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  • Sustainable Forest Management Boosts Development of Carbon MarketsSustainable Forest Management Boosts Development of Carbon MarketsJun 29, 2015The mountain scenery of Miyun County has changed over recent decades. Before the 1980s, mountains in Miyun were barren, with only a thin layer of soil covering the mountain rocks. It was difficult to spot trees; instead, there were only naturally-grown shrubs which were less effective in soil and water conservation.

  • Guangxi Sugarcane Farmers Scale Up Yields, Increase Drought ResilienceGuangxi Sugarcane Farmers Scale Up Yields, Increase Drought ResilienceMay 7, 2015During the dry half of the year, Li Zhi Wen, a sugarcane farmer in Lianhe Village of Shangsi County in Guangxi, and his wife, Qin Shaozhen, must lead an ox cart three kilometers away to obtain water. Without a dependable water source, it is difficult for them to maintain their sugarcane fields, a water intensive crop, as well as domestic hygiene and sanitation.

  • Medical Devices Factory Combats Environmental Concerns Medical Devices Factory Combats Environmental Concerns May 7, 2015Yu Jiao, a young female employee at Zhejiang Kindly Medical Devices Co. Ltd (KDL) has worked for years in the medical devices industry in very difficult conditions. “Our company has a huge cleaning workload at an annual amount of 400,000 or so pieces of fixtures.” The cleaning procedure for all fixtures was manually done, with workers such as Yu Jiao brushing and refilling the cleaning solvents over and over by hand.

  • Producing Paint Using Marine-Friendly Alternatives to DDTProducing Paint Using Marine-Friendly Alternatives to DDTMay 7, 2015Tang Hao has been a seasoned worker in the production of Anti Fouling Paint (AFP) for nearly a decade. He began working in Zhejiang Flying Whale Paint Ltd, Feijing, in his mid- 20s but was unaware that the paint he dealt with every day was DDT-based and extremely harmful to humans and wildlife.

  • Biodiversity Conservation Yields Organic TeaBiodiversity Conservation Yields Organic TeaMay 7, 2015As a seasoned tea farmer, Li Mingshui is well acquainted with Xinyang Maofeng tea, one of the most famous green teas in China. “To cultivate the best tea leaves, it is important to find a place with amiable weather and quality water supply. So mountains provide suitable conditions for tea to grow,” said Li.

  • Remodelling Chinese Homes for the Next MillenniumRemodelling Chinese Homes for the Next MillenniumMay 7, 2015When most people think of remodelling it is often the physical changes, like adding new curtains, modern flooring or wallpaper, that first come to mind. But for the 337 million rural Chinese residents – representing 32 percent of the total population – that lack clean cooking fuel, the kind of renovations UNDP have been working on are having far wider implications.

  • A More Sustainable Home for Migratory Birds in GansuA More Sustainable Home for Migratory Birds in GansuFeb 9, 2015Growing up in Guomaotan wetland, Xihedao is very familiar with migratory birds passing by every winter. “Wildfowls like black-necked cranes and swans are attached to their partners for a lifetime. Once their partners are gone, the birds wail at the loss and feel very alone,” said Xihedao. “The sounds they make are heart-trembling.”

  • Not Just Another Brick in the WallNot Just Another Brick in the WallFeb 4, 2015Wang Jingli has lived in the region around Wangyu village in China’s Hebei province for almost thirty years. The region, located in the mountainous area north of Shihe District, Qinhuangdao is famous for cherry cultivation and rural tourism. Wangyu’s local population of 938 used to live across five separate villages. In the past, the village residents had to cope with a lack of public facilities and social infrastructure such as inadequate drainage, non-existent central heating and no public green spaces.

  • Preserving Biodiversity and Restoring EcosystemsPreserving Biodiversity and Restoring EcosystemsJan 2, 2015At over 3,400 metres above sea level, visitors to the Ruoergai peat lands on the edge of the Tibetan plateau may find that their most striking feature is not their natural beauty, but the thousands of man-made drainage holes that scar the landscape. Used mainly to reduce water levels and make the land more suitable for raising livestock and mining, these holes have damaged more than the scenery, they have put entire ecosystems at risk.

  • Combating Climate Change: Green RefrigerationCombating Climate Change: Green RefrigerationJan 2, 2015When is a sticker not just a sticker? When it represents one of the most significant domestic energy reforms in Chinese history.