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    Aftermath of Cyclone Pam: report from Vanuatu

    Mar 31, 2015

    Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu three weeks ago…and destroyed entire villages on the island of Erromango.
    About 10,000 people live on Erromango, the third largest island in Vanuatu. Because it is so sparsely populated, it is not high on the radar… Read more

    Restoring fresh water and people’s health in Micronesia

    Jan 28, 2015

    A thick blanket of rainforest covers the Micronesian island of Pohnpei. Waterfalls pour over black basalt mountains. Though rivers seem plentiful, waterborne diseases have plagued people in the village of Kepirohi in southern Pohnpei.
    The problems started in the 1960s,… Read more

    Congratulations, Global Greengrants grantees!

    Apr 28, 2014

    The 2014 Goldman Environmental Prizewinners have just been announced. Five out of five of the winners from outside the United States are current or former Global Greengrants grantees. Read about their work and be inspired…

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    Update: From Protecting Marine Turtles to Creating Healthier Communities

    Feb 14, 2012

    This local organization’s work extends beyond the benefits of environmental protection; they are empowering indigenous populations to create healthier communities.

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    Protecting Marine Turtles in Papua New Guinea

    Aug 31, 2011

    The Leatherback Turtle is listed as endangered, but one Global Greengrants Fund grantee has found a way to curb its declining numbers.

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    In the Pacific: Picking up the Pieces after Devastating Tsunami

    Aug 25, 2011

    Global Greengrants grantee Aleipata Marine Protected Area Society is working with local communities in cleanup efforts after the Samoa tsunami of 2009.

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    Remembering a Remarkable Environmentalist

    Jul 28, 2011

    Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reid, Global Greengrants Fund advisor, was a prominent environmental leader in the Cook Islands, where she was widely respected, admired and loved. Although she passed away last month, her legacy and memory will live on.

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    Indigenous Funding: “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”

    Apr 5, 2011

    In the 1990s tourism development destroyed Serangan Island’s coral reef. Local indigenous people committed themselves to reviving the reef, and they’ve since planted more than 35,000 corals. The recent Asia/Pacific Summit aimed to support more stories like Serangan’s, because ‘from little things, big things grow.’

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    Water Warriors: Fighting Privatization in the Philippines

    Apr 4, 2011

    By supporting those who are most affected by water policy decisions to know and protect their rights, a group in the Philippines is using an Earth Month-funded grant to safeguard access to clean water.

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    Profits over People: New Injustices in Papua New Guinea

    Jun 18, 2010

    In a dangerous step backwards, Papua New Guinea has prioritized profits over the rights of its citizens. “The new laws are meant to protect the interests of investors at the expense of the environment and the resource owners. The new laws are selling out the rights of the people.”

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