Expert stories: be inspired by their insights on how to achieve the SDGs
Affordable and clean energy in India
India is a country with an huge energy deficit. More than 300 million rural inhabitants have no commercial electricity. There is widespread dependence on imported fossil fuels. However, ambitious government investment in renewables is set to turn this around.
Vernacular buildings and adaptation to floods
In flood-prone areas of South and Southeast Asia, vernacular architecture has resulted in various forms of elevated buildings. As climate change causes a wider range of challenges, lessons from this architecture will be key to dealing with future risks.
Mongolian pastoral society and women
Yurts, the traditional round tent dwellings of the Inner Asian nomads, have been in use for more than 3,000 years. Constructed according to the principle of sparing natural resources, yurts are also a place where men and women live together in integrated harmony.
Kam community and intergenerational education
Sustaining the Kam people’s intergenerational knowledge will ensure the availability of inclusive quality education. However, the Kam people face persistent challenges in the preservation of their own culturally significant and unique knowledge systems.
Health and wellbeing in African cities
To ensure new buildings in tropical climates, such as Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast, are not detrimental to human health, legislation on recently-introduced construction techniques is needed. Science and technology will be key to making it purposeful.
Territorial integration and agricultural capacities of drylands
Meeting regional food production is nearly impossible in drylands, which exist in over 110 countries. Oasis ecosystems contribute not only to the biodiversity of the ecosystem but also to the diversity of diet, whilst improving rural-urban territorial connectivity.