a habitat for numerous types of flora and fauna, and are also valuable carbon sinks. But in Turkey, drainage of wetlands for land reclamation and extraction of groundwater to irrigate agricultural land is upsetting the ecological balance.

Thailand

Eco-tourism in Thailand

The island of Kho Khao in Thailand was devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Recent years have seen developers rebuild hotels, but unlike in many of Thailand's most popular holiday hotspots, the new resorts have made climate protection a cornerstone of their concept.

Mexico

The Humboldt scholar from Mexico

In order for climate protection to be successful, it has to be advanced the world over, and in order to achieve that, multilateral co-operation is key.

Brazil

Brazil switches to cleaner refrigerators

Televisions and refrigerators are an integral part of every Brazilian household, and families who can't afford new ones buy them second-hand. The result is that one in ten refrigerators in Brazil is more than 16 years old, and therefore a long way from being green: the old appliances contain gases called CFCs.

Ethiopia

Irrigation projects in Ethiopia

Small farmers south of the Sahara are increasingly seeing their harvests devastated by droughts and flash floods. In Ethiopia, some 80 percent of the population is affected. A German-Israeli project aims to ease farming and agriculture in the region.

Vietnam

Wind energy in Vietnam

Vietnam's booming economy has fueled a growing need for energy - demand is rising by an average 15 percent per year. So far, alternative energies have played a minor role, even though the country has an abundance of wind and water.

Ukraine

Energy efficient construction in Ukraine

Ukraine is one of Europe's most wasteful nations when it comes to energy. Private homes are responsible for some 30 percent of the country's energy consumption, with windows that don't shut properly and radiators that can't be regulated.

Turkey

Turning waste into energy in Turkey

Turkey is home to huge landfill sites where waste is piled high and left to rot away slowly over the decades. Organic waste dumps in particular produce high levels of methane that is released into the atmosphere and damages the environment.

Ghana

Agricultural Insurance in Ghana

Recent years have seen West Africa plagued by extended dry seasons that spell financial ruin for many small farmers. In Ghana, standard insurance against poor harvests tends to be expensive and impractical in the absence of reliable data on weather.

Brazil

1,000 solar roofs in Brazil

Solar power is still rarely used in Brazil, despite ideal climate conditions and rising gas and electricity costs. But a new residential complex with solar-thermal water heating is under construction in Rio de Janeiro. City authorities have earmarked the new housing for poor families from the favelas.

India

Water security in northern India

Most of the farmers in the Indian state of Sikkim use water from springs, not from rivers, to water their fields. But that is increasingly challenging since it often doesn't rain, and only occasionally is there enough water to water the fields.

China

Eco-friendly transport in China

China has become one of the world's biggest economic superpowers. The country is booming, and personal wealth and prosperity are on the rise. But that has its drawbacks, too. More goods, services and people are on the move, and China's roads are becoming increasingly congested.

Guatemala

Rainforest conservation in Guatemala

In 25 years, Guatemala's third-largest national park, the Sierra del Lacandón in the north of the country, could lose over half its rainforest to illegal logging, unauthorized settlements, cattle breeding and corn farming. The German organization OroVerde has joined forces with local partners to prevent this from happening.

Thailand

Thailand - Climate Protection Trough Energy Efficiency

The demand for energy in developing countries is skyrocketing, especially in export-dominated economies. But as consumption climbs, so, too, do energy prices and the burden on the climate. Energy efficiency is becoming ever more important.

Bolivia

Tackling Bolivia's water problems

Residents in the Bolivian city of La Paz are facing a mounting crisis. As climate change brings warmer weather, glacial ice in the mountains around La Paz is melting away. But that ice is the city's main source of water and if the trend continues, millions of residents will be without water in just a few years.

Bangladesh

Women in Bangladesh fight climate change

Soils with high salt levels are incapable of producing good harvests. Droughts or floods often worsen the situation. Women in southeastern Bangladesh are now using particularly robust rice and vegetable varieties to ensure plentiful harvests, a part of which they can sell to make extra money.

Colombia

Green palm oil from Colombia

Palm oil is a valuable commodity: it’s cheaper than other plant-based oils, and the palm fruit is both productive and versatile. Palm oil can be found almost anywhere, from produce to cosmetics and biofuel. But the palm boom has a major disadvantage.

Kyrgyzstan

Clean energy for hospitals

Kyrgyzstan boasts majestic mountain ranges, some of which are blanketed with massive sheets of ice and thick, dense snow. The country is home to more than 2,000 glaciers. But as global temperatures continue to rise, Kyrgyzstan’s frozen landscape is melting.

Global

Time for decisions now

The impacts of climate change destroy people's livelihoods and homes. They damage our infrastructure and disrupt communication and trade. Moreover, climate change is endangering development successes and the poor and marginalized are often affected the most.

Indonesia

Protecting Sumatra's species

In recent years, logging, wildfires and poaching have eroded Sumatra's invaluable rainforests. Until five years ago, one tree after another was cut to provide wood for the booming timber industry. Now, the "Harapan Rainforest" team on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is fighting to save the rainforest.

Mexico

Trees against climate change

According to the WWF, somewhere in the world, an area the size of 35 football fields is cleared of trees every minute. But in Mexico a counter trend is in the making.

Ethiopia

The last wild coffee forests

In 2010, after a long battle, the wild coffee forests of Ethiopia were put under a conservation order. Home to 5,000 different kinds of coffee plant, the UNESCO biosphere reservation is a truly unique genetic treasure, boasting rich biodiversity.

Peru

Facing floods with insurance

Climate change has increased the intensity and regularity of extreme weather on Peru’s northern coast. Meteorologists are even talking about the possibility of an El Niño-like storm in the region at the start of 2013. Local banana farmers are building dams and protective barriers, but what happens if the dams break?

Philippines

Protecting forests with fruit trees

Some 60 percent of the Philippines were once covered by rain forest. Today, that figure has dwindled to just 18 percent. The main reason is the huge demand for tropical wood. A family can earn enough money for a whole year by selling just one tree.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic: A country takes aim at climate change

The Dominican Republic aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2030 - an ambitious goal that has made the country one of the global leaders in the effort to combat climate change.

Costa Rica

Learning for a clean future

Costa Rica still bears the scars of environmental damage in the form of the rainforest clearances that spilled over into the 1980s. Trees were felled en-mass in order to create meadows for vast herds of cattle. The policy has now changed: Reforestation efforts are underway and ecological tourism is viewed as a money-spinner.

Colombia

Colombia's green transport strategy

In the Colombian capital Bogotá, a bus rapid transit system called "TransMilenio" has become a model form of transportation for developing cities around the world. A combination of designated bus lanes and bike paths, free shuttle buses and underground bicycle stations have proven to be just as effective as the subway.

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