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Global Civil Society Initiative Expands to China

The Access Initiative (TAI) and its partners are launching the first of its kind assessment of environmental governance in China. It is the first step towards engaging civil society organizations and government agencies to promote the public transparency, participation, and accountability that are essential foundations for sustainable development.

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Freedom of Information Victory in India

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p>For the first time in its ten-year history, the National Environmental Appellate Authority* (NEAA) has overturned a decision by the Government of India, quashing an environmental clearance granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

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Immigration Linked to Degraded Ecosystem

Border security is not typically recognized as being tied to environmental changes, but in this recent article by The New York Times, the links are clear. It details how declining fish catches in northwest Africa are fueling immigration to Europe.

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Letter to World Bank, Re: Environmental Development Policy Loan to Peru

The following letter was sent to the Socially Sustainable Development Unit of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank on October 12th, 2007, regarding the proposed Environmental Development Policy Loan to Peru.

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The Poverty of Forestry Policy

Double Standards on an Uneven Playing Field

This article examines how forestry policy and implementation maintain double standards in a manner that excludes the rural poor from the natural wealth around them. It originally appeared in the October, 2007 issue of *Sustainability Science.* The [original article](...

Letter to Sustainable Development Network, Re: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

The following letter was sent to Kathy Sierra, Vice President of the Sustainable Development Network at the World Bank on September 20th 2007, regarding the launch of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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Nature's Benefits in Kenya

An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

This report provides a new approach to integrating spatial data on poverty and ecosystems in Kenya. It is endorsed by five Permanent Secretaries in Kenya and with a Foreword by Wangari Maathai (recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize).

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Reforming Agricultural Subsidies

"No Regrets" Policies for Livelihoods and the Environment...

This paper analyzes the environmental and poverty effects of agricultural subsidies. It proposes policy reforms to help developing countries capitalize on subsidy reductions and turn their agriculture sectors into vehicles for sustainable development.

World Resources 2005 -- The Wealth of the Poor

Managing Ecosystems to Fight Poverty

Ecosystems are---or can be---the wealth of the poor. For many of the 1.1 billion people living in severe poverty, nature has always been a daily lifeline---an asset for those with few other material assets.

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