The world crisis that we cannot overlook

Climate change is now one of the greatest drivers of poverty and hunger with 45 million people worldwide at extreme risk of famine. This includes almost 21 million children. Communities all over the world are telling us that unreliable seasons, droughts and floods are on the rise. The climate crisis is affecting everyone, but girls and boys in the most vulnerable communities will bear the brunt of the impacts, despite being the least responsible for it.

Around 1 billion children – almost one in 2 children –  across the globe are now living in  countries at extremely high risk of climate change and environmental hazards such as violent storms, droughts, and floods. It is estimated that 3.2 billion people are affected by land degradation, while over 160 million children are living in areas of high-level drought. Without action on climate change, droughts will continue to intensify, land degradation and desertification will continue to accelerate, and the hunger crisis will be further exacerbated.

At ACIO Wildlife Conservation we believe that everybody has the right to both a healthy and safe environment today and a sustainable future. Communities are asking us to act now. Our environmental stewardship and climate action work aims to address both the impacts and the causes of climate change, and deliver positive development outcomes for local communities. We work with communities through models such as Regreening Communities to restore the environment, embed disaster risk reduction strategies and promote sustainable agri-food systems. We support local communities and vulnerable groups to join their communities in advocating for climate action through Citizen Voice and Action.

They have been telling us for years that things are worsening, that the seasons are unreliable. We are working hard to respond to climate change and disasters. We are partnering with others to build their resilience and prepare them for crises. When such events occur, we are ready to help.

ACIO Wildlife Conservation is a global leader in integrating community development with ecosystem restoration for the most vulnerable communities. Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration  is a community-led nature-based solution that reverses environmental degradation and tackles poverty, hunger and climate change through the regeneration of trees and shrubs. The Itombwe Planting Trees project, a community-managed reforestation initiative in Democratic Republic of Congo, in South-Kivu has regenerated 2,728 hectares of degraded land.

The project has sequestered 193,000 tCO2 to date and the sale of carbon credits has generated income for local communities. The restored landscape has also helped to strengthen livelihoods in the local community through increased grass cover for livestock, increased availability of firewood, improved ground water and decreased erosion. As we support the restoration of landscapes, we see the restoration of hope for communities who once felt powerless in the face of climate change.

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