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"Ms. Pheng from Ekxang Village, Lao PDR, waters her organic garden. Ekxang is the trial site for the International Water Management Institute's project to sustainable use of groundwater as a supplement to primarily rainfed agriculture. This supplementary resource helps farmers become more resilient to unpredictable climates and increases their productivity during the dry season. We must intensify agricultural output if we wish to feed the world, but this is only feasible if it is done in a sustainable way"
Powai Lake, Mumbai, India
"#All4TheGreen, every bit of water is important for change"
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
"#All4TheGreen: Nepal is one of those countries that fascinates you not only because of its beauty but because of the kindness of its people. Unfortunately, numerous political, social and environmental issues affect the country. Today, 2 years after the massive earthquake that struck Nepal, the country needs to find opportunities in order to grow and develop in the most environment-friendly and sustainable manner. Many things have been done by the NGOs, but there is still a lot of work to do in order to give Nepal the public services that its amazing people deserve."
"Women collecting grass, etc, for animal fodder. The climate is changing and rainfall becoming more variable and, therefore, more planning is needed and more food for animals need to get stored for the hot and dry summers."
"Coastal people gather to collect drinking water from a costly Reverse-Osmosis Plant set up by a local NGO at Burigoalini village in Satkhira, Bangladesh. Due to sea-level rising resulting from climate change, limited sweet water sources of the coastal area have widely been contaminated with saline water, thus compels the distant inhabitants concentrating on such limited drinking water sources."
"Climate refugees. Brahim is a nomadic kid who lives with his family in Sahara desert in Morocco. After several years of drought, most of wells and rivers are dry, and nomads who still live in the old way of transhumance could not find enough water for them and their animals. Brahim and other kids must walk more than 12 hours every day with their mothers to find water for their family and for their animals."
Neves, São Tomé Island, São Tomé and Principe
"A managu seed ball"
Sumapaz Wetland, Colombia
"Paramo Sumapaz, Colombia. Esta foto significa el inicio de toda la vida a travez de la producción del recurso hidrico por parte de los paramos. El progreso verde es fundamental para poder tener un equilibrio entre el desarrollo del ser humano y el medio ambiente. Yo, como biologo y fotografo, trato de mostrar a los demas la importancia de cada uno de los seres de este planeta, asi como los recursos naturales tambien hago buen uso de estos. #All4TheGreen creo q es una iniciativa que busca generar conciencia en las personas del buen cuidado de los recursos y asi poder generar un cambio en la sociedad para poder llegar a un desarrollo sostenible."
Catalina Aristizábal, Colombia