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Church against the pollution of Montagnard water resources in Kon Tum
Unfettered industrial development and the lack of government enforcement of environmental protection threaten the existence of local tribal communities. "Many children have contracted scabies. Adults are pale," said the local diocese’s charity and social committee. Local authorities confirm that "about 80 per cent of the poor are affected by illnesses due to contaminated water." Local clergymen and nuns are very aware of the importance of environmental protection for the health of local communities. Water contamination is a growing problem in the region.
Indian supreme court rejects indigenous appeal against industrial projects
A mine and industrial plants will go forward in Orissa. Although this often leads to the alienation and destruction of entire communities, which are deprived of their land, their only form of support, and brings them no concrete advantages.
Peasants fall victim to government's rural development plan
The system launched by the government obliges villagers themselves, "in a spirit of solidarity and sacrifice", to pay half the cost of all development projects with their agricultural labour. Since the project was launched, 100,000 peasants have left the rural areas.
01/08/2017 17:24:00 VATICAN
Vatican issues statement on sustainable tourism as development tool
Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, which Pope Francis recently set up, issues its first statement. Tourism represents 10 per cent GDP and 7 per cent of total exports. One person in 11 is employed in the sector. Sustainable tourism must protect the environment, the cultural heritage of peoples, the dignity of workers, and the disadvantaged. The Dicastery and the UN are on the same wavelength.
Claretian missionaries promoting a programme of collaboration and development
The ZABIDA project is the result of co-operation with a foreign government and NGOs. It is meant to promote and dialogue and collaboration between various religions and bring concrete help to the population.
11/08/2007 PHILIPPINES - ASIA
In Asia 15% of the population survives on less than one dollar a day
Despite economic growth in some areas of the continent, poverty levels remain high. The Asian Bank demands “new strategies” for development and a more equitable wealth distribution, as well as sanctioning 800 million dollars for development programmes.
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