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July 2011

Issue date: 
25 July 2011

Ethiopia gives farmland to foreigners while thousands starve

A Survival investigation has uncovered alarming evidence that some of Ethiopia’s most productive farmland is being stolen from local tribes and leased to foreign companies to grow and export food – while thousands of its citizens starve during the devastating drought.

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July 9, 2011

Jagdeo frets about non-release of Norway funds

President Bharrat Jagdeo continues to fret about the non-release of the Norway climate funds, and has decided to push ahead with the project to give Amerindians electricity using funds from the treasury.
The solar panel project, which President Jagdeo yesterday said would cost US$2.5 million, was expected to be financed through the five-year forest-saving deal with Norway.

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Jul. 8 2011

Will African Farmland Yield the Elusive Alpha for Portfolios

Looking for a 270% return on investment over the next five years? Emergent Asset Management, a London hedge and private equity fund, says it has the perfect investment vehicle for you. Farmland in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Jul 15, 2011

Pöyry Completes the Acquisition of parts of Engineering and Consulting Business From Vattenfall, Sweden

Helsinki, Finland, Jul 15, 2011 - Pöyry Plc has completed the acquisition of parts of the engineering consulting business of Vattenfall Power Consultant AB (see Company Announcement of April 14 2011). The business has been incorporated into a new company, SwedPower AB, in which Pöyry has 100 per cent shareholding. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

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Jul 11, 2011

Eco ministry says its satellite tech use is optimal

MUMBAI: According to the Union environment ministry, there are 6.5 million hectares of plantations outside the recorded forest area, which primarily includes native plant species mixed with others.

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30 June 2011

Habitat cleared in carbon sink forest

A forest in Oddar Meanchey province is facing environmental “disaster” after thousands of people destroyed up to 1,000 hectares of natural habitat, putting revenues from a carbon credit scheme worth tens of millions of dollars at risk.

Proceeds from a United Nations-backed Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation scheme are said to be in danger after waves of settlers destroyed parts of the forest in Samroang district, chief of the Romdoul Veasna community forest programme, Malis Hoeuth, said yesterday.

Issue date: 
10th June 2011

"Unless we address agriculture, REDD will not be successful!" Report back from Bonn

by Dr. Radut