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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Chandel rally against Chakpi project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hueiyen News Service   
Thursday, 18 October 2012 02:27

Chandel, October 11 2012: Along with taking out a mass protest rally, a public meeting held at the Mini Indoor Stadium of Chandel district headquarters today has unanimously opposed to construction of the proposed Chakpi Multi Purpose Project at Chakpi River in Chandel district.

The protest rally cum public meeting was oganised jointly by Anal Naga Taangpi (ANTA), Anal Students' Union, Anallon Chiefs' Association (ALCA) and Anal Women Union (ASR) in collaboration with the area level organizations.

Participated by around 3000 people, the massive protest rally was taken out from the Mini Indoor Stadium upto the Deputy Commissioner's Office where the protesters submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of the state through the Deputy Commissioner, Chandel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2012 02:42
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The Story of Asia’s Water Crisis: From Privatization to the Next Big Thing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:45

In March 2013, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be holding its Asia Water Week. During this event, ADB also intends to push for recognition and acceptability of its Water Operation Plan 2011-2020 which resonates the policy recommendations in its Green Urbanization Proposal. In the Water Operational Plan, ADB stated that it will:

 

  • Give preference to water providers that are corporatized, or in the process of being corporatized, or prepared to apply business principles in their operation
  • Boost greater private sector involvement not only in providing investment but also in using their managerial and technological expertise


Given the underlying agenda of ADB’s Asia Water Week, we would need to be more strategic in exposing how greater corporate control over water services and resources is being wielded not only through privatization but corporatization, particularly in the context of a "green economy" and ADB's green urbanization proposal. Corporatization is a relatively new neoliberal strategy of IFIs, which can be taken as a counter-strategy to the increasing trend of remunicipalization of water districts and anti-privatization movements around the world.



ADB’s main claim really is that their experience has proven the effectivity of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and corporatization of water services and resources, which is contrary to the experience of the people. This is why we would need to highlight the latter—its actual effects and the responses of the people. In line with this effort, Water for the People Network has released the series, "Money Grows in Cities, Not Trees: ADB’s Green Urban Wet Dream." Click here for its latest issue.



Meanwhile, its first issue can be downloaded here.
We have also released a call for a publication of an Asia Water Advocacy Strategy Casebook that will be launched during ADB's Asia Water Week.

 

If you are interested in contributing, kindly email Levi Francisco ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 03:57
 
Damned Hearings of Proposed Tipaimukh Dam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jiten Yumnam   
Monday, 01 October 2012 03:14

Tipaimukh Dam Public Hearings from 2004 till 2008

The month of March 2008 events two public hearings for proposed Tipaimukh Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project, one at Tipaimukh dam site, Churachandpur District on 31 March 2008 and another at Keimai village, Tamenglong District, Manipur on 26th March 2008, both organized by the Manipur Pollution Control Board. The public hearing at Keimai village registered extraordinary support from the Assam Rifles and the Border Security Forces camps nearby and slaughtering of pigs for handpicked participants by project proponents in both hearings. The first public hearing on Tipaimukh dam project at Darlawn Community Hall, Darlawn, Mizoram on 2 December 2004 was severely criticized for its lack of transparency of the project proponent, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) and failure to provide vital documents, including Detailed Project Report, Environment Impact Assessment etc.

 

The Tipaimukh Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project, to be constructed 500 Metres downstream from the confluence of Barak and Tuivai rivers, in South-western corner of Manipur over Barak river, with firm generation capacity of 401.25MW, has been one of the most controversial mega developmental projects in Manipur. While the project proponents, the Government of India and Manipur and NEEPCO hailed the project as bearing immense potentials and economic benefits, several issues remained unresolved, primarily the insensitive attitude of the Government and the project proponents to the legitimate concerns of the project affected villagers in the upstream and downstream portion of the Barak River.

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Transboundary water conflicts and Tipaimukh Dam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jiten Yumnam   
Monday, 01 October 2012 02:53

Transboundary waters tussle and Tipaimukh dam
The world is rife with conflicts over waters, especially over use and management of transboundary waters. Rivers with transboundary nature, Brahmaputra, Mekong, Barak etc are becoming subjects of controversy over the right to manage the waters. Some countries exercise power through military or economic means to weaker countries to justify control of transboundary waters. Conflicts emerge when countries upstream of a water resource use the water available to them to wield more power and when certain countries downstream use other forms of power such as military to get more water. Stronger countries use “exploitation potential”, both technical capacity and infrastructure to exploit water resources.

 

Two expressions of concerns, one Bangladesh’s opposition to Tipaimukh Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project over Barak River in Manipur in India’s North East and the other, India’s objections to Chinese Government’s plan to dam and divert waters of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River in Tibetan Plateau, elucidates potentials of conflicts over the use of transboundary waters and the need to explore feasible means to avoid conflicts. The critiques of Tipaimukh dam to be built in Manipur is moving beyond imposed frontiers, the traditional expression of concerns once confined limitedly in Manipur and parts of Bangladesh now resonates from afar. Never had Tipaimukh Dam been focus of international diplomacy, media attention, intelligentsia critics, environmentalist and those with high tentacles as in 2009. The Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh discussed the contentious issue at the recently concluded Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, July 2009 in Egypt.[1] The issue has now moved from the confines of Manipur Assembly discussion to the British and Bangladesh parliamentary debates to the deliberations of several United Nations human rights forums.[2]

Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 03:12
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Philippine protests against water privatization bill (Senate Bill 2997) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 07:48

Water district employees in Mindanao to block Water Sector Reform Act

Davao Today

http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/09/05/water-district-employees-in-mindanao-to-block-water-sector-reform-act/

 

They call for the pull out Senate Bill 2997 as they say it spells doom not only for the employees of various water districts who will face job displacements once the bill is enacted, but the people’s access to this basic need, as well.

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The renewed effort to ensure the passage of Senate Bill 2997, and its counterpart House Bill 5497, also known as the Water Sector Reform Act (WSRA) last week, prompted employees of water districts in Mindanao to bolster moves to block the proposed changes in the way water is being sourced, managed and distributed to Filipinos.

 

Simultaneous protests were conducted by employees of water districts in various places in Mindanao, Monday, in response to the nationally-coordinated action called for by the umbrella group, Water System Employees’ Response (Water), an affiliate of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage).

 

They call for the pull out SB 2997 as they say it spells doom not only for the employees of various water districts who will face job displacements once the bill is enacted, but the people’s access to this basic need, as well.

 

Author of SB 2997, Senator Edgardo Angara, assured in a public hearing last week that there will be no privatization under the WSRA, a declaration that employees of water districts slam as “sheer deception.”

 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 04:54
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CPA, Amianan Salakniban call for Independent Environmental Investigatory Mission on Philex's Tailings Pond Collapse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cordillera People's Alliance   
Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:21

 

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Amianan Salakniban in a press conference today [Sept. 13, 2012] called for an independent Environmental Investigatory Mission in light of the series of disastrous mine spills in Philex mining company's Tailings Pond 3 (TP3) from August 1-30. The environmental investigatory mission aims to evaluate the extent of damages caused by the collapse of TP3, and come up with recommendations to best address the issue.

 

According to CPA Chairperson and Amianan Salakniban representative Windel Bolinget, "What happened to Philex's Tailings Pond 3 is in reality a collapse of the tailings pond and not just breakage or leaks as claimed by Philex and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. Philex's attempt to repair the breakage is inutile as the TP3 has already went beyond its life span." Amianan Salakniban is a network of environment and human rights advocates in Northern Luzon.

 

Engineer Vergel Aniceto, a resident of Itogon and the fourth nominee of Katribu Indigenous Peoples Partylist, said no amount of repair will save Tailings Pond 3. "Tailings Pond 3's life span since it was commissioned in 1992 is 18-20 years, meaning it should have already been decommissioned as early as 2010, especially that the dam crest went beyond the permitted elevation of 600 meters above mean sea level," said Aniceto.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:27
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