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Opinion/Harvesting rain to improve crops across Africa

Grounded solutions for agriculture and water use in Africa need to suit the continent’s climate and water availability. This means moving away from large-scale irrigation and infrastructure to finding smarter ways of capturing rain and improving soil health.

WRITTEN BY Lars Berg
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Feature/Disaster, hope, fear, and resilience in rural Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of hurricanes, the isolated rural communities in Puerto Rico were left to weather the damage and rebuilding alone. By returning to old ways and adopting new methods, they built stronger networks and sought deeper knowledge, inside and outside the US island territory.

WRITTEN BY Glynis Board
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Commentary/The Nairobi Dam: from community resource to open sewer – and back again

Originally built in the early 1950s to create a water supply reservoir, the Nairobi Dam has deteriorated significantly and now poses a threat to human and ecosystem health. Residents of Kibera, the informal settlement that borders the reservoir, have been transforming its tributaries into a lively network of community amenities and programmes since 2006.

WRITTEN BY Joseph Mulligan
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Theme/Knowledge matters

There are different ways of knowing. SwedBio, a programme at Stockholm Resilience Centre, works to connect knowledge systems that provide diverse and valid manifestations of knowledge.

WRITTEN BY Hannah Griffiths-Berggren & Daniele Crimella
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Commentary/Marine plastic pollution – a planetary environmental problem

The amount of plastic in our ocean has been called “a planetary crisis”. Could marine plastic pollution be considered a threat to how the Earth functions?

WRITTEN BY Patricia Villarrubia Gómez
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Opinion/Global goals need African voices

Farmers hold the key to fulfilling global goals on hunger and poverty. How can we build a more food-secure future in Africa?

WRITTEN BY David Collste & Maylat Mesfin
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Commentary/Collaboration without consensus

Rehabilitating degraded lands, restoring fisheries, or reducing greenhouse gas emissions all demand changes by actors at multiple scales; and power, profit, and livelihoods are at stake. Blake Ratner of Collaborating for Resilience recounts his experiences of pursuing big, systemic change when people don’t agree what the problem is, or how to solve it.

WRITTEN BY Blake Ratner
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Commentary/Building resilience one mangrove forest at a time

Mangrove forests protect coastal communities from floods and provide livelihoods, resources, and many other functions, but they are one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems. Across the globe, different initiatives are now working to secure these vital watery forests.

WRITTEN BY Ida Gabrielsson, Simone Verkaart & Nathanial Matthews
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Commentary/The informal food economy – a source of income and belonging

Small businesses in the informal food economy are important sources of income in migrant communities in ‘Somali Town’ in Cape Town, South Africa. Food also offers a sense of belonging for people fleeing conflict, climate change, and ecological degradation.

WRITTEN BY Luke Metelerkamp & Jules Mercer
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Commentary/The guardians of the Earth’s ecosystems

Frontline environmental defenders are critical in safeguarding healthy ecosystems. They work tirelessly to protect biodiversity and uphold human rights, and their efforts need to be formally recognised.

WRITTEN BY Claudia Ituarte-Lima