Cleaning up the Mekong River/ Dự án Mekong không rác

Vietnam News – 2-5-2023

Waste problems on Sơn Island and Cái Răng floating market in Cần Thơ Province are gradually being solved thanks to a pivotal project by Greenhub. Volunteers are collecting waste from households living on the island and on boats and encouraging residents to clean up and promote a more sustainable future for Vietnam. Watch this video to learn more about the programme.

World Bee Day 20 May – We all depend on the survival of bees

A bee drinks nectar of a flower

Three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits, or seeds for use as human food depend, at least in part, on bees and other pollinators. PHOTO:Photo FAO/Greg Beals

Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.

Pollination is, however, a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems. Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.

We all depend on pollinators and it is, therefore, crucial to monitor their decline and halt the loss of biodiversity.

Bee engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping  systems

20 May 2022, 13:00–14:45 CEST
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Sudan conflict leaves health system in ‘total collapse’

Red Cross teams at the border areas in Egypt, Chad and Ethiopia provide basic health services to the displaced people

Red Cross teams at the border areas in Egypt, Chad and Ethiopia provide basic health services to the displaced people. Copyright: ICRC

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  • Hundreds killed, thousands wounded in Sudan fighting
  • Thirteen hospitals bombed, 19 forcibly evacuated
  • Damage to health system could be felt for decades – WHO

By: Mouttasem Albarodi

Sudan’s health system is disintegrating under the weight of the fighting raging in the country since mid-April, doctors and health officials warn, with the damage expected to last for decades.

Health and relief institutions say the conflict threatens to become a humanitarian catastrophe as tens of thousands flee for safety to neighbouring South Sudan, Chad, Egypt and Ethiopia amid intense fighting between the army and militia.

Services have ceased in more than 70 per cent of hospitals in areas hit by the clashes in a number of Sudanese states, Sudan’s doctors’ syndicate said Tuesday (25 April). In total, 13 of the hospitals were bombed, while 19 others forcibly evacuated.

“We are in a state of total collapse,” said Atiya Abdullah Atiya, a key member of the syndicate, in a phone call to SciDev.Net.

“Our drug stocks are depleted, health institutions have been destroyed, and our medical teams have been killed in battle.”

The shortage of staff and medical supplies and constant power outages threaten to shut down the remaining functioning hospitals, while the number of victims of the ongoing clashes continues to rise, according to Atiya.

Fighting erupted on 15 April in the capital Khartoum between the army and a paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces. A fragile US-brokered ceasefire which came into effect Tuesday was due to end later today (Thursday), with negotiations ongoing.

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