Climate change is worsening an already unprecedented scarcity of resources, including water and arable land in some of the world's most volatile and impoverished regions. Environmental degradation most strongly impacts vulnerable communities, primarily because these places lack the coping mechanisms that normally protect lives and livelihoods.
Mercy Corps is committed to helping these communities address and adapt to environmental changes. Our programmes increase access to clean energy, manage limited water supplies, and teach farmers to protect their land.
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Indonesia: Cities and climate change: Mercy Corps joins the global discussion March 23, 2012
Next week London will host the Planet Under Pressure conference, a gathering designed to discuss solutions to the global climate challenge.
Myanmar: Making our land green again January 19, 2012
I’m 19 years old and live in Bokone village, in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta. Together with eight other people from my village, I am part of a community organisation called Sein Pyae Aye Yar. In English, it means Full Green Ayeyarwaddy Delta.
Myanmar: Cookstoves to the rescue December 8, 2011
Myat Soe and his family lost their house, fishing business and small grocery in the 2008 cyclone that devastated Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta. Afterwards, they moved in with his father and struggled just to make ends meet.
Ethiopia: Stitching land back together in drought-hit Ethiopia August 1, 2011
The land in Lacole, part of the Oromo Region in southeast Ethiopia, looks like it’s literally been torn apart.
Indonesia: Another busy day in the world's tenth-biggest city July 2, 2011
I wasn't quite expecting to see as much of Jakarta as this. Today we met the Mercy Corps staff at their offices for a presentation of the various projects the organisation is doing in Indonesia.
Indonesia: Boosting disaster resilience June 22, 2011
If your family lived in a rickety shack on stilts and the waters were rising, you would hope your government had a plan. But if you were among the millions of poor people who inhabit some of the world’s most crowded and vulnerable Asian cities, there’s a good chance you’d be wrong.
Nepal: Where the river brings life, it can also bring death June 18, 2011
Krishna Bahadur Giri is standing thigh-deep in the swollen Mohana River, studying the best place to cross. The road we were going to use is washed out; Plan B is to turn our Jeep into an amphibious vehicle.
Indonesia: Working with the World Bank in Jakarta to alleviate flooding and fight climate change June 16, 2011
Flooding in Jakarta — Indonesia's capital and biggest city — is a yearly occurrence that destroys property and displaces families, particularly in poor areas.
Somalia: Healing the wounds of natural resource conflict in Somalia May 24, 2011
It was one of my toughest decisions ever to join Mercy Corps in Somaliland as the Project Officer for the People-to-People Environmental Peacebuilding Programme. My main motivation was twofold, to join as a humanitarian and for personal career development.
Nepal: Bamboo and bio-engineering interventions for mitigation of riverbank erosion April 27, 2011
Floods are a major hazard in Nepal contributing to endemic poverty, an occurrence that is likely to increase and magnify due to climate change.