Suspension of environmental funding in Madagascar threatens biodiversity
The South Africa Node writes,
Sources:South Africa Node Aug 2010, pg. 4
Construction demands increase sand dredging, threatening Vietnam's rivers and lands
A surge in demand for sand in Southeast Asia has contributed to illegal dredging in Vietnam's rivers, which has accelerated erosion; increased erosion brings increased landslides, which threaten houses, gardens, and fertile lands along the banks.
The Strategic Foresight Group writes,
Sources:The Strategic Foresight Group, July 2010, page 14: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_July2010.pdf#page=14
‘Red River Sand Exploitation still a threat to local residents’. Vietnam News. 2 April 2010.
< http://www.vnnnews.net/red-river-sand-exploitation-still-a-threat-to-local-residents >
‘Sand dredgers leave families homeless’. Vietnam News. 29 March 2010.
< http://www.vnnnews.net/sand-dredgers-leave-families-homeless >
‘Dredged Mud Threat to scenic waterfall.’ Look at Vietnam. 9 April 2010.
< http://www.lookatvietnam.com/2010/04/dredged-mud-threat-to-scenic-waterfall.html >
‘Loss of Fertile Land blamed on Dredging.’ DTI News Vietnam. 16 April 2010.
Regional organized crime networks outmaneuver existing national response strategies
Organized crime in Latin America has grown in power, reach, and flexibility, and lack of regional coordination allows such networks to transfer activity from country to country to avoid specific national counter-measure strategies.
Sources:FORO Nacional/Internacional, May 2010, page 2: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_May2010.pdf#page=2
See the agenda, documents and main conclusions at http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/crime-congress/crime-congresses.html
United Nations Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (2010), Background paper: Workshop on Links between Drug Trafficking and Other Forms of Organized Crime, A/CONF.213/15, in http://www.unodc.org/documents/crime-congress/12th-Crime-Congress/Documents/A_CONF.213_15/V1051054e.pdf
See United Nations – Office on drugs and crime (2002), Results of a pilot survey of forty selected organized criminal groups in sixteen countries, Geneva: UNODC.