Wetlands may not be as sexy or eye-catching as coral reefs or rainforests but these diverse, complex landscapes play a vital ecological role. For World Wetlands Day, we pay homage with a tour of swamps, bogs and marshes.
Colombia is home to some of the world's most interesting wetlands. In part of the year, they are lush green hills — at times, oases full of life. Although the area is always changing, people have managed to build lives and communities in this area. But that is all under threat.
Wetlands: swamps, bogs, and marshes are important worldwide as a source of fresh water and as a home to many insects and animals. However, many of them are under threat due to overuse and deforestation and some are cleared to make way for farming.
In Kenya, Ondiri swamp is a source of water for the people of Nairobi. In fact, the wetland is the country's only quaking bog — that's a kind of bog that you can actually stand on and it shakes underfoot. But the water that makes this happen is at risk of drying up, causing big problems.
African masks have a history almost as long as the continent to which they belong, but an artist in Ghana has given them a whole new twist by making them out of waste. Meet the inimitable Ed Franklin Gavua.
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Meet a man who's doing his bit for the environment by digging holes in urban India. It might sound unlikely, but it's helping to prevent both flooding and drought. Welcome to the world of the recharge well.
On this week's Eco Africa, we check out Rwanda's endangered golden monkeys getting a helping hand from tourism, a hydroponic pyramid maximizing farming efficiency and one of the world's biggest solar plants in Morocco.
On this week's Eco Africa, we check out how to save Niger's endangered giraffes, an app to check for plastics in products, and the schools teaching kids how to farm in Uganda's capital Kampala.
On this week's Eco Africa, houses made from plastic bottles in Nigeria, a Kenyan start-up for fresh fish, and a project in Ghana fighting to save the endangered hippo.
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Drought and storms are decimating Germany's forests, causing an estimated €2.5 billion in damage in 2018-2019. Some 160,000 football fields worth of forests will need to be replanted, the government has estimated.
An organic smoothie producer and a boutique fashion store are among Western businesses whose supply chains are tainted by illegal deforestation in Bolsonaro's Brazil.
A study found that the world lost an area of tropical forest roughly the size of England in 2018, equal to about 30 soccer fields every minute. The implications for efforts to fight global climate change are dire.
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