The Diversity of a Lunar landscape - Making Namaqualand Bloom Again - As rainfall decreases every year, with human and livestock populations continue to grow; the situation in the land of the indigenous Nama is a disaster for nature - and for the people themselves. The sparse green in this semi-desert region of southern Africa doesn't grow so well anymore - yet it has to feed the livestock of increasing numbers of farmers. That's led to dramatic loss of biodiversity. Because fewer species flourish there, Namaqualand is turning into a full-blown desert. The solution is for the Nama to incorporate their traditional way of life. Global Number Biodiversity - The preservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are considered important foundations for human well-being. The destruction and fragmentation of habitats is seen as the greatest threat by far to biodiversity on Earth. Our Global Number shows "What is Biodiversity?" and where the focal points are when it comes to protecting species, habitats and cultures. Questionnaire: Krsto Niklanovic from Montenegro - Kristo Niklanowitsch is 64 years old, and lives in Budva, Montenegro. He's the owner of the restaurant Jadran, located on the town promenade. He sees globalization as an inevitable evil. In his opinion, it robs people of their cultural individuality. The Peacemakers of Colombia - The conflict between the Colombian government and the left-wing FARC rebel group has been going on for 50 years. The guerrilla war has claimed the lives of more than 200, 000 people. Now, negotiations between the government and FARC are finally taking place. A deal on land reform is close to being reached. Human rights violations in the country continue, however. Musician Cesar Lopez campaigns against violence and for victims' rights across the country. He hopes his songs can inspire a new discussion about those issues. Father Dario Echeverri, a priest, is also fighting for reconciliation. Water Management in Lebanon - Saving a Scarce Resource - Lebanon's population is growing by two percent each year - putting a strain on water supplies. Demand is growing, and groundwater quality is getting worse. Water plays an important role in Lebanon, since 32.5 percent of the country's land is used for agriculture. Along the intensively farmed coast, tobacco, olives, grapes and other fruit and vegetables are grown. Grain and hemp are grown in the fertile Beqaa Valley. Using simple ideas, German experts and local water suppliers are trying to save a lot of water in Lebanon.
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Episode #551 / Length: 26 minutes