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Textil-Siegel## INKOTA dämpft Erwartungen an den Grünen Knopf

epo.de - 5. September 2019 - 11:24

Berlin. - Das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) will am 9. September den "Grünen Knopf" einführen. Die Entwicklungsorganisation INKOTA dämpft die Erwartungen an das staatliche Textil-Siegel. Freiwillige Initiativen für die Unternehmen gebe es bereits, etwa das bekannte Textilbündnis. Solche Initiativen hätten bislang nur eine begrenzte menschenrechtliche Wirkung erzielen können. Es sei nicht zu erwarten, dass dies beim Grünen Knopf anders wird.

Solutions for Scaling up Agroecology

World Future Council - 5. September 2019 - 11:14

Hamburg, 28 May 2019. The cost of cooking with renewable electricity is now competitive with the other cooking fuels in most developing countries, concludes a new report called Beyond Fire: How to achieve electric cooking by Hivos and the World Future Council. This is a significant improvement from three years ago when the two organizations first studied this.

Achieving sustainable cooking is one of the great challenges of our time. Cooking with charcoal and firewood sources still accounts for 4 million premature deaths due to indoor air pollution, puts significant strain on already stressed forest resources, and it is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

“For almost two decades we have inadvertently narrowed the debate of clean cooking to just cookstoves. We need to look at the sources of energy and clean fuels”, says Kandeh Yumkella, Parliamentary Leader Sierra Leone, first CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and former UN Special Representative and Director General of UNIDO.

Hivos and the World Future Council (WFC) just released a study that unveils the cost-competitiveness of cooking with renewable energies. Eco Matser, Program Manager Energy & Climate at Hivos responds: “We looked into alternatives that provide long term sustainable solutions rather than quick intermediate fixes such as improved cookstoves”.

The examined cooking appliances are stoves using solid fuels (such as wood and charcoal), gas-based stoves (LPG, biogas, and power to gas) and electric cooking (electric hot plate, induction stove, slow cooker, and pressure cooker), both in mini-grid contexts and via solar home systems.

“The report shows that the costs of cooking with electricity – both in mini-grid contexts and via solar home systems – is now well within the range of cost-competitiveness of other cooking alternatives. Households spend EUR 1 – EUR 31/month on average for cooking fuels. Electric cooking with Solar Home Systems (SHS) costs between EUR 5 – EUR 15/month while the costs per household of cooking with a mini-grid are in the EUR 4 – EUR 36/month range,” says Anna Leidreiter, Director Climate Energy with the World Future Council.

The entire report can be found here.

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Praktikant (m/w/d) Wissensmanagement - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - Eschborn

Indeed - 5. September 2019 - 11:14
Das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) unterstützt mit dem Programm deutsche, europäische und lokale Unternehmen bei der…
Gefunden bei Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:14:17 GMT - Zeige alle Eschborn Jobs
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Neu im Bildungsprogramm: Film & Diskussion zu Kakao-Handel und Menschenrechte

Klimawoche - 5. September 2019 - 11:05

Neu ins Bildungsprogramm haben wir die Vorführung des Films „Chocolate de Paz“ und ein Gespräch mit pbi-Menschenrechtsbeobachter Michael Kettelhoit aufgenommen. Es geht um den gewaltfreien Kampf einer kolumbianischen Friedensgemeinde für ein Leben in Würde und Frieden, um fairen Handel und kleinbäuerliche Selbstversorgung. Schulklassen können sich jetzt für den Termin am 27. September anmelden.

Der Dokumentarfilm „Chocolate de Paz“ erzählt die Geschichte der Friedensgemeinde San José de Apartadó in Kolumbien. Die Friedensgemeinde weigert sich seit ihrer Gründung 1997 Partei für eine der im bewaffneten innerstaatlichen kolumbianischen Konflikt beteiligten Gruppen zu ergreifen und kämpft mit gewaltfreien Mitteln für ein Leben in Würde und Frieden. Die Dokumentation zeigt, wie die 250 Mitglieder der Friedensgemeinde versuchen, u.a. durch den Anbau und die Vermarktung von Kakao einen gewaltfreien Weg zu Frieden und Freiheit zu ebnen. Seit 1999 wird die Friedensgemeinde von internationalen Organisationen, u.a. von pbi-Freiwilligen, begleitet, da es immer wieder zu gewaltvollen Angriffen auf die Gemeinde durch die Konfliktakteure kommt.

Michael Kettelhoit war mehrere Jahre als Freiwilliger mit pbi in Kolumbien aktiv und erzählt von seinen persönlichen Erfahrungen und der aktuellen Menschenrechtssituation in Kolumbien.

Film (span. mit dt. Untertitel / 56min  / Regie Gwen Burnyeat und Pablo Mejia Trujillo)

Termin:

  • Freitag, 27.9., 11:30-13:00 Uhr, Rathausmarkt
  • für Schüler*innen ab 16 Jahren
  • Anmeldung bitte direkt an: bildung@klimawoche.de
    (mit Angabe von Personenzahl, Alter, Schule und Ansprechpartner*in)

 

Kooperationspartner dieser Klimawochen-Veranstaltung ist peace brigades international (pbi): peace brigades international (pbi) ist eine von den Vereinten Nationen anerkannte Nichtregierungsorganisation, die sich seit 1981 in Krisengebieten für Menschenrechte und gewaltfreie Konfliktbearbeitung einsetzt. pbi versteht den Schutz der Menschenrechte als eine globale Angelegenheit. Überall auf der Welt setzen sich Menschen dafür ein, dass diese respektiert und geschützt werden. Um die globalen und lokalen Zusammenhänge von Menschenrechtsverletzungen in das Bewusstsein der Menschen hier vor Ort zu holen, schlägt das 2004 entstandene Bildungsprogramm „Menschenrechte lernen & leben“ eine Brücke zwischen der internationalen Friedensarbeit von pbi und der Menschenrechtsarbeit in Deutschland. Es ist unser besonderes Anliegen, durch unsere Bildungsarbeit das Thema „Menschenrechte“ für alle Altersstufen erfahrbar zu machen. Unsere Workshopangebote bieten die Möglichkeit, sich mit diversen Aspekten rund um das Thema auf gestalterische Weise auseinander zu setzen. Das Programm lebt insbesondere von den persönlichen Erfahrungen der Referent_innen, von denen die meisten als internationale Friedensfachkräfte in einem der pbi-Projekte tätig waren.

 

Der Beitrag Neu im Bildungsprogramm: Film & Diskussion zu Kakao-Handel und Menschenrechte erschien zuerst auf 11. Hamburger Klimawoche.

Kategorien: Hamburg

From Words to Deeds: What is Needed to Make the African Continental Free Trade Area a Success for All Africans?

GIGA Event - 5. September 2019 - 10:58
Talk and discussion Berlin Veranstaltung Referent*innen Reda Cherif, PhD (International Monetary Fund), Tabea Lakemann (GIGA) Moderation

Dr. Christian von Soest (GIGA)

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10 Millionen Bäume in 10 Jahren – mit Drohnen und schlauen Samen soll´s klappen

reset - 5. September 2019 - 10:49
Rund um den Globus fallen Wälder für Papier und Weideland, aufgrund von Monokulturen und steigenden Temperaturen gehen sie in Flammen auf. Ein umfassender Schutz und eine schnelle Aufforstung sind gefragt – ein spanisches Startup erprobt einen neuen Ansatz.
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Senior Manager Business Advisory Services (m/w) Umwelt und Sozialprüfung/Technical Assistance (Wien) - Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank

greenjobs - 5. September 2019 - 10:36
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Webinar für NGOs: Was ist SAICM und warum betrifft es mich?

Forum Umwelt & Entwicklung - 5. September 2019 - 10:22
 SAICM-Webinar Was ist SAICM und warum betrifft es mich? – Webinar für NGOs gibt Überblick

 

Der chemischen Belastung unserer Umwelt und den damit verbundenen Schäden für Gesundheit und Artenvielfalt entgegenzutreten, ist eine der großen globalen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit. Am Montag, den 16. September 2019 von 15 bis 17 Uhr bietet PAN Germany in Kooperation mit HejSupport und WECF ein kostenloses Webinar „SAICM für Einsteiger an.

Hintergrund sind die laufenden Verhandlungen darüber, wie es nach 2020 mit dem internationalen Chemikalienmanagement weitergehen soll. Teilnehmer*innen des Webinars erfahren komprimiert und unkompliziert was SAICM ist und erhalten darüber hinaus einen Einblick in die Fokusthemen hochgefährliche Pestizide (HHPs), hormonschädliche Schadstoffe (EDCs) und umweltschädliche Arzneimittel (EPPPs). Das spannende gerade für deutsche NGOs ist: Deutschland hat derzeit die Präsidentschaft von SAICM inne und die große SAICM-Konferenz 2020 (ICCM5), auf der entschieden wird, wie es zukünftig im internationalen Chemikalienmanagement weitergehen kann, wird nächstes Jahr im Oktober in Bonn stattfinden.

Große Mengen gefährlicher Chemikalien und Schadstoffe gelangen weltweit in die Umwelt, verunreinigen Nahrungsketten und reichern sich in unseren Körpern an, wo sie schwerwiegende Schäden verursachen. Schon heute sind die Auswirkungen der weltweiten Nutzung von Chemikalien auf die Gesundheit der Menschen und auf die globale Umwelt besorgniserregend und es ist klar, dass die globalen Entwicklungsziele (Sustainable Development Goals = SDGs) ohne Verbesserungen im Chemikalienmanagement nicht erreicht werden können.

Um für die globalen Probleme im Chemikalienmanagement Lösungen zu finden, wurde auf UN-Ebene SAICM etabliert mit dem Ziel, die negativen Auswirkungen von Chemikalien auf die menschliche Gesundheit und Umwelt bis zum Jahr 2020 reduzieren. Dass dieses Ziel bis 2020 nicht erreicht wird, ist allen Beteiligten klar. Nach Schätzungen der Europäischen Umweltagentur waren 62 Prozent der im Jahr 2016 in Europa verbrauchten Chemikalien gesundheitsschädlich. Prognosen gehen von aus, dass der weltweite Chemieumsatz (ohne Pharmazeutika) von 3,47 Billionen Euro im Jahr 2017 auf 6,6 Billionen Euro bis 2030 steigen wird. (Global Chemical Outlook 2019).

 

Referentinnen:

 

Alexandra Caterbow von der NGO HEJsupport gibt einen Überblick darüber, was SAICM ist, wie der Prozess dieser UN-Rahmenvereinbarung funktioniert, welche Möglichkeiten NGOs haben, sich zu beteiligen und wo die Knackpunkte des Verfahrens sind. Alexandra Caterbow hat den SAICM Prozess seit Jahren als NGO-Vertreterin aktiv begleitet, war auf relevanten Veranstaltungen und an der Ausarbeitung wichtiger NGO-Positionen auch im Verbund mit internationalen NGOs beteiligt.

 

Johanna Hausmann von WECF (Women Engage for a Common Future e.V.) und Susan Haffmans vom Pestizid Aktions-Netzwerk e.V. (PAN Germany) vertiefen den Einblick in das internationale Chemikalienmanagement, indem sie die Teilnehmer*innen dazu einladen, mehr über einige der Schwerpunktthemen unter SAICM zu erfahren. Im Fokus stehen hormonschädliche Chemikalien, wie sie uns im Alltag überall begegnen, über ihre negativen Auswirkungen auf unsere Gesundheit und die besondere Gefährdung von Frauen und Kindern, hochgefährliche Pestizide (HHPs), die weltweit zu erheblichen Vergiftungen von Mensch und Natur führen sowie umweltgefährliche Pharmazeutika.

 

Das Webinar findet statt am Montag, 16. September 2019, 15-17 Uhr

Hier geht es zur Anmeldung zum Webinar „Ein internationaler Rahmen für eine giftfreie Zukunft – SAICM für Einsteiger“

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Die Bahamas wurden von einer "Katastrophe epischen Ausmaßes" heimgesucht, weswegen die UN 1 Million US-Dollar an Notgeldern freigeben

Vereinte Nationen - 5. September 2019 - 10:10

5. September - Nach der "schrecklichen Verwüstung" in Teilen der nördlichen Bahamas durch den Hurrikan Dorian hat Generalsekretär António Guterres gesagt, er sei "zutiefst besorgt" über die Tausenden, die vom riesigen Sturm getroffen wurden. Der UN-Koordinator für Nothilfe, Mark Lowcock, reiste am Mittwoch in den Inselstaat, um die Regierungschefs zu treffen und eine lebensrettende Hilfsoperation voranzutreiben.

Guterres sagte in einer Erklärung, er sei besonders besorgt über die Zehntausenden von Menschen, die auf Grand Bahamas und in Abaco betroffen sind. Er spricht den Familien derjenigen sein Beileid aus, die bei der Katastrophe ihr Leben verloren haben, und wünscht den Verletzten eine baldige Genesung.

Die Rettungskräfte haben nun begonnen, die am schlimmsten betroffenen Teile des Archipels zu erreichen, das aus rund 700 Inseln besteht und sich über mehr als 160.000 Quadratkilometer des Ozeans erstreckt.

Luftbilder zeigen ein hohes Maß an Zerstörung am Boden und die offizielle Zahl der Todesopfer von acht wird voraussichtlich steigen. Der Hurrikan blieb eineinhalb Tage über den Nordwest-Bahamas, bevor er sich abschwächte und sich in Richtung der Küste von Florida entfernte.

In einem Gespräch mit Reportern im UN-Hauptquartier in New York sagte Herr Lowcock, dass der Schaden in "enormen Ausmaßen" zu "enormen Verwüstungen" geführt habe und rund 70.000 Menschen auf den beiden Inseln Grand Bahama und Abaco lebensrettende Hilfe benötigten.

Nach weiteren Luftaufnahmen und einer weiteren Datenerfassung "werden wir hoffentlich sehr bald in der Lage sein, Teams zu den betroffenen Ortschaften zu senden", sagte er und fügte hinzu, er habe dem bahamischen Ministerpräsidenten mitgeteilt, dass er 1 Million Dollar "Soforthilfe" aus dem zentralen Fond für Hilfsoperationen (Central Emergency Relief Fund, CERF) freigeben werde.

Kategorien: Ticker

Entwicklungspolitischer Stammtisch

VEN Niedersachsen - 5. September 2019 - 10:09

Der VEN lädt am 25. September in den Pavillon ein. Beim entwicklungspolitischen Stammtisch treffen sich Akteure der Eine Welt-Arbeit aus Hannover und Umgebung, um sich in geselliger Runde über ihre Arbeit auszutauschen. Für den nächsten Stammtisch haben wir ein Schwerpunktthema gewählt: Menschenrechte beim Kohleabbau in Kolumbien.

Kategorien: Hamburg

Development Worker as Distribution Grid Advisor (m/f/d) for West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd (WZPDCL) (Khulna) - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

greenjobs - 5. September 2019 - 9:25
Position | Development Worker as Distribution Grid Advisor (m/f/d) for West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd (WZPDCL) Apply now : https://jobs.giz.de/index.php?ac=apply&q=ed35a1efc3cc5c68a7508fcd4a578400fff2abf8 Development Worker as Distribution Grid Advisor (m/f/d) for West Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd (WZPDCL) Bangladesh As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable [...]
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Deutscher Kulturrat ruft zur Demonstration #AlleFürsKlima am 20. September 2019 auf

#Nachhaltigkeit in #Hamburg - 5. September 2019 - 9:00
Am 20. September 2019 findet der dritte globale Klimastreik statt. Weltweit werden Menschen auf die Straße gehen und für die Einhaltung des Pariser Klima-Abkommens und gegen die anhaltende Umweltzerstörung demonstrieren. Der Klimawandel verlangt schnelles, tiefgreifendes Handel. Die UN-Agenda 2030 für [...]

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Nach Tod von drei Soldaten in Guatemala: Präsident erklärt Notstand

welt-sichten - 5. September 2019 - 8:34
Nach der Tötung dreier Soldaten in Guatemala hat Präsident Jimmy Morales in 22 Landkreisen den Notstand ausgerufen.

Caribbean Dreams – Economic Nightmares

Global #Geneva - 5. September 2019 - 5:54

No-one yet knows whether the industrial heart of the Bahamas can bounce back from what was probably the worst hurricane in its recorded history.

There are some good signs. The drydock that is a major employer and revenue earner for the island has its first new job since Hurricane Dorian. Funds to help Grand Bahama and the Abacos get back from the devastation are now over $120 million.

But the hurricane has clipped some 18% off the Bahamas GDP (wealth per head) and the future of the international airport seems to be in suspense, with the Chinese owners apparently not willing to put in more of their own money for its rehabilitation.

First a recap: Dorian sat over Grand Bahama, 90 kms from Florida, for over 40 hours from 8 pm on Sunday 1 September before heading off towards the United States. Winds of up to 350km an hour, rain and storm surges of up to 7m on this low-lying island (highest point 8m above sea-level) made parts of the island “virtually uninhabitable” for the 45,000 population, as a United Nations official put it.

Bahamian sky at sunset. “The Land of Perpetual June” according to an early explorer (Photo: Jeff Carmel)

Yet the island, a 90km long strip of narrow land with magnificent beaches and a beautiful sea as well as most of the Bahamas export-earning industry, had been nursing hopes it had turned the corner after nearly 20 years of economic depression resulting from 9/11 and hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, as well as Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Only on 25 August, the Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis had declared: “Real hope and real help are finally on the way for Grand Bahama. We promised to rescue and to restore Grand Bahama after decades of downturn. Next week, there will be an agreement signed in Grand Bahama, that in a few weeks that will help to begin the island’s turnaround. Real hope and real help are finally on the way for Grand Bahama.”

Today it is confronted with the reality for small island and coastal states identified by UNCTAD’s Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Director of the Division on International Trade and Commodities, in a news conference on 3 September: they are on the front line of the climate crisis. “Not only will climate change continue to wipe out trade prospects for many of these countries. It has a significant impact on the very existence of these countries,” she declared.

Ms. Coke-Hamilton said in a statement for the UN Trade Forum opening in Geneva on 9 September: “It is important to provide SIDS [small island developing states] with flexibilities in line with their vulnerability to risks induced by climate change, including strong safeguards which can be triggered after a natural disaster to provide enough policy space for recovery.”

UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which is organizing the one-week forum, points out that SIDS tend to be net food importers or have high trade costs and specialize in goods with little trade.

Grand Bahama had hoped to get back on the circuit for middle-class tourism from the United States, with a deal to reopen its major hotel that closed after Hurricane Matthew and revive the main tourist area known as Lucaya. Earlier in August the government announced a deal with Carnival Cruise Line for a new cruise port in Grand Bahama. All these prospects must now be thrown into question.

Economic quick fixes don’t work in the long run. Relying on cultural attractions alone, such as the annual Junkanoo Festival, is not enough. Tourism – economic development – needs to be far more diverse, long-term and sustainable. (Photo: Bahamas Tourism)

Nevertheless, the government’s dreams cannot disguise the economic nightmare facing it, along with other Caribbean countries. Unemployment on Grand Bahama is officially 10 per cent (3,500 job seekers), but the trade unions have been complaining that the economic crisis has led to a plague of casual employment for the local population.

Welcoming the Prime Minister’s promise of “a significant catalyst for economic growth” on the island, the Nassau Guardian newspaper had to admit: “There has been capital flight and high unemployment. Many residents left in search of work wherever they could find it.”

Trade Unions sent an eight-page position paper to the Minister for the Grand Bahama in advance of a labour rally on 7 June to argue that widespread short hires without the full benefits that are vouchsafed to full-time workers are the reason for the downturn in the economy and depopulation. Kirkland Russell, vice-president of the Bahamas Trade Union Congress, was quoted as saying: “The casual workforce phenomenon […] is rampant in Grand Bahama. We believe casual labour is wreaking havoc on the workforce in GB, adversely affecting a person’s ability to get loans, to be protected, and we believe it is a form of union busting.”

Freeport Harbour Company. How many tourists actually spend the night on Bahamian soil? What’s in it for the locals? (Photo: Freeport Harbour Company)

Tourism currently accounts for 60 per cent of the Bahamian GDP and employs half the labour force. But as the plans for Grand Bahama indicate, tourism management seems badly skewed. The main tourism facilities are in the hands of foreign companies. The profits that emerge flow out of the country because the Bahamas has little to offer immediately to foreign direct investment in local businesses. As the official development strategy. Vision 2040, put it in 2016, the drawbacks include “the absence of quality value-added services and well-formed clusters around the tourist product.”

The cruise-ship tourism industry in The Bahamas – with 70 per cent of its passengers from the U.S. – has been losing out to the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Jamaica. Stopover figures in 2013 were lower than at any time since 1984.

Exploring underwater Exuma (Photo: Jeff Carmel)

Heritage attractions

In any case, going for the quickest revenue earner is not the best strategy, as other Caribbean nations have learned. As early as 2006 Grenada called in the U.N.’s International Trade Centre in Geneva for help with a business strategy and learned that instead of daytrippers it should focus on “heritage attractions, cruise, and marine and yachting” because the marinas and stayover visitors brought in more money per day.

Jamaica, stuck in “a chronic state of near stagnation since the 1970s”, according to a 2011 report from its planning institute, found the country had export potential in a number of unexpected sectors: education, entertainment, fashion and computer technology (particularly call centres) as well as aquaculture, coffee, mining and agro-processing. Marjorie Kennedy, President of the Jamaica Exporters Association during much of the process, observed: “We realized that there are so many different industries that we hadn’t traditionally thought of as having export potential. This was really a shift in how we had looked at exports.”

 

Bird counting in Grand Bahama (Photo Peter Hulm)

 

Alternatives

There are are alternatives to relying on cruise-ship daytrippers. For example, the islands are a magnet for scientific researchers attracted by the first-class opportunities for study. These are people who return year after year and bring students with them. And they are eager to give back to The Bahamas by educating local young people and tourists.

The Bahamian government also has more exciting long-term plans for Grand Bahama. It could be a futuristic powerhouse of technological knowhow – a techno-hub for the Caribbean economic region; a crypto island for disruptive international business innovation; a leader in stem cell-based medical tourism — with luxury condo communities for rich holidaymakers, a free-tax zone covering a large part of the island, and a major container and maintenance port for the whole U.S. seaboard up to Baltimore.

But the locals complain the Chinese companies that control the free-tax zone, airport and container port don’t seem interested in expanding its reach. It will also require a change in the mind-set of authorities and the political environment. The Bahamas cannot wait for its students to gear up for the new digital world. It needs businesses with a workforce that is already highly skilled, not people who are still training, and a willingness to provide working permits that until now have been difficult for foreign professionals or entrepreneurs to obtain.

Tourism currently accounts for 60 per cent of the GDP and employs half the labour force. Conch sellers, such as this one in Nassau harbour, supply both residents and restaurants. However, the impact of climate crisis, notably a rise in the number (and harshness) of hurricanes, is proving a severe threat to livelihoods and sustainability. (Photo: Jeff Carmel)

One of the factors that brought the Minnis government into power in an almost clean sweep of Grand Bahama was the short-sightedness of many previous politicians. Vision 2040, an all-party report admitted: “A sea level rise of 1 metre would eliminate 80 per cent of the landmass of the country.” But it was notable for devoting just two of its 17-page environmental section to climate change. This from a country with a proud tradition on environmental legislation. It established the world’s first land-sea nature reserve in 1958 and recently gazetted 10 percent of its near-shore environment as a protected area with the addition of 19 new marine protected areas (on 31 August 2015).

Blind spots

This is not without its blind spots. The Aga Khan’s dredging of Bell Island, his private fiefdom within the Exumas Park, to create a marina for his yacht, led to strong criticism from some environmentalists, but not from the Bahamas National Trust, which received a $1 million donation from him. More recently, Bell Island’s opaque ownership structure by companies with offshore ties has been questioned after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took a holiday there (LINK).

 

This article is part of Global Geneva’s Focus series on Oceans. Updated 5 September 2019.

 

Colonial era graveyard. Bahamian are increasingly questioning the myths of their cultural heritage, but are also becoming aware of the need to preserve it, even if only as a part of sustainable tourism in the face of often rampant hotel development projects.  (Photo: Jeff Carmel)Bahamians tend to look forward, to the future for a small economy, rather than dwell on the problems of the past. But many Bahamians I have spoken with, aware that their country has a population smaller than Greater Geneva scattered or crammed across 470,000 km2 of ocean, feel frustrated by the lack of contact between its various worlds – where the privileged few are rich beyond imagining and many other citizens remain on the margins of the industrial economy.

Blake Alphonso Higgs (1915 in Matthew Town, Inagua, Bahamas – 1986), better known as “Blind Blake”, was the best-known performer of goombay/calypso in the Bahamas from the 1930s to the 1960s. (Photo courtesy: Folk Cloud)

Missing history: Old Nassau and Over-the-Hill The National Art Gallery’s 9th National Exhibition this year gave space to Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett and artist Jodi Minnis to question our stereotypes about the Bahamian capital in sound and images. (Listen to Blind Blake’s ‘Love Alone’ LINK) Jodi Minnis speaks of a “romanticized mysticism” about Nassau. With gentrification, she says, “those living in an area are subject to the whims and plans of more powerful outside entities, encroaching on the space until it is no longer viable for the (often marginalized) inhabitants.” Bethell-Bennett challenges the current view of Over-the-Hill as historically impoverished. “Old Nassau was dependent on Over-the-Hill because that was where tourists went for entertainment. It was also where Bahamian music was alive, prior to desegregation and the hotels taking over the local bands and paying them more than clubs could. The representation of the area as nothing but a ghetto was historically misplaced and inaccurate.” Minnis adds: “Once a place thriving with Black businesses, nightclubs and hotels, the OTH community now seems to be at a standstill.” The exhibition includes works by Los Angeles-based April Bey from The Bahamas, among them a portrait of the young Queen Elizabeth II as “Power Girl” using Chinese knock-off wax fabric and knock-off pearls. “The Queen is depicted with bars of hand-sewn fabric that were purchased in West Africa, and that is marketed as ‘authentic’ African fabric but in reality is just Chinese knock-off fabric sold due to the ‘authentic’ fabrics costing too much for the actual people to afford.” She also notes: “Hung around her neck is knock-off made-in-China pearls referencing the obscene levels of wealth the crown carries while at the same time alluding to the Chinese hidden wealth through their knock-off industries built on slave wages.” Natalie Willis of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas points out that Bahamian schools still require students not to wear their natural hair untreated. “Employers still request that their sales clerks not wear natural hair exposed as it will turn off the shoppers. To honestly see Black beauty, one must see it without the occlusions of colonialism. Colonialism is still deeply embedded in most of the formerly colonized world.”

The NAGB exhibition, which ran until 2 June, was entitled “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean”. It was described as “a look at the way language–both verbal and visual–has shaped The Bahamas and how we view ourselves. From the way we speak, to the way that we voice our discontent, to the way we envision ourselves as women and as part of the Black Diaspora, ‘Hard Mouth’ is a call to the ‘biggity’ and bold nature of Bahamians and a foray into how this archipelago, around the Tongue of the Ocean itself, finds its voice.”

Contributing editor Peter Hulm has been a consultant for the UN’s Geneva-based International Trade Centre since 1999.

Links

Grand Bahama’s future Cruise tourism contribution to economies

Vision 2040

Grenada National Export Strategy 2006

Living Oceans Foundation report on student views of mangrove awareness program (July 2019)

Updates

23 September 2019. What about Freeport? “It was astounding to hear the prime minister in a press conference held yesterday, announce certain key incentives for economic recovery on Grand Bahama that included no mention of the hundreds of businesses and thousands of homes and rental properties in Freeport left damaged, closed and uninhabitable due to unprecedented storm surge inundation caused by Hurricane Dorian.” Nassau Guardian. (LINK)

16 September 2019. Haitians fear deportation from Bahamas after storm disaster. ‘Haitians are pretty much in hiding in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian.’ The New Humanitarian. (LINK)

 14 September 2019

Hurricane Dorian was ‘category hell’

Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter after his visit to Abaco Island.  “I must say was horrified. I’ve never seen such a level of systematic devastation. Hurric’ane Dorian has been classified as category five. I think it’s category hell.”

“One of the possible forms of support the UN has been working on and studying and proposing is exactly the possibility to swap part of debt into investments in resilience and reconstruction.” Ignore the typo in the UN summary that speaks of depth rather than debt. It shows how little many officials understand of the financial jargon used (LINK). For some concrete proposals and an explanation of how debt restructuring could work, see this report from the UN Trade Forum by St Lucia (LINK to PDF)

How Bahamians have covered Dorian. Columbia Journalism Review (LINK)

Dorian has demanded media attention, but it has been a devilishly tricky story to cover. Columbia Journalism Review (LINK)

13 September 2019: UN Secretary-General’s remarks during joint press encounter with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. (LINK)

UN Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter outside shelter for Hurricane Dorian evacuees. (LINK)

Secretary-General’s remarks to the press outside the NEMA Emergency Operations Centre. (LINK)

5 September 2019: Blockchain company promises to match aid donations. PO8, a blockchain company headquartered in Marsh Harbor, Abaco – perhaps the worst hit island by Hurricane Dorian – announced it has set up a relief fund pledging that for every dollar worth of crypto donation, PO8 will match it 100%. All donations will be made to the BBHDRF a multi-signature digital wallet managed partly by the Administrator of Freeport Grand Bahama and the Bahamas Rotary Clubs. PO8’s blockchain platform aims to democratize access to marine archeological artifacts by establishing their provenance and preventing their sale.(LINK)

5 September 2019: Royal Caribbean CEO: Cruise ships to bring tens of thousands of meals to Grand Bahama. Fox News. (LINK)

4 September 2019: Analysis Finds US Corporate Media ‘Failing to Connect Climate Crisis to Strongest Atlantic Storm Ever to Hit Land’. Common Dreams. (LINK)

4 September 2019: Bahamas: As first pictures of devastation emerge, Red Cross issues urgent appeal for funds. Initial aerial assessments released overnight confirm widespread devastation to the islands. According to national and regional authorities, it is estimated that approximately 76,000 people – the vast majority of residents on the two islands – have been affected. The most vulnerable group may include some of an estimated 4,400 children under 15, as well as approximately 1,600 older people. The IFRC appeal is seeking about 3.2 million Swiss francs (US$ 3.2 million). It focuses primarily on providing short- and mid-term shelter assistance to families, as well as replacing lost and necessary household goods such as lamps, cell phone chargers and tarpaulins. Red Cross volunteers and staff will also distribute hot meals and food rations to people who may have gone without food in days, before shifting their focus to distributing cash grants. This approach gives people the agency to make their own decisions about what they need, and helps inject cash into local economies. 

Other interventions include health, psychological support, water, sanitation and hygiene, and activities designed to prevent and respond to violence against vulnerable groups, including sexual and gender-based violence.

IFRC has already released 500,000 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to ensure an immediate supply of cash for the response teams on the ground.

3 September 2019: Dorian’s horrific eyewall slammed Grand Bahama Island for 40 hours straight. For 15 of those 40 hours, Dorian was a Category 5 hurricane — the slowest-moving Category 5 storm on record in the North Atlantic Basin.  According to Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane specialist and researcher at Colorado State University, Dorian was the strongest Atlantic storm on record to venture so far north. It also tied for the dubious title of strongest hurricane wind speed at landfall in the North Atlantic Ocean Basin since records began in the late 1800s. Upon reviewing radar data, it appears that Pelican Point, a small community on the eastern side of the island, experienced a continuous 25 hours and 22 minutes (give or take a few minutes) in the eyewall. Early Monday monring, Pelican Point then saw a lull of about eight hours, during which point it was nestled in Dorian’s eye. Freeport, a community of about 27,000, narrowly missed the worst of the winds in the inner eyewall. However, continuous onshore 100 mph winds stubbornly pushed an extreme surge ashore, probably causing significant damage in the popular vacation destination. Washington Post.  (LINK)

24 August 2019: Son of senior Cabinet Minister fired from shipping company… $1.3 million vanishes from the shipping company on Grand Bahama. Bahamas Press. (LINK)

22 August 2019: Minnis government in Crisis! Powercuts, Money Shortage, Union Unrest! Over a nine month period during the last fiscal year, the FNM government borrowed money four times and extended the overdraft facility at Royal Bank three times just to meet the public payroll. The government’s overdraft is now up to $102 million and Royal Bank has cut the FNM government off- refusing to give them one penny more.  Bahamas Press. (LINK)

12 August 2019: Old Bahama Bay project loses another developer. Nassau Guardian. (LINK)

July 2019: The World Economic Forum has published a series of articles online about the crisis in tourism and ways to solve it.

10 July 2019: Our tourism system is broken – time to customize. Robert Govers. (LINK)

17 May 2019: These islands are using tourists to help offset the effects of tourism. Charlotte Edmond. e.g. Faroe Islands. It also includes a graph of the most over-touristed cities in Europe (Nantes? is tops, followed by Athens). (LINK)

28 March 2019: In the age of the tourism backlash, we need ‘destination stewards’.  April Rinne. (LINK) Others

20 June 2019: World Ocean Observatory backs six new programmes for climate action, fisheries management, ocean literacy and education, the Arctic, and expanded communications, including a World Ocean Forum (Forum LINK). (announcement LINK)

12 June 2019: Oregon county calls in sustainable tourism advisers. Now task forces will encourage its U.S. coastal visitors to use public transport, steer tourists from overused areas and improve environmental protection. The consultations found “people want investment in infrastructure and protection for sensitive environments” — Nan Devlin, Executive Director, Visit Tillamook Coast. Tilllamook Headlight Herald (LINK).

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Junior Programme Quality Officer (Internship) – Syria Crisis Response (Lebanon)

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Caritas Switzerland is a leading aid organization in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Our ultimate aim is poverty alleviation. Our International Cooperation programmes focus on income generation, global warming and migration. We are active in some 20 countries. Over the coming years, Caritas Switzerland wants to expand its commitment to disadvantaged people. Join us with a commitment to help us bring about a more caring society, as

Junior Programme Quality Officer (Internship) – Syria Crisis Response (PQO)

The Syrian war is among the worst of the present-day humanitarian crises. An estimated 11 million people have fled their homes since the start of the war in 2011. Syrian families are still struggling to survive, both inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries.

The situation faced by the 5.3 million of refugees and vulnerable communities registered in the neighbouring countries Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq continues to be difficult and unsustainable. Governments and communities in host countries have demonstrated and continue to show an extraordinary level of generosity and solidarity with those fleeing Syria, but this is reaching its breaking point. Strains on infrastructure and public services, security concerns, and fears over the long-term presence of refugees have led governments to put in place increasing restrictions aimed at stemming the flow of asylum seekers and encouraging those refugees who are already in-country to return to Syria or to seek asylum in third countries. In Syria itself, more than 11 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. 6 million people were internally displaced and many of them several times.

In response to the Syria Crisis, Caritas Switzerland (CACH) has been engaged in relief activities together with its partner organizations since July 2012. CACH is currently supporting projects in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Vis-à-vis the steadily increasing funding gap of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan and national response plans addressing needs on the ground, CACH has extended its engagement in the region focusing on relief through cash-based interventions, education and livelihood, managed from its regional office in Beirut.

 

Tasks

  1. Cash-Based Interventions and MEAL
  • Support the CBI/MEAL advisor in the provision of expert advice within the SCR.
  • Contribute to the compliance of activities with international and local standards.
  • Support the supervisor in the design, set-up and implementation of CACH’s CBI within the SCR. 
  • Carry out other tasks assigned by the supervisor. 
  1. Programme Development
  • Support the supervisor in mobilization and mapping of resources such as studies, methodologies, reports, and experts in the area of CBI and MEAL.
  • Assist the supervisor in drafting new project concept notes and project proposals and conducting related needs assessments, summarizing and processing relevant data, preparing contracts, etc. in the area of CBI and beyond.
  • Assist the supervisor in designing and planning baselines and detailed assessments, which propose concrete and feasible solutions.
  • Carry out other tasks assigned by the supervisor. 
  1. Programme Quality (PQ)
  • Support the supervisor in the setting of minimum standards for programme quality across all CACH programmes in the Syria Crisis Response portfolio, including project value and impact evaluation.
  • Support the supervisor in the preparation of new and revising already existing monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) tools and regulations (e.g. progress, quality, relevance and impact monitoring).
  • Support the supervisor and other SCR staff in the revision of the project cycle management regulations, tools and procedures.
  • Carry out other tasks assigned by the supervisor. 
  1. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
  • Assist the supervisor in his/her support to CACH colleagues and partner organisations to establish MEAL systems and plans incl. development and applying of data collection, monitoring, analysis and feedback tools / mechanisms.
  • Support the collection and analysis of accurate data (quantitative and qualitative), to be used in decision-making for improved programme performance.
  • Support in the set-up of effective mechanisms for collecting and responding to feedback from the communities and key stakeholders to ensure accountability.
  • Support the supervisor in the preparation, implementation and editing of evaluations
  • Prepare the monthly portfolio reports under the supervision of the supervisor.
  • Carry out other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
  1. Supporting Tasks
  • Drafting communication products such as blog entries, articles, etc.
  • Preparation of training material and workshop presentations.
  • Act as field office focal point for CACH’s cloud-based filing and PCM tool.
  • Carry out other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Competencies and Qualifications

  1. Education

Essential

  • Master’s degree in a work-related field (development studies, humanitarian aid, political / economic / social sciences etc.) with a focus on statistics and methods
  • Academic experiences (at least 1 year) abroad.
  1. Professional Experience

Essential

  • Working experience in project management (incl. internships).
  • Experiences working with INGOs, international organizations or alike.

Desirable

  • At least 1 year working experiences in related field abroad (incl. internships).
  • Working experience in Lebanon and/or in an emergency response.
  1. Skills and Competencies

Essential

  • Highly organized, good capacity of analysis and synthesis.
  • Strong experience with modern IT tools and modern management tools.
  • Strong experience in data collection and analysis as well as with related techniques (survey designs etc.) and statistical tools/programmes (such as Excel, Tableau, and other data analysis tools such as R or Python).
  • Cultural-sensitivity and strong inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to cope with stress and to work independently under difficult circumstances and with minimal supervision.
  • Able to be based in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Respect for the special vision and mission of Caritas.
  • Understanding that appearances are important in local context and willingness to present self with professional attire at all times in the working environment.
  • Flexibility and readiness to take on additional tasks.
  1. Language and Other Requirements

Essential:

  • Excellent written and spoken English.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or French and/or German. 




Further information
Duty Station: Beirut, Lebanon

Start date of assignment: As soon as possible
Duration: Minimum 6 months 
Expected Workload: 100 %

Application

Please upload your application, comprising of an application letter and your CV, by 15 September 2019 to the online portal. Apply here

Applications, which lack an application letter tailored to the position, will be discarded. Additional documents have no effect on the further selection procedure, unless the way they are presented demonstrates the ability to properly and consistently merge and name files. In return, we promise to give your application our full attention.

For further information please contact: Mr. Frederic Wiesenbach (fwiesenbach@caritas.ch

Please find more information about this job here: Terms of Reference

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Streitkräfte europäischer denken

SWP - 5. September 2019 - 0:00

Die neue Verteidigungsministerin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer hat von ihrer Vor­gängerin einige Baustellen übernommen. Neben den großen Themenfeldern Rüstung und Haushalt kommt der Trendwende Personal, wie es in der Bundeswehr heißt, besondere Bedeutung zu. In diesem Zusammenhang wird diskutiert, aus dem EU-Ausland dringend benötigte Fachkräfte wie IT-Spezialisten und Ärzte für die Bundeswehr anzuwerben. Dabei gilt deren Augenmerk vor allem in Deutschland lebenden und Deutsch sprechenden Staatsbürgern aus Polen, Italien und Rumänien, insgesamt rund 595 000 Personen. Wichtige Themen der Debatte sind potentielle Loyalitäts­konflikte, die Attraktivität der Gehälter sowie die Qualität der Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen. Junge Bewerber legen vor allem auf die letzten beiden Punkte Wert. Die Staatsbürgerschaft spielt dagegen keine entscheidende Rolle.

 

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