Rio Earth Summit +20

The  Earth Summit  is currently underway in Brazil (20th – 22nd, June 2012).  The conference is also referred to as Rio +20 to mark the 20 year anniversary of the original Earth Summit held in the city in 1992. 

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UN World Day to Combat Desertification

Today marks the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD).  The 2012 Global Observance event will be held at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, Brazil, and is entitled ‘Securing Healthy Soils and Stopping Land Degradation: Outcomes for Rio+20’. The event aims to raise awareness of the issue of land degradation and the implications it is having on the future of our planet.

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Insuring forests

Around the world, deforestation and forest degradation accounts for about 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. It also threatens biodiversity and exacerbates a cycle of poverty for those who depend on forest resources for their livelihoods.

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Women farmers regenerate barren land in Ghana

Ghana has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world and this sustained tree loss has resulted in severe desertification.  This loss of fertile land has worrying implications for the livelihoods of people living in these districts but there is also hope that the trend can be reversed after women in northwest Ghana have successfully regenerated about 1,000 acres of barren land for agriculture and other purposes.

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