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Also follow the experiences of staff and / or partners of Both ENDS through various blogs.

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    Small Grants, Big Impacts


    Thousands of grassroots groups and organisations are working worldwide to protect and improve the environment, human rights and the living conditions of local communities. Small grants funds set up locally can form the link between large donors and these grassroots organisations which have their origins in the communities and can support people effectively at local level.

    While an increasing number of private donors acknowledge the role played by small grants funds, major international funds like the Green Climate Fund are still largely unaware of them. Bilateral and multilateral donors such as the EU, too, could reach local actors – e.g. indigenous communities, women's rights organisations, cooperatives, unions, fisher folk federations, plantation workers - more effectively if they were to make greater use of these kinds of funds.

     


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    Paris Proof Export Support


    The Netherlands is slowly becoming aware of the need to stop climate change, and to make the transition to a 'climate-neutral economy'. In December 2015, our country agreed to the Paris Climate Agreement, which states, among other things, that global warming should be limited to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius. A growing number of companies are making their production methods more sustainable and are switching to renewable energy, to minimise or even stop the negative impact of their activities on the climate. The calls for a short-term transition to a new, green and inclusive economy are becoming louder and louder.


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    Barro Blanco


    In Western Panama runs the river Tabasará. Since 2011 a dam called Barro Blanco is being built here. The dam is expected to generate about 28 Megawatts of energy and stimulate Panama’s economy. Moreover, generating ‘green’ electricity will reduce CO2 emissions. It looks like everyone will benefit from this development. But why does the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé people oppose the dam?


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    Nicaragua Canal


    The Nicaraguan government has commissioned a Chinese company to build a canal right across the country. The canal is intended to lift Nicaragua out of poverty once and for all but has so far had the opposite effect on the local population. 


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    Fighting for more sustainable palm oil


    Every year, Indonesia faces the same disaster: large-scale forest fires that are harmful to the health of many people, even in neighbouring countries, and that destroy valuable rainforest. One of the main causes: palm oil. In 1997, Both ENDS was one of the first organisations to draw attention to the problems of large-scale palm oil production, and since then we have been tirelessly working towards a more sustainable palm oil industry.


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