Asia-Pacific

20 Jan 2009

South Africa's large-scale forest industry has outsourced many operations to increase flexibility and cut costs, especially costs associated with full-time employees. This study presents a national overview and seven case studies to investigate how forestry contracting contributes - and could better contribute - to reducing poverty through providing either jobs or enterprise opportunities.

20 Jan 2009

Forestry plays a diverse and significant role in reducing poverty in South African rural areas, ranging from direct cash payments to more intangible improvements in rights, capabilities and representation.

20 Jan 2009

The attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals would be derailed due to changes in weather patterns around the world, experts warned. Scientific research and medical journals say it will affect food production and economic growth in many countries especially developing ones.

Experts say those factors and others will make it harder to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which seek to respond to the world’s main development challenges. The MDGs, include efforts to improve health, cut child mortality and reduce poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

20 Jan 2009

An innovative South African nature conservation project that combines protecting biodiversity and poverty alleviation faces resistance from residents of adjacent properties who are worried about rate increases and land development rights.

The 'Working 4 Ecosystems' project, which was launched by the eThekwini Municipality 18 months ago, trained residents from surrounding townships to restore green spaces in and around Giba Gorge, just 25 kilometres north of Durban, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province.

20 Jan 2009

Climate change is the most serious and biggest challenge for the extreme poor people of Bangladesh and other South-Asian nations but it has not been well communicated and understood at all levels, especially among the extreme poor segment of society, due to lack of adequate information dissemination. If we consider the case of Bangladesh, we can see that we are affected mainly in two ways.