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Stories from rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where some of the most vulnerable people on earth are turning to nature for solutions to a changing climate. And it’s working!

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Stories from rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where some of the most vulnerable people on earth are turning to nature for solutions to a changing climate. And it’s working!

    How banning wildfires sparked (and ended) a conflict in Ghana

    How banning wildfires sparked (and ended) a conflict in Ghana

    When Shelanyili boldly banned bushfires outright it sparked conflicts and forced both the community and their neighbors to reckon with both protecting tradition while adapting to climate change.

    • 19 min
    Five trees for every child: Why this community is planting trees for the next generation

    Five trees for every child: Why this community is planting trees for the next generation

    Trees are the looming lifelines of our planet, and their roots run deep in rural Uganda. But in Morungatuny burning them for charcoal was the main economic driver of the economy. And trees were needed for firewood for cooking and building.

    The rates of consumption soon outpaced the availability of trees. This resulted in extra difficulties faced by women, from the long distances they had to travel for firewood, to higher rates of domestic violence caused by economic stress.

    So the community was faced with a question: what could they change to make life better for everyone – and for future generations especially. Community members like Jethro and Aliba Mary came to the community with answers — answers pulled from nature itself.

    • 34 min
    Taking the classroom outside: How nature is teaching valuable lessons in Uganda

    Taking the classroom outside: How nature is teaching valuable lessons in Uganda

    Not long ago, Kikandwa, Uganda, was considering cutting down the 100-year-old mango tree in the centre of town. What happened instead was the exact opposite.

    • 28 min
    What are Nature-based Solutions?

    What are Nature-based Solutions?

    We talk a lot about Nature-based Solutions on Nature Answers. But what are they actually? What makes a Nature-based Solution a nature-based solution? What does it mean to have both human and ecological benefits? And why are they so important anyways?

    • 11 min
    How mangrove rehabilitation can save a community’s future

    How mangrove rehabilitation can save a community’s future

    What can you do when the resources that pay you stop growing back? Mangrove rehabilitation is providing a path to a secure environmental and economic future for community members in Agbledomi, Ghana.

    • 27 min
    What can fish do to drive recovery after a civil war

    What can fish do to drive recovery after a civil war

    The Artwotngo community in Uganda worked hard to revamp their environment after a civil war. Now an aquaculture system is helping them go further.

    • 31 min

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