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Guangxi Sugarcane Farmers Scale Up Yields, Increase Drought Resilience

  During 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 fieldmore

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Harnessing public opinion for more inclusive governance

Retirement in the prefecture-level city of Binzhou, Shandong province for Lu Enlan used to be more difficult than it should have been. Born on April 12 1945, she should have been eligible to collect the state pension she needs to support herself in her old age years ago. However, a simple administramore

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Migrating Winter Birds: Charting a New Course for Biodiversity Conservation

Each year, as winter's chill settles over Shandong Province, 56 year-old farmer Yuan Xueshun puts down his work and braves the cold to circle around Rongcheng Lake in search of migrating Whooper Swans. For 35 years he has dedicated his life to the protection of these wild birds and their habitat neamore

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Mosuo in the World Market: From Remote Village in China to Modern Mall in Singapore

Growing up, woman artisan Luru-Dashima never imagined such a possibility: her scarves, resplendent in colour and painstakingly hand-woven, sit atop shiny modern surfaces in Tangs, an upscale Singaporean department store. This year, for its Christmas sale, Tangs chose products not from one of Europe’more

Ms. Rebeca Grynspan attended the 2011 World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos

In her joint capacity as UN Under-Secretary General and UNDP Associate Administrator, Ms. Rebeca Grynspan attended the 2011 World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos (14-16 September 2011) in Dalian, China, on 15 September 2011. As a highly anticipated senior-level annual global forum focused on improvingmore

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Preserving Biodiversity and Restoring Ecosystems

At 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 lamore

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Providing a Healing Hand to Sustainable Biodiversity

As the sun rides higher in the sky, Yi minority villager Yu Zerun begins his long journey home. On his way he will collect firewood and a bag of mushrooms to conceal the real target of his morning's expedition into the nature reserve. It is nearly time for his weekly visit to the nearby town to tradmore

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Remodelling Chinese Homes for the Next Millennium

When 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 more

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Renewable Energy, Renewed Hope: Advancing Sustainable Energy in Rural China

The small township of Bulunkou sits in a remote mountainous region in China's western Xinjiang province. For generations, the local Uighur community had made its living herding livestock. But without access to electricity the process of churning milk into butter and storing food relied on traditionamore

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Sheltering Migrant Workers from the Storm

Thirty year old Xiang Jianming has been painting walls at a construction site in Beijing for six months. “I need the money to support the education of my two daughters,” he explains. “I would lose face if I went home empty-handed.” Mr. Xiang, originally from southern China, is just one of the estimamore