• The unexpected champion: How Rio’s favelas strive to go green while Olympic legacy falls short

    The unexpected champion: How Rio’s favelas strive to go green while Olympic legacy falls short1

    The municipal government of Rio de Janeiro has promised to urbanize its favelas by 2020, but projects supposed to upgrade the favelas’ infrastructure and create jobs have quickly lost momentum. Fortunately, an unexpected champion has emerged, as residents of favelas have come together and taken the initiative to “green” their communities with reforestation projects, rooftop solar panels and community food gardening, highlighting how sustainable urban design should be done.

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  • There is something –missing– about Brazil: Women, social protest and massive sports events

    There is something –missing– about Brazil: Women, social protest and massive sports events0

    Brazil is used to dealing with two issues lately: massive sport events and extensive social protests that challenge them. Yet the recent brutal gang rape provoked a discourse that had always been downplayed, forgotten – or neglected. When massive sport events make the sex industry flourish, how do we address and tackle the underlying stigmatization of women in Brazil? Authors: Irene Zugasti & Simon Marijsse

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  • The EU Timber Regulation: Three years of ineffective implementation

    The EU Timber Regulation: Three years of ineffective implementation1

    The EU tends to be a credible force in fighting the illegal logging and related trade issues. For that reason, the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) in its essence fights illegal logging matters by prohibiting the placement of any illegally sourced timber and timber products on the European market. Three years after it entered into force, the regulation seems to be ineffective by failing to prohibit illegally logged wood products from entering the EU market. On top of that, the regulation could have a detrimental effect in developing countries by potentially harming their progress.

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