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Many of the largest rivers in the Himalayas Hindu Kush region are strongly dependent upon snow and glacial melt for waterflow
Except for the fact that glaciers are melting rapidly in many places, we do not have adequate data to more accurately project when and where water scarcity will affect irrigation schemes in full. Making accurate projecti...
02 Feb 2009 - by Ieva Rucevska, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Projected changes in cereal productivity in Africa, due to climate change – current climate to 2080
Water is essential not only to survival but is also equally or even more important than nutrients in food production. Agriculture accounts for nearly 70% of the water consumption, with some estimates as high as 85% (H...
02 Feb 2009 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Biofuels production 2005, by country (ethanol and biodiesel)
Production of crops for biofuels also competes with food production (Banse et al., 2008). Indeed, the corn equivalent of the energy used on a few minutes drive could feed a person for a day, while a full tank of ethan...
02 Feb 2009 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Vegetation zones in the Arctic
The Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map (CAVM) project is an international effort to map the vegetation and associated characteristics of the circumpolar region, using a common base map. The base map is a false colour infr...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Distribution of Saami dialects
Saami dialects distribution with data from snowchange project. Graphic prepared for a case study in the 2004 edition of Vital Arctic Graphics on reindeer hearding, Saami and climate change in the Barents Region.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Income increases, MACH sites
From the start, the income in the project sites have increased continously through the community management of the wetland areas. In addition, activities such as micro-credit support to reduce the depenency on the wetlan...
11 Jul 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Micro-credit support and income, MACH project
To provide alternative livelihoods for poor households, the MACH project has set up a micro-credit scheme to support other enterprises, such as poultry or livestock or skills development. In 2005, there were 4000 househo...
11 Jul 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Fish yield and fish sanctuaries, MACH sites
Continous monitoring of fish yields have increased since the MACH project start in 1998, with a more than doubled yield in 2004 compared to 1999. Part of the project has been for the communities to establish fish sanctua...
11 Jul 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Kamchatka sites
Map, illustrating the communites, cities and sites from where the stories for the 'Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Management' project has been collected and are refered to in the stories. Please see the project web-sit...
12 Jul 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Nenets Autonomous Okrug sites
Map, illustrating the communites, cities and sites from where the stories for the 'Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Management' project has been collected and are refered to in the stories. Please see the project web-sit...
12 Jul 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Level of river fragmentation and flow regulation
River fragmentation - The interruption of a river’s natural flow by dams, inter-basin transfers or water withdrawal - is an indicator of the degree to which rivers have been modified by man (Ward and Stanford, 1989, and ...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), March 2006
Human actions leading to coastal degradation
Physical alteration and the destruction of habitats are now considered one of the most significant threats to coastal areas. Half of the world’s wetlands, and even more of its mangrove forests, have been lost over the pa...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), February 2006
Excessive withdrawal of renewable water resources
The countries known to be experiencing stress or scarcity of water per capita are roughly those which are excessively using their renewable water resources (North Africa, Middle-East and central Asia including Afghanista...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), February 2006
Value for the avoided CO2 emissions during a 25-year transition period from primary forest to oil palm or other land uses
For the focus areas Batang Toru and Tripa in the two main orangutan habitats (forest on non-peatlands and peat) it was calculated what the values (USD/ha) would be of the avoided CO2 emissions over a period of 25 years. ...
13 Sep 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Iron mine threatens Beluga around Baffin Island
A large iron mine, operated by the Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, has now been proposed in Baffin Island, with possibly severe impacts on wildlife on the island, such as development across the calving grounds of the ...
06 May 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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