DW Global Ideas

Clever ideas against climate change

From the cage to the jungle

Training schools for orangutans form part of a project by the Frankfurt Zoological Society on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Orangutans bred in captivity are prepared for life in the wild and then released into the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

The fight against poachers

African forest elephants and gorillas have something in common: Due to poachers, wars and habitat loss they are threatend with extinction. Dzanga-Sangha National Park in the Central African Republic is trying to save the species for future generations.

Chile's cost-effective cattle

In southern Chile's Los Lagos region a lot of dairy farmers follow traditional practices. The "Smart Energy Concepts" project is trying to convince them to adopt more energy efficient answers to their rising energy costs.

The "Super Berry" Business

Açaí is the most popular fruit found in the Amazon region. The berries have also gained an international reputation as a superfood. Employing sustainable methods to raise and harvest them helps protect the rainforest, and also makes business sense.

Social Impact of a Hydroelectric Power Plant

The global energy requirement is set to double by 2040 compared to 2015 levels. In western Uganda, a new hydroelectric power plant is under construction on the River Lubilia. However, there are also downsides to the project.

Our forests, the oxygen producers

A woodland walk is a wonderful thing. Deep among the trees, where the air is unbeatably fresh, there’s an atmosphere of peace and calm. Forests also provide many raw materials, but what shape are they in?

Facing Climate Change in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, climate change is already having drastic effects. A third of its surface area is just above sea-level. Now Transparency International is carefully monitoring the country’s use of international climate funds.

Our drinking water, the stuff of life

Without water, there would be no life on earth - no people, no animals, and no plants. It is our most important resource, vital to all growth. But do we have enough water?

Our valuable oceans

The sea, a source of fascination for many of us, nourishes both body and soul. But it can also be wildly unpredictable and still holds many mysteries. How much, for example, do we know about the marine ecosystem?

Valuable dirt: our earth

The ground upon which we walk is the basis of our existence. It serves as a bed for our fruit and vegetables, it filters water and accommodates countless creatures. But what state is our ground really in?