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Message 14



Date: Monday, March 12, 2001 6:01 AM


Dear Friends, I read the task manager report Part II.  I think that my
comments sent before are appropriate with respect to the systematic
delinking of Rio goals and the tools/processes/technologies used, and now
intended to be used to address those goals. From my point of view I can
summarize the strategy presented and used in the following steps, from the
bottom up:

a) there are micro/macro aspects that affect any strategy, including the Rio
Strategy;
b) because of this variability different weights and priorities were
allocated to the different elements of the strategy; 
c) three elements were selected to make up this strategy, namely Sustainable
development of agriculture and rural areas, combating desertification and
droughts, and integrated planning and management of land resources;
d) these different elements are seen as partly overlapping and partly
complementary;
e) the main priority set was to address food insecurity, poverty, land
degradation and desertification;
d) the tools/technologies/processes used vary from local to non-local
technologies based on a framework of free trade later compounded by
globalization;
f) then 10 years later, it is said in this report that the priorities of Rio
10 are the same as those of Rio just more intensified;
g) then again it is recommended more money and commitment to go into
apparently the same tools/technologies/processes used before with some
improvements, which vary from local to non-local technologies based now on a
framework of intensified globalization. 

With all my respect, I find this contradictory.  Should not be wise to start
exploring other possible venues to make the strategies/tools/technologies
used and to be used a little more poverty and environmentally friendly? I
think we have to find ways to: a) directly link and fit these
tools/technologies/processes to the goals we are aiming at, namely less
poverty, less environmental degradation, and so on; b) this way when poverty
and environmental degradation falls the positive externalities can be easily
measured and assess; and c) for doing this, we need to realize, I think,
that land sustainability and agricultural sustainability is more than
integrating components and subcomponents of a strategy. 

With warm greetings, your comments are welcome.

Sincerely,
Lucio Munoz 



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