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16 February 2023
Europe
Global

17 February 2023 — The Land Portal Foundation has been selected by the European Union (EU) for a €1.6 million grant, a decision that underscores the organization’s vital role in the land governance sector. The funds will accelerate the Land Portal’s work to bring the land governance and open data communities together, fueled by its foundational belief that access to information is crucial for achieving good land governance. 

15 February 2023
Liberia

 In the last 13 years, a 47-year-old  Liberian farmer has been embroiled in a battle with the company over his farmland. It has placed him behind bars three times. However, he still owns the land.

 A fisherman drives his boat past dead trees that slid into the Mekong River during a riverbank collapse
13 February 2023
Laos
Thailand

Questions mount over the Xayaburi Dam’s changes to water and sediment flows as the river swallows farmers’ land.

Malnourished Yanomamai Children
7 February 2023
Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazil

The onslaught of illegal miners into Indigenous territory in the Brazilian Amazon has destroyed forest, polluted rivers, and brought disease and malnutrition to the Yanomami people. Now, the new Brazilian government is confronting a health crisis and moving to evict the miners.

Call for Proposals: Using Data for a Public Good
7 February 2023
Global

This call for proposals is aimed to develop and support innovative research and/or data use activities that focus on improving governance, inclusiveness, and the impact of data for development in the Global South based on the work done by, and the data collected by, the Global Data Barometer.

Water-sensitive urban designs for Bhutan’s Cities
4 February 2023
Bhutan

Experts look at water-sensitive urban designs for Bhutan’s Cities

Bolat Nazarbayev
3 February 2023
Kazakhstan

Authorities have apparently confiscated vast swathes of land from the unpopular brother of Kazakhstan’s first president, with the ruling Amanat party keen to take the credit as parliamentary elections loom.

3 February 2023
Africa
Zimbabwe

The article tells how the farmers in Chinyika, Gutu District, heavily affected by droughts, came up with a way to improve soil fertility by herding together their cattle. The collective action to address a problem that affects them all stands out in this story.

3 February 2023
Africa
Zimbabwe

From Zimbabwe, Nhau Mangirazi tells the story of how beekeeping revives forest in the Hurungwe district, published by The Standard. Apiculture not only preserves the forest from tobacco farming – the main cause of deforestation in the area – and serves as a bio-fence acting as a buffer zone between humans and wild animals, it also brings an extra source of income to the locals, many of the beneficiaries women. 

3 February 2023
South America
Brazil
Asia
Japan
  • Reforestation using the Miyawaki method seeks to restore nature to its original state with results that can be seen in around six years.
  • Miyawaki works around three concepts: trees should be native, several species should be randomly planted, and the materials for the seedlings and the soil should be organic.
  • The method is suitable for urban areas, which gives it a significant capacity to connect human beings with nature, with benefits for the health and well-being of the population.
  • Different from other reforestation methods that may seek a financial return, like agroforestry, the motivation of the Miyawaki method is purely ecological.

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