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Monday, 04 November 2013 07:40

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Monday, 04 November 2013 07:39

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:21

Doha2012 discusses steps to save Amazon

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Brazil’s success in the battle against deforestation was highlighted at a COP18/CMP8 Doha side event, which took place in November 2012.

The steps that have already been made to tackle the problem in the Amazon were discussed, as well as plans to continue the work.

Francisco de Oliveira Filho, the director of deforestation combat policies in Brazil’s Environment Ministry, spoke at the event called Imazon: Successfully curbing tropical forest loss in Brazil.

He told the audience that in 2004 the word that had been associated with curbing deforestation in Brazil was “impossible”. However, he added: “For us it was just a word from people who prefer to leave the world as it is and not change it.”

Instead the country began a fight back against climate change, which included the introduction of a National Climate Change Policy in 2009, with an action plan to prevent and control deforestation. The work has so far proved to be successful and since 2004 Brazil has had an 83 per cent reduction in deforestation.

Brazil’s necessity to tackle the problem of deforestation is clear, as almost 77 per cent of its CO2 emissions are caused by it. In 2003 the Brazilian Government came up with a three point plan to protect the Amazon. It included: land use planning; monitoring and controlling and sustainable activities. The third part of the scheme is just about to begin.

Under its first two phases there was a huge increase in protected areas within the region and the Government created the Amazon Fund. Preventative measures such as fines and confiscation of equipment were also used.

Mr De Oliveira Filho said that the scheme has been possible only because there had been a lot of collaboration between different ministers. He added that the priority was to ensure that reduction levels remained and did not increase when phase three is introduced.

He ended his presentation by quoting the words of Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper who he said was murdered for trying to save the forest. The quote said: “At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber tree. Then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon Forest. Now I realise I am fighting for humanity.”

Mr De Oliveira Filho said: “Those words are very strong for me because in 1988 he was a visionary about what we are talking about 20 years later.”

Jorge Hargrave, a researcher on the panel, also spoke about the lessons learnt from curbing deforestation in the Amazon, which other countries could replicate.

He said that the positive outcomes of the actions are that deforestation became a main item in the Government’s agenda and that fines had been a significant deterrent. However, he added that countries need to ensure that there is a mix of incentives and disincentives and a high-level political commitment is essential. He added that economic incentives should be put in place, which is part of Brazil’s third phase.

From: COP18 Doha News release

http://www.cop18.qa/en-us/News/SingleStory.aspx?ID=293

Monday, 27 February 2012 13:37

Why Water 360?

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Niche energy publication, 25º in Africa, launched a new water magazine entitled Water 360. From June 2011, the water magazine is available as a flipside segment to 25º in Africa with plans to split off as a separate magazine later on.

Water issues and water management is a huge part of energy and sustainability, and a major focus worldwide, which makes it a great complementary publication for our existing energy title, 25º in Africa.

Water is one of the key focus areas for government, businesses and civil society as well as the general public for the future. Water 360, as the name suggests, will differ in its focus to competitors in that it will cover everything to do with water – from strategic water management planning
for municipalities to topical issues such as acid-mine drainage, water security and supply and local sanitation issues and new water technologies.

The aim of the publication is to disseminate relevant, topical information to key players in the market, bringing together decision-makers and marrying research, development, technologies and solutions and project funding.

Water 360 is a purposely tailored, independent, unbiased publication dedicated to the comprehensive coverage and meaningful reportage on all forms of water and related environmental impacts, technological advances and policy developments. We will cover the whole gamut of water issues, independently, fairly and without bias.

Water 360 features predominantly exclusive, own generated and sourced content, making it an unmissable read for all water engineers, utility managers, environmental officers and board members.

Topics we cover:

  1. Water filtration
  2. Dam management
  3. Solar water and heat pumps

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  4. Water management solutions
  5. Water metering
  6. Water footprinting
  7. Minewater solutions acid-mine drainage
  8. Wastewater solutions
  9. Water storage solutions
  10. Water desalination
  11. Pumps and valves
  12. Ablution solutions
  13. Water resources
  14. Effect of climate change on water
  15. Water safety & testing
  16. Water CDP
  17. Water quality
  18. Software for the water industry
  19. Water watch in and around Africa
  20. Financing and social responsibility
  21. Innovations
  22. Blue and Green Drop Awards
Saturday, 25 February 2012 13:29

Now you can get the latest product & trade info ONLINE

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The 25 Degrees & Water 360 magazine is available online. Simple follow our easy instructions and you can download your favorite issue of 25 Degrees & Water 360 onto your digital device in a matter of minutes.

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Monday, 14 September 2009 15:19

Glossary

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Acronyms


CBD: United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity
CCES: Climate Change and Compensation for Environmental Services (Strategic Programme of the GM)
CDM: Clean Development Mechanism
CER: Certified Emission Reduction
CH4:
Methane
CO2:
Carbon Dioxide
COP: Conference of the Parties
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
GEF: Global Environment Facility
GHG: Greenhouse Gas
GM:
Global Mechanism (of the UNCCD)
GPS: Global Positioning Systems
JI: Joint Implementation
JLG: Joint Liaison Group
LDCF: Least Developed Countries Fund
MOP: Meeting of the Parties
NAP: National Action Programme (of the UNCCD)
NAPA:
National Adaptation Programme of Action (of the UNFCCC)
N2O: Nitrous Oxide
PRS: Poverty Reduction Strategy
SCCF: Special Climate Change Fund
SLM: Sustainable Land Management
SPA: Strategic Priority for Adaptation
UN: United Nations
UNCCD: United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNFCCC: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Thursday, 25 June 2009 14:21

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Monday, 22 June 2009 16:16

Online Magazine

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25 Degrees: We present a unique focus on Africa, energy and the environment. We strive to provide a holistic view of Africa’s international status in terms of energy needs, generation capacity and future policy.

As Africa’s leading independent energy publication, we cover the whole gamut of energy solutions from solar, hydro, wind and biofuels to nuclear, oil and gas and more!

Water360: Water issues and management is a huge part of energy & sustainability, and a major focus worldwide, which makes Water 360 a must read for the African and international community.

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