Environment

May Editorial: Sustainability

Making & Maintaining Relationships for Sustainability

Fundraising experts agree: “fundraising is friend-raising”. The importance of building strong relationships with donors for financial sustainability is widely acknowledged. However, the issue of building relationships for sustainability beyond traditional donor engagement is an area that requires greater attention.

Environmental NGO Warns SA on Nuclear Power

The Star, 2 May 2007.

According to Earthlife Africa (ELA), a membership driven NGO of environmental and social justice activists, the nuclear debate is being ignored at great risk to everyone in South Africa.

In a letter to the Star newspaper, the organisation’s Judith Taylor says in April, they showed the film Chernobyl Heart plus a documentary on Pelindaba and Koeberg at the Goethe Institute, showing the disadvantages of using nuclear technology to produce electricity.

Africa to Experience Water Scarcity in Coming Decades – WHO

IPS News, 30 April 2007.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 25 African countries are expected to experience water scarcity or water stress in the next two or three decades.

Speaking at a two-day conference on Water Management Africa 2007 in Pretoria last week, WHO’s Ahmed Nejjar said the scarcity translates into 16 percent or 230 million of Africa's population facing water scarcity by 2025, and 32 percent or 460 million people living in water-stressed countries by that time.

The Carbon Neutral Myth

Carbon offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon conscious public to absolve their climate sins. Scratch the surface, however, and a disturbing picture emerges, where creative accountancy and elaborate shell games cover up the impossibility of verifying genuine climate change benefits, and where communities in the South often have little choice as offset projects are inflicted on them.

Alternative Interventions in Insecure Environments

In response to the Horn of Africa drought, a consortium of NGOs led by Oxfam GB and Horn Relief implemented an emergency cash intervention targeting pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in south-west Somalia in May 2006. The intervention took place in areas of greatest humanitarian need, highlighted by the Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). They were also the areas of least humanitarian coverage, partly due to the perceived difficulties of working there – insecurity and poor roads are particular constraints.

Taking Sustainable Development from Sentiment to Policy

Michael Hopkins asks why the notion of 'sustainable development' took so long to enter the development lexicon and how the idea has been transformed in its encounter with reality. Hopkins points out that although the sentiment of sustainable development has passed into common use, the process it has taken for action to accompany this sentiment shows that even key issues often need long-term planning, patient organisation, hard work, and timing before they move onto the global agenda.

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