Brazil's development: is it sustainable for people and planet?


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Mario Osava is living his journalistic dream. The 63-year-old correspondent for Inter Press Services, a Mott grantee, is digging deep and uncovering the effects of large infrastructure projects on Brazil’s 192 million residents, their livelihoods, and the local environment.

Read an article on Mott’s Web site at describing the places he visits, people he interviews and projects he investigates.

“It is very rewarding for me to visit projects,” Osava said. “These stories are not based on other people’s testimonies or from phone interviews, but by contacting people in their local reality far from big cities, such as in the Amazon.”

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Brazil's development: is it sustainable for people and planet?

  1. 1. Inter Press Service (IPS) Latin America —based in Montevideo, Uruguay — is agrantee of the Charles Stewart MottFoundation’s Environment Program andfunded through Mott’s International Financefor Sustainability focus area.
  2. 2. The Amazon River, theworld’s second longestriver (after the Nile), flowsthrough the AmazonRainforest, which is thelargest and most species-rich tract of tropicalrainforest on the planet. –Photo courtesy of NASA
  3. 3. Mario Osava (front of theboat) is a correspondentfor IPS Latin America andwrites regularly aboutdevelopment projects –such as dams, bridgesand roads – and theirimpact on people, theirlivelihoods and theenvironment. –Photo courtesy of IPS
  4. 4. Signs of regionalintegration in SouthAmerica in the pastseveral years includebridge projects, such asthe one that spans theAcre River and connectsthe border towns ofBrasiléia, Brazil andCobija, Bolivia. —Photo courtesy of Mario Osava
  5. 5. Mott grantees workto protect the rightsof people living alongrivers in South Americawhose livelihoodscould be adverselyimpacted by theconstruction of nearbyhydroelectric dams. —Photo courtesy of Mario Osava
  6. 6. Scientists say turtlesspawning on JuncalBeach along theXingu River couldsuffer indirect negativeimpacts from Brazil’sproposed Belo MonteDam. —Photo courtesy of Mario Osava
  7. 7. As more highways crisscrossSouth America, they arechanging the continent’slandscape. Investigativereporting helps raiseawareness about balancingthe region’s economic andenvironmental needs. —Photo courtesy of Mario Osava
  8. 8. In addition to transportinggrain, pipelines aresprouting up throughoutSouth America to carry oiland gas to keep up withincreased demands. —Photo courtesy of Mario Osava
  9. 9. More than 1,000 peopleliving in the AmazonBasin stand in unity tospell out a message inPortuguese that is visiblefrom the air – ―Save theAmazon.‖ —Photo courtesy of Spectral Agency
  10. 10. For more information aboutIPS Latin America, visit its Web site: more on Mott’s Web site: