While the Song Bung 4 Hydropower project disrupted the lifestyle of the Co Tu ethnic group in central Viet Nam, it also became an opportunity for its members, especially women and children, to gain better education, health care, and improve their income opportunities. Their active participation in the resettlement process was key to the successful completion of a project that helped them design and build their future.
These pages contain environmental data (biodiversity, human settlements, vulnerability, land, etc) presented in map format.
This publication provides an overview of ADB's safeguard policy statement. The objectives of the SPS are to avoid, or when avoidance is not possible, to minimize and mitigate adverse project impacts on the environment and affected people, and to help borrowers to strengthen their safeguard systems and develop the capacity to manage environmental and social risks.
This book brings together very insightful analyses of indigenous experience and strategies in the context of globalization from several continents and a number of theoretical perspectives. There are broad similarities making this a common struggle but the solutions arise from people solving problems in local contexts. Read this book and you will see that the debate is a very important one for the furtherance of human rights, for the future of these ancient traditions, and for the promotion of cultural, political and economic diversity everywhere.
The World Bank has agreed to suspend International Finance Corporation (IFC) funding of the oil palm sector pending the development of safeguards to ensure that lending doesn't cause social or environmental harm, according to a letter by World Bank President Robert Zoellick to NGOs.
Environmentalists are fighting a desperate battle against land developers, who have defied all bans and continued to fill up vast areas in the periphery of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka that have been earmarked in the city's master plan for flood retention plains.
This battle has serious implications for the more than 12 million people crammed in 360 square kilometres in Dhaka, one of the fastest growing metropolises in the world where pressure on its limited land resources is phenomenal.
The interim Constitution provides a powerful safeguard in shaping future economic and social development in an environmentally sustainable way: it lays down among the fundamental rights of citizens that “every person shall have the right to an environment that is not detrimental to his or her health or well-being” and that “every person shall have the right of access to all information held by the state or any of its organs at any level of government insofar as such information is required for the protection or exercise of any of his or her rights.”
A review article published in the June 2009 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) suggests that with the absence of appropriate safeguards for environment and health, modern environmental health hazards are rapidly contributing to Africa’s disease burden.
More than 50 representatives from the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) are attending a two-day workshop in Vientiane to discuss environmental activities and projects planned along the East-West Economic Corridor.
GSM representatives from Laos, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam met with stakeholders from ministries and line agencies as well as experts from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature and Winrock/USAID.