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Project Focus Area – Environment
With 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 a day and with more than two billion people being added to the global population by 2050, it is clear that we must continue to develop and grow our economies…But this development cannot come at the expense of the very life support systems on land, in the oceans or in our atmosphere that sustain our economies, and thus, the lives of each and everyone of us.
-Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
Environmental sustainability includes using natural resources wisely, educating communities, and protecting the intricate ecosystems upon which we depend. Particular consideration needs to be paid to the poor populations, whose daily subsistence and livelihoods depend on the natural resources around them.
Plant and animal species are dwindling at an unprecedented rate. Global warming portends rising sea levels with increased droughts and floods. Fisheries and other marine resources are being overexploited. While migration from rural to urban areas has reduced the burden on pastoral lands, it has increased the population living in overcrowded urban slums where millions of people lack safe drinking water and basic sanitation (Global Monitoring Report 2010).
Effectively responding to the issues associated with climate change requires joint efforts between countries and communities. We aim to build the capacity of local partners to provide information to communities so they can make responsible environmental decisions. FCDE will support local organizations and communities to effectively manage energy, agriculture, sanitation, forestry, water, and urban planning. By facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technology and encouraging new working partnerships, we hope to help to protect our most valuable resource.