deforestation

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Turning Waste into Power

In Kenya, more than 95 percent of human fecal sludge is released into the environment untreated or inadequately treated, contributing to a high burden of childhood morbidity and mortality from diarrheal diseases. In addition, charcoal made from illegally logged trees is a major source of cooking fuel in Kenya, contributing to deforestation and to unhealthy indoor air quality.  

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DHS Analytical Study: The Association of Deforestation and Other Environmental Factors with Child Health and Mortality

This report uses data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted in 12 countries in subSaharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean to study the associations between environmental variables and child health outcomes, including child mortality. The environmental variables include forest cover, deforestation, vegetation index, proximity to protected area, and proximity to water. These variables were extracted from external sources and linked to DHS data at the cluster level.

Article

A Win-Win Approach to Biodiversity

Uganda’s Budongo-Bugoma Forest Corridor, situated in the north of the Albertine Rift, is considered to be one the most biodiverse regions of Africa, well known for its chimpanzee population. However, this biodiversity hotspot is under pressure from high population growth, deforestation, and seasonal water supply extremes — and the flash point is often access to water. Elsewhere in South Africa’s dry Eastern Cape Province, the country’s last free-flowing river, the Mzimvubu, is experiencing environmental stresses of its own.

Activity

Indonesian Forest and Climate Support Project

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s largest tropical rainforests and peatlands. Their stature is such that they are often referred to as the “lungs of the world.” These areas sustain rich biodiversity and are the habitat of many keystone species including the orangutan, the Sumatran tiger, and the clouded leopard, to name a few. Approximately 30 million culturally diverse people live in and around these forests. They are reliant on the forests both for their livelihood and for the ecosystem services they provide.

Evaluation

Evaluation of the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation Project (KEHATI)

In the decade since its founding, KEHATI has established a nationwide reputation for leadership in Indonesia’s biodiversity efforts. Formidable challenges faced KEHATI, both in translating the intrinsic complexity of biodiversity into practicable programs and in contesting nationwide environmental decline.