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Commonland Newsflash Summer 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the first Commonland newsflash of 2016. Our aim is to keep you updated with our activities. Please click the image below to start reading.

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Willem Ferwerda

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Congratulations Marta! A Library For Global Justice Named in your Honor

Me too…..wow.  Marta.   Wonderful. Wonderful.   Thank you for being who you are and just by being that – what  you’ve done in so many of our lives is nothing short of a revolution of possibilities.
Kath
From: Joy Kennedy [mailto:kennedyjoy1@gmail.com]

Sent: Monday, December 14, 2015

Marta Benavides <tlalibertad@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: marta — to good friends a sharing- pls see – A LIBRARY FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE

I thank the Creator for this wonderful life, so full of surprises and gifts. I just checked out the website of the DEEP Library and am so glad they had the wisdom to name it after you, dear Marta. It is truly an innovative and accessible resource to the whole world, willing to explore new sustainable pathways to justice and peace. A dream come true.
With Honour to the work you do and the path you walk,
Joy
On Mon, Dec 14, 2015, Marta Benavides <tlalibertad@gmail.com> wrote:
say gracias  with me.. ?  The DEEP library, at Concord office in Brussels,  will become the “Marta Benavides Library for Global Justice”
Today, Dec 12-13 is the day of Virgen of Guadalupe,known to us, in this continent before the colonizers came as Tonatzin..  I copy you a picture of the virgen, and our Tonantzin, Mother Earth.. the Climate Change treaty arrived, agreed on Dec 12-13.. It is a first step, basic, but we can and must move for each nation to follow the right direction to meet the requeired transformations to save life in the planet.. remember WE CAN NOT SAVE THE PLANET, BUT WE CAN HEAL THE DAMAGE WE HAVE DONE, SAVING IN THIS WAY THE POSSIBILITY OF HUMAN LIFE , AND ALL OF LIFE IN THIS DEAR MOTHER EARTH..
CAN WE DISCERN  TOGETHER HOW TO GO ABOUT THIS CALL, AND URGENT NEED, IN ALL ITS DIMENSIONS AND POSSIBILITY? LET US START THE PROCESS OF DECOLONIZATION, THAT IS NEEDED TO BE THE WORLD NEEDED FOR A NEW WORLD ORDER.. PLS RESPOND
ABRAZOS..MARTA
ck our work at web sites..***web del MUSEO AJA LINK: http://www.museoaja.org.sv
The wikipedia page for SIGLO XXIII is up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siglo_XXIII,
The museo aha is already on Wikipedia as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Museo_Aja, in spanish: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Aja.marta benavides– SIGLO XXIII   EL SALVADOR — TEL 503-7904-9886
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Asia-Pacific Network Updates

Upcoming Events

World Wetlands Day
When:2 Feb 2016

[IPBES] IPBES Fourth Plenary Session
When:22 Feb 2016
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

World Wildlife Day
When:3 Mar 2016

[3RINCs] Third 3R International Scientific Conference
When:9 Mar 2016
Where: Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

International Day of Forests
When:21 Mar 2016

World Water Day
When:22 Mar 2016

[IGM] APN 21st IGM/SPG Meeting and associated events
When:18 Apr 2016
Where: Zhengzhou, Henan, China

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ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORK FOR GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH, Sunday, 10 January 2016

In Focus

APN-Hyogo Hokusetsu SATOYAMA International Workshop

27-28 November 2015, the Hokusetsu SATOYAMA International Workshop, jointly organised by APN and the Hyogo Prefectural Government, was held in Takarazuka city and Itami city.Read more

3rd 3R International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management  in Hanoi, Vietnam (Photo: Flickr/Michelle Lee (CC))

Call for Abstracts: Third 3R International Scientific Conference [3RINCs 2016]

Registration and abstract submission are open for the Third 3R International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management (3RINCs 2016), which will be held at Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 9–11 March 2016. Read more

New publications

  • The Impact of Global Warming on Ocean-Atmosphere Feedback Strength at Tropical Indian Ocean Read more
  • Enhancing Capacity of Policy Makers and practitioners in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal on Loss and Damage Related to Slow Onset Events in the Region  Read more
  • Toward CarboAsia: Integration and Syntheses of Terrestrial Ecosystem Flux Data in Tropics/Subtropics and Croplands in Asia by Activating Regional Tower-based Observation Networks Read more
  • Impact of Climate Change on Mangroves Ecosystem in South Asia Read more
  • Carbon Fluxes and Emission from the Red River (Viet Nam and China): Human Activities and Climate Change Read more
  • A Study on Loss of Land Surface and Changes to Water Resources Resulting from Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Read more
  • Scoping Workshop to Develop Proposal: Assessing the Health Effects of Extreme Temperatures and the Development of Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Asia Pacific Region Read more
  • Assessing Community Risk Insurance Initiatives and Identifying Enabling Policy and Institutional Factors for Maximizing Climate Change adaptation and disaster risk reduction benefits from risk insurance Read more
  • Boreal and Tropical (Monsoonal) Forests and Forest-steppes in Asia-Pacific Region in Territory of Russia, Mongolia and China: a Comparative Estimation of the Contribution to Softening of Global Climatic Changes and Working Out of Measures on Adaptation to Them Read more

Global Change Announcements

Applications Open for the IMBER ClimEco5 Summer School

Applications are now open for the IMBER ClimEco5 summer school – Towards more resilient oceans: Predicting and projecting future changes in the ocean and their impacts on human societies – that will be held in Natal, Brazil from 10-17 August 2016.… Read more

Call for Applications: Gulf Research Program Funding Opportunities

The Gulf Research Program’s Exploratory Grants Funding Opportunity is now open. Applications are being accepted for innovative research projects that seek to break new ground in Informing Coastal Community Planning and Response to Environmental Change in Regions with Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. … Read more

Call for Proposals: Education Research and Social Development Projects

Every year, the Global Development Network (GDN) awards up to $US 90,000 worth of grants to research proposals and innovative development projects as part of the Global Development Awards Competition. There are two categories of awards: The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is for … Read more

ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORK FOR GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH, Sunday, 10 January 2016

Registration and abstract submission are open for the Third 3R International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management (3RINCs 2016), which will be held at Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 9–11 March 2016. Read more

New publications

  • The Impact of Global Warming on Ocean-Atmosphere Feedback Strength at Tropical Indian Ocean Read more
  • Enhancing Capacity of Policy Makers and practitioners in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal on Loss and Damage Related to Slow Onset Events in the Region  Read more
  • Toward CarboAsia: Integration and Syntheses of Terrestrial Ecosystem Flux Data in Tropics/Subtropics and Croplands in Asia by Activating Regional Tower-based Observation Networks Read more
  • Impact of Climate Change on Mangroves Ecosystem in South Asia Read more
  • Carbon Fluxes and Emission from the Red River (Viet Nam and China): Human Activities and Climate Change Read more
  • A Study on Loss of Land Surface and Changes to Water Resources Resulting from Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Read more
  • Scoping Workshop to Develop Proposal: Assessing the Health Effects of Extreme Temperatures and the Development of Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Asia Pacific Region Read more
  • Assessing Community Risk Insurance Initiatives and Identifying Enabling Policy and Institutional Factors for Maximizing Climate Change adaptation and disaster risk reduction benefits from risk insurance Read more
  • Boreal and Tropical (Monsoonal) Forests and Forest-steppes in Asia-Pacific Region in Territory of Russia, Mongolia and China: a Comparative Estimation of the Contribution to Softening of Global Climatic Changes and Working Out of Measures on Adaptation to Them Read more

Global Change Announcements

Applications Open for the IMBER ClimEco5 Summer School

Applications are now open for the IMBER ClimEco5 summer school – Towards more resilient oceans: Predicting and projecting future changes in the ocean and their impacts on human societies – that will be held in Natal, Brazil from 10-17 August 2016.… Read more

Call for Applications: Gulf Research Program Funding Opportunities

The Gulf Research Program’s Exploratory Grants Funding Opportunity is now open. Applications are being accepted for innovative research projects that seek to break new ground in Informing Coastal Community Planning and Response to Environmental Change in Regions with Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. … Read more

Call for Proposals: Education Research and Social Development Projects

Every year, the Global Development Network (GDN) awards up to $US 90,000 worth of grants to research proposals and innovative development projects as part of the Global Development Awards Competition. There are two categories of awards: The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is for … Read more

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WM WebreliefComprehensive El Niño humanitarian updates with one click: ReliefWeb’s new El Niño topic page

Read the article on ReliefWeb:
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News & Releases – Global Landscapes Forum

Dear Colleague,                                                                          

Thanks so much for attending or expressing interest in the Global Landscapes Forum. Please note the following reports and announcements launched over the weekend.

Video

DAY ONE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ1FEAFDHOWf5r8mBwFTnh2jGPgWtVQcY

DAY TWO: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ1FEAFDHOWeD16E2V5MBJ3WRdx4z4IFG

Transcripts

Click on each entry to find the transcript; these will be added throughout the day: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-2015/videos/

Land Restoration

African Countries Launch AFR100 to Restore 100 Million Hectares of Land

Agriculture

Report: Majority of National Climate Plans Address Agriculture, But Most Lack Funds for Footing the Annual USD 5 Billion Bill To Make Farming Climate-Resilient and Reduce Emissions from Food Production Release.

Apes

New State of the Apes Report on Industrial Agriculture Reveals More Opportunities for Industry, Conservation and Government to Collaborate –Release attached.

 

Supply Chains

“Realizing zero-deforestation: Transforming supply chains for the future” – CDP Forests Report —  Release attached.

Business Investment in Nature

WBCSD launches new platform to increase business investment in nature — Release attached.

Watersheds

Innovative Watershared Project Launches New Goal: Local Residents to Protect a Quarter of Forests Important for Water in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador,

and Bolivia — Release attached.

Australia

Australia leads push for Global Rainforest Recovery Plan — Release

Private Sector Roundtable established to conserve forest ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific region — Release

Most of these materials and more are available online. http://www.landscapes.org/glf-2015/online-pressroom/ Username: GLFpress; Password: landscapes

 Please let me know if you have questions about any of any aspect of the Global Landscapes Forum.

 Many thanks and best,

Susan Tonassi

On behalf of the GLF.

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CDP global forests report 2015 press release EMBARGOED

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Good News UN Climate Talks – Canada/David Suzuki Foundation

 

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They’re drowning 

We can’t bring little Aylan back, but we can get Europe to agree on an ambitious plan that stops children from drowning in rickety boats, or suffocating in trucks in their desperate search for sanctuary. Let’s show every leader that the public demands urgent ambitious action NOW – sign and share on Facebook, Twitter, email…everywhere:

SIGN NOW
Dear friends,

This image of a tiny baby lying lifeless on the shore is, like so many, too heartbreaking to watch. What’s really appalling is that instead of being shocked to take urgent action, our leaders are stuck in a fighting match on whose problem this is. But for the first time ever, there’s a glimmer of hope for a solution.

After massive public calls to welcome refugees, German Chancellor Merkel is leading efforts to deliver a new, strong European Union plan that would give refuge to people fleeing war and hunger.France is on board, but shamefully the UK, Hungary, and other Eastern European countries have been blocking this emergency action. Whether EU politicians lead the world to a humane 21st century refugee plan, or turn their backs, depends on how much they feel the public demands it. That’s where we come in.

Right now we are at a tipping point. It’s time for us to lead our leaders. EU Ministers are meeting in the next few days to set their positions, so there’s no time to lose. Join the call for a plan to give these terrified families safe haven now – Avaaz will deliver our proposal to all key decision makers before their summit:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/no_more_drownings_loc/?bSPCVgb&v=64430

Every day, hundreds of traumatised and persecuted families are crossing to Europe. With no peace in sight to wars like Syria, their choice to board a boat may be the only one they have. All they want is safety. The UN says nearly one million people need urgent help, and increasing safe and legal routes is the best way to reduce the numbers risking their lives, and curb violent people trafficking.

There is a viable emergency plan: 1. urgent and massive increase in relocation and resettlement of refugees, that shares responsibility across the EU, and reunites families, 2. financial and technical support to countries on the frontline of the crisis like Greece, and 3. ensuring no security actions hinder rescue efforts or put those seeking sanctuary at risk.

Germany is opening its doors and championing this line, but Hungary is building a razor-wire fence, other Eastern European countries are refusing to take more than dozens of families, and the UK has completely refused to take part in any EU emergency package.

We know massive public support can influence politicians – when the Icelandic government said it would only take 50 asylum seekers earlier this week, 10,000 Icelandic people said they would house them. Now the government is reconsidering their commitment.

Thousands of ordinary citizens are choosing compassion and rejecting the closed-door policies some leaders are pushing. Let’s supercharge this wave of humanity and ensure narrow political interests and fear don’t define how Europe and the World respond to the crisis of our time. Join the urgent call to EU leaders and tell everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/no_more_drownings_loc/?bSPCVgb&v=64430

This heartbreaking human drama is beyond many of our worst nightmares and Avaaz members have been rallying to help refugees since the crisis started — nearly 2,000 signed up to volunteer in assistance programmes, we gave 500,000 USD to a crucial rescue operation in the Mediterranean, we ran a massive aid mission to the Greek islands, and then lobbied fiercely until Europe signed an initial deal. But the magnitude of this crisis means we have to push for more, NOW! Let’s raise history’s loudest ever “Refugees Welcome” cry before the leaders meet.With hope and determination,Luis, Alice, Mia, Mais, Luca, Spyro, and the whole Avaaz teamSources:

A dead baby becomes the most tragic symbol yet of the Mediterranean refugee crisis (Washington Post)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/09/02/a-dead-baby-becomes-the-most-tragic-sym…

Europe’s halting response to migrant crisis draws criticism as toll mounts (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/world/europe/europe-migrant-refugee-crisis.html

EU ministers to meet in two weeks to find solution (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/30/migration-crisis-germany-france-britain-demand-urgent-m…

Migrant crisis a failure of European policy, UN says (Aljazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/migrant-crisis-failure-european-policy-150806172330199.html

Europe ‘must open official channels for migrants’ (BBC)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34049512


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 that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Post-2015 Digest #141

World Resources Institute

ISSUE #141

The Post-2015 Digest provides a weekly compilation of news, opinion, reports, and events on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and related processes.

Connect with us:      www.irf2015.org

ISSUE #140

Save the dates!

WRI is co-organizing “A Call for Joint Action to Achieve the SDGs: Advancing Integrated Solutions to Accelerate Change” taking place Saturday, September 26th at 10am. This high-level event features WRI’s President and CEO Andrew Steer speaking and moderating a panel during the discussion.

WRI is also co-organizing “Jump-starting the SDGs: Lessons from Early Adopters on Policy Shifts to Accelerate Progress” on Sunday, September 27th at 9am. WRI’s Managing Director and Executive Vice President Manish Bapna will be moderating a panel of country ministers, who will be discussing critical SDG implementation challenges and opportunities.

The Post-2015 Digest provides a weekly compilation of news, opinion, reports, and events on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and related processes.

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In Focus

3rd 3R International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management<br /> in Hanoi, Vietnam (Photo: Flickr/Michelle Lee (CC))

Call for Abstracts: Third 3R International Scientific Conference [3RINCs 2016]

Registration and abstract submission are open for the Third 3R International Scientific Conference on Material Cycles and Waste Management (3RINCs 2016), which will be held at Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam, 9–11 March 2016. Objectives The aim of 3RINCs is to provide, and serve as a platform for, academic … Read more

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Call for Entries – L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest for September: Cutting Our Carbon Footprint

This month, the APN’s L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest takes the theme of “Cutting Our Carbon Footprint”, and we invite you to submit photos that tell stories, through your own lens, of action or activities that contribute to low or zero net greenhouse gas … Read more

Photo: Damian Bere/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Third APN Science-Policy Dialogue on Global Environmental Change: “Land Use and Climate Change in Temperate East Asia”

More than fifty percent of the Earth’s land surface has been directly modified by human actions. The indirect consequences of these actions affect everywhere on Earth (Hooke & Martín-Duque, 2012). One of the consequences is the contribution to net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to … Read more

What’s New

Report: Developing Capacity through Low Carbon Initiatives, Climate Adaptation and Increased resilience to Climate Impacts in the Asia-Pacific Region

On 9 July 2015, APN organised a parallel session entitled “Developing Capacity through Low Carbon Initiatives, Climate Adaptation and Increased Resilience to Climate Impacts in the Asia-Pacific Region” at the international scientific conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” in Paris, France. The report of the … Read more

Winner of L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest for July

26 August 2015 —APN is pleased to announce one winning photograph for the month of July in the ongoing annual L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest 2015. The winners for “July: Empowering the Youth” is Satabdi Datta (India) who submitted a photo of a girl from a fishermen’s community in … Read more

APN-Hyogo International Symposium on Wild Boar Management in Urban Areas

1 August 2015, Hyogo, Japan — An international symposium on Wild Boar Management in Urban Areas was organised by APN and the Hyogo Prefectural Government at the Hyogo House, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The symposium, attended by about 300 participants, featured four presentations on wild boar management particularly highlighting the … Read more

APN joined ISAP2015 in Yokohama

27–29 July 2015, Yokohama, Japan — APN joined the 7th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2015) held in Yokohama, Japan, organised by the United Nations University (UNU) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). The theme of the international forum was “Solutions … Read more

APN Highlights Achievements on LCLUC and Air Quality at International Workshop

4 August 2015, Bogor, Indonesia — APN participated at the “International Workshop on Land Use/Cover Changes and Air Pollution in Asia: Impacts of Land Cover/Land Use Changes on Greenhouse Gases/ Short-Lived Climate Pollutants and Aerosols” (website), currently being held in Bogor, Indonesia from 4 to 7 August … Read more

New Publications/E-Lib Updates

  • IMBER ClimEco4 Summer School – Delineating the Issues of Climate Change and Impacts to Marine Ecosystems: Bridging the Gap between Research, Assessment, Policy and Management Read more
  • Escalating Small Hydropower Development and Aquatic Biodiversity of Mountain Streams in Sri Lanka Read more
  • Biodiversity Conservation in Western Ghats, India: Capacity Building in Harnessing Geospatial Data Management Read more
  • Integrated, Resilience-based Planning for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Asia-Pacific Cities Read more
  • Climate smart agriculture through sustainable water use management: Exploring new approaches and devising strategies for climate change adaptation in South Asia Read more
  • Developing an operational water security index, and its application in selected diverse regions of Asia Read more
  • Utilizing Geospatial Technology to Assess Health Vulnerability to Climate Change for Rural Population in Viet Nam and the Philippines Read more
  • Scientific Capacity Development to Strengthen Informed-Decision Making for Improved Climate Policy Formulation and Implementation in South Asian Countries Read more
  • Proceedings of the 20th IGM/SPG Meeting (2015 Kathmandu, Nepal) Read more
  • Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program Read more

Global Change Announcements

Call for Applications: APEC Climate Center Training Program 2015

The APEC Climate Center (APCC), located in Busan, South Korea, is inviting applications for 1-week training program on Generation of Regional Climate Data derived from Statistical Downscaling Techniques. The program aims to enhance climate change prediction skills by building in-depth understanding of statistical downscaling. Participants who complete the … Read more

UNEP-UNDP Joint Programme Broadens Scope of Support for NAP, Inviting Assistance Requests from More Countries

Initially designed for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the joint UNEP-UNDP National Adaptation Plan Global Support Program (NAP-GSP) will broaden its scope in October 2015 by offering assistance to all developing countries. The focus of assistance will be on institutional support, technical capacity-building and knowledge-sharing to improve national … Read more

Call for Nominations: PROVIA International Scientific Steering Committee

The Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) is seeking to appoint up to 4 new members to its international Scientific Steering Committee and is calling for nominations for membership. The PROVIA Nominations Committee welcomes both self-nominations and nominations by a … Read more

Upcoming Events

[PDTW] APN Proposal Development Training Workshop
When: Mon Oct 5, 2015 to Thu Oct 8, 2015
Where: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

International Day for Disaster Reduction
When: Tue Oct 13, 2015

[Belmont Forum] 10th Belmont Forum meeting
When: Wed Oct 14, 2015 to Fri Oct 16, 2015
Where: Norway Capital AS, Tjuvholmen allé 3, 0252 Oslo, Norway
Event Description: https://igfagcr.org/activities/meetings

[PICES] PICES 2015 Annual Meeting
When: Wed Oct 14, 2015 to Sun Oct 25, 2015
Where: Qingdao, Shandong, China
Event Description: The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) announces its 2015 Annual Meeting to be held October 15-25, 2015, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Qingdao, China. The meeting is hosted by the State Oceanic Administration of China (SOA), in coordination with the PICES Secretariat. Local arrangements are made by the First Institute of Oceanography (FIO) of SOA and Qingdao City. http://www.pices.int/meetings/annual/PICES-2015/2015-background.aspx

World Food Day
When: Fri Oct 16, 2015

World Cities Day
When: Sat Oct 31, 2015

[SPD] Third APN SPD: “Land Use and Climate Change in TEA”
When: Mon Nov 2, 2015 to Wed Nov 4, 2015
Where: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Guatemalan President Resigns – Addressing Violence Against Society and Government Corruption

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 
The New York Times reports today:
“GUATEMALA CITY — Just hours after tendering his resignation as president of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina was sent to jail to await the conclusion of a hearing examining his role in a multimillion-dollar customs fraud case that has shaken the nation and sent reverberations throughout the region.

The decision to jail Mr. Pérez Molina highlighted the seismic change sweeping through Guatemala after the corruption accusations in April, and offered a dramatic validation of a growing street demonstration movement demanding his ouster and prosecution.

For much of Guatemala’s violent history, marked by dictatorship and military repression, such a scene would have been unimaginable: a president forced to resign, then sit in open court to hear charges leveled against him and ultimately spend the night in a prison he once might have overseen as a top general.
All that in the course of a single day.”
 
 
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Below is appended a note from UNSD Education Caucus member, Marta Benavides [El Salvador], writes to us about the resignation.  Today…
SALUDOS — IN TERMS OF SOME OF YOUR RESPONSES — PLS CONSIDER THAT THOUGH IT SEEMS GOOD FOR A CITIZENRY TO BRING DOWN AN ADMINSTRATION OF GOV’T PRACTICING CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY, IN A NON VIOLENT LONG TIME EFFORT, AND ON WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT, PLS SEE:
IT IS GOOD, SEEMIGLY..BUT, THERE ARE FORCES BOTH INSIDE OF GUATEMALA, MY COUNTRY AND REGION,  COUNTRIES OF THE NORTH , WHO HAVE MUCH TO BENEFIT FROM THIS SITUATION, AND IT IS NOT FOR DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM FROM WANT, AND PEACE AND JUSTICE.OF THE LARGE MAJORITIES IN GUATEMALA, THE REGION, MY COUNTRY, AND GLOBALLY. WE NEED TO BE VERY, VERY WATCHFUL.. AND TIMELY FOR OUR ACTIONS..
 
CONSIDER FOLLOW UP, AND POSSIBILITY TO SEND THE COMMENT TO THE GROUP, SO THE EXCHANGE CAN BENEFIT ALL.. IT IS FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION 
 
LOVE..MARTA
 
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In peace.
 
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
 
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
From: Marta Benavides <tlalibertad@gmail.com>

Subject: MARTA : OTTO PEREZ MOLINA, GENOCIDAL GENERAL IS JUST NOW EX PRESIDENT OF GUATEMALA.. HE OFFICIALLY RESIGNED

Date: September 3, 2015

saludos.see –PLS SHARE AND BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR ANY ILLEGAL ACTIONS – SUCH AS COUP D’ETAT.. IN HONDURAS THE PEOPLE ALSO DEMANDING RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT, WHO CAME FROM A VIOLENT COUP D’ETAT 2009 ..MANY STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PEASANT, AFRO-DESCENDANTS, FIRST NATIONS, JOURNALISTS, TRADE UNIONISTS KILLED SINCE THEN.

 OTTO PEREZ MOLINA, GENOCIDAL GENERAL  IS JUST NOW  EX PRESIDENT OF GUATEMALA.. HE OFFICIALLY RESIGNED, AND WILL BE TAKEN TO JAIL AT NOON.. THIS IS NON VIOLENT, THOUGH DANGEROUS CIVIL SOC MOVILIZATION VS CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY
SEPT 6, SUNDAY — OFFICIAL  ELECTIONS FOR ALL ELECTED POSITIONS IN GUATEMALA –  HAD BEEN ALREADY SCHEDULED.
WE HOPE PEOPLE DO GO TO VOTE, BUT THERE IS MUCH DISOLUTION OF DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES.. WE HOPE ALL GOES WELL..MARTA
#OPMRenunció | Cronología del escándalo que terminó con el mandato de Otto #PérezMolina http://tlsur.net/1PNbyi7 
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Policy brief: Argentina, investment treaties and dispute settlement

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Call for Entries — L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest (June): Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles

ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORK FOR GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH, Friday, 05 June 2015

L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest (June): Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles

Ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems. The challenge of coming up with new ways of supporting human life while keeping biodiversity, the ecosystems and our environment at a healthy balance takes work and collaboration.

This June, the theme of L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest is “Celebrating World Environment Day: Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles.” It aims to raise awareness about global environmental issues and promote calls for action on how we can sustainably use our resources and help make our planet a more habitable place for future generations.

In line with the the World Environment Day, we are inviting photography enthusiasts from the Asia-Pacific region to submit photo entries depicting one of the following sub-themes: (1) Efforts and Initiatives toward Environmental Restoration; (2) Low Carbon Lifestyles; (3) Green Architecture and Infrastructures; and (4) Harmonious Relationship Between the Human Society and Ecosystems.

Raise awareness on the importance of reducing ecological footprint by sharing your stories through photos. Celebrate World Environment Day by inspiring everyone to become more conscious of our ecological impact!

Who can Submit?

  • Amateur photographers, media practitioners and professional photographers are all welcomed to submit entries.
  • APN project leaders and collaborators are especially encouraged to submit entries that are related to their project activities.

How to Submit?

  • Register an account at: http://friends.apn-gcr.org.
  • Go to “Forums”, and locate the forum where the monthly contest is held.
  • Submit your photos (up to two entries per participant) by posting a reply under the master thread.
  • Submit your photo entries, following procedure above, on or before 30 June 2015.

Eligibility

  • Open to all nationals of APN member countries.
  • Photographs must be originally taken by the entrant within 12 months before the date of submission.
  • Each photograph must be between 3mb and 6mb in size.
  • Each photograph must be accompanied by a caption, which should include a description of the photo, the name of the photographer, and the date and place taken.

Selection Process

Submitted entries will be assessed based on relevance to the theme, composition, creativity and technical matters (including captions). Two sets of evaluation will be considered:

  • Evaluation by a panel of judges;
  • Highest number of Likes on the APN Facebook page. Eligible photo entries will be collated in a folder and posted in APN Facebook page. A period of time will be allotted for audience voting (“liking”).

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Nepal

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 Caros amigos,Morros inteiros deslizaram no último sábado, destruindo belas e delicadas aldeias rurais no Nepal. Milhares de pessoas foram soterradas, há um número ainda maior de pessoas desaparecidas e o país clama por água, comida e abrigo. É devastador, mas no meio disso tudo, uma corajosa organização local, a Abari, está usando tudo o que tem para armar tendas nas áreas remotas mais atingidas.Segundo especialistas em ajuda humanitária, a Abari já vinha fazendo um trabalho de impacto no país antes do desastre. Ela representa uma das melhores maneiras de fazer com que a ajuda internacional de mais necessidade chegue rapidamente às comunidades rurais. O motivo: seu local de trabalho é também sua casa.Podemos fazer toda a diferença para este grupo incrível, e para muitos outros em todo o Nepal, multiplicando seus recursos para ajuda humanitária por dez, capacitando as organizações a se planejarem para o longo prazo e financiando o trabalho de emergência para que a ajuda possa ser levada onde ninguém mais consegue chegar.Além disso, ao fazer doações para líderes locais que estão prontos para enfrentar os árduos anos de reconstrução que virão pela frente, estamos plantando as sementes da esperança por um futuro sustentável e seguro nas aldeias mais pobres do Nepal.

Clique no link abaixo para se comprometer com uma doação — a Avaaz só processará as contribuições se arrecadarmos o suficiente para fazer a diferença junto com estes heróis locais:

O Nepal tem uma má reputação devido à ineficiência e corrupção, e o governo está dividido. É por isso que a vibrante sociedade civil nepalesa pode vir a ser a melhor chance de fornecer o apoio mais eficiente, salvando as vidas de muitos cidadãos.

A Abari, e muitas outras organizações similares no Nepal, trabalha na região há anos, construindo tanques de água e habitações, e criando as conexões necessárias para que trabalhadores humanitários possam se locomover em áreas remotas e evitar a corrupção. A melhor notícia é que agora a Abari está estruturada para receber doações internacionais diretamente.

Organizações internacionais de ajuda humanitária estão utilizando canais estabelecidos para mobilizar dinheiro e peritos em resposta à essa emergência. Enquanto isso, grupos locais estão improvisando para responder às enormes demandas. Apoiar esses grupos diretamente pode ser mais arriscado, mas com o risco vem a chance de acertarmos em cheio. Quando um ciclone atingiu Mianmar em 2008, nossa comunidade arrecadou dois milhões de dólares, valor que foi meticulosamente enviado para dentro do país por meio de uma rede de monges que operava fora do sistema corrupto do governo. Para alguns, essa tática ousada foi a única solução para receber a ajuda que tanto precisavam.

Podemos fazer o mesmo para o Nepal. Clique para fazer parte da campanha — a Avaaz irá coletar e distribuir nossas doações assim que arrecadar o suficiente para fazer uma grande diferença no trabalho destes heróis locais:

Nosso movimento foi projetado para romper com burocracias e trazer a esperança diretamente. Quando um desastre devastou Mianmar e depois o Haiti, a comunidade da Avaaz abriu nossos corações e arrecadou milhões para ajudar pessoas locais a levar dinheiro para os mais necessitados. A nossa humanidade nos une para que, juntos, atuemos em momentos de maior necessidade. Agora podemos nos unir mais uma vez para levar ao povo nepalês o apoio urgente para sobreviver a este horror.

Com esperança e determinação,

Emma, Alex, Allison, Laila, Oli, Alaphia, Rowena, Mais e toda a equipe da Avaaz

FONTES:

Sem apoio, as pessoas pedem ajuda nas aldeias arrasadas do Nepal (Público)
http://www.publico.pt/mundo/noticia/tres-dias-apos-o-grande-sismo-no-nepal-resgate-comeca-a-chegar-a-zonas-rurais-1693736

Organizações humanitárias enviam ajuda para o Nepal (G1)
http://g1.globo.com/jornal-hoje/noticia/2015/04/organizacoes-humanitarias-enviam-ajuda-para-o-nepal.html

Instabilidade política agrava situação no Nepal (O POVO)
http://www.opovo.com.br/app/maisnoticias/mundo/dw/2015/04/28/noticiasdw,3429460/instabilidade-politica-agrava-situacao-no-nepal.shtml

Nepal pede ajuda internacional após terremoto (Deutsche Welle)
http://www.dw.de/nepal-pede-ajuda-internacional-ap%C3%B3s-terremoto/a-18408784

Nepal: “Precisamos de ajuda” (TVI)
http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/internacional/sismo/nepal-apela-precisamos-de-ajuda

Aldeias do Nepal perto do epicentro do terremoto em situação de desespero (NY Times) (em inglês)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/world/asia/nepal-earthquake.html

Abari Adobe and Bamboo Research Institute (em inglês)
https://www.facebook.com/abari.nepal

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“commentary on “From billions to trillions”

Dear all,

Sharing with you a short commentary on the “From billions to trillions” document released jointly by all the heads of the multilateral development banks and the IMF.  The article notes that this emerging “consensus” on financing the post-2015 development agenda not only holds up the private sector as the engine of growth and innovation, it promotes private finance as the fuel of development.

It warns that if this emerging consensus — together with the new “free trade” agreements in the offing such as the Trade in Services Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership — come to dominate development policy in the post-2015 era, then we can expect a new wave of privatization and financialization with even more dire consequences than the old Washington consensus.

https://www.devex.com/news/post-2015-negotiations-are-governments-passing-the-buck-to-businesses-86027

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 Stop trading away our food sovereignty! End TPP Now!

For immediate release

23 April 2015

Please contact: Janarthani Arumugam, (mobile) +6016 436 2301 or (office) +604 – 657 0271 orjana.arumugam@panap.net

Stop trading away our food sovereignty! End TPP Now!

http://www.panap.net/campaigns/land-food-rights/international-advocacy-and-instruments/2580

We, representatives of farmers, indigenous peoples, youths and various civil society organisations across South and Southeast Asia working to promote biodiversity-based, ecological and sustainable food production systems, are concerned about the continuing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement because of its potentially devastating impacts on agriculture, on our collective rights to land and resources, and our struggle for food sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific region.

The TPP is currently being negotiated among twelve countries in Asia-Pacific including four members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. Under the negotiating framework, countries are obliged to comply their existing and future policies with the norms set forth in the proposed TPP chapters. Draft proposals cover agriculture and services, food and product standards, land use and natural resources, government procurement, intellectual property rights and regulatory harmonisation, to name a few. Led by the US, the TPP calls for harmonisation with the US trade rules and standards, which could spell greater liberalisation of agriculture and privatisation of the food industry amongst its member countries. This could outrightly destroy rural economies, worsen the poverty and intensify the marginalisation of rural folks, and undermine sustainable food production. Even the very secretive nature of the negotiation process violates every principle of democracy, citizenship and good governance as citizens have hardly any meaningful access to the drafts and even our own negotiators. We are also aware that many ASEAN trade related policies and regulations may also have an impact on our rights to land and food sovereignty.

With the TPP, seed companies and agribusiness giants would be in a very good position to cash in on the widespread commercialisation of GE crops. On the one hand, it would encourage agribusiness companies to tap into feed and fuel markets through contract farming, either by sub-contracting the landed elites, or assembling small farmers into a group of contract producers. This will intensify the production of industrial crops in plantation monoculture setting, which will sideswipe smallholder farmers, many of them currently engaged in agroecological production systems. The economic viability of their agricultural production will be threatened by competitive pressure from this forced integration into so-called “regional markets†controlled by the big corporations. With a tighter corporate control on seeds and the food system, the TPP could pull the whole landscape of agricultural production into downward spiral. It would threaten not only food safety but all efforts on shifting towards a sustainable food system.

With GE crops being mainstreamed, farmers are faced not only with the risk of genetic contamination but also legal consequences since nearly all GE crops are patented or IPR-protected. TPP’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) chapter requires each negotiating country to ratify nine IPR regimes including that of WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Budapest Treaty and International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants – all of which provides for the patenting of life forms.This means that countries that will be growing GE seeds will have to enforce the IPR of its “owners†and ensure that their right to profit from those seeds will be protected. Ironically, the rights of the communities from where the patented materials originated is not within the scope of the TPP.  While it extends monopoly rights to large corporations like Monsanto, it offers no protection at all for the vast amounts of knowledge, seeds and biodiversity held by farmers in developing countries. These unjust rules make farmers and local communities subject to “biopiracy†and exploitation. With a strong agenda in enforcing IPR, the TPP will ensure that corporate interest takes primacy over public good.

It’s important to remember that a company like Monsanto has proven time and again that it spares no one in prosecuting farmers for breaching its patent on genes and seed varieties even if it was a result of accidental contamination. With TPP, not only will Monsanto be able to sue farmers; it can even sue governments and states. The TPP provides foreign investors and companies favourable treatment by proposing to remove domestic non-trade barriers (which protects domestic industries from unfair competition), and extending to them the same rights and privileges as any citizen of the member countries they operate in. This ensures that investors and companies are protected against host government actions or policies that do not meet certain standards of treatment perceived to cause them economic harm.

With special legal privileges conferred on them, foreign investors and companies can launch attacks against a country’s non-trade laws or sue governments in third party arbitration tribunals for failing to meet standards.With the TPP, foreign investors and companies can challenge national legislations designed to protect food security or public health if they find it violating their so-called “right†. This means that companies like Monsanto can sue governments over legislation that calls for higher standards of food safety such as through mandatory labelling or moratoriums on genetically engineered food.

Confronted with all these threats, we call on all governments involved in the negotiations to stop trading our food sovereignty and end the TPP agreement now. For our part, we will continue to build alternatives on the ground such as the numerous initiatives to preserve, develop and promote small-scale, biodiversity-based, climate resilient and food secure farming systems. Together with the broader farmers’ movement across the globe fighting for food sovereignty, we will build momentum for community resistance and reclaim our rights to land, livelihood, seeds and biodiversity.

In solidarity with the resource-poor farmers and toiling peasants in South and Southeast Asia, we endorse this statement.

 List of signatories

Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific                                        

Pax Romana ICMICA – Asia

North South Initiative – Malaysia

Peoples Service Organization – Malaysia

Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria – Indonesia

People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty

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Na terra, na água e em nossa comida

Caros amigos da União Europeia,

Os maiores cientistas do mundo lançaram um alerta: o herbicida mais utilizado no planeta provavelmente causa câncer! A Monsanto, produtora do herbicida, está exigindo que a Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS) volte atrás sobre o alerta e, segundo especialistas, a única maneira de garantir que a ciência não seja ignorada é com pressão popular por ações imediatas das autoridades.

O sistema que regula agrotóxicos é conhecido por ser sigiloso e influenciado pela indústria de produtos agroquímicos, mas temos um momento único para agir: o uso do herbicida “glifosato” está sendo oficialmente reavaliado na União Europeia, e há processos semelhantes em andamento nos Estados Unidos, Canadá e Brasil. Na Holanda, Sri Lanka e El Salvador, os reguladores já pensam até em proibir o produto.

A ameaça é clara: este veneno é usado em nossos alimentos, campos, áreas de lazer e ruas. Vamos suspendê-lo. Assine a petição urgente e espalhe a notícia:

https://secure.avaaz.org/po/monsanto_dont_silence_science_loc_eu/?bSPCVgb&v=57264

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Chamber Alerts – Join Us April 23, 2015

Updates on the food modernization act FDA Food Recall Seminar

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PRI in Person 2015 Early Bird Discount – Only two weeks left

Dear Helene H. Oord,

There are just TWO WEEKS remaining to take advantage of the Early Bird rate for PRI in Person 2015, which is expected to be the responsible investment industry’s largest ever conference, drawing more than 800 delegates to London to learn, network and collaborate. The Early Bird rate ends on 30 April.

Join delegates from Allianz SE, AP1, bcIMC, CPPIB, Cbus, Harvard University Endowment, HESTA, Saint Mary’s College of California, Strathclyde Pension Fund and Unigestion plus many others who are already registered to attend.

There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, including the Welcome Reception and a Gala Dinner at the historic Guildhall in the City of London.

There are also special rates available for academics and NGOs (please contact events@unpri.org for details of how to access these rates).

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APN Updates, 1 May 2015 — L. B. Brown Memorial Photo Contest Announced

full details and mechanics

http://friends.apn-gcr.org/forums/topic/l-b-brown-memorial-photo-contest-celebrating-biodiversity/

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[3RI2015] The 2nd 3R International Scientific Conference
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International Day for Biological Diversity
When: Fri May 22, 2015

[UNFCCC]The 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)
When: Mon Jun 1, 2015 to Thu Jun 11, 2015
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World Environment Day
When: Fri Jun 5, 2015

World Oceans Day
When: Mon Jun 8, 2015

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
When: Wed Jun 17, 2015

[AIT] Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC)
When: Wed Jul 1, 2015 to Fri Jul 3, 2015

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Over population, over consumption – in pictures

 

Colleagues,

This photo series may be of interest to members address the issues of over population, over consumption.
Brad
Over population, over consumption – in pictures
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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New sharing feature on Somondo & free translation services for NGOs

Hi HÉLÈNE H.,

In case the start of spring was not enough of a reason to celebrate, we’ve got two more: new sharing features on Somondo and free translation services to NGOs from the Rosetta Foundation!……….

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Join us.
Friend –
In June 2012, the Supreme Court handed down a major ruling upholding Obamacare. As someone who spent all of that year working to re-elect the President who’d signed Obamacare into law in the first place, that normally would have meant a busy day getting the word out about the Court’s decision (and a fair amount of celebrating, too). Instead, I was at home in Virginia with my mother and sister. Here’s why:
A few days before the Court’s decision, my father passed away after a months-long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In the weeks after his initial diagnosis, and in those final few days, there were so many questions that ran through my head — far too many to list. But because my dad had good health insurance, I never had to ask whether a treatment, or medication, or hospitalization was going to cost too much. Of all the things to worry about, “what’s going to happen when the medical bills arrive” never crossed my mind. At a time when so many other things were uncertain, I can’t tell you how valuable it was to have one small bit of peace of mind to hang on to.
Obamacare is about giving every American that peace of mind. That’s why it’s so important that we protect it.
If you listen to our opponents, you might think Obamacare is some monolithic government monstrosity — but that’s just not true. Whether it’s because your insurer can’t deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition, or you no longer have to choose between filling your prescription and putting food on the table, or you finally have health insurance you know you can rely on if you need it — Obamacare means something different for every person who has benefitted from it. Obamacare is personal. And for five years, Obamacare has been making real, positive differences in millions of Americans’ lives.
I’m more committed than ever to ensuring that the progress we made when Obamacare became law lasts for the next five years, and the five after that, and beyond. I hope you are, too:

http://my.democrats.org/5-Years-of-Obamacare
Thanks — I can tell you from experience

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 SAVE THE DATE! IFFM against MRT 7

 

Dear APC  members and colleagues,

We   would like to invite you to attend the “International                Fact                Finding Mission (IFFM) against                MRT-7″  on April 14-16, 2015 in Bulacan province in the                 Philippines.

The mission is being              organized by the Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Bulacann              (AMB – Peasant Alliance              in Bulacan), the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP-              Peasant Movement              of the Philippines), and the Asian Peasant Coalition              (APC). It aims to support              the ongoing farmers’ campaign and struggle to stop the              Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT 7). 

The            MRT 7 is a            22.8km rail system with 14 stations and its Intermodal            Transportation Terminal will be constructed in the city of            San Jose del Monte,            Bulacan. This Public Private Partnership (PPP) amounting            to            $1.44-billion was awarded to Universal LRT Corp. (ULC), which will secure an            Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Japanese            government to finance            80 percent of the project. President Aquino’s uncle, Eduardo             “Danding” Cojuangco            of the San Miguel Holdings Corporation, is the proponent of            the MRT-7. Cojuangco            acquired 51% of the Universal LRT Corp (ULC). The MRT 7            project will wipe out 588 hectares of agricultural lands and            will evict 300            farming families. It will also destroy a public  school for primary education which has more than 200   students.

We will send the   concept note soon.

For  any   inquiries, please contact us at apcsecretariat@asianpeasant.org with a copy to kmp@kilusangmagbubukid.org.

 

Thank you very much!
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APC Secretariat           2nd Floor, 217-B Alley 1, Road 7            Project 6, Quezon City, Philippines 1100           Phone: +632-3793083           E-mail: apcsecretariat@asianpeasant.org           Skype: apc.secretariat           Web: www.asianpeasant.org

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 Release Paul Hawken’s Planetary Film

 

Dear Community of Educators,

“Today is the premiere at SxSW of Planetary, a film for which I was executive producer. Please see the trailer below and then, if you want more, go to the website (http://weareplanetary.com) for a second trailer and how to download. One of the things I was tired of seeing were films of talking heads that were mostly male and mostly white, even though I am both. The creators of Planetary of done an extraordinary job of “hearing all the voices,” a cardinal principle of true leadership.”

https://vimeo.com/60234866

 All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

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New chance to submit your abstract for WEEC2015!

Dear Colleagues,
With  the Climate Change meeting, the holidays, and very busy schedules, you have an additional opportunity  to submit your abstract!
The 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC2015) is an international congress addressing education in environment and sustainable development.
The abstract submission is open until January 14, 2015. The committees will review the abstracts and the authors will get information of the acceptance status of their abstract(s) on February 152015.
Please distribute this information to networks you belong to which are connected to education in environmental and sustainable development.
Read more in the attached PDF-file or visit http://weec2015.org.
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Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa

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Oprah Winfrey hosts a gala of events honoring some of the legendary men and extraordinary women of the civil rights movement, the arts and entertainment who made history and redefined what was possible for us all. Honorees include Ambassador Andrew Young, Berry Gordy, Jr., Rev. C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, Dick Gregory, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte.

Tune in January 18 at 8/7c on OWN.

Learn more about OWN’s special monthlong celebration of the Civil Rights Movement

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Dear Colleagues,
WOCAN has created the first-of-its-kind social benefit standard, the W+ Standard, designed to measure the positive impact projects can provide to women and women’s groups in six key areas: Time, Health, Income and Assets, Food Security, Knowledge and Education and Leadership.   The measured benefits are turned into W+ Units where each W+ Unit represents the social and economic value of women.  Learn more at http://www.wplus.org/w-projects
The first W+ project was completed this year in Nepal, where women in rural villages replaced their smoky wood burning stoves with those fueled by clean-burning biogas, relieving them of the need to spend hours each day collecting fuel wood from the forest. This change saved the Nepalese women over two hours every day. This time saved became time that the women could use to increase their income, take on leadership roles in the community, learn new skills, grow additional crops, care for children and the elderly, improve their health, support their community and benefit from rare leisure time
These W+ Units are investments in improving the lives of women and the people they support. When investors participate in the W+ Units, they are also driving positive, measured social change for women and economic wins for local communities, because profits from the sales of the W+ Units return to the women in project communities, benefiting their families and communities.
WOCAN would like to get the word out about the W+ Units.  Their goal is to sell 100,000 W+ Units by the end of 2014.  This annual Giving Tuesday (December 2) is an opportunity to raise awareness about the W+ program and encourage people to purchase W+ Units during this giving season. WOCAN will be using the Giving Tuesday campaign to help get the word out but will also be counting on others like you to share the opportunity to participate in W+ programme with those you know.
Visit http://www.wplus.org/w-projects  to learn more about how to invest in W+ Units. Every W+ Unit can make a difference in someone’s life!
The following social content can be used to help spread the word about W+ Standard, W+ Units, and the Nepal Pilot Project:
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A year since Typhoon Haiyan

Civil society across the world declares Nov. 8 International Day for Climate-Affected Communities 

 

WM UN Global Urdge Typoon logoManila, Nov. 8, 2014 – Exactly a year since Typhoon Haiyan swept through central Philippines, a group of civil society organizations remembers the victims and survivors of one of the strongest and most fatal tropical cyclones ever recorded and declares Nov. 8 as International Day for Climate-Affected Communities.

“In commemoration of the first year of Typhoon Haiyan and to honor all the victims of the global climate crisis, we declare this day, Nov. 8, as International Day for Climate-Affected Communities as we call on all climate-impacted communities and their organizations to unite in demanding justice and system change,” the group said in a unity statement endorsed by over a hundred civil society organizations from more than 30 countries.

Government neglect

A year since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the government still has not sufficiently reached hundreds of thousands of affected families, according to People Surge, an alliance of Typhoon Haiyan survivors.

“The government not only failed to respond to the pressing call for immediate relief of Typhoon Haiyan survivors and the rehabilitation of their communities and livelihood. It also failed to address the underlying roots of people’s vulnerability to calamities, including the grotesque inequities, poverty, lack of access to social services and protection, and maldevelopment,” said Dr. Efleda Kempis-Bautista of People Surge.

Bautista railed against the “No Build Zone” policy of the government that prohibits fishermen and other residents in the Visayas areas from returning to their fishing villages purportedly to prevent the same disasters in case of storm surges.

“It is infuriating that President Aquino feeds on the miseries of the victims and survivors to generate profits and government favor. Through the “No Build Zone” policy, he divided Haiyan-hit areas like a pie among big investors and foreign and local corporations,” Bautista said.

Haiyan not an isolated case

The statement emphasized that Typhoon Haiyan is a snapshot of the global climate injustice brought about by the lopsided use of the world’s shared resources by a powerful global elite.

It revealed that annually, disasters result in over 60,000 deaths, mainly in underdeveloped countries, while direct economic losses were more than double in low-income countries compared to high-income countries.

“Almost everyone recognizes the reality of climate change and the challenges it poses to the wellbeing of the planet. But there is little acknowledgement of the fact that catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan is first and foremost the consequence of a global economic system rooted in the lopsided use by a powerful global elite of the world’s common resources and the disempowerment and dispossession of the majority of the world’s people.

“From the indigenous peoples of the sinking Carteret Islands, to the debt-burdened farmers of flooded villages of South Asian regions, to the starving rural peoples of drought-stricken countries of Africa, the people of the global South are disproportionately bearing the hardest impacts of climate change despite having no responsibility for it,” said Jiten Yumnam of the Center for Research and Advocacy Manipur (CRAM).

A Global Surge for Climate Justice

The statement challenged governments and leaders to come up with a new framework and ambitious goals by 2015 to stop the climate crisis, protect the poor and vulnerable, make the polluters pay, and bring reparation to all victims of the climate crisis. It particularly called on governments of developed countries to take the lead, given their historical responsibility, in reducing carbon emissions and fulfilling their commitments on strengthening the capacity of developing countries and financing their transition to sustainable and clean technologies.

“In 2015, governments will be convening anew to conclude a climate agreement and a new development agenda. Securing a socially just and progressive climate outcome is uncertain given the deep influence of corporations in the climate talks. This is where civil society and social movements’ vigilance and active participation, both inside and outside negotiating halls, become very important,” said Tetet Nera-Lauron of People’s Movement on Climate Change.

Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development (People’s Goals), meanwhile, reiterated that nothing short of a profound and far-reaching systemic change should be the response to climate change.

“Disasters similar to the scale of Haiyan are bound to be repeated as long as the system geared toward profit maximization and accumulation of wealth is in place. We need to build an alternative sustainable system that ensures the basic material and non-material needs of all peoples, while protecting the wellbeing and balance of the biosphere,” said Paul Quintos of People’s Goals. ###

For reference contact:

CPGSD Secretariat

Telephone:  +632 927.70.60-61 loc. 208/

Email: secretariat@peoplesgoals.org

peoplesgoals.org/devjustice

twitter.com/PeoplesGoals

A copy of the civil society unity statement for Typhoon Haiyan survivors and climate impacted communities is available at: peoplesgoals.org/devjustice/people-of-the-world-surge-forward-for-climate-justice

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Ecuador’s FM Patiño on Global Corporations: Transnational Misconduct Must End

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By  Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador     (RT)*

25   October 2014 — Transnational corporations have abused  their privileges leading to “an unprecedented level of    social and environmental injustice,” said Ecuador’s FM   Ricardo Patino in his article calling on all nations   to hold such companies accountable for their actions:

Ecuador   has undergone a profound social, economic and political  transformation over the past seven years, prioritizing  the needs and rights of its citizens.

A   great moral challenge of the 21st century is to    establish people’s control over the forces that reign  supreme in trade and commerce.

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But here’s the deal: nearly HALF of our small organizational budget comes from individual members with donations that start at only $20 per year. These memberships allow us to keep Food Tank independent and fully dedicated to its mission, thanks to thousands of committed, inspired individuals instead of just answering to a handful of corporate funders.

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 NEWS LETTER WORLD YOUTH FOUNDATION

KING PRESENTS AWARDS, MEDALS TO WYF’S CHAIRMAN                        

 Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar headed a list of 250 people who received awards and medals conferred on them in conjunction with the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. Tuanku Abdul Halim presented the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), which also carries the title ‘Tan Sri’, to nine people including Chairman of World Youth Foundation, Hon. Senator Tan Sri (Dr.) Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam.

For more information, please visit here.

MY WORLD GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION World Youth Foundation (WYF) has joined force with the UN and became a committed partner for MY WORLD. It is an options survey which MY WORLD asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues you think would make the most difference to your lives.  We seek your support to disseminate this campaign widely to get millions of people to VOTE. Together we can make it happen! The more we can engage, the more votes we drive, the more people around the world will participate in shaping the future of development. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.

To vote, click here

WYF SURVEY: TRANSITION FROM UNIVERSITY TO WORK  World Youth Foundation is currently undertaking a survey that aims to explore the transition of individuals from University to work. The survey looks at graduates’ expectations of what they expect in a professional working life and touches on the issues such as challenges face by fresh graduates and the quality of skills etc. with the objective of understanding the University to Work transition. The survey contains 10 questions that require detailed answers and respondents have the option to return to previous questions during the survey should they need to. This survey is open till 15th October 2014 and we seek your kind assistance to share the survey with your friends.

The quick survey can be found here.

WE ARE EXPANDING – VACANCIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR CAMPAIGN COORDINATORS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN World Youth Foundation (WYF) is looking for campaign coordinators and volunteers for a global campaign. This is a non-incentive based position open to all Malaysians or those residing in Malaysia. Rich and fulfilling rewards await you. Must be IT savvy, extrovert, hardworking and have a strong passion for outreach work among others. Those interested please email us your name and contact number to wyf@po.jaring.my

WYF JOINED AS A SUPPORTING PARTNERS FOR THE SEAMEO CONGRESS ON EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND CULTURE 2014.  World Youth Foundation is proud to be chosen as one of its partners for SEAMEO Congress on Education, Science and Culture 2014. Other partners include UNESCO, UNICEF and the British Council. The SEAMEO Congress on Education, Science and Culture 2014 will be held from 21st – 22nd October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event will be hosted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) with the theme Southeast Asia in Transition: Re-Thinking Education, Science and Culture for Regional Integration. For more information on registration etc., please visit www.seameocongress.org .   FOLLOW UP FOR THE MULTI-STAKEHOLDER MEETING: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN “ENGAGING YOUTH AS AGENTS OF CHANGE”

Rose Virginie Good Shepherd, Malaysia has successfully conducted an outreach program, Abusive Relationship: “Engaging Youth as Agents of Change”, as a follow up process for the Multi-stakeholder Meeting: Violence Against Women “Engaging Youth as Agents of Change”. Among of the objectives was to create gender awareness among the participants and increasing the knowledge regarding healthy and unhealthy relationships among youth between 18 – 24 years old.  Outcome for the event showed that ¾ form the participants agreed to be and “agent” and they are interested in other similar programmes in the future.

NATIONAL UNITY FORUM: STRENGTHENING THE VOICES OF MODERATES, MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER   On 4th September 2014 World Youth Foundation participated at the the National Unity Forum,at the Palace of the Golden Horses. The forum was organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) and the Centre for Public Policy Studies with The Star as media partner. The National Unity Forum, under the theme “Strengthening the Voice of Moderation, Moving Forward Together”, served as a platform for discussion on building a shared future and common destiny for Malaysians.  For more information, please go to www.cpps.org.my   .

AS CLIMATE CHANGE DEBATE HEATS UP, UN EXPERTS WARN ‘WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME’ The United Nations weather agency today voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which has reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) latest annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide caused a 34 per cent increase in the global warming in the last 10 years.

More information, visit here

NEW YORK CLIMATE MARCH DRAWS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

In July, thousands of people attended the 20th International AIDS Conference and the 2014 Girls Summit to work towards an AIDS-free generation and ending child and forced marriage. But such attention is rare; by and large, these girls are invisible to development efforts.  Some 70 million girls under 18 are married in the developing world; 16 million of those girls will have given birth by the end of the year.

Ice Ride is the biggest demonstration for Save the Arctic protection the world has ever seen. On the 4th of October 2014, tens of thousands of people will gather in cities and towns across the world for celebratory family-friendly bike rides that will challenge political leaders to step up to the global public demand for Arctic protection. Ice Ride will draw on the history that people-powered movements can and do change the world, and that changing the world can be fun.You, your family and friends, are invited to be part of a growing movement to protect the Arctic and shift the course of history.

More information, visit here. UNDERAGE: ADDRESSING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND HIV NEEDS IN MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS  #ICE RIDE – DEMONSTRATION FOR ARCTIC PROTECTION

For more information, please visit here. 2014 INTERACTIVE WORLD MAP NOW ONLINE PRB’s 2014 interactive world map is online here.  View data on global, regional, or country maps or tables using PRB’s interactive map. This map gives you 15 indicators organized in six tabs: population, births and deaths, life expectancy, family planning, income, and environment. For three of the indicators-infant mortality, total fertility rate, and life expectancy-included data from 1970 and 2013 to show trends over time. The environment indicator-carbon emissions-shows data from 1990 and 2012. You can easily share and embed the map on your blog, website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed. Bookmark this, and share the wealth of information from PRB’s 2014 World Population Data Sheet.

CELEBRATING YOUTH WORK WEEK   Now in its 21st year, Youth Work Week provides  An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City, easily exceeding organizers’ hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history.Organizers estimated that some 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and elected officials from the United States and abroad joined the People’s Climate March, ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations hosted summit in the city to discuss reducing carbon emissions that threaten the environment.

More information, visit here.

opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work. Last year saw 48 events take place across the Commonwealth including youth forums, employment workshops, conferences, awards ceremonies and community events.  Please visit http://www.nya.org.uk/supporting-youth-work/youth-work-week for more information. WHY A YOUTH GOAL IN THE POST 2015 AGENDA?

The High Level Youth Policy Dialogue was an African youth event, open to international youth, with the aim of gathering and strengthening political commitment for governments and supporting prioritising investment in youth development in the Post-2015 Agenda. This is a very important issue for Commonwealth countries as 60 percent of the population of The Commonwealth is under 30 years of age. This policy dialogue allowed young people to lobby their government at the highest decision-making level and to ask them to recognise the Post-2015 Agenda and target inclusive and sustainable growth devoted to higher standards and to outcomes that improve the quality of young people’s lives.

See more here.

COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DEVELOPING COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES  The Commonwealth Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue Master’s and PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

More information please visit here. QUEEN’S YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME SEEKS EXCEPTIONAL YOUTH

A programme to seek out and support youth leaders across the Commonwealth is now underway, and the call is out for additional inspiring young people to apply for this award across the Commonwealth. The award, in recognition of Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne, will be available to 60 young people each year for the next four years, plus runners up across the 53 Commonwealth nations. Winners will be brought to the UK for one week, during which they will be involved in a programme and culminating in an award ceremony at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty The Queen.

See more here. 17th UNESCO-APEID INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

In 1994, UNESCO proclaimed 5 October as the World Teachers’ Day to recognize the efforts and contributions of teachers. This year, you can send a thank you note to your teacher(s) by clicking on this link to fill in the form.

Your name, your teacher’s name and your message will be shared on this webpage: www.unescobkk.org/world-teachers-day. And what a better way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day than to participate in the 17th UNESCO-APEID International Conference,The Powerhouses of Education: Teachers for the Future We Want, to be held on 29-31 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Register online here, or contact UNESCO Bangkok at apeidconf@unesco.org for further information.

ZERO WASTE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CONGRESS “IT’S NOT WASTE UNTIL IT’S WASTED”

For the first time in Puerto Rico marks the 3rd Zero Waste International Youth Congress, this conference seeks entrepreneurs between the ages of 16-35 years who have a desire to plan strategies and initiatives to convert Puerto Rico on the first island in Zero Waste the Caribbean. Learn about the Zero Waste movement, discover projects that occur in Puerto Rico and around the world, and create your own plan to implement in your community.  Additional information click here.

WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT

Are you passionate about improving humanitarian action? Submit your recommendations on how to better meet humanitarian needs in Eastern & Southern Africa and you could win a spot at the regional summit in Pretoria on 27th – 29th October 2014! To enter, go to here, login, submit your recommendations and share ideas in the discussion forum.

The moderators will nominate one outstanding participant from the region to represent the online consultation at the regional summit.

EVENTS YOUNG SOCIAL INNOVATORS CONCLAVE / Website: http://indiayouthfund.org/ysic

ASEAN-AUSTRALIA YOUTH SUMMIT 2014 /  Website: http://www.aseansca.com/

18th ORGANIC WORLD CONGRESS

Website: http://ifoam.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=75bdff144a46c1e451eecde10&id=7759e33d50&e=87796b5e65

6th EUROPEAN CUBESAT SYMPOSIUM

Website: https://www.cubesatsymposium.eu/

10th ASEM SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

Website: http://www.aseminfoboard.org/

INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION, PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE

Website: http://www.itu.int/en/plenipotentiary/2014/Pages/default.aspx

5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Website: www.iceepsy.org

ASIA-PACIFIC FORUM ON YOUTH VOLUNTEERISM TO PROMOTE PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE?

Website: http://appeaceservicealliance.net/

6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON YOUTH AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

Website: www.interfaithdialogueconference.org/

KOREA-ASEAN COOPERATION PROJECT (KACP) ON EDUCATION AND EXCHANGE PROGRAM FOR YOUNG SCHOLARS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES (PHASE 2)

Website: http://www.aaws07.org

XY CONGRESS 2014

Website:  https://www.gtcbio.com/register/xy-congress?utm_source=newsletter2&utm_medium=xy&utm_campaign=xy14I 

NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF IRELAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

Website: www.youth.ie

WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZED BY UNESCO

Website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/events/calendar-of-events/education-global-conferences/

18th IUSTI ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE

Website: www.iusti2014bangkok.com/cms

7th WORLD YOUTH CONGRESS

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JFS WEEKLY >>> 14 – 20 Oct. 2014
** Civil Society **
What We Must Do before the Tokyo Olympics
http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035069.html
Through the Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support victims of the
2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, JKSK Empowering Women Empowering
Society, a certified non-profit organization, submits weekly reports on
the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas in the Tokyo Shimbun, a
regional newspaper covering eastern Japan. Titled Tohoku Fukko Nikki
(Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), the article series started in August
2012. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK, a certified non-profit
organization. With consent from JKSK and the Tokyo Shimbun, Japan for
Sustainability (JFS) will publish the articles on a monthly basis and
introduce stories and updates on the recovery in Tohoku.This article is
written by Mitsu Kimata, Director-CEO, JKSK, published on October 4,
2013 on Tokyo Shimbun.
Following the March 11 earthquake in 2011, ten women in the Tokyo metropolitan area gathered with the thought that all people have to make
the most of their abilities to overcome the hardships of the disaster,
and took action by forming the Yui-Yui project. A connotation of the
kanji character for yui is ‘connecting people,’ and the group has
regularly held sit-in-a-circle-style meetings in the affected areas to
exchange opinions and discuss action plans, then commercialized ideas
that came up in discussions, and thought every day about what could be
done for the rebuilding of Tohoku.
On September 28, 2013, I had a chance to visit the town of Hirono in
Fukushima Prefecture on a JKSK volunteer bus tour. JKSK had begun
operating volunteer bus services in May. After working up a sweat by
weeding and harvesting on an organic cotton farm, on which people have
placed high hopes to start a new industry in Fukushima in the future, we
visited two towns: Naraha and Tomioka. The Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power
Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. is located in these towns, while the
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is just seven kilometers away. The
scene stretching out in front of me was completely different from that
in the rest of the nation, where many people were excited about the
hosting of the 2020 Summer Olympics. I was speechless.
There, clocks are stopped at 14:46, the time of the quake. Houses and
schools had been destroyed. There was not a soul in sight. Accumulated
black plastic bags packed with soil and plants from decontamination work
were piled on farmland. What if I were one of the residents here? Just
the thought of it was unbearable, and tearing my heart apart. There must
be something that needs to be done here, now, before getting excited
about the Olympics.
I sincerely hope that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as members of
the Youth Division of the Liberal Democratic Party who visit the
affected areas on the 11th of every month, will put themselves in Naraha
and Tomioka, imagine they grew up there, and put measures in place to
help rebuild these devastated areas.
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“Administration’s Role” on the Eco Cartoons Page
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Bicycles might just be the trendiest vehicles around right now. More and
more people are regularly using bicycles in cities worldwide. What are
the reasons for this?
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Five days left to register for Africa Works! 2014 (participa​nts list included)

THEMA: Five days left to register for Africa Works! 2014 (participa​nts list included)

 

Dear Helene H. Oord,

Only 1 week left before Africa Works! kicks off. The largest international conference (500+ participants) in the Benelux with an exclusive focus on Africa. It will take place on the 16th & 17th October, at the Holiday Inn in Leiden. 

In the attachment you can find the preliminary participants list.

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** Energy / Climate Change **
Community and Locally-led Renewable Energy Projects Highlighted in
Renewables Japan Status Report 2014


http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035048.html

Based on the Renewables Japan Status Report 2014 published by the Institute of Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) in March 2014, this
article will introduce you the present status of national and local
government renewable energy policies and progress in examining possible
regional projects.
Since the Great East Japan earthquake and the nuclear power plant
accident in Fukushima three years ago, renewable energy generation
systems have quickly spread across Japan, thanks to the Basic Energy
Plan revision and power system reform, as well as the Feed-in-Tariff
scheme. A number of local governments and industries are also involved
in renewable energy generation projects, over 90 percent of which are
solar power generation projects. The report attributes this high
percentage to its relatively short lead time to actual operation and
less stringent regulations when compared with other renewable energy
sources.
While larger businesses with abundant human resources and capital are
said to have advantages in getting large, regional-level renewable
energy projects off the ground, the report points out a small, but
steady increase in smaller scale solar power projects led by local
businesses and citizen groups and supported by local governments.
Communities have been initiating renewable energy-related projects and activities in areas throughout Japan, particularly since 2013, which may
be called the starting year of community power. The whitepaper includes
the current status and challenges covering various fields and ideas for
solutions, as well as the introduction of projects involving consensus
building, human resource development, building up organizers, project
schemes led by communities and fundraising in cooperation with local
banks.
The 2014 Global Status Report edited by REN 21 was published in June,
and summarizes the trends for renewable energies in the world. According
to that report, regions where the natural energy market has been growing
have shifted from Europe to emerging economies such as China.
Accordingly, Japan ranked second in the solar power generation market
and third in the renewable energy market with regard to revenue. The
international community will now be paying attention to the future of
Japan’s rapid renewable energy growth, despite the many challenges that
needed to be overcome.
Hironao Matsubara
Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies
** Corporate / CSR **
Kikusui Sake Wins Recognition Award for Carbon-Offsetting Activities
http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035050.html
Kikusui Sake Co., a manufacturer and seller of Japanese sake, announced
on March 4, 2014, that it became one of the winners of the Third Carbon
Offset Awards. For its efforts through “KIKUSUI Style Bottle,” it
received the recognition award, which honors outstanding activities
aiming to realize a low-carbon society.
“KIKUSUI Style Bottle” is a sake product that comes in stylish bottles
with individual colors and shapes. By reusing wine bottles, it
contributes to energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction. The
amount of CO2 it offsets is 500 grams per bottle, which is the amount
emitted by the lights used during a leisurely meal where sake is
served.
By utilizing the carbon offset scheme, Kikusui is promoting measures to
tackle global warming by ensuring optimum CO2 absorption levels in the
forests of Sado Island, and is also supporting the “Toki-no-Mori Project
(Forests for Japanese Crested Ibises).” This project contributes to
improving the habitat of released ibises and preserving the forestry
ecosystem. By purchasing the credits, Kikusui aims to play its part in
saving and growing the forests of Niigata Prefecture, its home, which
provides water that is essential for flavorful sake. The scheme allows
CO2 emitters to offset their emissions by purchasing the equivalent
amount of CO2 absorption, with “credits” being the units for such
transactions.
Kikusui says that, by purchasing this product, consumers can take part
in eco-activities, and contribute to forest preservation and growth,
while enjoying sake.
Newly Arrived Articles from Japan for Sustainability
16 – 29 Sep. 2014
From Energy-Saving Architecture to Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture:
History of Energy-Saving Architecture in Japan
JFS Newsletter No.144 (August 2014)
To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are
being made both in Japan and elsewhere. We will introduce efforts being
made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the
title of which translates as “Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture
Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in
2013).”
http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html
What’s New This Week from Japan for Sustainability
16 – 29 Sep. 2014
- A new recipe is posted on “Eco-Cooking” page (2014/9/27)
Grilled Salmon with Shichimi
http://www.japanfs.org/en/eco_cooking/eco_cooking_id035051.html
“Eco-Cooking” page introduces you recipes with some tips on
eco-cooking and includes alternative ingredients.
http://www.japanfs.org/en/eco_cooking/index.html
- We updated CSR/Sustainability Reports’ Page (2014/9/19)
Takenaka Corporation
Ajinomono
Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited
Nippon Paper Group, Inc.
Kao Corporation
LIXIL Group Corporation
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
This page introduces links to CSR/sustainability reports of JFS
supporting organizations. The reports disclose their policies,
strategies and performance in environmental, social and/or
sustainability management.
http://www.japanfs.org/en/supporter/csr-reports.html
- This month’s cartoon:
“Pieces keep dropping out and getting lost” on the Eco Cartoons Page
(2014/9/16)
http://www.japanfs.org/en/manga/manga_id035045.html
Miracle Report: A Happy Connection Between Homeless Youth and Animals
Develop work skills while taking care of dogs and cats who have no home!
A unique program in the United States is helping young adults do just
that.
http://miracle-kids.net/en/report/2014/rpt_id000126.html


Miracle Report: Refrigerator That Cools Things without Electricity and Ice
Modern life, with all its air conditioners, washing machines, and TV
sets, is certainly convenient. But where are we headed with such a
lifestyle? One man has questioned our dependence on electricity and
invented many non-electric appliances.


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Japan for Sustainability Newsletter                 #145
September 30, 2014
Copyright (c) 2014, Japan for Sustainability
Japan for Sustainability (JFS) is a non-profit communication platform to
disseminate environmental information from Japan to the world, with the
aim of helping both move onto a sustainable path.
See what’s new on our web site:
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In the September 2014 issue of the JFS Newsletter:
- Planning for an Ethical Focus for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
- An Experiment from Green Valley in Kamiyama Town, Tokushima, Japan:
How to Make Depopulated Areas Attractive
- Kochi’s Challenge — A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)
Planning for an Ethical Focus for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
Ryoichi Yamamoto (professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and also
a director of Japan for Sustainability) was among a group that tendered
a proposal on August 12, 2014, to Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of
Japan and now president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic
and Paralympic Games) to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics an “ethical Games”
by employing the Japanese approach of “sampo-yoshi” (meaning beneficial
in three ways).* We think that the concepts and initiatives are very
noteworthy, so we would like to introduce the main components of the
proposal.
* See below for detailed explanation of sampo-yoshi.
1.  Proposals
We, the Japan Ethical Initiative, propose that the Olympic and
Paralympic Games to be held in 2020, hereafter called the 2020 Tokyo
Olympics, be “The Ethical Olympics and Paralympics.”
One of the basic ideas regarding this proposal corresponds to the first
in the Fundamental Principles of Olympism in the Olympic Charter, which
states:
“Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of
effort, the educational value of good example, social
responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical
principles.”
As seen, the Olympics pursues an ethical way of life as its basic
philosophy.
Olympic Charter (since September 2013)
http://www.olympic.org/Documents/olympic_charter_en.pdf
In addition, the concept of environmental protection and sustainable
development was added to the Olympic Charter as the Mission and Role of
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1994, which states it is
“to encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues,
to promote sustainable development in sport, and to require that the
Olympic Games are held accordingly.”
In this world today, we believe that promotion of comprehensive ethics
is required, which cares about not only environmental issues but also
human dignity and social impacts.
Japan has ethical wisdom passed down over generations, such as the
spirit of “mottainai” (waste not, want not), “omotenashi” (hospitality),
and business ethics, commonly referred to as the “sampo-yoshi”
(beneficial in three ways), which take others and social interests into
consideration. Following the basic philosophy of Olympism at the time of
the modern Olympic Games, developed by Baron de Coubertin, we would like
to integrate Japanese traditional ethics to evolve into the Ethical
Olympics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. By doing so, we sincerely hope
this evolved legacy will go down in a new Olympic history.
2. Basic Concepts of an Ethical Olympic Games
(a)  People- and Environment-Friendly Ethical Olympics
In addition to making the 2020 Tokyo Olympics environmentally conscious,
as the organizing committee advocates, the event should observe basic
human rights and take into account any social impacts of the event,
making it both a “people- and environment-friendly ethical Olympics.”
(b) Ethical Procurement and Management
All Olympic-related procurement and management by all stakeholder groups
and the Games themselves should be ethical, and the know-how acquired
should be passed on and applied to post-Olympic procurement and
management practices in Tokyo and throughout Japan.
Specific practices may include, for instance, Olympic medals made from
recycled gold, silver, and copper extracted from waste generated in
Tokyo, offering fair-trade, organic and ASC-certified food in the
Olympic village, and ethically produced uniforms for athletes.
(c) Establishing Ethical Standards
In addition to ethical procurement and management, ethical standards
should be established through multi-stakeholder discussions to encourage
all businesses and other Olympic-related organizations to carry out the
social responsibility prescribed in ISO 26000 and similar schemes.
(d) Applying Japanese Ethical Traditions
While firmly grounded in the basic philosophy of the Olympics, the
traditional Japanese ethical and altruistic value of sampo-yoshi
(beneficial all three ways) should be fully integrated and fostered in
the Ethical Tokyo Olympics, and made into a legacy in Olympic history.
(e) Strengthening and Establishing a Tradition of Social Bond
The Ethical Olympics would embrace and further grow both compassion for
the weak and the social bond, again reaffirmed after the Great East
Japan Earthquake. The Tokyo Olympics should establish and hand down to
future generations the legacy of a Japanese society friendly to both
people and the environment.
(f) Making Tokyo an Ethical City and Spreading Ethical Culture Nationwide
In the process of designing the Ethical Olympics, Tokyo should become a
more ethical city (ethical model city). At the same time, the ideas of
an ethical lifestyle, city, and culture should be spread across Japan so
as to avoid an excessive concentration on just Tokyo.
* Definition of “ethical” and “sampo-yoshi” (beneficial all three ways):
Although there is no exact definition of “ethical,” this proposal
adopts the widely accepted perception of the word as meaning goodness
towards or consideration for people (society) and the environment.
The words “mottainai” and “omotenashi” generally mean environmental
consciousness or harmony with the environment and consideration for
guests, respectively. The word “sampo-yoshi,” on the other hand,
characterizes the traditional business ethics long followed by
merchants in Omi (present-day Shiga Prefecture) since the Edo period,
which deems a business to be ethical only if it benefits all three
parties, namely, the seller, the buyer, and society.
In this proposal, “sampo-yoshi” is defined as “beneficial for the
economy, society, and the environment,” which goes beyond the
traditional definition, taking social and environmental impacts into
sufficient consideration, instead of just pursuing economic
rationality and efficiency. It is synonymous with “ethical” and
includes the spirit of the ideas of “mottainai” and “omotenashi,” or
consideration for the environment and for guests.
3. Reasons for Suggesting an Ethical Olympic Games
(a) Ensuring Sustainability as Standard Practice
The Olympic Charter was amended to require that the Olympic Games be
environmentally friendly and in a way to promote sustainable development,
thus ensuring sustainability becomes a standard for Olympic host cities.
Since then, the 2012 London Olympics followed sustainable procurement
practices based on the guidelines, and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics
decided to provide seafood certified by the Marine Stewardship Council
(MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
(b) Developing the Concept, from Environmental to Ethical Efforts
Tokyo advocates holding an environment-conscious 2020 Olympics in line
with the standard mentioned above. On the other hand, the true meaning
of sustainability, which is a comprehensive concept embracing
consideration for not only the environment but also for society, is
neither fully stated in the Olympic Charter nor recognized in Japan.
Under these circumstances, developing an environment-friendly Tokyo
Olympics into a comprehensive Ethical Olympics in consideration of
social impacts would contribute to setting a higher standard for all
Olympic Games.
(c) Responding to the Social Needs of the Time
Since the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and economic shock in 2008, there
has been growing concern worldwide about growing economic disparities
and other negative aspects of the tireless pursuit of economic
efficiency. People have been seeking an ethical way in the economy,
society and lifestyles, to restore humanity and sustainability.
Establishing ethical practices is, thus, exactly the need of the times.
(d) Social Vision for Japan as a Mature Society
Japan has entered an era of mature society, along with rapid aging and a
declining birth rate, as well as a huge financial deficit. Therefore,
establishing a social vision is needed for the younger and future
generations to be able to live feeling reassured. A people- and
environment-friendly society, where everyone can live with dignity and
live in harmony, with a rich natural environment, is an ethical society
that Japan should aim to create. This is also a social vision based on
the good old Japanese traditions of dealing with the environment, people,
and society in a considerate way, as symbolized by the words “mottainai,”
“omotenashi” and “sampo-yoshi.” This vision is in accordance with the
direction that the international community has been taking since the
Rio+20 Summit in 2012.
(e) Contributing to the Creation of a Consumer Citizen Society
Japan’s Act on Promotion of Consumer Education, which took effect at the
end of 2012, aims at establishing a consumer citizen society, in which
consumers actively commit themselves to the creation of a just and
sustainable society, with an awareness of how their own consumption
behavior could influence social and economic trends both at home and
abroad, and the present global environment, as well as future
generations. That is, the act was designed to create a fair and
sustainable — or ethical — society, and an ethically run Olympics
could make a great contribution to realize such a society.
4. Guidelines for Realizing an Ethical Olympics
Guidelines for an Ethical Olympics include the following:
(a) Beneficial for the Economy
- Projects and procurement should be conducted in a way that secures
sustainable economic growth and avoids creating a one-time economic
boom brought about by the “Olympic effect.”
- Public construction projects that pass the final costs on to future
generations should be avoided, and high-quality facilities should be
planned to be usable for many years to come.
- Environmental businesses or green businesses that contribute to both
economic growth and environmental protection should be established.
- Social businesses that contribute to both economic growth and
solutions to social problems should be developed and promoted.
(b) Beneficial for Society
- Olympic-related procurement should be society-friendly. This includes
procurement that contributes to restore earthquake-hit East Japan,
provides care to the socially vulnerable through procurement, gives
priority to the physically challenged or fair trade, gives
consideration to small producers in developing countries, excludes
products obtained through child labor and conflict minerals, and gives
consideration to small- and medium-sized businesses.
- Supply-chain management should be established in which goods and
services would not negatively affect the environment and society,
including end-workers and end-producers, in their entire lifecycle,
and bring positive effects.
- Procurement and management should be implemented to take gender issues
into consideration, to improve the status of women.
- The event should be tolerant and inclusive, focusing on diversity in
every aspect.
- For all people to enjoy the Olympics, not only event sites and
surrounding areas but the entire Tokyo area should be made free of
barriers, featuring universal design. This is also an effective
solution to create a city that addresses the declining birth rate and
aging population.
- To give warm hospitality to visitors from home and abroad, a wide
range of volunteers, regardless of age, sex, abilities, and
nationalities, are expected to participate in the event to provide
heart-warming services.
- Sincere consideration should be given to the elderly and the
physically challenged in every situation, including event sites,
transportation, accommodations, and tourist facilities. And services
should be provided in multiple languages to make information free of
barriers.
(c) Beneficial for the Environment
- Environmental impact should be minimized in all aspects to make the
event harmonized with nature, which includes conservation and
strengthening of biodiversity.
- Public transportation systems and bicycle paths should be improved. At
the same time, dependency on passenger vehicles should be lowered by
encouraging car-sharing and park-and-ride systems.
- Renewable energy such as solar, wind, and biomass power should be
fully used, to curb global warming (i.e., be carbon neutral) and
reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to zero or below, as much as
possible (i.e., become carbon negative).
- The concept of the 3Rs (reuse, recycle, and reduce) should be promoted,
and certified goods should be obtained through environment-friendly
sustainability procurement, which includes those with eco-labels
approved by a third party, such as the Eco Mark and Ecoleaf systems,
MSC and ASC certifications, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
certification, Fair Trade certification, Rainforest Alliance
certification, and organic certification.
- Goods and services should be procured from businesses fulfilling
social responsibility by calculating the volume of environmental load
(SCOPE3 carbon emissions, i.e., corporate value chain) from business
activities and disclosing them in accordance with the life cycle
assessment method.
(d) Ethical Management and Operations
- To make the management and operations themselves ethical, operations
systems should be open and meaningful to participate in for all people,
including women, the physically challenged, the elderly, children, and
foreign residents living in Japan. The operations policy should be
released on the Internet, and any comments and opinions from home and
abroad should be reflected in operations.
- To make the event open to everyone, admission tickets should be set at
reasonable prices in consideration of the low-income population.
- Ethical operations, which care not only about the city of Tokyo but
also the people and organizations in local regions to be involved in
the event indirectly, should be carried out. Seminars and education
programs to teach ethical mindfulness should be organized.
5. Conclusion
Achieving an Ethical 2020 Tokyo Olympics will function as a milestone in
the process of transitioning to a more ethical Japanese society while
embedding in it an ethical way of life and ethical culture. This
milestone will bring an opportunity to renovate Tokyo as an ethical
model city, spread this model nationwide, and make the nation an ethical
island country. Japan has been working on initiatives to create
eco-towns and future eco-cities, aiming at being a recycling-oriented
economy and society as well as a low-carbon society. Integrating these
into further efforts, Tokyo should aim at becoming an ethical model city
(environmental and welfare city) to add other social values to Tokyo,
such as to be a human welfare model city, fair trade town, and so on.
The timeframe is as follows:
By 2020: Realization of Ethical Tokyo Olympics 2020 and make Tokyo an
ethical model city
By 2025: Transition of Japan into an ethical island country
We believe that realizing this proposal will present the world a model
of transition to a more ethical economy and society, with significance
beyond just holding an ethical Olympics. By working to reestablish a
sustainable, symbiotic, and inclusive civilization in which the global
environment and society can coexist harmoniously, Japan can become a
world pioneer.
Written by the Japan Ethical Initiative
An Experiment from Green Valley in Kamiyama Town, Tokushima, Japan:
How to Make Depopulated Areas Attractive
“In 49.8 percent of municipalities in Japan, the number of women aged 20
to 39 will be reduced by more than half by 2040. In 523 of approximately
1,800 municipalities surveyed throughout Japan, the population will
decrease to less than 10,000 and such municipalities will be in danger
of vanishing.” This prediction released by the Japan Policy Council (JPC),
a private think tank, in May 2014, brought a sense of crisis to many
municipalities.
In Japan, administrative power has been centralized since the Meiji
Period (1868 – 1912) and one result was the concentration of the nation’s
population in large cities and where industries had gathered in specific
development areas. Since the 1960s, the national government has taken
various measures to deal with depopulation, but none of these have been
sufficiently effective. Since 2011, Japanese society has been aging and
depopulating at the same time.
Through its predictions, the JPC aims to curb serious depopulation in
Japan and to vitalize rural areas. To this end, it emphasizes that (1)
the whole nation needs to share in the seriousness of these conditions,
(2) obstacles that prevent married couples from having and fostering
children need to be removed, and (3) the outflow of young people from
rural areas to large cities needs to be reversed.
http://www.policycouncil.jp/en/index.html
One town that is functioning as a model in putting these suggestions
into practice is Kamiyama Town in Tokushima Prefecture, located in a
typical farming area on the island of Shikoku. The number of young
people and people doing creative work coming to live in Kamiyama from
large cities, as well as the number of satellite offices of IT venture
companies locating there, have increased at an accelerated pace. As a
result, in 2011, the year when the overall population of Japan began to
decrease, Kamiyama achieved an increase in population, although only by
12 persons (139 people moved out and 151 moved in).
Kamiyama Town has advocated “creative depopulation,” a concept of
positively manipulating population characteristics that will be
sustainable for the region while accepting the realities of decreasing
population. The town has hosted many study tours from other regions and
its efforts have attracted a great deal of media attention. This article
introduces Kamiyama Town, focusing on the activities of an incorporated
nonprofit organization named Green Valley Inc.
http://www.in-kamiyama.jp/en/about-us/
The Beginning was a Small International Exchange
Kamiyama Town, located approximately a 50-minute drive from Tokushima
Airport, is a typical depopulated town. Forests account for 83 percent
of its land area and elderly people comprise 46 percent of its total
population of approximately 6,000 people. Since the town’s only high
school is a small branch of a prefectural high school, almost all
children graduating from junior high school leave the town and go to
live in Tokushima City, the prefectural capital, in order to go to high
school. Shinya Ominami, Director of Green Valley, was no exception.
Ominami graduated from Stanford University Graduate School in the United
States in 1979 and returned to Kamiyama Town to take over the family
construction business. In March 1992, he established the predecessor of
Green Valley, the Kamiyama International Exchange Association (KIEA),
and assumed the chairmanship.
He decided to establish this Association as a result of his experience
finding a blue-eyed doll stored in an old wooden box in the school
corridor while he was acting as a member of the Parent-Teacher
Association (PTA) of his old elementary school. This doll was among the
12,739 dolls sent as gifts to Japanese elementary schools and
kindergartens in response to a call by a pro-Japanese missionary in the
late 1920s, when negative feelings towards Japan were growing and
movements to oust Japanese immigrants were active in the U.S. It was
one of only 300 dolls that survived World War II.
The person who sent the doll was named Alice Johnston. Ominami, together
with his fellows in Kamiyama Town, found out who had sent the doll about
60 years ago and visited Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to bring this doll
back to her home town. They were very much welcomed by people in
Wilkinsburg. This action led Ominami to establish the KIEA to actively
promote international exchange in Kamiyama Town.
Changing Kamiyama’s Image
Things started to change after the Tokushima Prefectural Government
formulated the “Tokushima International Cultural Village Concept” to
establish an international cultural community in Kamiyama Town as part
of the Prefecture’s “1997 New Long-term Plan.”
At that time it was foreseen that, in the near future, many town
residents would be managing and operating facilities established by the
national or prefectural governments. The KIEA started its activities in
two major areas — environment (its present Adopt-a-highway Kamiyama)
and art (its present Kamiyama Artists in Residence program) — so as to
involve as many local residents as possible. In order to change the
town’s former image, the KIEA adopted this approach in which a vision
for the community in ten or 20 years would be created and activities
implemented to realize the vision.
The Adopt-a-highway Kamiyama refers to an initiative in which residents
living in roadside areas clean a section of a road they have chosen to
be responsible for. This type of program originated in Texas in the
United States in 1985, and spread throughout the country as
“Adopt-a-Road” or “Adopt-a-Highway” programs. Kamiyama Town was the
first community in Japan to implement this program in 1998 before it
began to spread nationwide. Ominami learned about the original
adopt-a-road program in 1989 when he was driving on a freeway in the
suburbs of San Francisco and put his memory about the program to use in
his home town.
Kamiyama Artists in Residence (KAIR) is a program that invites artists
from Japan and abroad to live in the town for a certain period,
encouraging them to create artistic works by obtaining new inspiration
and ideas through interactions with local residents.
One of the unique features of KAIR, which was launched in 1999, is
adherence to its policy of involving the community in the process of
recruiting and screening artists. Instead of leaving this process to
external experts, the community people themselves decide which artists
to invite. What are the determining factors? The artists’ works alone
won’t cut it; it’s more about whether or not new values will be created
through interactions between candidate artists and the people in the
community.
The people take care of the invited artists through a support system in
which two to three locals help one artist by playing a father’s role in
assisting them in the production of their works and a mother’s role in
looking after their daily life needs. This program is not a model for
utilizing artwork produced by already-established artists as a tourism
draw; it values the growth of relationships fostered between the artists
and the people of the community through the process of completing
artworks together.
KAIR celebrates its 16th anniversary in 2014, and the artists invited
this year are staying in Kamiyama from August 21 to November 6. Fifty
artists from 17 countries have been invited to take part in this program
so far. They have displayed their artwork all over town, creating an
atmosphere of integrating traditions and artworks that have been
developed together with the community people.
Every year, more than 100 artist applicants fail to win residentship but
their opinions led to another program to provide free accommodations and
art studios; this program is called “Art in Kamiyama.” Later on, this
program evolved into a relocation support program called simply “In
Kamiyama,” that targets creative human resources from a variety of
fields.
Developing a Sustainable Community through “Creative Depopulation”
In 2004, the Kamiyama International Exchange Association was reorganized
into Green Valley, a non-profit corporation. Its mission is to
“transform rural Japan into a wonderful place to be” by realizing the
three visions noted below:
1) Develop creative rural areas in which people constitute the main
content
2) Develop “The World’s Kamiyama” by integrating the wisdom of diverse
people
3) Develop a sustainable community through “creative depopulation”
Green Valley was named after Silicon Valley in the United States, where
Ominami felt an air of freedom when he was there in his 20s. The reason
he chose this name was that Kamiyama doesn’t have silicon, but it does
have a rich natural environment (green) and both communities have
something in common: an atmosphere of creating change.
Green Valley is engaged in diverse operations. For instance, it has
played a role in the town’s “Settlement and Interchange Support Center”
since 2008, in recognition of the knowledge it has accumulated through
activities such as negotiating the settlement of artists who wish to
live in old Japanese houses, called cominka, in Kamiyama.
Through its work for this Center, Green Valley identified the need for
and established a new program, called “Work in Residence.” This program
aims to increase the residential population by helping young people
settle in vacant cominka houses and work in the town. One of the
features of the program a system in which target persons for settlement
are limited to those who have a job or intend to start a business there.
Local citizens select applicants who wish to reside in each vacant
cominka house.
The first applicant selected as a cominka resident was a family of three
from Osaka. Attracted by rural life, they moved to Kamiyama Town and
opened a bakery which sells bread baked in their homemade stone oven.
Since the start of the program through November 2012, a total of 70
households, or 128 people with diverse careers, such as a dye
craftsperson, dentist, bistro chef, and shared restaurant owner, have
settled in the town through the Center.
What encouraged them to pursue their careers in Kamiyama was its optical
fiber network. Tokushima Prefecture launched a program to install an
optical fiber network throughout the entire prefecture by the mid-2000s,
and in 2005 the network became available to all households in Kamiyama,
improving their broadband environment dramatically.
In October 2010, Sansan Inc., a Tokyo-based information technology
venture company that offers a cloud business card management service,
opened a satellite office — named the Laboratory Kamiyama Sansan, Inc.
– using a rented cominka house. Chikahiro Terada, founder of Sansan Inc.,
was transferred to Silicon Valley in 2001, and after coming back to
Japan, had been looking for a place where he could carry out this new
way of working within Japan. He visited Kamiyama, with its advanced
information and technology environment, and made a prompt decision to
open a satellite office there.
Another company also opened a satellite office in Kamiyama following the
Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Plat-Ease Corporation, engaged in
distributing meta data to TV stations and other users, was urged to
formulate a Business Continuity Plan, and traveled around Japan looking
for a new location to diversify its risks in case its Tokyo office is
impacted by a disaster. It eventually found Kamiyama Town.
The company established a satellite office in Kamiyama, its Engawa
Office, by remodeling a 90-year-old cominka house to incorporate modern
design in July 2013. This office is open to the public at any time of
the day or night. At this satellite office, 17 out of its 20 employees
are from Tokushima Prefecture, of which six are from Kamiyama Town. As
of the end of August 2014, 11 companies have opened satellite offices in
Kamiyama.
Ominami coined the term “creative depopulation,” which indicates a
situation where people accept the inevitable reality of depopulation in
rural areas, while trying to stabilize their demographic composition and
structure so as to lead their hometowns on to a sustainable path.
According to estimates calculated in cooperation with researchers five
years ago, Kamiyama’s population will be 3,065 in 2035. With respect to
its population of young people, in order to keep 20 students per class,
the town will have to accept five families of 2 parents and 2 children
as new residents every year. Based on these estimates, Green Valley
adopted a goal of five new families every year in order to maintain an
ideal demographic pyramid for the town.
Tadashi Shinohara wrote a book, entitled “The Kamiyama Project,” and
concludes that Kamiyama is a place where humans can be revitalized. He
feels that it may have the capacity to embrace young people who have
been hurt in various ways: by feeling the warmth of local people they
may be healed, and regain themselves. Green Valley’s efforts may provide
ideas to municipalities that face the risk of vanishing in the future,
and help them promote population flow from the cities to rural areas.
Written by Kazumi Yagi
Kochi’s Challenge — A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)
A previous issue of the JFS Newsletter (No.144) introduced comprehensive
efforts by Japan’s Kochi Prefecture, quoted from a speech by Governor
Masanao Ozaki promoting industry, entitled “Kochi’s Challenge — A
Prefecture Tackling Depopulation.” Kochi has been experiencing the
problem of depopulation, which is common throughout the nation, but it
is happening earlier here than in other prefectures. This article
introduces a variety of other ideas being considered and efforts being
made by this prefecture.
In the Kochi prefectural government, we are promoting all kinds of
policies to deal with depopulation. The prefecture’s five basic policies
are: economic revitalization through implementation of an industrial
promotion plan; radical enhancement and acceleration of fundamental
measures against the predicted Nankai Trough earthquake; creation of
Japan’s healthiest, most long-lived prefectural population; enhancement
of education and support for child-raising; and improvement and
effective use of infrastructure. We also have two overarching policies,
one that involves enhancement and strengthening of measures to help
semi-mountainous rural regions and another that constitutes a radical
enhancement of measures to counter the falling birthrate while expanding
working opportunities for women.
For example, to tackle the problem of the shrinking economy and outflow
of the young, the government is promoting an industrial development plan
for revitalizing Kochi’s economy. We are putting efforts into “outbound
sales of local products,” and “welcoming resettlement into the
prefecture.” We are also enhancing education, for example, by creating
places for young people to study. We aim to make the prefecture the best
place in the nation for education, with the most opportunities for
learning. Regarding the issue of isolation due to the simultaneous
decline and aging of the population, the government is promoting a plan
for creating Japan’s healthiest, most long-lived prefectural population
in an attempt to realize a “Kochi-style” well-being.
To deal with decline in the semi-mountainous regions of Japan, we are
enhancing and reinforcing measures to help these areas, such as by
establishing local centers to protect people’s livelihoods and create
industries. In response to the accelerating decline in the birthrate, we
aim for radical enhancement of measures to counter the falling birthrate
while expanding working opportunities for women and offering one-stop,
comprehensive support for challenges at each life stage, from
matchmaking and marriage to child-rearing.
The problem of depopulation in rural areas is partly due to social
factors such as differences in numbers of migrants into and out of these
areas, but it is mainly due to attrition –  that is, the number of
deaths surpassing that of births. Therefore it is not an easy problem to
solve, and what matters crucially is how the younger generations, who
play a major role in the birthrate, can remain in their local areas.
We are also trying to promote migration into the prefecture to help
alleviate the decrease in population. We are conducting a wide range of
campaigns to lead people to the prefectural website, where they can get
information on moving to Kochi. We have posted six staff members to
provide advice on resettlement and social interaction, and 22 local
counselors in 18 cities, towns, and villages, for close support in
promoting more migration to the prefecture among people who see the
website and become interested in visiting or living in Kochi.
The number of new arrivals  has more than doubled — from 121 households
with 225 people in 2012 to 468 people in 2013. In a ranking of
prefectures to which people want most to move, released by a non-profit
organization in Tokyo, Kochi Prefecture was not listed among the top 20
until three years ago. It has gradually risen, however, reaching 12th
place in 2012 and sixth in 2013.
We also put a strong emphasis on attracting human resources. Attracting
people is more important than attracting businesses. This is because
even if a local government tries to start a new business as part of a
municipal action plan, it will be of no use if there are too few people
who can participate. Even in the context of sightseeing, if a community
lacks the capacity to accommodate tourists, it puts across the
impression that it does not want more visitors. Therefore, by promoting
resettlement of people into the community, we hope to provide manpower
for such efforts.
We endeavor to promote forestry, too. I think Kochi’s strongest
advantage is its forest resources, which cover 84 percent of the
prefecture’s area. If good use could be made of these resources, Kochi
could become a resource-rich land, but one of the biggest hurdles is
costs. In particular, Kochi’s hills are steep, making it expensive to
cut trees. The big challenge will be how to compensate for such costs to
make it profitable.
The important thing will be to use all parts of the trees, from the
roots to the crowns. For example, we can try to make money from wood
resources by not limiting them high quality timber for construction wood,
but also using middle quality timber for laminated wood and low quality,
which used to be discarded in the past, for paper and biomass fuels.
Horticultural agriculture in Kochi Prefecture relies on heavy oil, which
means we wind up paying 6.6 billion yen (about U.S.$6.53 million) to the
Middle East. If that amount of money went into the forests of Kochi
instead, it would make a great difference.
Two wood biomass power plants are scheduled to start operation in April
2015, converting low quality wood into profitable products. At the same
time, Kochi wants to use middle quality wood for making cross laminated
timber (CLT) panels. CLT panels are made of layers of woods with the
grain oriented at right angles to each other. Woods fibers withstand
force from an orthogonal direction, but when force is applied in a
parallel direction, wood tends to buckle in a direction orthogonal to
the grain. Thus combining the wood panels orthogonally creates wood
strong in both directions. In Austria, Italy and other European
countries, more and more mid- to high-rise buildings are being made with
CLT panels.
Once established in Japan, this technology could bring tremendous
environmental and economic benefits. For example, if 10 percent of the
total floor space of Japan’s mid- to high-rise buildings were replaced
with CLT wood, it would fix 1.456 million metric tons of CO2, which
corresponds to 5,600 hectares of forest area. Moreover, if the amount of
CO2 emissions avoided at the time of construction is included in the
calculation, it works out to the equivalent of 5,805 hectares of forest
being created in an urban area. If timber from forest thinning is used,
it means 95,000 hectares of forest can be thinned for this purpose,
creating about 4,000 jobs in the wood industry and about 12,000 jobs in
forestry. We urge support for using wood in the construction of
facilities for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Another important challenge will be building mutually-supportive
networks in semi-mountainous areas for the purpose of stemming
population outflow and to help people get by even in areas with
declining population. The major stumbling block in terms of welfare
policy is vertically divided (un-integrated) administrative structures.
For example, institutions for the elderly are limited to the elderly
only. Institutions for the disabled provide services only to the
disabled, and institutions for children are only for children.
In semi-mountainous areas, the absolute numbers of each group are small;
therefore, providing services to all groups at one location will be
essential. That is why we are building facilities called “Attaka Fureai”
Centers (meaning “warm connections”)  that can provide all needed
services. Currently, we are building 200 of these centers across the
prefecture to provide various services. By creating bases called
“Shuraku Katsudo” Centers (meaning “community activity”) in different
communities, we believe we can help Japan continue to be able to earn
foreign currency, protect domestic agriculture, forestry and fisheries,
and always ensure enough food.
Lastly, for countermeasures to the falling birthrate, Japan can be
divided into four areas: places with many young people, places with few
young people, places with a good environment for raising kids, and
places with a deficient environment for raising kids. The issues to be
dealt with differ completely among these areas. The areas with many
young people and a good environment for raising kids need to promote
greater economic support and create a society that encourages child
birth. In areas such as Tokyo’s 23 wards with lots of young people, but
lacking a good environment for raising kids, eliminating the waiting
list for nursery schools seems to be a big issue.
On the other hand, neither Kochi Prefecture nor Kochi City has a big
problem with children waiting to enter nursery schools. The issues they
face, however, are declining population and unemployment of young people.
Thus the critical point will be how to help young people find marriage
partners, especially by creating meeting places for the dwindling
numbers of young people.
When people talk about local revitalization, they often tend to focus on
one initiative, but one initiative alone can never solve the problem. We
need a comprehensive system. I don’t think the depopulation issue can be
handled outside the framework of a large system.
I hope businesses will support rural communities in semi-mountainous
areas in their development of CSR activities. I recognize it is a
daunting task to face the depopulation issue, but it is also challenging.
All of us involved need to do our very best.
Speaker: Kochi Prefecture Governor Masanao Ozaki
Edited by Junko Edahiro
[JFS Web Site Additions of the Month]
- A new recipe is posted on “Eco-Cooking” page (2014/09/27)
Grilled Salmon with Shichimi
http://www.japanfs.org/en/eco_cooking/eco_cooking_id035051.html
- This month’s cartoon:
“Pieces keep dropping out and getting lost”
on the Eco Cartoons Page (2014/09/16)
http://www.japanfs.org/en/manga/manga_id035045.html
- We updated CSR/Sustainability Reports’ Page
(2014/09/12)
http://www.japanfs.org/en/supporter/csr-reports.html
- JFS Newsletter No.144 (August 2014)
From Energy-Saving Architecture to Energy Self-Sufficient
Architecture: History of Energy-Saving Architecture in Japan
(2014/09/16)
http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html
Update on Japan’s Efforts to Build National Resilience to
Disasters(2014/09/09)
http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035034.html
Kochi’s Challenge — A Prefecture Tackling
Depopulation (Part 1)(2014/08/28)
http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035031.html
- Updated contents in
“Miracle Miracle — A Place for Global Kids to Create the Future”
Miracle Report:
A Happy Connection Between Homeless Youth and Animals (2014/09/25)
http://miracle-kids.net/en/report/2014/rpt_id000126.html
Refrigerator That Cools Things without Electricity and Ice (2014/09/18)
http://miracle-kids.net/en/report/2014/rpt_id000114.html
Adults Pay Tribute to World’s “Climate Champions” (2014/09/11)
http://miracle-kids.net/en/report/2014/rpt_id000107.html
An Orchard at School!? (2014/09/04)
http://miracle-kids.net/en/report/2014/rpt_id000105.html
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