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Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State
14 August 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100483/Drug-control-efforts-go-local-in-Myanmar-s-Kachin-State
Pakistan’s glaciers: Data-sharing needed to mitigate disasters
12 August 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists say they risk reaching flawed conclusions on climate change unless data on Pakistan's glaciers is more systematically shared. Yet new projects aim to do just that.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100479/Pakistan-s-glaciers-Data-sharing-needed-to-mitigate-disasters
Boosting farm-level disaster resilience in Timor-Leste
8 August 2014 (IRIN ), Building resilience to natural disasters in Timor-Leste, where most people are subsistence farmers, means improving the transport infrastructure and tweaking local farming practices, for example by encouraging crop diversification and building terraces. Such efforts, however, also require effective and transparent political leadership, experts and officials say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100461/Boosting-farm-level-disaster-resilience-in-Timor-Leste
Nepal landslide deaths highlight disaster risk reduction gaps*
7 August 2014 (IRIN ), A landslide in Nepal on 2 August killed 33 and 122 are still missing as search and rescue continues. Experts say this event, one of the deadliest in the country’s recent history, is a wake-up call for hazard mapping, early warning, and disaster management.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100451/Nepal-landslide-deaths-highlight-disaster-risk-reduction-gaps
IDPs under pressure in Pakistan’s Sindh Province
4 August 2014 (IRIN ), Fleeing the violence in North Waziristan, displaced Pakistanis are confronting a new enemy in southern Sindh Province - prejudice.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100443/IDPs-under-pressure-in-Pakistan-s-Sindh-Province
Little hope of justice for Nepal’s war-time rape survivors
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), For several weeks in July, veteran Nepali women’s rights activist Renu Rajbhandari picketed in front of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal’s legislative body in Kathmandu, demanding amendment of the country’s rape laws.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100423/Little-hope-of-justice-for-Nepal-s-war-time-rape-survivors
Planned dams threaten Cambodia's food security
28 July 2014 (IRIN ), The planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100413/Planned-dams-threaten-Cambodia-s-food-security
Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State
25 July 2014 (IRIN ), Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar’s Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100404/Ceasefire-but-no-demining-in-Myanmar-s-Kayah-State
Capturing Asia’s aid response lessons
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), Governments, academics, humanitarians, military leaders, and activists from across the Asia-Pacific region will gather in Tokyo tomorrow to glean expertise on responses to humanitarian crises across the region in the lead-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100386/Capturing-Asia-s-aid-response-lessons
Biharis in Bangladesh seek protection, justice
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), The recent violent attack on Urdu-speaking Biharis in the Bangladeshi capital highlights this minority’s ongoing protection needs: Community leaders allege political collusion in the attack.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100379/Biharis-in-Bangladesh-seek-protection-justice

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