Aug 18, 2014
Children play in the fishing village of Tumaradó on the banks of the Atrato River. Unguía, Chocó. Courtesy of Anthrotect / Brodie Ferguson.

Mining and oil extraction projects in Colombia have been deemed of paramount importance due to the great potential to support needed economic development.By the end of the decade, mining is predicted to account for 13 percent of the country’s GDP. Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities of Colombia, who constitute 30.5 percent of the country’s population, may face great risk and uncertainty over the next decade as large-scale mining projects expand at a rapid rate. Half of the country’s total forested land is located in Afro-Colombian or indigenous community territories.

Aug 12, 2014
Civil Society in Brazil Engages on the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Principle 10 Process
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"Sao Paolo - Brazil" courtesy of Michael Anranter via Creative Commons.


As a significant outcome from Rio+20, 18 Governments have now adopted the Principle 10 Declaration for Latin America and the Caribbean on Environment and Development. ECLAC has created a register of interest for civil society organizations across the region to indicate their interest in getting updates about the regional process. Decisions have still to be taken whether this regional instrument will be legally binding or not this September 2014. Brazil currently co-chairs with Costa Rica the Working Group on designing the regional instrument.

Aug 4, 2014
Global Gathering to Explore How Technology is Improving Forest Governance
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"La Candelaria, Bogota" courtesy of Pedro Szekely via Creative Commons

This blog was originally posted on the Global Forest Watch Blog on August 4, 2014.

By Jonathan Mason and Jared Messinger

Recent advances in technology have revolutionized the way people live, work, and communicate with each other. So, if these transformations can change how we access media and purchase goods, can they also improve how we manage our natural resources? In October, WRI and The Access Initiative (TAI) will convene its wide network of innovators who are already answering that question.

Jul 31, 2014
Global Gathering Funding and Registration Updates

Thank you to all the TAI partners who submitted applications for travel funding to attend the 2014 TAI Global Gathering! Funding decisions have now been made and all applicants should have received an email notifying them of the decision. We strongly encourage TAI members who did not receive travel funding to try and raise funds on their own. We are always happy to provide letters of support to use when fundraising.

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