The DNC2022 visual identity renders a voice to the stories of sustainability from across the globe, the outcome of a photo and video storytelling competition organised by UNU-FLORES and the Technische Sammlungen Dresden. In particular, the photographs chosen embody the rich biodiversity humankind has been entrusted with to care, preserve, and advocate for. Read more about the stories behind the inspiring images below.
Could these humble rows of trees prevent a natural disaster? The Vietnamese government hopes so. Mangrove forests like Bau Ca Cai in coastal Vietnam’s Quang Ngai Province are an important shield against destructive typhoons that rock the coast each year. Unfortunately, mangrove trees have been depleted over the years by population growth, climate change, and increased use of waters for fish farming.
Harvesting water lilies in wetlands during the monsoon season in West Bengal. Farmers use small boats to carry the lilies to shore and sell them in local markets to support their livelihoods.
An ‘agal-agal’ farmer carries seaweed seedlings tied on a rope to be planted on a vacant area in the shallow waters at Barangay Pasiagan, Bongao, Tawi-tawi in the Philippines. Farmers living in stilt houses have long found a way to make use of what’s available for their livelihood needs. They have been planting seaweeds for decades and do not need irrigation because they have an unlimited supply of seawater. Aside from providing sustainable, healthy seafood for local communities, seaweed aquaculture offers a lot of opportunities to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Moreover, it can help reduce the negative impacts of climate change through carbon uptake, reduction of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and protection of shores from coastal erosion.
In India, 70 per cent of the population depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Due to high levels of poverty, many family members participate in farming, including women and children. Children contribute after school and women work after going about their daily routines.