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O tema do Dia Mundial da Pré-eclâmpsia -- "Prepare-se antes que o raio caia" ("Be prepared before lightning strikes") -- encoraja as mulheres grávidas a reconhecer os sintomas prematuramente e, se sentirem algum, a consultar um médico. Os copatrocinadores BabyCenter, Ending Eclampsia/USAID, Sociedade Internacional para o Estudo da Hipertensão na Gravidez (International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy) e PRE-EMPT se somam à Fundação da Pré-eclâmpsia (Preeclampsia Foundation) em um esforço para reduzir o número de mortes evitáveis por pré-eclâmpsia, uma causa importante da mortalidade materna e infantil. A pré-eclâmpsia é um fator comum em parto prematuro e responde por 20% de todas as hospitalizações para tratamento intensivo neonatal. Para a mãe, as complicações podem causar doenças duradouras e são fortemente associadas com o futuro desenvolvimento de doenças debilitadoras, tais como doenças cardiovasculares, diabetes do tipo II e insuficiência renal. Com um entendimento limitado sobre a causa e prevenção ou tratamentos eficazes, a necessidade de pesquisas básicas e clínicas para promover as opções médicas e as práticas de tratamento de saúde devem ser priorizadas.


Co-sponsors BabyCenter, Ending Eclampsia/USAID, the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, and PRE-EMPT join the Preeclampsia Foundation to reduce preventable deaths from preeclampsia, a leading cause of maternal and infant mortality. As stated in a proclamation endorsed by World Preeclampsia Day cosponsors and other maternal health organizations, "We join together to highlight the relatively high prevalence and devastating impact of preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. These disorders are not rare complications of pregnancy; indeed, they affect 8-10% of pregnancies worldwide." Preeclampsia is a common factor in preterm delivery and accounts for 20% of all neonatal intensive care admissions. For the mother, complications can cause lengthy illness and are strongly associated with the future development of debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and renal impairment. The World Health Organization has highlighted that the condition has a highly disproportionate impact on low-to-middle income countries (LMIC), where over 99% of preeclampsia-related deaths occur. It is estimated that 16% of maternal deaths in LMICs result from preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. It is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the Americas, accounting for a quarter of all maternal deaths in Latin America, and a tenth of maternal deaths in Africa and Asia. Too many lives are taken or seriously affected by these disorders, underscoring the importance of symptom recognition and timely, effective response by trained healthcare workers. This is especially true in areas where access to care is reduced. With limited understanding about the cause and preventative or effective treatments, the need for basic and clinical research to advance medical options and healthcare practices must be prioritized. Media and the public can participate in World Preeclampsia Day by: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/inaugural-world-preeclampsia-day-spotlights-global-impact-on-maternal-and-infant-mortality-300454420.html


Los copatrocinadores BabyCenter, Ending Eclampsia/USAID, la International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy y PRE-EMPT se han sumado a la Preeclampsia Foundation para reducir la cifra de muertes evitables debidas a la preeclampsia, la cual constituye una de las principales causas de mortalidad maternoinfantil.


Das Motto des World Preeclampsia Day lautet „Be prepared before lightning strikes" (vorbereitet sein, bevor der Blitz einschlägt) und soll Schwangere dazu ermutigen, die Symptome früh zu erkennen und sich in diesem Fall an ihre Gesundheitsversorger zu wenden. Die Sponsoren BabyCenter, Ending Eclampsia/USAID, die International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy und PRE-EMPT arbeiten mit der Preeclampsia Foundation zusammen, um die Zahl der vermeidbaren Todesfälle durch Präeklampsie zu senken, einer führenden Ursache der Sterblichkeit von Müttern und Kindern. Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation betont, dass Erkrankung sich extrem disproportional auf Länder mit niedrigen und mittleren Einkommen (LMIC) auswirkt, in denen mehr als 99 % der Todesfälle in Verbindung mit Präeklampsie auftreten. Es wird geschätzt, dass 16 % der mütterlichen Todesfälle in diesen LMIC-Ländern auf Präeklampsie und weitere Bluthochdruckerkrankungen in der Schwangerschaft zurückzuführen sind. Es ist die führende Ursache der Müttersterblichkeit auf dem amerikanischen Kontinent, zeichnet für ein Viertel der Müttersterblichkeit in Lateinamerika verantwortlich sowie ein Zehntel dieser Todesfälle in Afrika und Asien.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) today welcomed the nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to be the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and congratulates Ambassador Green on the Trump Administration’s selection of him to this important position. “We at CIPE are excited by Ambassador Green’s nomination to head USAID. Mark has a unique blend of experience and expertise in both traditional development work and in the democracy and governance space,” Andrew Wilson, CIPE’s managing director said. “As a former U.S. Ambassador, he also understands the important influence that U.S. embassies and USAID missions can have in emerging market countries helping those governments improve their business climates and encourage more open, competitive economies that spur sustainable growth and alleviate poverty.” Ambassador Green’s experience as a Member of Congress, as U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and his leadership of the Initiative for Global Development makes him uniquely qualified to lead an agency that has a global reach and provides many different types of vital assistance to countries and people in need. As a fellow core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy, CIPE recognizes Mark’s strong record of leadership on democracy and governance during his service as president of the International Republican Institute. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, and anti-corruption & ethics.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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12 May, Bonn, Germany. MITIGATION ACTION THROUGH ARTICLE 6 OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT. This event on the sidelines of the mid-year UN climate talks is being co-hosted by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Negotiators on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement form selected countries and experts on carbon markets will discuss what lies ahead for the 24th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP24). Please note that to access the venue for this event, UNFCCC accreditation is necessary. For more information, please visit the ICTSD website. 15 May, Washington, US, and online. FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY AFTER THE FRENCH ELECTION. This webcast event is being organised by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and will have two discussion panels comprised of PIIE senior fellows and European experts. The panels will discuss what the 7 May French election results mean for the wider EU economy and outline recommendations for ensuring the EU’s future economic stability. This event is open to the public and will be steamed online. To learn more and watch online, visit the PIIE website. 16 May, Washington, US. NEW GLOBAL AND REGIONAL TRENDS: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS FOR LATIN AMERICA. This event is being hosted by the Brookings Global- CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative and will feature a panel to discuss the implications of new global and regional trends. This panel will look at specifically at political and macroeconomic trends in the region and their ramifications across various policy areas. To learn more and to resister, please visit the Brookings Institution website. 17 May, Geneva, Switzerland. REFLECTIONS ON PROGRESS. This event is being organised by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and will feature as its guest speaker Kemal Derviş, Vice President and Director for Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution, for a discussion on global growth and inequality. To learn more and to register, please visit the Graduate Institute website. An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted here. Please bear in mind that dates and times of WTO meetings are often changed, and that the WTO does not always announce the important informal meetings of the different bodies. Unless otherwise indicated, all WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, and are open to WTO Members and accredited observers only. 17 May: Committee on Trade and Development 17 May: Committee on Trade and Development – Dedicated Session on Small Economies 18 May: Committee on Budget, Finance, and Administration 19 May, Geneva, Switzerland, and online. TALKING DISPUTES |THE RUSSIA – PIGS (EU) DISPUTE. This event is being jointly organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and WTI Advisors (WTIA). This event will focus on the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruling in the Russia – Pigs (EU) dispute, presenting the key findings and engaging in a discussion of the legal and policy implications, particularly regarding trade and regulatory cooperation. This event is open to the public and will be livestreamed online as an interactive webcast, with viewers able to submit questions for the panel. To learn more and to register, or to watch online, please visit the ICTSD website. 22 May, Geneva, Switzerland. REFORMING FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES THROUGH THE WTO AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. This workshop is being organised by Climate Strategies, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This workshop will feature a panel of representatives from IISD, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), SEI, SWP, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to discuss the varied nature of fossil fuel subsidies and what this means for agreements of different configurations. For more information, please visit the ICTSD website. 31 May – 12 July, online. MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE: GREENING CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION. This six-week facilitated course is being offered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP) Forum and The Nature Conservancy. Topics for the course will cover green consumption and production including greening key production sectors, sustainable commodity supply chains, and mainstreaming biodiversity into development planning. The course is aimed at policymakers and practitioners working in the area of sustainable consumption and production and is available in English, Spanish, and French. To learn more and to register, please visit the Nature Conservancy website. 5-8 June, Manila, Philippines. ASIA CLEAN ENERGY FORUM 2017. This event is being jointly organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Korea Energy Agency. The aim of this forum will be to share best practices in policy, technology, and finance regarding clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy access, with the event having as its theme “The Future is Here: Achieving Universal Access and Climate Targets.” To learn more and to register, please visit the event website. 7-9 June, Geneva, Switzerland. INNOVATE 4 WATER: A MATCHMAKING FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BRINGING TOGETHER INNOVATORS, INVESTORS, AND EXPERTS. This two-day forum is being organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) GREEN, WaterVent, and WIPO GREEN partner Waterpreneurs. The aim of this forum will be to bring together individuals and organizations working in the water sector and create a space for entrepreneurs in this field to meet collaborators in related areas. To learn more and to register, please visit the WIPO GREEN website.


MELBOURNE, Florida, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 76,000 mothers and 500,000 babies worldwide lose their lives to preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy every year. To raise awareness of preeclampsia as a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, maternal health organizations around the world are joining forces to host the first-ever World Preeclampsia Day on Monday, May 22. World Preeclampsia Day's theme – "Be prepared before lightning strikes" – encourages pregnant women to recognize symptoms early and if they experience any, contact their healthcare providers. Co-sponsors BabyCenter, Ending Eclampsia/USAID, the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy, and PRE-EMPT join the Preeclampsia Foundation to reduce preventable deaths from preeclampsia, a leading cause of maternal and infant mortality. As stated in a proclamation endorsed by World Preeclampsia Day cosponsors and other maternal health organizations, "We join together to highlight the relatively high prevalence and devastating impact of preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. These disorders are not rare complications of pregnancy; indeed, they affect 8-10% of pregnancies worldwide." Preeclampsia is a common factor in preterm delivery and accounts for 20% of all neonatal intensive care admissions. For the mother, complications can cause lengthy illness and are strongly associated with the future development of debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and renal impairment. The World Health Organization has highlighted that the condition has a highly disproportionate impact on low-to-middle income countries (LMIC), where over 99% of preeclampsia-related deaths occur. It is estimated that 16% of maternal deaths in LMICs result from preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. It is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the Americas, accounting for a quarter of all maternal deaths in Latin America, and a tenth of maternal deaths in Africa and Asia. Too many lives are taken or seriously affected by these disorders, underscoring the importance of symptom recognition and timely, effective response by trained healthcare workers. This is especially true in areas where access to care is reduced. With limited understanding about the cause and preventative or effective treatments, the need for basic and clinical research to advance medical options and healthcare practices must be prioritized. Media and the public can participate in World Preeclampsia Day by:


News Article | May 14, 2017
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2008 file photo, then-US ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green is seen at the US embassy in Tanzania. Green is a rare bird in Washington these days: A nominee of President Donald Trump enjoying broad bipartisan support. But there’s a catch to his potential posting as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The agency faces a starkly uncertain future, including possibly major budget cuts and being folded entirely into a restructured State Department. (AP Photo/Khalfan Said, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Green is a rare bird in Washington these days — a Donald Trump nominee with broad bipartisan support. But there's a catch to his potential posting as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The agency faces a starkly uncertain future, including potentially big budget cuts and the possibility of being folded entirely into a restructured State Department. Within hours of the White House's announcement of his nomination this past week, the former Republican congressman from Wisconsin and U.S. ambassador to Tanzania under President George W. Bush had collected an impressive array of endorsements from lawmakers in both parties, and from development groups that had up to then largely opposed other Trump nominees and policies. That bodes well for Green's confirmation, even if it may not be enough to stave off what some see as the Trump administration's intent to dismantle USAID. "There's no way Ambassador Green, or anyone for that matter, could effectively execute the mission of USAID under the proposed cuts and changes that President Trump is proposing for this critical agency," said Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that will evaluate the nomination. The cuts "would devastate the United States' ability to conduct diplomacy and development and harm our national interests." Created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, USAID oversees American civilian assistance abroad, including health, education, environment, democracy and economic programs, and provides emergency humanitarian aid in response to natural disasters. It administers more than $20 billion in foreign assistance each year. Although it takes direction from the State Department, USAID is an independent agency. The administration's initial proposal for the 2018 budget called for slashing State Department and USAID funding by 31 percent. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has countered by proposing a 26 percent cut and creating a committee to study USAID's full integration into his department. The effect on specific programs won't be known until later this month when the entire spending plan is submitted to Congress. The panel considering USAID's future is to start meeting this summer and deliver findings several months later. Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, who as the House Appropriations Committee's top Democrat will play a major role in determining the dollars for diplomacy and development, welcomed Green's nomination. She said he "understands just how important effective foreign assistance is to U.S. national security." Green, through a spokeswoman for the International Republican Institute he now leads, declined to comment about his plans for USAID, citing protocol that nominees avoid speaking publicly before their confirmation hearings. The institute promotes democracy, multi-party political systems and electoral processes and civic development around the world. It is not affiliated with the Republican Party but does have loose connections to the GOP. Green was a Republican congressman from Wisconsin and the organization's board includes other former and current Republican lawmakers. In addition to serving in Congress and as ambassador, Green was involved in creating President George W. Bush's PEPFAR program, which combats AIDS, and was on the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, another Bush-era initiative that awards grants to foreign countries that commit to good governance and anti-corruption policies. "Mark is familiar to many of us," said Wade Warren, USAID's acting director. He praised Green for his work on democracy, human rights, and governance programs, and overseeing "some of the U.S. government's largest development programs." Warren also credited Green for championing legislation as a congressman to promote global health. Tillerson has made clear changing were coming to USAID, even with Green at the helm. He said this past week that Green would "help us prioritize where America's future development investments will be spent so that we can ensure every tax dollar advances our country's security and prosperity." Republican lawmakers, including some opposed to drastic cuts in foreign assistance, echoed calls for Green to streamline the agency. Green is "uniquely qualified to lead a modernized USAID," said GOP Rep. Ed Royce of California, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee. He said he would work with Green to make the agency "more efficient and effective so that it can continue the critical missions of promoting economic growth, saving lives, and promoting democracy and human rights." The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, a bipartisan advocacy group that has called Trump's proposed budget cuts "reckless," said it looked forward to Green "maintaining the elevated role of USAID, which has been transformed during the last two administrations into a modern and accountable institution." The anti-poverty One Campaign, which has said the aid cuts would be "disastrous," cited Green's "long history of thoughtful leadership on America's development assistance strategy." Saying he would make a strong USAID leader, the group said Green's "leadership will be particularly important and tested as he grapples with the unprecedented cuts proposed to USAID in the president's budget."


News Article | May 12, 2017
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The update includes how drones are being used to assess post-earthquake damage, inspect railway corridors, deliver medical care and much more From bridge inspections in Minnesota to railways in Canada, drones are helping to create better infrastructures, bridging many time distances and obstacles that otherwise would not be possible to cover as quickly and safely. They are also helping to save lives, and recent report show those numbers are significant. If there’s a time we could call “the drone age” it is now. It’s the dawn of a new era, showing us the potential of what was initially thought to be a toy or a military weapon. Drones may well be our “friends in the sky”. We picked some examples of drones at work for this Market Update and invite you to browse through the previous editions, which pointed to other relevant stories. Since 2012, UAVs have been used along with other methods to identify and characterize geohazards, assess susceptibility and assist in the prioritization of mitigation works along the Canadian National (CN) rail lines. These rail lines traverse the Rocky Mountain, Cascade and Coastal ranges from Edmonton, Alberta, to the ports of Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). Along this corridor, which is located within steep mountainous terrain and deeply incised river valleys, the railway infrastructure is exposed to various slope geohazards including landslides, debris slides and rockfalls, all of which are problematic for the safe and efficient operation of the railway. The authors GIM International in their Geohazard Management on the Canadian National Railway Corridor article. The introduction of multiple methods has proven beneficial and there are plans to extend its use to other segments of the railway. Follow the link to read the whole article. After a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck north-west Ecuador, on April 2016, relief teams on the ground decided drones were essential to have a clearer picture of how the land had moved and also to assess further risk of landslides. Volunteer drone pilots collaborated with government and non-government actors to gain a better understanding of the situation from above and to inform the response. The collected data allowed the development of ortho-mosaics and maps that helped geologists and project managers assess risk and make decisions. Because of the speed with which they were able to collect and disseminate the data, these outputs were critical tools for decision makers and other authorities in the days and weeks following the disaster. Follow the link toortho-mosaics and maps that helped geologists and project managers assess risk and make decisions. Because of the speed with which they were able to collect and disseminate the data, these outputs were critical tools for decision makers and other authorities in the days and weeks following the disaster. Follow the link to read the whole article, entitled Drones in Humanitarian Action Case Study No.13: Using drones to inspect post-earthquake road damage in Ecuador, published at ReliefWeb.ReliefWeb. The use of drones to survey sections of railway corridors is becoming a regular option for many companies. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway recently demonstrated the use of small drones to inspect the Everett waterfront. The railroad is using the drones, equipped with ultra high definition video cameras, to inspect the tiniest details and look for any signs of trouble.  The railroad also uses the drones to inspect bridges, especially underneath, and in some cases even trains themselves. The drones make inspections faster and also safer for employees, lessening the risk of falling, and other hazards. Drones also offer a view and perspective that could not be achieved before, as is the case at the Everett waterfront. The inspectors… inspect the seawall by moving from the water over the tracks, instead of relying from one angle aboard a boat and  another angle by foot or aboard a rail mounted truck. Follow the link to inspectors… inspect the seawall by moving from the water over the tracks, instead of relying from one angle aboard a boat and  another angle by foot or aboard a rail mounted truck. Follow the link to read the whole story and watch the video at K5. Having his girlfriend in Haiti when a violent earthquake hit the place changed Patrick Meier’s life.  Not being able to contact her, he felt he needed to help anyway possible, despite being 1,500 miles away, and he did what he thought was essential: a crisis map. His passion for maps and especially crisis maps, made it possible for him to create a tool, with the help of a community around the world, that helped the relief teams on the ground and became a reference for similar situations. Meier’s crisis map idea has since been used in places like Nepal, when a violent earthquake struck the country. These days Patrick Meier is focusing on the humanitarian uses of robotics, including camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles — drones — that take hundreds of pictures that can be stitched together to create maps or 3-D models. And he is a proud father to the first baby from his girlfriend – they married in 2013 -, who survived the Haiti earthquake. Follow the link to read the whole story at NPR – Parallels. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has launched a new program to test the ways in which drones might be used for bridge and tower inspections. The new Kansas Unmanned Aerial Systems program from KDOT started test flights early November, to find ways to use drones for bridge and tower inspections. This is the first of several cooperative efforts KDOT is leading to employ new UAS technologies that increase public safety.“It’s important we keep safety and personal privacy our top priorities for this program,” said KDOT’s UAS Director Bob Brock, adding: “We also believe UAS is an industry that creates new jobs to help Kansas graduates stay in Kansas, so we are working with universities and other state agencies to investigate additional opportunities for engagement that will be announced in the coming months.” Follow the link to read the whole story. The government of Madagascar and medical drone manufacturer Vayu are working together to develop tools for use in rural Madagascar, using UAVs to help deliver cutting-edge medical technology to the country’s most isolated communities. There are more than two billion people lacking adequate access to essential medical care, particularly due to challenging terrain and gaps in infrastructure. The project is backed by the Madagascar government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A trial with a fully autonomous drone saw the delivery of blood samples from rural Madagascar to a central lab. Vayu’s drones took two years to develop and will be used to serve and connect rural villages to central hospitals. Follow the link to read the whole story. In Rwanda, postpartum hemorrhaging is the leading cause of death for pregnant women, but medical clinics often don’t have blood in stock because blood there are many different blood products and no way to predict which ones they’ll need. A new program put in place now allow clinics to place emergency blood orders by cell phone text and the distribution center will send one drone with the package. The drones can fly 150km round trip even in wind and rain and carry 1.5kg of blood, which is enough to save a life. They can make a deliver within about 30 minutes. The story is another example of the extensive use of drones to provide help in isolated areas. The drones will make 50 – 150 emergency flights per day to the 21 transfusion clinics in the Western half of the country. In 2017, the project will expand its deliveries to the Eastern half of the country, meaning all 11 million citizens will have access to blood and medicines quickly when they need it. Rwanda predicts that thousands of lives will be saved in just the first three years. Follow the link to read the whole story. The Chiba City Fire Department, in Japan, received recently is first drone, acquired by the national Fire and Disaster Management Agency for 2.5 million yen (about $31,500), to feed live information to emergency responders. The drone can be fitted with a camera or a gas sensor, allowing responders to see live footage of a disaster scene and test the concentration of gases in the air. While the department has not received any cases that require the use of the drone so far, its assistant commander Takayuki Mitsui said his team is “fully prepared” and adds ”we feel the unmanned reconnaissance system will change the future of fire-fighting operations,”. He noted such dangerous scenarios as forest fires, tsunamis, landslides and earthquakes where UAVs could mitigate the risk for firefighters while also pointing them to survivors. Follow the link to read the whole story. JTT UAV, a Chinese professional drone solution provider, is currently working with Little Ripper to guard the coast of Australia, protecting people from Shark Attacks. read the whole story


News Article | May 9, 2017
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For 30 years, the Rainforest Alliance has been a global leader in the conservation of forests and natural resources while advancing sustainable livelihoods. Such success can only be accomplished through strategic partnerships with players along every link in the supply chain, from producers to large multinational companies. The Rainforest Alliance is pleased to recognize businesses and individuals committed to protecting the environment, implementing climate solutions, and supporting communities across the globe. Awards will be presented to honorees on May 10th in New York City, at the Rainforest Alliance’s 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History. “To come as far as the Rainforest Alliance has in 30 years, we needed the strength of partnership,” said Nigel Sizer, President of the Rainforest Alliance. “Today, we recognize individuals and companies who are addressing some of the most significant challenges humanity has ever faced. These champions are working with us to protect forests and support farmers and communities across the world, affecting real change.” During the day on May 10, honorees and co-chairs will join CEOs, business and thought leaders, and Rainforest Alliance experts at the annual Leadership Summit to discuss strategies for implementing global sustainability and climate goals. Following the summit, participants will gather in the evening for an awards dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction. The gala is co-chaired by long-term Rainforest Alliance friends and supporters Maggie Lear, Tessie Nedelman, Laura Ross, and Cathy Taub, and sponsored by Domtar. Gala proceeds benefit the Rainforest Alliance’s international work in sustainable agriculture, forestry, tourism, human rights, and climate change. The Rainforest Alliance recognizes Felisa Navas Pérez, a three-term president of Asociación Forestal Integral Cruce a La Colorada (AFICC), a forestry concession in the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) in the Petén region of Guatemala. Navas assumed her leadership role shortly after the concession’s board president was murdered, presumably by drug traffickers who want to control local lands so they may clear forest for livestock operations (which in turn serve to launder money). While nearby concessions have collapsed, AFICC has remained solvent and certified under Navas’s leadership. Corporate Sustainability Champions award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to sustainability, improving livelihoods, and conserving forests all around the world. Allegro Coffee Company AMResorts Barry Callebaut AG Beef Passion Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Blommer Chocolate Company Caribou Coffee C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. Chiquita Clearwater Paper Company Clif Bar CMPC Columbia Forest Products Domtar ECOM / Atlantic (USA) Fibria Kenya Tea Development Agency Lavazza Mars, Incorporated Nestlé Nespresso SA Olam International Ltd. Suzano Pulp and Paper Tesco Unilever People and Planet Champions award recognizes the visionary individuals, foundations, partner organizations, and government entities who have helped the Rainforest Alliance advance its mission to build strong forests and healthy communities. Kim Bendheim John Caulkins Citi Foundation Daniel Cohen (In Memoriam) The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation Comisión Nacional Forestal de México Henry Davison The Ford Foundation Forest Stewardship Council Dr. Karl Fossum (In Memoriam) Global Environment Facility Inter-American Development Bank Elysabeth Kleinhans Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy Millennium Challenge Corporation The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Jeffrey & Tessie Nedelman Ellen Petersen Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales Secretaría de Turismo de México Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Alan Wilzig Ann Ziff The Sustainable Development Champions award recognizes the extraordinary achievements of a group of individuals and institutions working alongside local and indigenous communities in Guatemala’s Petén region to promote the economic, environmental, and social health of the Maya Biosphere Reserve and its communities. Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén Continental Floral Greens Defensores de la Naturaleza General Wood Craft Guatemala Ministry of Environment Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT) National Council of Protected Areas North American Wood Products United States Agency for International Development (USAID) University of Minnesota Maggie Lear, Tessie Nedelman, Laura Ross, and Cathy Taub are enormous fans of the Rainforest Alliance and proud Co-Chairs of tonight’s Gala. While traveling to Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico with Rainforest Alliance Executive Vice President Ana Paula Tavares, they witnessed the important work of the Rainforest Alliance firsthand. These visits provided them with opportunities to meet the knowledgeable farmers, foresters, eco-tourism professionals and Rainforest Alliance’s field experts, who are helping to conserve our planet for their children and future generations.

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