Author: AEFJN

Forest governance – a difficult struggle

Illegal timber exploitation After the Amazon, the Congo Basin is the second largest tropical mass on our planet. Covering six African states, its intensive exploitation has become a source of revenue but also a source of conflict. Four African wood-producing countries have committed themselves through the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) to ensure the traceability of timber exported to the European Union. These bilateral trade agreements are part of a wider European commitment known as Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), which aims to improve forest governance and combat illegal logging. This fight against the illegal exploitation of forests...

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POOR QUALITY MEDICINES IN THE DRC

The international organisation, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), announced in an article published on 17th January 2017 in the magazine Lancet Global Health that in 2015 more than 1000 people in an isolated part of the DRC had to be hospitalised after being poisoned by fake or poorly labelled medicines. The end of 2014 saw the first patients with symptoms such as stiff neck and involuntary muscular contractions arriving at the health centres in the district of Ituri, near the border between the DRC and Uganda. By August 2015, more than 1000 patients had been admitted to the health facilities...

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1701 Looking at the Other Side of the Story in 2017

In his book, “The prayer of the Frog” Antony de Mello tells the story of a woman who lost her coin and went about looking for it on the street. In sympathy, neighbours and passers-by joined in the search for the needle in a haystack. After a while, a thought came to one of the searchers who asked where she actually lost the money. To his surprise the woman said that she lost her money in her room. “But why are you looking for it here?” was the curious man’s next and natural question. He got an even bigger...

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1610 Another Face of the Migration Crisis in Africa

Nowhere do cities expand faster than in Asia and Africa. However, to develop them in a more sustainable and socially accceptable way will be one of the greatest challenges for the implementation of the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs).  During the last few decades, hundreds of millions of people have moved from their rural homes into cities, especially in Africa and Asia. The available statistics are not reliable and vary considerably. Nevertheless, estimates (in millions) show that 9 of the 10 biggest cities in the world are in Asia: Tokyo (35), Djakarta (30), Delhi (24), Manila (24), Seoul (23), Shanghai...

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