I had read the reports and seen the PowerPoints. And now I have seen the faces. The faces of the on-the-ground experts as they rush into the vast woodlands of the Niassa National Reserve with intelligence on criminals who have slaughtered an elephant with an AK-47. The faces are fearless.
Mozambique was once one of the largest coconut producers in the world. Today, reports estimate that as much as half of the country's coconut trees have been destroyed, making it impossible to sustain the same level of production.
Here in the Gender Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, we are excited by gender-based proposals to address climate change. Why gender-based? Because women have too often been left out of high-level decision-making on environmental threats and opportunities.
Huge progress has been made towards this goal of global equity, yet the health systems in many of the poorest countries remain incapable of handling the increases in throughput required to deliver these vaccines, especially to remote communities.
In 2007 the Institute for Economics and Peace launched its Global Peace Index. It has been endorsed by many and has become the most widely cited peace index today. Which is why the conceptual and methodological limits of the GPI must be recognized and addressed.
There's a myth that more equipment will improve healthcare in rural areas. But there's no lack of medical equipment here -- in fact quite the opposite. The staff hasn't been taught how to use the devices.
As quickly as it appeared, the luxury sedan disappears into the evergreen before us. The BMW, a welcomed reassurance of our map-reading skills, is also a fleeting signal of Swaziland's imbalanced political and economic landscape.
Poaching has the capacity to drive rhinos, as well as other species, to extinction. So what makes these poaching networks so resilient? What makes them stable, or able to bounce back when interfered with?
Despite all of these tactics and efforts, rhino poaching continues. These endeavors make a big difference, but they are ultimately just a Band-Aid over a deep, seeping laceration, and we need to make many changes to win this war.