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UN Decade on Restoration

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Urban areas

Urban areas occupy less than 1 per cent of the Earth’s land surface but house more than half of its people. Despite their steel and concrete, crowds and traffic, cities and towns are still ecosystems whose condition profoundly marks the quality of our lives. Functioning urban ecosystems help clean our air and water, cool urban heat islands, and support our well-being by shielding us from hazards and providing opportunities for rest and play. They can also host a surprising amount of biodiversity. Urban ecosystems represent a radical transformation of the natural areas they have replaced and are often highly degraded. Poor planning seals soils and leaves little space for vegetation amid the houses, roads and factories. Waste and emissions from industry, t...
  • Annett Michuki..

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    Green cities brings back life

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    • Kevin

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      We sure need more of these green cities

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      • Munene Mugambi

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        We need green cities with reduced emissions

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        • Rashid Kamau

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          @munene_mugambi Many cities need to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly.

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