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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.
latin america and the caribbean
Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y Caribe (ATALC – FoE Latin America and the Caribbean) coordinates member group participation in all international programs, ensuring a regional perspective in global campaigning.
May: eu and business on trial for crimes in latin america
In May 2008, social, political and popular movements, workers, migrants, Indigenous and campesino communities, and women's, youth and trade union movements from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, gathered in Lima for the Peoples’ Summit, Linking Alternatives III (Enlazando Alternativas 3).
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.
friends of the earth in the media in 2008
In 2008, a broad and growing spectrum of media organizations, spanning from the world's leading newspapers to niche websites, carried Friends of the Earth International's messages to audiences around the world.
Our communications work is aimed at reaching out to and mobilizing people around the world so that they will join our movement for social and environmental change.
brazil: building the struggle against forest monocultures in the pampas
The ongoing expansion of exotic tree monocultures in the Brazilian Pampas, and the Pampas plains of Uruguay and Argentina, threatens the region’s biodiversity and natural resources. This is a consequence of a build up of the region’s pulp production industry; powerful forestry corporations are now investing in new plantations in the Brazilian Pampas to obtain wood supplies.
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.
people's sovereignty or corporate interests?
investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms and their impacts on human rights and the environment
uruguay: protecting biodiversity in agriculture
In recent decades Uruguay’s corporate-driven agricultural model has put exports before domestic needs. This has concentrated land in the hands of a few large enterprises and devastated family farms. The consequences: dramatic loss of rural employment, emigration from the countryside, loss of agro-biodiversity, and an unprecedented food crisis.
uruguay: local seed recovery as the basis of food sovereignty
Since 2004, REDES/Friends of the Earth Uruguay, the Association of Organic Producers of Uruguay, and the South Regional Center of the School of Agronomy of the University of the Republic have been carrying out a program of "Recovery and Revaluation of Creole Seed Varieties and 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.
peru: bringing fisheries back from the brink of collapse
The Peruvian Sea is one of the world’s richest, not only in terms of fish numbers, but also the great diversity of species. The most important species are anchovies, as the base for one of Peru’s most important sources of income: the fish meal and fish oil industry, which generates two percent of the GDP and 150,000 jobs.
uruguay: water struggle inspires irish campaign
In 2004, FoE Uruguay and other social organizations celebrated the approval of a Constitutional Reform that includes the public, participatory and sustainable management of all water sources in the country. This success in turn has provided inspiration for a campaign in Ireland, where several organizations are looking to reverse the government-promoted water privatization process.
uruguay: victory as new gmo crops suspended!
As a result of campaigning by REDES/Friends of the Earth Uruguay, the Latin American Network on Pesticides and Alternatives, and the Organic Producers Association, the Uruguayan Government approved a decree to suspend the evaluation and approval of new genetically-modified crops in February 2007.
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.
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