How to Get Private Capital to Protect Nature – Without Greenwashing

“Innovative finance” is the newest buzzword used to find ways to channel money – especially private money – to nature-based solutions. But bringing nature and private investors together in a sustainable and lasting way is easier said than done. I love nature and, especially, I love the ocean. For about …

Nature’s Oasis “Carska Bara”

How Carska bara recovered after the fire incurred by stubble burning and how wildlife is taken care of at the Special nature reserve Carska bara, we asked Dejan Zejak, the manager of fish farm Ecka, which runs the above-mentioned nature reserve. Needless to say, we took advantage of that chance …

Nearly Third of Earth’s Surface Must be Protected to Prevent Mass Extinction

‘This will be extremely challenging, but it is possible’ Two leading scientists have issued a call for massive swathes of the planet’s land and sea to be protected from human interference in order to avert mass extinction. Current levels of protection “do not even come close to required levels”, they …

Ukraine: Energy Efficiency in Municipalities

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is currently helping Ukrainian municipalities to train experts and implement energy-efficiency upgrades, for example. These efforts are proving successful: initial measures have already enabled municipalities to cut annual energy consumption by up to ten per cent …

Costa Rica: Using mangroves to mitigate the impact of climate change

Costa Rica is ambitious when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the Central American country aims to be carbon-neutral by 2021. This will be achieved with various projects, including one on the Nicoya peninsula. A report from the magazine akzente explains how. Costa Rica aims to plant 5,000 mangroves …

Molecular Signature Shows Plants Are Adapting to Iincreasing Atmospheric CO2

The research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, provides insight into the long-term impacts of rising CO2 and the implications for global food security and nature conservation. Lead author Professor Gail Taylor, from Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton, said: “Atmospheric CO2 is rising — emissions grew faster …