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Environmentally sustainable development

Features of sustainable development

Green economy

A green economy is one that results in improved human wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Blue economy

The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving marine and coastal ecosystems.

Green skills

Green skills can be understood as the knowledge and skills needed to live and work in an environmentally responsible way, and to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Ecosystems in Kenya

In Kwale County on the Kenyan coast, 75% of the population live in poverty, and while they are reliant on the coastal environment for their income, it has been severely depleted in recent years.

Thanks to the Future Plan Fund, we’ve been working with coastal communities to create new, income-generating activities which also promote conservation and biodiversity in the coastal environment, such as seaweed farming, mangrove reforestation and sustainable fishing practices.

This has already meant an increase of income for local communities, and will have a huge, positive long-term impact for marine and coastal ecosystems, protection from climate-related threats and promotion of carbon sinks.

We are restoring mangrove forests because they protect our coastlines and help increase our fish stock.

Community mangrove group, Kenya

Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Ecosystems in Kenya

Green Skills for Ghana

Young people in Ghana face huge challenges to earning a living. Youth unemployment is higher than for older people and large numbers of young people are under-employed. Young women in particular struggle to secure safe work which pays a living wage.

Meanwhile, Ghana's natural resources have suffered heavily, often because of human activities. Combined with increasing climate and weather hazards, this has led to widespread biodiversity loss and environmental degradation.

Our three-year project has given women and young people the chance to start a new livelihood in the green economy. Through environmentally-sustainable work or enterprise, young Ghanaians have gained the skills and financial stability to build a better future for themselves.

3,613 new green businessesstarted by project graduates

5,019 people trained in green skillsincluding fish farming, vegetable gardening and raising poultry

246 savings and loans groupsset up to give access to credit

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Gifty on her way to her beehives in Ghana

Harnessing the power of bees

Living near the forest, Gifty’s family were plagued by wild bees and sometimes driven from their home for weeks at a time. So when Gifty joined the Green Skills for Ghana project, she deliberately chose the beekeeping course. Now, she has 45 beehives and produces 90kg of organic honey a year.

“The beekeeping training changed my life for the better,” she says. “Once upon a time, we resolved to move away from this community because the bees made our lives so miserable. Today, I will gladly stay because my family’s lives now depend on the bees."

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