How Coastal Mapping and Conservation Can Save Lives

The world’s 15 most at-risk nations for natural hazards are all coastal, tropical, and developing countries. NGOs and governments are spending billions of dollars to construct sea walls, levees, and other barriers to protect against risk. But unlike natural barriers, artificial ones can be easily destroyed by a single extreme weather event. SNAP is exploring how restoring coastal habitats can protect coastal communities and livelihoods, and reduce fatalities and loss of property.

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Clay Pot Water Filters: Easy to Use and Cheap to Produce

  Potters For Peace, established in Nicaragua in 1986, is a non-profit based in the United States, that works with subsistence potters in Central America to establish factories that produce low-cost ceramic water filters. PFP does not manufacture the filters or operate the facilities where the filters are made, but instead assists their local partners to set up these facilities …

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Harvesting Water in North Gondar

Can trends towards water scarcity, soil erosion and food insecurity be reversed? According to the non-profit Roots Up, this can be achieved with simple, available and sustainable solutions. Their dew collector greenhouse provides an ideal environment for growing crops and harvests clean water for irrigation and drinking in North Gondar, Ethiopia.

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Seeing the light: DIY spectrometry for safe water in disaster zones

Finding safe water for drinking or cooking can be a challenge in disaster zones. Even water which looks clear can in fact be contaminated with chemicals or pollutants. Since 2010 the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science has been developing DIY spectrometry kits to help citizens find out just what is in their water.

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Drier, Cleaner, Safer – New Hydrophobic Materials Could Save Lives

Water-borne diseases kill millions of people every year. The flow-on effects of poor sanitation and lack of access to safe drinking water can impact almost every aspect of life, from preventing children from attending school to exposing women to sexual violence when they go to collect water from distant sources. New super hydrophobic surfaces are promising to change the game in sanitation and hygiene.

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Clean, Safe Water for All

Across Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, a small blue plastic box is helping millions to have longer, healthier and more productive lives. The simple yet ingenious innovation is a water purifying chlorine dispenser that is installed next to communal water sources. Dispensers for Safe Water is providing access to clean and safe water to over 2.6 million people, with dispensers at 10,000 water points.

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Volunteer Farmer Trainers Transform Lives in East Africa

Agriculture is a major source of employment in developing countries, but farmers in those countries often must contend with the challenge of accessing the education they need to improve their livelihoods. The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project aims to address this problem by introducing volunteer farmer trainers (VFTs) in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

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