International Day of Forests and World Water Day
This week we observed two days declared by the United Nations in support of sustainable development: International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22).
Almost 900 million people worldwide use wood to fuel cooking, heating and other personal or commercial energy purposes. More than 663 million people live without access to a safe water supply.
At the Inter-American Foundation, 36% of our community projects portfolio focuses on environmental conservation efforts to safeguard these resources.
Our grantee partners work to protect forests and watersheds while reducing the use of wood as fuel. They develop better techniques to manage waste water. They find ways to live with drought through methods such as using gray water for gardens and small agricultural plots.
You can learn much more about the ways our grantee partners build resilience to environmental challenges in the most recent issue of our journal Grassroots Development.