Monday, May 08, 2006

News I - May 6

Regional News

Colombia


Bogota violence reduction

Check out this great program developed by the former Mayor of Bogota for reducing violence and increasing peace.

www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/03.11/01-mockus.html

Ecuador


Ecuador VICTORY:
Oil Roads Kept Out of
Ecuador's Yasuni National Park

In a huge victory for the rainforest movement, plans to violate Ecuador's Yasuni National Park with an oil access road have been cancelled. The road would have lead to widespread destruction of one of the most important rainforest reserves in the world. Instead, oil drilling and production will continue without roads and the deleterious impact of follow-on colonization upon biodiversity and indigenous populations may be limited. More work remains to be done to fully protect Yasuni, Ecuador's rainforests, and the Amazon; and the local Hauorani peoples, but this is a massive improvement upon previous plans which would have certainly devastated the entire area. Now there is hope.

This is a major triumph for Ecological Internet which was the first to bring the threat to a wide international audience through three different massive email protests, most recently in September of 2005. Other groups we worked with that also provided critical leadership included Save America's Forests, Rainforest Rescue of Germany, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and many other organizations which rallied and provided crucial leadership in country.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous paul bruce said...

It is called Resource Wars. Though the price of oil is so far only having a minor impact on New Zealand's economy, it is devastating the lives of many others, through resource wars, the
destruction of the local environment, and the high cost of fuel to economies already in crisis.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Cameron said...

1) Bogota, not Bogata
2) Antanas Mockus is the former mayor of Bogota, not the current one.

2:05 PM  

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