World Bank task manager Juergen Vogele introduces the experiences in the initiation and implementation of the Loess Plateau project and shares his thoughts on how and why this project has succeeded. The experience shows the crucial importance of listening to the indigenous people, understanding the local best practices, designing the projects that provides the incentives for farmers to give up unsustainable practices, and implement the projects so that can be scaled up to non-project areas. This is how successful m... »»
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Harvesting water from road runoff when it rains-- this is happening for real in Tigray, Ethiopia.
|We mine sand for use in construction, making cosmetics, producing glass, and much more. We mine sand like it is abundant and plentiful. "Far from truth," says researcher Kiran Pereira. And let's not forget sand's crucial role in the ecosystem.|
|"It's all politics!" is a common refrain. "Politics is a dirty word" is another. But maybe the blackbox of politics can be broken down into nuts and bolts, and used as a tool to do good: to manage groundwater better.|
|Remembering Ahmed Motehar, who pioneered commercial cactus cultivation in Yemen 40 years ago. The idea is now more relevant than ever.|
|Groundwater is key to safe, reliable water supply in many regions of the world. There is a strong case for hydrogeologists and WaSH professionals to work more closely.|
|Vegetable oil cans labelled 'USA' are residues of food aid that came into Ethiopia for several decades. Local artisans now fashion them into a variety of appliances.|