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Environment: Articles

  • 1 Dec 2008

    Kuniyoshi Takeuchi: Managing Disasters through Knowledge and Localism

    Have you personally felt the impact of water disasters? I was born in Kyoto near the Kamo River. It was there that I swam, caught fish, and enjoyed myself with neighborhood friends. Kamo River had a very high flow one day and wiped everything away from the floodplain, including the various vegetables my father planted. I've never forgotten the angry, growling flow I saw and heard then as our neighborhood lined up atop the levee.
  • 31 Aug 2008

    Cleaning Up the Philippines' Greenest City

    A grant project helped Puerto Princesa City deal with the air and noise pollution caused by its popular tricycles Puerto Princesa City - This city-a popular tourist destination in the Philippines-prides itself as being the cleanest and greenest in the country. But it used to be one of the noisiest.
  • 29 Aug 2008

    A Greener Way of Turning Trash Into Treasures

    A new "green" waste collection center is helping improve the working conditions of waste pickers and recyclers in Manila's Smokey Mountain. Manila - Smokey Mountain was once a 2-million-ton garbage heap that, for over 40 years, served as a waste disposal facility for the Philippines' capital city of Manila. It drew a large community of informal settlers who scavenged the garbage for their livelihood.
  • 10 Mar 2008

    Local Communities Work to Protect Coastal Resources in Papua New Guinea

    NGOs under a pilot ADB project have mobilized some two-dozen shoreline villages to take charge of protecting their marine resources. By trading short-term pain for long-term gain, these villages are beginning to reverse the tide of overexploitation. Kavieng - Two stretches of water reveal much of the story of Papua New Guinea's declining coastal resources - and the efforts by some communities to reverse the trend.