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Brazil's environmental record hangs in the balance

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Written by Toby Gardner Friday, 07 November 2014 13:01

In the past decade Brazil has constructed the largest network of protected areas, including indigenous lands, in the world. The federal government also launched a major programme to combat deforestation in the Amazon. Thanks in large part to these initiatives, clearance of Amazonian forests decreased by 83% between its peak in 2004 and 2011. This is rightly heralded as one of greatest environmental success stories of the 21st century. But are things about to change?

SEI Research Fellow Toby Gardner writes about the threats to the country’s unique ecosystems from a series of legislative changes that are weakening conservation and threaten to undermine Brazil’s global environmental leadership.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation www.trust.org

 

Climate change adaptation a hot topic for the Swedish forestry sector

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Written by Johan Kuylenstierna, Åsa Gerger Swartling, Gregor Vulturius, Olle Olsson, Peter Repinski Monday, 06 October 2014 20:11

A new study by SEI shows that over a third of forest owners believe that they lack the knowledge and capacity to adapt their forestry to climate change. Collaboration between researchers, authorities, forest companies and forest owners is necessary to raise the level of knowledge, find appropriate solutions for increasing adaptation capacity, and so avoid unnecessary costs for both society and the industry. 

Source: Skogsaktuellt 2014 (translated)

   

Ny tid kräver nytt politiskt ledarskap

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Written by Johan Kuylenstierna et al Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:50

Sveriges kommande regering måste inleda ett omfattande förändringsarbete, där målet är en mer hållbar ekonomi med nollutsläpp av växthusgaser. Riksdag, regering och kommuner måste också samspela mer effektivt och dynamiskt. Det skriver sju företag och organisationer med ett hållbart samhälle i fokus. Supervalåret 2014 ger oss möjligheter till en bredare politisk diskussion vad gäller den samverkan och de åtgärder som behövs - i Sverige såväl som internationellt. Samspelet mellan miljö- och klimatmålen, resurseffektivisering och den ekonomiska politiken kräver ramverk som är bade långsiktiga och öppnar för breda lösningar, primärt över blockgränserna, Dessa frågor är inte mindre viktiga frågor än den traditionella utrikes- eller säkerhetspolitiken.


Source: Insider Almedalen 2014

 

Toilets for all: a big challenge for India’s government

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Written by Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Prakash Kumar, WASH Institute Friday, 20 June 2014 19:23

Johan L. Kuylenstierna and Prakash Kumar, CEO of the WASH Institute, discuss the challenges of universal sanitation in India and the key role productive sanitation could play.

Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust.org

   

Integrated Flood-Risk Management in Sweden

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Written by Åse Johannessen and Jakob Granit Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:00

Government Gazette, EU

   

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