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paraguay: sowing seeds for change
The Río de la Plata Basin, the estuary of the Uruguay and Paraná rivers, which separates Uruguay and Argentina, is threatened by mega projects including pipelines, dams and highways.
paraguay: stopping the rural exodus
Throughout Paraguay, the dominance of export-oriented agribusiness is driving a massive exodus from the rural areas, as many women, men and young people are obliged to leave their homes and territories in search of better living conditions in the cities.
atalc: working together with indigenous peoples in the fight for climate justice
Many of the people most affected by the impacts of climate change are Indigenous Peoples and local communities who have not previously been engaged in or able to influence the development of climate change policies.
brazil: resisting the garabi dam
The Initiative for the Integration of the South American Regional Infrastructure (IIRSA) is a development plan which involves the construction of highways, mega dams, ports and pipelines across South America, particularly in remote, isolated regions. If built, these will have devastating consequences for Indigenous People, biodiversity and the climate and could lead to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
argentina: attracting attention to water with art, music and stories
Today, one in six people lack access to safe, affordable water, and two in five lack access to adequate sanitation. The United Nations expects these numbers to rise. But in Argentina, as in many other countries, there is still very little information available about the importance of using water sustainably and democratically. There is also a lack of emphasis on the use of public spaces as places where people can enjoy themselves and meet their families, friends and others.
programs and campaigns highlights in 2009
In 2009, Friends of the Earth International had six active international programs and campaigns. Within these we coordinated a wide range of actions at the international, regional, national and local levels, that improve the ability of peoples and communities around the world to secure sustainable livelihoods and protect our environment for generations to come.
member groups
Friends of the Earth International is made up of the activities and actions of our 76 member groups, and it is our mission to support and strengthen their work at the local level. These groups mobilize people, resist socially and environmentally damaging projects and policies, and help to transform their societies in tens of countries around the world. Their local work in turn allows us to campaign on the regional and international levels, and to seek political support for the rights of people everywhere to sustainable livelihoods and for social, economic, gender and environmental justice.
international photo competition and calendar 2008
Friends of the Earth International ran our third annual photo competition in 2008 on the theme of "Dreams, Hopes and Possibilities for a Better World."
art, culture and popular education
In 2008, the International Secretariat worked with our member groups around the world in order to multiply the creative initiatives taking place at all levels in the federation.
international forum against water privatisation in the hague
On May 22 2007, Friends of the Earth International, together with others, organised an international forum on water privatisation in The Hague. The PPIAF (Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility) is a little known World Bank agency that funds consultants to advise poor countries on how to privatise key sectors including water. Many students participated in the forum, which took place a day before the PPIAF's own annual meeting. After the forum, our delegation delivered a letter to the PPIAF, signed by 138 groups from 48 countries, asking the donors to withdraw from PPIAF.
paraguay: boosting capacity to confront socio-environmental conflict
In Paraguay, a lack of environmental regulation allows powerful economic actors to damage and destroy ecosystems. To help fill this gap, Friends of the Earth Paraguay / SOBREVIVENCIA created the “Consultorio Socioambiental” (Socio-Environmental Consultancy) in 1986. It aims to support communities as they struggle to deal with development imposed on their territories. It also provides legal advice for communities subjected to big infrastructure projects such as the Itaipú and Yacyretá dams, and the Hidrovía Paraguay Paraná mega-project, which aimed to build a 3,400 km navigation channel between Puerto Cáceres in Brazil, and Nueva Palmira in Uruguay.
slovakia & uruguay & paraguay: connecting resistance in europe and latin america
The corporate agenda to liberalise trade is global and powerful, as are the international financial institutions (IFIs) which aid and abet it.
paraguay: reviving sustainable agriculture in the los altos mountains
The Green Revolution of the 1970s inflicted many problems on Paraguay’s Los Altos Mountain region. In addition to leaving the soil impoverished, it forced many peasant families to migrate from the land, fuelling an urbanization process that changed the region’s cultural makeup. This migration also eroded the knowledge of sustainable agriculture — a loss which ultimately threatens food sovereignty.
atalc: building a regional communications strategy
Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC ) was created in 2001 to provide member groups with a stronger regional role. Yet to gain more influence over the region’s political spheres and social movements, ATALC must increase its public profile. Two years ago, ATALC’s executive committee realized a comprehensive, coherent communication strategy was required to achieve this.
paraguay: water ballet makes splash for unesco visit
Koichiro Matsuura, the first Director General of UNESCO to visit Paraguay, was welcomed in October 2007 with a performance of Friends of the Earth Paraguay's water ballet, called “Water for Life.”
foe groups converge on massive social summit in bolivia
In December 2006, FoE members joined more than four thousand other people from social movements and civil society organizations across Latin America and the Caribbean in the beautiful mountain valley city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.
paraguay: affirming water as a human right!
Sobrevivencia/Friends of the Earth Paraguay is delighted to announce that the Paraguayan Parliament unanimously approved a water law that declares all water in the Paraguayan territory a property of the state, and access to water a fundamental human right. The law also establishes a legal framework for the protection and sustainable management of water.
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