The Potato Park: Indigenous Knowledge and Agricultural Success in Peru

Potato Park, located in the Cusco region of Peru, is one of the world’s few biological reserves operated by local indigenous populations. It proves that, with the aid of science, mixing old knowledge with new technology can be a successful recipe for protecting crops against climate change.

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When Hell Freezes Over: Challenges for Cold Climate Response

  This article originally appeared on the Humanitarian Coalition’s Relief to Recovery blog here.   Storm Zeina swept through the Middle East in January and left over 400,000 Syrian refugees out in the cold in Lebanon. There, 1 in 5 residents are Syrian refugees living in formal and informal settlements, unfinished shelters are collapsing under the weight of snow and …

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X-runner: Filling the Gap in Sanitary Services

On the periphery of Lima, Peru, exists slum or shanty communities with hundreds of thousands of residents who moved to the capital in search of a better life. Due to the irregular and sometimes illegal nature of these communities, they are often not serviced by many municipal services, such as plumbing. This condition creates a dangerous breeding ground for communicable …

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Peru’s Innovative Air-Purifying Billboard

A recent report suggests that 90 percent of the world’s urban population is breathing air that fails to meet WHO safety guidelines. Among the world’s worst air pollution offenders is Lima, Peru’s capital city. While air pollution has declined over the last decade, Lima residents remain concerned with the health and environmental risks posed by the quality of their city’s …

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Turning Peru’s Fog into Usable Water

  German-based NGO Alimon has developed fog collectors in Peru to help communities in arid climates capture much needed water. They do so by erecting specially made screens on fog prone hill-tops that absorb the moisture into water droplets that are then funneled into water tanks. This is a common technique among certain plants. Project “Green Desert” has been implemented …

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