DW Global Ideas

Clever ideas against climate change

Nicaragua’s National Coffee school

Coffee is one of Nicaragua’s most important export goods. At the National Coffee School students learn everything about coffee, from planting to processing and methods of sustainable cultivation. Global market prices are low, and coffee with a sustainability label yields higher prices.

Water crisis grips South Africa's Cape

Years of drought have plunged South Africa's Cape into a water crisis. Thirsty invasive shrubs and trees are worsening matters. That's why some are undertaking the mammoth task of clearing the problematic plants.

Nature conservation in cruise ship paradise

With some five million holiday-makers visiting Cozumel every year, the Caribbean island has become the main cruise harbor in Mexico. Tourism has a huge impact on the local economy, but is leaving it's marks on the island. The 100,000 inhabitants are now looking for new ways to combine nature conservation and tourism.

Ugandan schools go green

Uganda's power supply is bad. In many places electricity is so scarce that it is rationed. Some schools are looking for alternative energy sources.

Climate change hits women harder

The UN says drought, flooding and heatwaves lower life expectancy for women more than for men. Ndivile Mokoena is a South African climate activist and feminist. She campaigns internationally for gender justice in climate protection policy.

Land deals in Peru

Deforestation, land grabs, exploitation: in the province of Ucayali in Peru, corruption is widespread. International investors have snapped up huge tracts of land using dubious methods that leave local farmers destitute.

Gourmet Cuisine from the Rainforest

Delicacies from the jungle: The indigenous people of the Ecuadorian rainforest live from the biodiversity of the Amazon region. Now, top chefs from the capital Quito have caught onto the tasty possibilities.

Beautiful flowers, toxic lake

The area around Kenya's Lake Naivasha is known colloquially as the flower bed of Africa. The cut flowers industry generates 5% of Kenya's GDP – and causes extensive pollution. Fertilizers and pesticides from its fields drain directly into the lake’s waters. However, now the flower companies have come under strict regulation. And things change to the better at Lake Naivasha.

Ocean College: On a microplastic mission

How much microplastic can you find in our oceans? The kids from Ocean College checked from Amsterdam to Tenerife and what they found was sobering.

A forest against climate change in Vietnam

The small vietnamese village Hoa Binh is hit by heavy storms every year. They now adapt to the situation and plant trees.