Workshop Outputs

29 Jan 2009

A Peruvian project that converts tons of solid waste into work opportunities nationwide won the first prize in a world contest called “Innovative Environment Project” organized by Australia’s Global Development Network Foundation.

Peru's project beat over 700 institutions dedicated to ecological work.

The winner of the “Most Innovative Development Project 2007" was Peru’s institution, “Ciudad Saludable” (Healthy City) with the project: "Management of Solid Waste" which is currently being established in 40 cities throughout the country.

27 Jan 2009

Access to enough water of sufficient quality is fundamental for all human, animal, and plant life as well as for most economic activity. At the global level, plenty of water is available. But to meet the demand, water has to be supplied where and when it is needed. These spatial, temporal, and qualitative characteristics pose the greatest challenge to meeting the rising demand in all sectors. Water withdrawals are only part of the picture. Almost all uses put something back into the water that degrades it for other users.

27 Jan 2009

Only days ahead of the make-or-break World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong, where a final push will be made to reach an agreement to liberalize agricultural trade, the FAO today warned that the benefits of trade reform may not reach the poor unless urgent complementary policies and investments are made.

The State of Food and Agriculture 2005 (SOFA 2005) examines agricultural trade and poverty, seeking to answer the question: Can trade work for the poor?

20 Jan 2009

Massive investments are needed to protect millions of poor people living in Asia-Pacific coastal areas who are vulnerable to increasingly deadly natural disasters, global charity World Vision said.

The investments could run into "tens of billions of dollars," and should focus more on preparing communities for the climate change-induced calamities than on handouts after they strike, it said in a newly-released report.

19 Jan 2009

This paper seeks to contribute to the overall discussion between decentralization and environment by looking at the interplay between decentralization and forest management. This paper analyzes the Bolivian case where an intense process of policy reform was undertaken since the mid-1980s, which included the decentralization of public powers made extensive to the forestry sector.