1. Kumi Naidoo, from the Global Call to Action Against Poverty , South Africa, explains how the current economic crisis and the climate change challenges open space for opportunity: it is time for a new global governance.

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  2. John Cavanagh, from the Institute for Policy Studies , USA, explains how civil society has been a vital force in the fight against climate change. For the upcoming Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, peoples' voices are crucial to help shape a global deal.

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  3. UNDP works with the business community for development.

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  4. Tai Butani is the only person left in Lomawai village who continues to produce salt from the mangrove ponds, a tradition that has been part of village life for generations.
    Lomawai village on the Island of Fiji, and is well-known for its salt producing tradition. UNDP Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme co-funds a project started in 1999 by the World Wildlife Fund. This project has allowed Tai Butani to conduct workshops and pass on her knowledge to local women.
    Tai uses natural resources to harvest the salt from the salt ponds in the mangroves. By tasting the water, she is able to tell when the salt is ready to be harvested. She explains that it would not be possible to make salt without the existence of mangroves, because their density keeps the saltwater inside the ponds.
    The community conservation project undertaken by UNDP also aims to protect mangroves and build awareness of their importance. Before the project began, villagers in Lomawai were using mangrove trees as fuel and building huts. This led to the loss of 11 hectares of mangroves and 3 hectares of salt ponds in 40 years.
    Fiji has the highest incidents of cyclones in the Pacific. Mangroves serve as natural protection and reduce potential damage after natural disasters. They also function as a natural barrier for the shore line and protect the local population from cyclones, flooding, and heavy rain.
    Sholto Fanifo, UNDP GEF Program Associate mentions that the Lomawai communitys main source of income is fisheries. They mentioned that theyve been losing fish over the years, and theyve had to go further out to find fish and sell them. So this project is actually providing them a source of livelihood thats closer to their homes.
    By helping villagers learn how they can produce salt using mangroves, UNDP helps villagers protect their natural resources, and provides village women a much needed, new source of income.
    Diana, one of the beneficiaries of the project, is learning how to harvest salt from Tai. She is happy to keep the village traditions alive. Its important for me and the women in the village, because we are learning. Because it is a tradition...and we can carry on with it, she said.

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