Drought in Brazil

Drought in Brazil

The book is told through the perspectives of the ministers and secretaries, state policy and technical officials, civil society organizations, and development practitioners that helped to facilitate the shift in paradigm in Brazil from ...

Author: Erwin De Nys

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781315350370

Category: Nature

Page: 230

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Drought is a slow-onset natural hazard that is often referred to as a creeping phenomenon. The challenge of monitoring drought’s onset and evolution, and identifying its termination or end is one that scientists, natural resource managers, and decision makers have been struggling with for decades. However, drought management must be aimed at reducing the risks of future drought events on economies, the environment, and the social fabric of regions. As with many countries, droughts are often managed as a crisis in Brazil, rather than events for which officials and communities proactively prepare. Although droughts are not new to Brazil, the recent spate of droughts in the poverty stricken semi-arid Northeast and the industrial hub of São Paulo in the Southeast has forced the country to think more seriously about finally changing its drought policies and management approaches. The book is told through the perspectives of the ministers and secretaries, state policy and technical officials, civil society organizations, and development practitioners that helped to facilitate the shift in paradigm in Brazil from crisis management and towards proactive management of droughts. It is written in a style that is appealing to both technical and non-technical audiences, and aims to provide a framework and lessons for other countries to consider when embarking upon similar efforts to improve their own drought policy and management systems.
Categories: Nature

Waiting for Rain

Waiting for Rain

"Drawing on interviews with artists and poets and on his own experiences in the Brazilian Northeast, Arons has written an account of how drought has impacted the region's culture.

Author: Nicholas Gabriel Arons

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816524335

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 251

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"Drawing on interviews with artists and poets and on his own experiences in the Brazilian Northeast, Arons has written an account of how drought has impacted the region's culture. He intertwines ecological, social, and political issues with the words of some of Brazil's most prominent authors and folk poets to show how themes surrounding drought - hunger, migration, endurance, nostalgia for the land - have become deeply embedded in Nordeste identity. Through this tapestry of sources, Arons shows that what is often thought of as a natural phenomenon is actually the result of centuries of social inequality, political corruption, and unsustainable land use."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Literary Collections

Drought Preparedness in Brazil

Drought Preparedness in Brazil

The work draws from interviews with key experts and stakeholders, as well as document analyses, and focuses on preparedness measures and approaches at the national and one sub-national case; the state of Ceará.

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ISBN: OCLC:1066391109

Category: Electronic book

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Categories: Electronic book

Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth Century Brazil

Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth Century Brazil

Eve E. Buckley's study of twentieth-century Brazil examines the nation's hard social realities through the history of science, focusing on the use of technology and engineering as vexed instruments of reform and economic development.

Author: Eve E. Buckley

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469634319

Category: History

Page: 298

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Eve E. Buckley's study of twentieth-century Brazil examines the nation's hard social realities through the history of science, focusing on the use of technology and engineering as vexed instruments of reform and economic development. Nowhere was the tension between technocratic optimism and entrenched inequality more evident than in the drought-ridden Northeast sertao, plagued by chronic poverty, recurrent famine, and mass migrations. Buckley reveals how the physicians, engineers, agronomists, and mid-level technocrats working for federal agencies to combat drought were pressured by politicians to seek out a technological magic bullet that would both end poverty and obviate the need for land redistribution to redress long-standing injustices. Scientists planned and oversaw huge projects including dam construction, irrigation for small farmers, and public health initiatives. They were, Buckley shows, sincerely determined to solve the drought crisis and improve the lot of poor people in the sertao. Over time, however, they came to the frustrating realization that, despite technology's tantalizing promise of an apolitical means to end poverty, political collisions among competing stakeholders were inevitable. Buckley's revelations about technocratic hubris, the unexpected consequences of environmental engineering, and constraints on scientists as agents of social change resonate with today's hopes that science and technology can solve society's most pressing dilemmas, including climate change.
Categories: History

Voices of Drought

Voices of Drought

In Voices of Drought, Michael B. Silvers proposes a scholarship focused on environmental justice to understand key questions in the study of music and the environment.

Author: Michael B. Silvers

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252050831

Category: Music

Page: 208

View: 348

In Voices of Drought, Michael B. Silvers proposes a scholarship focused on environmental justice to understand key questions in the study of music and the environment. His ecomusicological perspective offers a fascinating approach to events in Ceará, a northeastern Brazilian state affected by devastating droughts. These crises have a profound impact on social difference and stratification, and thus on forró music in the sertão (backlands) of the region. At the same time, the complex interactions of popular music and social conditions also help create the environment. Silvers offers case studies focused on the sertão that range from the Brazilian wax harvested in Ceará for use in early wax cylinder sound recordings to the drought- and austerity-related cancelation of Carnival celebrations in 2014-16. Unearthing links between music and the environmental and social costs of drought, his daring synthesis explores ecological exile, poverty, and unequal access to water resources alongside issues like corruption, prejudice, unbridled capitalism, and expanding neoliberalism.
Categories: Music

The Realities of Images

The Realities of Images

Author: Gerald Michael Greenfield

Publisher: American Philosophical Society

ISBN: 0871699117

Category: Political Science

Page: 148

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Categories: Political Science

Hydrological Studies of Recent Floods and Droughts in Northeastern Brazil

Hydrological Studies of Recent Floods and Droughts in Northeastern Brazil

Descreve as enchentes acontecidas em Alagoas em marco de 1969, no Ceara e no Nordeste do Brasil em 1970, enfocando os padroes de drenagem, analises de precipitacao e a hidrografia das cheias.

Author: S. K. Ghose

Publisher:

ISBN: OSU:32435056416480

Category: Droughts

Page: 52

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Descreve as enchentes acontecidas em Alagoas em marco de 1969, no Ceara e no Nordeste do Brasil em 1970, enfocando os padroes de drenagem, analises de precipitacao e a hidrografia das cheias.
Categories: Droughts

Behind the Weather

Behind the Weather

Author: Oxfam. Public Affairs Unit

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:59786304

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Introduction

Introduction

Author: A.R. Magalhaes

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:708544760

Category:

Page: 28

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Drought in Brazil

Drought in Brazil

Several different options are available for Brazil to further institutionalize drought preparedness and integrate these processes and priorities among and between the numerous drought-related sectors of Brazil's society and economy.

Author: Erwin De Nys

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781498765671

Category: Nature

Page: 230

View: 380

Drought is a slow-onset natural hazard that is often referred to as a creeping phenomenon. The challenge of monitoring drought’s onset and evolution, and identifying its termination or end is one that scientists, natural resource managers, and decision makers have been struggling with for decades. However, drought management must be aimed at reducing the risks of future drought events on economies, the environment, and the social fabric of regions. As with many countries, droughts are often managed as a crisis in Brazil, rather than events for which officials and communities proactively prepare. Although droughts are not new to Brazil, the recent spate of droughts in the poverty stricken semi-arid Northeast and the industrial hub of São Paulo in the Southeast has forced the country to think more seriously about finally changing its drought policies and management approaches. The book is told through the perspectives of the ministers and secretaries, state policy and technical officials, civil society organizations, and development practitioners that helped to facilitate the shift in paradigm in Brazil from crisis management and towards proactive management of droughts. It is written in a style that is appealing to both technical and non-technical audiences, and aims to provide a framework and lessons for other countries to consider when embarking upon similar efforts to improve their own drought policy and management systems.
Categories: Nature