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The modern approach for peatlands is not to drain, but to moisturize.This is due to the fact that peatlands have the ability to store carbon. When peatlands are drained, the well-preserved carbon and nitrogen are released as greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and as nitrates into surface waters. Additional environmental issues associated with drainage of peatlands include the loss of their ability to purify water, loss of biodiversity, loss of productive land, peatland fires, and more.

Nghe An’s bamboo forests have been rapidly shrinking due to overharvesting, a trend exacerbated by insecure land rights. Because lung bamboo is a major source of household incomes in the mountains of Nghe An, replanting and sustainable management are urgently needed.

The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic share the waters of transboundary Central Asian rivers Chu and Talas, which provide essential resources for irrigation of the vast agricultural lands in both countries as well as opportunities for the generation of hydropower.

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