In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about successful tiger conservation efforts in Nepal, how Hindu women are taking the lead as priests, and a trailblazing all-digital public payment program in Togo.
Nepal’s tiger population set to double 2010 numbers next year
Effective anti-poaching policies in national parks and engagement with local communities have resulted in an increase from 121 to 240 animals today.
Hindu women taking leadership into their own hands
Hindu priests (pandits) are traditionally male, but demand for female priests is growing. An increasing number of schools train both men and women to become pandits.
All-digital public cash transfer programme in Togo set up in 2 weeks
Tech-savvy young ministers quickly implemented an innovative programme to give cash directly to citizens, effectively easing pandemic-related financial pressures on families.
Tropical forests can partially regenerate in just 20 years without human interference
A new study finds that natural regrowth yields better results than human plantings offering hope for climate recovery.
Music industry unites to pledge net-zero emissions by 2050
Major labels Sony, Universal and Warner join independents signing up to climate schemes that will guide companies toward cleaner futures.
Farmers in India embrace alternative to burning fields after harvest
A new enzyme-based spray that makes stalks turn into fertiliser is a sustainable and simple alternative for farmers, after bans on torching fields failed.
Sugarcane waste put to good use as fertiliser in Ghana
A Ghanaian farmer produces fertiliser from sugarcane waste, selling it to members of the local farming community as well as to people in urban areas
How Indonesia tackles climate change and connects people to nature
Indonesian government is training local women to produce dyes from mangrove sap and raising the target to restore forests, which can prevent flooding.
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Community-focused farming approaches are changing the landscape in the US
Cooperatives and farming collectives are showing that a local approach to business might be an effective alternative to the vertically-integrated supply chains in crisis at the moment.