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by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Initiative and Social Justice by Rose Hessmiller — last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
South America Environment, Science & Technology, and Health Newsletter ISSUE 109 by Stoner, Larissa A — last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:04 AM
Agriculture: Brazil: Clean Gasoline Fuels Soybean Production; Environmentalists Praise Results of Moratorium on Growing Soy in Brazil Amazon Health: U.S. Donates 50,000 Dollars Relief Funds to Victims of Northeast Flooding; Colombian Scientists Synthesize Potential Malaria Vaccine. Water Issues: Chile: Aguas Andinas to Study Glaciers; Chile’s Drinking Water Supply Guaranteed for Only 25 Years. Forests: Brazil to Rein in Foreign Groups in Amazon; Google Earth to Carry Satellite Images of Amazon Deforestation. Wildlife: Chile Park Officials to Monitor Mountain Lion Population. Fishing & Marine Conservation: Trawl Fishing Banned in Venezuela; Catch Limit Tightened on Fishing of Argentine Hake; Argentina: Environmental Atlas of the Sea; Turbulent Times for Chilean Salmon Farms. Science & Technology: US and Uruguay Sign Technology Cooperation Accord. Infrastructure Development: Brazil: Amazon Ghost Highway to Be Brought Back to Life; Chile: Environmentalists Defend Patagonian Wilderness from Dams. Pollution: Ecuador: Damage Estimate Filed in Amazon Oil-Pollution Trial; Two Ecuadorians Fighting against Chevron are Among 2008 Goldman Prize Winners; Peru: In Search of Less Toxic Mining. Climate Change: Marriott in Carbon Offset Deal with Brazilian State; 'Green' Trash Dump in Brazil on A Road to Revenue; Brazil to Pay Amazon Residents for 'Eco-Services'; Carbon Credits Could Help Save Amazon; Carbon-Offset Business Takes Root in Brazil. Energy: Bolivia's Morales Says Biofuels Serious Problem to Poor; Argentina, Brazil Revive Binational Dam Project; Chile Mandates Renewable-Energy Targets. General: Chile Unveils New Indigenous Policy; Environment Prominent in Bolivia’s Draft Constitution; Peru: Critics Say New Environment Ministry Will Lack Decision-Making Powers in Key Areas; Amazon Environmentalist Gunned Down in Peru
File USAID New this Month Winter 2015: What’s New in the USAID Library by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 18, 2015 03:18 PM
Check out the Library's newest books and e-books on international development. Topics include: popular representations of development in the media; sustainable development; public health systems and the treatment of communicable diseases; history of the Ebola virus; and international human resource management. Don't miss the feature on page 8 about Economist Intelligence Unit, your source for country
File What’s New in the USAID Library: November 2014 by webedtior — last modified Nov 25, 2014 04:03 PM
The latest edition of New This Month has arrived! Discover the newest titles the Library has to offer. In this issue you'll find books and e-books on all sorts of development topics including: Dangers of humanitarian aid work; Impacts of climate change on global health; Women in agriculture; and Engineering for sustainable development. And don't miss the feature on page 9 that shows you how to receive current news and journal alerts for topics of interest!
File New This Month From the USAID Knowledge Services Center - Summer 2013 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 20, 2013 04:22 PM
Escape the summer heat by immersing yourself in a good book! This month, our list includes two World Bank ebooks that you may download, print or email to colleagues: Afghanistan in transition: Looking beyond 2014; Beyond War: Reimagining American influence in a new Middle East We are delighted to announce that the OECD iLibrary is now available to all USAID staff in Washington and the Missions! Download OECD books, journal articles, and policy papers as PDFs from your desktop or using your SBC token. No password needed.
File Lessons Learned from Community Forestry in Latin America and Their Relevance for REDD+ by Janis B. Alcorn — last modified Apr 22, 2015 03:55 PM
This report reviews lessons learned from decades of community forestry experiences in Latin America and generates recommendations and conclusions for REDD+. It is one of three regional reports on Africa, Asia and Latin America that FCMC is commissioning, as well as a global synthesis.
File Green Highways Consortium USAID Semi-Annual Report 2005 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 10, 2014 10:09 PM
During the last semester, the Green Highways Consortium aimed to attract new partnerships and collaborations, while strengthening the initiatives among its members, the interaction with social groups, organizations and movements involved in the project’s development and the participation in the government decisions. The participation of Consortium members in national and international debates has been very significant to widely inform about the Consortium experiences and information - based on its research and projects results and local initiatives -aiming to encourage the adoption of public policies at national and international levels towards sustainable development and tropical forest conservation in developing countries. For example, IPAM´s participation as an invited member of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, as well as its participation in international and national conferences, has presented its new proposal regarding to compensate reduction of tropical deforestation as a mechanism to address the carbon emissions from tropical deforestation (Brazil is the most important emitter of C from deforestation). Also, IPAM, TNC, ISA and FVPP are promoting the study of feasibility of carbon sequestration by agroforestry projects in the Transamazônica Highway and in the Xingu River Basin, attending the opportunities opened by MDL mechanism to promote small scale carbon sequestration projects. Furthermore, Consortium representatives from IPAM have presented its Biodiversity Scenarios Model to the Ministry of Environment, which might apply it to an 8-million ha forest area along BR163 under federal intervention. Such model can show which priority areas are to be protected by environmental laws and which species would be threatened with the loss of the forest cover in some specific regions. As important as the actions described above are the local and regional initiatives that have demonstrated many possible ways to promote social and environmental sustainable development. IFT and FVPP, for example, has worked together disseminating forest management techniques and practices for logging industry staff, among other stakeholders. Giving tools for the logging industry to change its behavior and collaborating in public policies discussions regarding this economic sector, IFT and FVPP aim to comply with the one of the Consortium first goals regarding the increase of areas supported by sustainable management plan. ISA has focused its activities on the increase of landscapes with regional participatory plan for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Xingu headwaters. Also, it has strengthened grassroots organizations and enabled in the elaboration of projects by themselves as a mean to reach these goals. In this sense, ISA, FVPP, IPAM, Social Movements, GTA and rural and indigenous representatives have promoted events to discuss the BR 163 Sustainable Plan and other issues, increasing the possibility of local communities’ socio-economic and environmental rights being contemplated by public policies to be adopted by the government. In addition, the Consortium activities developed by the leadership of Proteger/GTA are essential in dealing with the involvement of local people and organizations. Proteger/GTA has a significant participation in the Consortium through the dissemination of information; discussions and awareness among small producers from Amazonian rural communities, and by doing so allow their effective participation in public policy debates, in devising and executing projects which deal with life improvement issues, while promoting the environmental conservation. The Consortium has a strong point which is the dialogue continually established with governmental and non-governmental institutions, aiming to spread out and strengthen its projects and activities. Cooperation agreements and dialogues were established in the last semester with Embrapa, Federação das Organizações e Comunidades Tradicionais from Tapajós FLONA (National Forest), the Technical Forest Chamber (IBAMA, RIMISP, IDRC, CE, IMAFLORA, CIRAD, SEBRAE), as well with representatives of other Latin American countries (MAP region).
File Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity Annual Report 2017 by Portal Web Editor — last modified Aug 20, 2018 11:44 PM
In 2017, PCAB activities covered an area of 56 million hectares, providing direct economic benefits to more than 4,000 people and indirectly benefiting thousands. In the coming years, we would like to expand this partner network even further and increase collaboration to curb the growing threats to the world’s largest tropical forest, whose area decreased by 20% in the past 50 years.
South America Environment, Science &Technology, and Health Newsletter by Sebastian Toledo — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:50 AM
Edition # 111
File An Impact Assessment and Framework for Discussing the 2003-2007 Strategic Plan of the USAID/Brazil Environment Program by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 12:46 PM
Task Order No. 17 Contract No. OUT-PCE-I-00-96-00002-00 Final Report Prepared by: Richard E. Saunier, IRG Donald Sawyer, ISPN Nicholas Shorr, IRG Eduardo de Souza Martins, e.labore Marcondes Moreira de Araújo, e.labore Prepared for: USAID / Brazil April 2001 Region: Centrally Funded Activities/ Latin America and the Caribbean; Task Order: Technical Advisory Group II; Tech Area: Policy Assessment, Analysis and Evaluation & Strategic Planning
File Report Brief: REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review by Catherine Mackenzie — last modified Apr 23, 2015 10:14 AM
This briefing document summarizes the review of social and environmental safeguards and standards systems detailed in the full FCMC report. It assesses the REDD safeguards and standards applied by major bilateral, multilateral and NGO REDD+ initiatives.
File USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 4.11: Science, Technology, and Innovation by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 01, 2017 07:16 PM
Chapter 4.11 of USAID's Biodiversity and Development Handbook is focused on the sectors of science, technology, and innovation. Science, technology, and innovation have had a profound impact on biodiversity conservation over the past 20 years. Chapter Four contains sections that are a primer on integration of biodiversity into key development sectors.
File Safeguards_Standards_Handout.pdf by Joseph Badash — last modified Apr 20, 2015 12:47 PM
File Commercialization of Non-timber Forest Products: Factors Influencing Success - Methodological Procedures by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:10 AM
Commercialization of Non-timber Forest Products: Factors Influencing Success - Methodological Procedures
File Rights and Conservation by Portal Web Editor — last modified Nov 13, 2013 08:24 PM
Rights and Conservation
File Briefing Paper - Public-Private Partnerships in Forestry by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 22, 2013 02:12 PM
PDF File USAID Forest Program Public Private Partnership Paper.
File Cooperatives for “Fair Globalization”? Indigenous People, Cooperatives, and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Brazilian Amazon by Anna Woltman — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:45 AM
Cooperatives and socially responsible corporations are being hailed as possible correctives to the socioeconomic and ecological exploitation of transnational capitalism. AmazonCoop—a cooperative linking indigenous Brazil nut harvesters and the multinational firm The Body Shop through trade and development projects—capitalized on indigenous symbolism to generate significant material benefits for both parties. At the same time, however, it made indigenous people more vulnerable and dependent, failed to promote participatory development, masked the effects of unfavorable state policies, and perpetuated discriminatory distinctions among indigenous people. Furthermore, the cooperative did not provide an organizational framework to ameliorate the vulnerabilities of indigenous identity politics or transform symbolic capital into enduring political-economic change. This case strongly supports arguments that cooperatives must be rooted in participation, democratic member control, and autonomy if they are to promote “fair globalization” or social transformation rather than institutionalize existing patterns of exploitation.
File Who Owns the World's Forests? by Carmen Tedesco — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:41 AM
This growing global recognition of the importance of property rights is mirrored by longstanding preoccupation with rights issues at local levels. The questions of who owns the forests, who claims them, who has access to them and further, who should own them, are hotly contested in many forest regions of the world. These are often the primary concerns of local people most directly dependent on forest resources.
File Lecciones aprendidas de la silvicultura comunitaria y REDD+ en América Latina y su relevancia para REDD+ by Janis B. Alcorn — last modified Apr 22, 2015 04:01 PM
Este informe resume las lecciones aprendidas de décadas de experiencias sobre la silvicultura comunitaria in América Latina y genera recomendaciones y conclusiones para REDD+. Es uno de tres informes regionales sobre África, Asia y América Latina encargadas por FCMC, además de un síntesis global.
The review aimed to provide a clear theoretical reasoning for how illegality and corruption affect forest management, summarize empirical findings, and discuss how international protection efforts were affecting forestry.
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