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We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big. 

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  • Boletín informativo proyecto: Aplicación de tecnologías ancestrales para el control de la sedimentación en fuente

    Action, Practical (Practical Action, Latin America, 2021)
    El proyecto piloto es implementado por Practical Action (Soluciones Prácticas) con el financiamiento del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en el marco del proyecto binacional “Gestión Integrada de los Recursos Hídricos en el Sistema Titicaca-Desaguadero-Poopó-Salar de Coipasa (TDPS)” ejecutado en Bolivia por el Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua (MMAyA) a través de la Unidad de Gestión de la Cuenca Katari (UGCK) y el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Busca identificar e implementación de tecnologías ancestrales que disminuyan la erosión de los suelos en la microcuenca de Jacha Mauri.
  • How the theme of Adaptation and Resilience marginalizes Loss and Damage and why we must focus on addressing loss and damage

    Stamp Out Poverty; Climate Action Network Pacific; Practical Action; Prakiti Resources Centre; International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD); Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) (Stamp Out PovertyPractical Action, United Kingdom, 2021)
    Despite repeated calls for Loss and Damage to be reflected prominently in the themes of COP 26, the UK presidency continues to champion Adaptation and Resilience as a key theme of COP 26, alongside clean road transport, energy transition, finance and nature. The theme of Adaptation and Resilience ignores Loss and Damage entirely and uses instead the term “resilience” as a blanket term, ostensibly to include Loss and Damage without explicit recognition. This is problematic on several fronts covered in this brief.
  • Lessons from COVID‑19 for addressing loss and damage in vulnerable developing countries

    Stamp Out Poverty; Heinrich Boll Stiftung; Practical Action; Bread for the World; Action Aid (Stamp Out Poverty, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Practical Action, Bread for the World, Action AidPractical Action, United Kingdom, 2021)
    While COVID-19 is an acute, but hopefully short-lived crisis, the spectre of catastrophic climate change looms as a long-lasting challenge. In the midst of our response to and recovery from the pandemic, we must not sideline efforts to minimise the long-term impacts of climate change. Indeed, we must use the crisis as an opportunity to reset our level of ambition, ensuring that, aligned with the Paris Agreement, we both speed up and scale up the climate action so urgently needed.
  • Why do developing countries need support to address loss and damage?

    Stamp Out Poverty; Heinrich Boll Stiftung; Practical Action; Bread for the World; Action Aid (Stamp Out PovertyPractical Action, United Kingdom, 2021)
    Loss and damage refers to impacts of climate change which are not avoided by mitigation, adaptation and other measures such as disaster risk management. In 2015, at COP 21, Loss and Damage was included as a distinct article in the Paris Agreement, separate from adaptation. This brief sets out why and how developing countries should be supported by wealthier countries most responsible for climate change in response to the loss and damage they are facing.
  • Preparación de abonos orgánicos BIOL

    Arevillca, Fernando; Patty, Roger; Aruquipa, Sandra (Practical Action, Latin America, 2021)
    El biol es un fertilizante orgánico que se obtiene por fermentación. Puede ser utilizado como fertilizante, insecticida, fungicida, inoculante de semilla y también como reguladores de crecimiento de las plantas. Esta publicación abarca las actividades realizadas con la asistencia financiera de la dirección de Ayuda Humanitaria y Protección civil de la Unión Europea. Las opiniones expresadas en él no deben interpretarse en modo alguno como la opinión oficial de la Unión Europea. La Unión Europea no se hace responsable del uso que se pueda hacer de la información contenida en este documento.

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