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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

People who lost their homes set up makeshift shelters along the river.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

Rising water levels on the river Padma in Bangladesh threaten homes and put inhabitants of the river basin at risk.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

When the Padma river rises, erosion becomes a serious problem for the community living on the river. At the same time, waste littering the earth pollutes the water.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

Houses sit near the banks of the river Padma in Bangladesh.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

Flooding and erosion along the Padma river in Bangladesh has resulted in many people losing their homes and their land.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

People are sometimes forces to move their houses to another place out of the path of river erosion.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
24 Aug 2014

A family made homeless by erosion and flooding along the Padma River dry cloth on the riverbank.

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By Piero Castellano
16 Jul 2014

Şirince, Turkey – A residence for guest teachers in Nesin Mathematics Village. The sculpture in the foreground, along with many others decorating the “main streets” of the Village were donated by artists who held a workshop in the Village. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
16 Jul 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Ali Nesin, a Mathematics professor and the founder and “Mayor” of Nesin Mathematics Village. Mr. Nesin's father was the late celebrated writer and humorist Aziz Nesin. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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By Piero Castellano
16 Jul 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Ali Nesin, the Mathematics professor founder and “Mayor” of Nesin Mathematics Village. The Village is named after the foundation that owns and managed it, founded by Mr. Ali Nesin’s father, the late celebrated writer and humorist Aziz Nesin. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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The Mathematics Village
By Piero Castellano
16 Jul 2014

Şirince, Turkey – The library of Nesin Mathematics Village. It is also used as a classroom and as a city hall during assemblies and events.. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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By Piero Castellano
16 Jul 2014

Şirince, Turkey – The library of Nesin Mathematics Village. It’s also used as a classroom and as a city hall, during assemblies and events.. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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By Piero Castellano
16 Jul 2014

Şirince, Turkey – Miri, a 32 years old interior architect from Antalya, who works as a volunteer at Nesin Matematics Village, rests on the terrace of a guest house of the Village. Before and after the summer classes, the Village can be used for conferences, conventions and even weddings. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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By Piero Castellano
16 Jul 2014

Şirince, Turkey – A class in Nesin Mathematics Village. Teachers are volunteers from all over Turkey, with some foreigners too. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
28 Jun 2014

Rohim Shekh, 72, walks through an area devastated by Cyclone Aila in 2007. He was displaced by the Cyclone, which many now see as a result of climate change.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
28 Jun 2014

This community was devastated by cyclones Aila in 2007 and Sidr in 2009. People here still face hardships from these catastrophic events, some of them traveling miles for fresh water.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
28 Jun 2014

This community was devastated by cyclones Aila in 2007 and Sidr in 2009. People here still face hardships from these catastrophic events, some of them traveling miles for fresh water.

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North Korea in Color 007
By Ulrik Pedersen
12 Jun 2014

A rural village among rice fields which is the stable food of North Korea. The government is trying to let farmers have 30% of their harvest.

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By Ulrik Pedersen
02 Jun 2014

A typical rural village in North Korea with single floor white buildings. Is in the rural area most poor people are living. They can't move to other districts without approval from authorities. Outside Pyongyang, North Korea.

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A village’s struggle to preserve its ...
Long La
By Corentin Fohlen
28 Mar 2014

Forests are the heart of Long La's development. In a country ravaged by deforestation, this village of 500 inhabitants has become a model of sustainable development. With the help of Speri, a vietnamese NGO, Long La has found a way to preserve its forest thanks to agroecology.

The forest is rich in medicinal plants and rare species and generates wealth for the community. Prior to 2004, it was threatened by timber exploitation. But its inhabitants soon realized that the water shortages they were facing were not normal and that the air was drier than it should have been in this tropical region.

It did not take long before they began to blame deforestation, which also adversely affects agricultural production. Today, forests cover 40% of the territory of Laos, whereas they made up 70% in the 1950s. In order to protect their forest, villagers in Long La reserved certain areas for the production of timber and others for medicinal plants. In some areas, it is now strictly forbidden to gather wood. They also enacted strict rules to preserve the forest, such as keeping farm animals in paddocks to prevent them from damaging trees.

In 2005, the Laotian government recognized Long La inhabitants' know-how and put them in charge of managing the village's forest. Doing so came naturally to the inhabitants since they all belong to the Hmong community, an animist ethnic group that considers the forest sacred. In Long La, the forest is even believed to host a venerated spirit: the Patongxenh.

Deforestation is being driven by corruption as well as poorly managed industrial-scale plantations for things like rubber. Yet Long La's management of the forest has proven that preservation can lead to development and wealth. Thanks to the forest, the village now cultivates Zong Zwa, a plant with bright yellow flowers that tastes similar to rocca. The village also produces 12 tons of organic vegetables each year which they sell to hotels and restaurants in Luang Prabang. Speri now works with 12 other villages to implement Long La's model. In 2012, the NGO and the villagers created a rural school to train local residents in agroecology.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
13 Mar 2014

Bia Twa Giang, 59, is one of the 16 healers of Long La. He is posing at the entrance of the preserved areas where medicinal plants grow. The forest is home to more than 250 species of medicinal plants.

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Yang
By Corentin Fohlen
13 Mar 2014

Yang, Laos. february 2014. A woman and her child in the village of Yang.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
13 Mar 2014

Bia Twa Giang, 59, is one of the 16 healers of Long La. Here poses in the preserved area where medicinal plants grow.

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Pungesti village
By Ulrik Pedersen
08 Mar 2014

Pungesti is a typical Romanian village, with a church, a bar and a small bank and post office. Pungesti, Romania. Unemployment and poverty is forcing young people to leave the village.

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South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
05 Mar 2014

Parbin and Abdul Salam, a married couple and lifetime colleagues, work together on a jamdani sari. Every day they weave together on a traditional wooden loom, looking out on the dusty village road outside the window. The loom takes up almost all space in their one-room tin roof house.

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South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
05 Mar 2014

Detail from a weaving instrument used for weaving jamdani saris, a delicate and exclusive fabric worn wrapped around the body by women all across the Indian subcontinent on festivals and special occasions. South Rupshi is considered the ancestral home of jamdani weaving.

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South Rupshi
By Karim + Jenny
05 Mar 2014

Inside the weaving workshop in South Rupshi, a village outside of Dhaka. Many weavers have looms in their homes; others work together in workshops like this.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Luang Prabang, Laos. february 2014. The Ban Phong Van wood sawmill near Luang Prabang.

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Luang Prabang
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

The Ban Phong Van wood sawmill near Luang Prabang.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Longlan, Laos. february 2014.
Zong Zwa for sale at Long La's market.

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Donemai
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Donemai, Laos. february 2014. The Donemai market where the vegetables from Long La are sold

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Donemai
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Donemai, Laos. fevruary 2014. At the Donemai market, the demand for organic vegetables is high. The Zong Zwa is one of the most popular crop on markets.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Longlan, Laos. Fevruary 2014. Nen Lu Giang just bought Zong Zwa flowers at Long La to resell them at the market.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Longlan, Laos. fevrier 2014. Bia Twa Giang, 59, one of the 16 healers of Long Lan, poses in the protected area where medicinal plants grow. The forest is home to more than 250 species of medicinal plants.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Longlan, Laos. february 2014. Sai Ly, 33, is cutting down a teak tree

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Longlan, Laos. february 2014. A woman harvesting Zong Zwa with her child.

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Longlan
By Corentin Fohlen
19 Feb 2014

Longlan, Laos. february 2014. Hevea crops, the major commercial source of natural rubber latex used, near Long La. In the northern parts of Laos,
Chinese companies are implementing rubber planting projects, leading to deforestation and the drying of the soil.