Zoï has documented the environmental impacts of conflict in Donbas since 2014. These days we feel compelled and obligated to scale up our work. We make every effort to present accurate information but the situation is fluid and reliable data are difficult to obtain and validate. Thus, despite all efforts, errors may be present, and will be corrected once detected and verified.
Zoï staff has been working to combat climate change for over thirty years. Our founders’ early warning studies of the Nile Delta and the Uganda coffee crop – developed in the 1980s – have set the standard in the international community for such research. Since its beginnings, Zoï has focused on demonstrating the impact of climate change all over the world and guided a range of different groups and entities towards climate neutrality. This also includes providing support towards the implementation of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Further, we work on climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as related topics such as air pollution, disaster risk reduction and hydrometeorological services.
The preservation and management of the earth’s fragile ecosystems under ever-increasing pressure is central in Zoï’s work. We support the Rio conventions on desertification and biodiversity and produce global and local publications on different aspects of conservation and safeguarding the environment, and awareness raising.
Chemicals can not only severely damage the environment but also endanger human health and lives. That is why we cooperate and work on different UN chemical conventions and participate in pollution assessments. We also support the making of international legal instruments on waste and chemicals, e.g. Mercury convention, and create (visual) products to make their importance better understandable to non-specialists.
Environmental challenges can cause security concerns both between and within countries. Addressing these risks have been one of main areas of Zoï’s work to-date. Through innovative analysis, participatory mapping and visualization, we have contributed to regionally and globally recognized flagship assessments on the environment-security interface. We are also highly engaged on the ground in addressing the unfolding environmental and social issues, including those concerning mining industry which is often at the source of local conflicts.
In recent years, water use has become a focus in international affairs. Zoï has been part of many activities on the ground trying to understand, explain and improve the management of water, in particular in internationally shared lake and rivers. We have also been working with a range of partners, in particular the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and UNECE, to provide analytical and information support to good water governance and a new type of water diplomacy.