Letter of concern regarding implementation of the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Law (2012) as Amended by The Law Amending the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Law (2018)
16th November, 2018
1) Chairman, National Land Use Council, Nay Pyi Taw.
2) Chairman, VFV Land Management Central Committee, Nay Pyi Taw.
Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November, according to an announcement of the Joint Working Group of the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 30th October.
The Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have made assurances to the refugees and the international community that repatriation will only happen when it is safe, voluntary and dignified. We call on both governments to stand by their commitments.
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled violence and persecution in their home state of Rakhine, Myanmar since August 25, 2017, crossing the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The number fleeing during this period made it the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis and has formed the world’s largest refugee camp, with more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, made up of those fleeing since August last year and around 200,000 who had fled previously.
Approximately one-third of all food produced in the world (FAO) is lost or wasted. With 815 million people – 1 out of every 9 on the planet – food insecure or undernourished in 2016, a population expected to increase by 2 billion by 2050, rapid resource depletion and a changing climate, postharvest loss reduction needs to be at the center of strategies for sustainable development. Effective postharvest management is paramount to achieving the SDGs.
Spring is generally a dry season in Nepal; wind whips up dust along the roads, and water becomes a precious commodity. In Melamchi, the fields around the valley bottom are green with winter wheat, thanks to irrigation – but the terraces on higher slopes are mainly bare. Except, that is, where small irrigation systems exist. Many of these were damaged by the April 2015 earthquake; indeed, in some cases, even the water sources themselves were affected – some dried up, and some reappeared in other places.
Jane Carter and Mona Sherpa
The three organizations will allocate in total up to USD 340’000 to provide shelter assistance to highly vulnerable earthquake-affected households in Chong Alai district of Osh oblast, to train local masons on affordable para-seismic construction norms and techniques, as well as to provide legal assistance to help the affected households claim their housing, land and property rights and access affordable and reliable insurance.
The road to Dolakha district from Kathmandu is a familiar one to me, but one that I have not travelled since the earthquake wrought its destruction nearly two years ago. Bumping along it, the glint of metal in sunlight catches the eye. In place of mud-washed or lime-washed houses, corrugated iron seems omnipresent – not just in roofing, but in the walls of make-shift dwellings. Many people have yet to re-build their houses, and face a third monsoon of cramped and damp conditions.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally know as Yolanda, struck Eastern Samar and Leyte in November 2013, affecting more than 14 million people. Large volumes of aid poured into the area right after the disaster. Now the emergency phase is over. Yet a number of international aid agencies continue providing direct assistance to the typhoon-affected communities.
Jane Carter, 09 January 2017
Mosul, Iraq, 19.10.2016
This is a joint statement of all Alliance2015* members
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul
Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, was captured by ISIL in June 2014 and has since served as the group’s de facto capital in Iraq.
A major military offensive to retake the city has now commenced and will continue over the coming weeks and months.
The wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada in May 2016 consumed more than 2,400 structures and nearly 600,000 hectares of forest. Considered as Canada’s costliest disaster, it was a case showing the need to have proactive (and not reactive) disaster risk management measures in place –fire risk maps for ensuring safe evacuation in fire prone areas or designating the areas as unsafe for human habitation. Thinking about ‘systems’ means focusing on underlying causes of risks, hazards and vulnerabilities, and what solutions can reduce and manage them.
By Eveline Studer, Nicole Clot and Zenebe Uraguchi
By Jane Carter
“This event supported the breaking of social beliefs of menstruation that it is supposed to be invisible, silent and that girls and women are untouchable during menstruating days.” Lalita Regmi, teacher, Dhuleshwor Higher Secondary School, Dullu Dailekh
Reconstruction of safe and child-friendly schools
The Swiss development organisation Helvetas confirms the release of its employee and Country Director in Afghanistan, Ms Anja de Beer. She was kidnapped on June 22nd, 2015 in front of the Helvetas office in Kabul, Afghanistan. Helvetas strongly condemns this act of violence.
Anja de Beer is doing well according to circumstances. She will return to her family in the Netherlands within the next few days.
The world’s media long ago turned its attention away from the devastation caused by the earthquakes in Nepal, and even Nepalis in non-affected parts of the country seem to have put the thought behind them. But for everyone living in Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Gorkha and other earthquake-hit districts, there is no forgetting. The literal shaking of lives is still felt as a daily reality.
International migration is not a recent phenomenon. It is on the contrary a remarkably stable global pattern involving about 3% of the world’s population. The stock of international migrants is estimated at 247 million and constantly increasing. Migration has furthermore never been so diverse in terms of the populations, trajectories and human realities involved.
Jane Carter, 31 May 2015
The weather in Kathmandu and surrounds is hot and humid, but the monsoon rains have not yet set in – something that is fortunate for those without a roof over their heads, and for farmers waiting for supplies of seed to sow.