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Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon “Tsunami”

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 16 2014 (IPS) - Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year’s disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.

That is the assessment of Marc Dourojeanni, professor emeritus at the National Agrarian University in Lima, Peru.

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Deadly Environment: The Dramatic Rise in Killings of Environmental and Land Defenders

Report
Global Witness

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This report looks at known killings of people defending environmental and land rights. It identifies a clear rise in such deaths from 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies. In the most comprehensive global analysis of the problem on record, we have found that at least 908 people have died in this time. Disputes over industrial logging, mining and land rights are the key drivers, and Latin America and Asia-Pacific particularly hard hit.

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Deforestación andina provoca “tsunami” amazónico

Por Mario Osava

RÍO DE JANEIRO, 10 abr 2014 (IPS) - La deforestación, especialmente en los Andes de Bolivia y Perú, es lo que más eriza las inundaciones en la cuenca del río Madeira, que este año adquirieron rango de catástrofe en la Amazonia boliviana y en su desaguadero brasileño.

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The dengue mosquito bites and makes Latin America sick

Report
World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • With over two million people infected in 2013, dengue cases hit a record high in the region.

A buzzing can be the first warning, then comes the bite. A few days later, headache, fatigue, high fever and sometimes nausea. Over 2.3 million Latin Americans had these symptoms last year. They were victims of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the insect that transmits dengue fever.

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Brasil: La agencia de la ONU para los refugiados inaugura una oficina en São Paulo

SÃO PAULO, Brasil, 7 de abril de 2014 (ACNUR) - El Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR), en colaboración con la Secretaría de Justicia y Defensa de la Ciudadanía del estado de São Paulo (SJCD), inauguró el 31 de marzo su segunda oficina en Brasil, en la ciudad de São Paulo. La decisión de establecer una mayor presencia en el estado se debe al aumento de las llegadas de solicitantes de la condición de refugiado en la región y al consecuente aumento de la población bajo el mandato del ACNUR.

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PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update, Issue 1-2014

The first 2014 issue of the GPS Update features a report from a seminar at PRIO with Betty Bigombe, former chief mediator in the conflict between the Lord's resistance Army (LRA) and the government of Uganda. This issue also features reports from other recent events at PRIO and internationally, including; PRIO Researchers visit to project partner in DR Congo, a PhD course on Gender, Peace and Security organized by PRIO Researchers Inger Skjelsbæk and Torunn L.

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Latin America and the Caribbean – Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

OVERVIEW

· Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) experience a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, forest fires, and droughts. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Environmental degradation and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.

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REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe Año 7 - Volumen 349

Destacados

  • GUATEMALA: El PMA estima que 160,000 personas están afectadas por la inseguridad alimentaria. Se evalúa una solicitud al CERF.

  • BRASIL: La sequía afecta al estado de Sao Paulo. Los niveles de los embalses han bajado hasta 15% del promedio.

  • EL CARIBE: 30 países participaron en un ejercicio de simulación en preparación para un posible Tsunami en la región.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 7 - Volume 349

The Humanitarian Country Team is considering applying for emergency funds from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Brazil’s rising profile in United Nations peacekeeping operations since the end of the cold war

Brazil’s engagement in United Nations (UN)-mandated peacekeeping operations dates from 1956. Since then the country has participated in 46 of 65 UN peacekeeping operations, deploying 11,669 personnel in total. Yet until 2004-05, with the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Haiti, Brazilian contributions to such operations were mainly symbolic, military based and concentrated in Portuguese-speaking countries. Recent changes in the size, type and geographical distribution of Brazil’s participation in peace operations

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Taken by Storm: responding to the impacts of climate change

Report
Christian Aid

Using personal stories from Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Malawi, El Salvador, Bolivia and the Philippines, the report reveals the stark reality of life as a result of extreme weather events such as drought and flooding.

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Brazil - Floods - Update (ECHO Daily Flash - 26 March 2014)

Floods continue to affect Rondônia state in Brazil, adjacent to the Bolivian border. National media report that the number of affected people in Porto Velho and 15 other districts along the Madeira river is approaching 20 000. According to the same sources, the level of the river on 24 March reached a historic record height of 19.52m. Large swaths of land and parts of national roads can be seen flooded in photos and videos of the area. Optical and microwave satellite observations elaborated by NASA/DFO and JRC respectively show also moderate flooding along Madeira.

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Se anuncia una nueva ayuda importante de la UE para América Latina

El Comisario Europeo de Desarrollo, Andris Piebalgs, anunciará hoy una nueva ayuda de la UE por un importe de 2 500 millones EUR para América Latina en el período 2014‑2020 (incluida financiación para programas regionales y para dotaciones bilaterales a los países subvencionables).

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Desperately seeking solutions to worst drought in decades in Brazil

Report
Guardian

A rise in temperature in the semi-arid region of Brazil has left rivers dry and cattle dying of thirst. The search is on for initiatives to combat desertification.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

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Significant new EU support for Latin America announced

Brussels, 24 March 2014

European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will today announce new EU support of €2.5 billion for Latin America for the years 2014 to 2020 (including funding for regional programmes, and for the bilateral envelopes to the eligible countries).

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Haïti-Coopération : L’Ue accorde 5 millions d’euros en appui au processus électoral de 2014

Report
AlterPresse

P-au-P, 18 mars 2014 [AlterPresse] --- L’Union Européenne (Ue) et le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (Pnud) en Haïti, ont paraphé ce mardi 18 mars, une convention de 5 millions d’euros, à Bourdon (secteur est), pour appuyer l’organisation des élections en Haïti.

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Brazil’s growing relevance to peace and security in Africa

By Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto

Executive summary

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Brazil – Floods/Heavy rainfall (ECHO Daily Flash - 12 March 2014)

Floods in Beni arrive to Brazil; emergency state is declared. Acre and Madeira Rivers, which run across Acre and Rondonia states, have considerably increased their flow as a result of heavy rainfall registered in the area during the last weeks.

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Brasil califica de exitosa ayuda humanitaria ofrecida a Bolivia

La Paz, 7 mar (ABI).- El Gobierno de Brasil calificó el viernes de exitosa la ayuda humanitaria ofrecida a Bolivia e informó que su equipo aéreo y efectivos militares continuarán realizando labores de rescate hasta la próxima semana, informaron fuentes oficiales.

'El helicóptero Cougar y el equipo de 11 militares de búsqueda y salvataje (SAR) enviados desde Brasil, realizaron operaciones exitosas en diferentes comunidades del Beni', señala un comunicado de prensa de la Embajada de ese vecino país en Bolivia.