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Are other species aware? "I suspect the number of aware species will eventually turn out to be far larger than we mere humans suspect. They will not be ‘little humans’, aware like we are aware, but they will have their own forms of awareness", says Dr. Peter Sale of the United Nations University. http://bit.ly/1LQ6j3T

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UNU-INWEH Director Zafar Adeel quoted today by The Guardian: “We could very easily argue that sustainable land management is very relevant to achieving half of the SDGs, if not more,” Adeel said, listing food security, poverty reduction and water resource management as goals that would benefit from better land management."

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What are the consequences of land degradation? And what are the economic costs and benefits of implementing sustainable land practices? Check out the video, “Soil Counts – Preserve It!” from the ELD Initiative. https://youtu.be/WLZVfz7ej78 ‪#‎ELDsolutions‬

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There are clear economic and environmental actions that can prevent and/or reverse land degradation. Adoption of sustainable land management (SLM) could deliver up to USD 1.4 trillion in increased crop production. Learn more at: http://eld-initiative.org ‪#‎ELDsolutions‬
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Did you know that the returns on investment from ecosystem restoration are high? 50% for tropical forests, 20% for other forests, 42% for shrublands, and 79% for grasslands over a 40-year time period. http://eld-initiative.org ‪#‎ELDsolutions‬
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Effects from climate change (such as droughts and desertification) cause an annual loss of 12 million hectares of land. In that space, 20 million tons of grain could have been grown instead. http://eld-initiative.org ‪#‎ELDsolutions‬
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UNU-INWEH is hiring a Graphic Designer & Administrative Assistant! Closing date is September 04, 2015! For details, visit: http://inweh.unu.edu/vacancies/

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Why should we invest in water, sanitation, and hygiene? A guest post from Water Without Borders student, Caitlin Thompson. http://bit.ly/1hy71Vx

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Last week we said farewell to our two Work-Study Students, Bella and Levi, who acted as UNU-INWEH Research Assistants over the summer. We wish them all the best as they continue their studies at McMaster University!
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Safe sanitation is ‘total’. In a community, even one family practicing open defecation puts the health of other families at risk. Unsafe sanitation practices pollute local potable and drinking water sources in the habitations. Together, this can undo any gains from partial coverage of WaSH interventions. However, effective WASH interventions can save lives and engineer changes in the social fabric of communities that adopt these behavioural changes.
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