Le gouvernement appuie le transport durable au CapBreton

first_imgLe gouvernement appuie deux projets de transport durable dans la région Strait, projets qui aideront à rapprocher les carrefours communautaires et à favoriser la vie active. Le ministre de l’Énergie, Michel Samson, a annoncé aujourd’hui, 8 septembre, les premiers projets financés dans le cadre de Connect2, le programme de subventions au transport durable de la Province. « Ces projets ajoutent merveilleusement aux localités de la Nouvelle-Écosse, d’indiquer M. Samson, et le gouvernement est heureux de s’associer ainsi à des groupes communautaires, aux municipalités et à nombre de bénévoles. Ce sont des initiatives de ce genre qui fournissent aux résidents un accès sûr et pratique aux carrefours et aux installations communautaires, et qui encouragent les visiteurs à se prévaloir des attractions et des activités locales. » Le Hero Trail Connector, un sentier polyvalent de 1,2 kilomètre, sera aménagé à partir d’un bout de Port Hawkesbury jusqu’au nouveau parc communautaire où l’on trouve des terrains de sport, des courts de tennis, un nouveau terrain de jeu et un jardin communautaire. Le sentier polyvalent permettra aux élèves de l’école élémentaire Tamarac Education Centre de se rendre facilement et de manière sûre au terrain de jeu. Le gouvernement finance ce projet à hauteur de 15 000 $. Les autres 15 000 $ proviendront de la ville de Port Hawkesbury et de la Strait Area Trails Association qui mène le projet. « Le sentier Hero Trail Connector a été conçu pour les enfants et les familles, indique Larry MacKeigan, directeur général de la Strait Area Trails Association. Nous sommes certains que cet aménagement important encouragera les résidents et les visiteurs à sortir et à profiter des possibilités de vie active qui existent dans notre localité. » M. Samson a aussi annoncé le soutien de la Province à l’égard du sentier du chemin Old Boudreauville Road qui relie Petit-de-Grat à ses installations communautaires principales. Le gouvernement fournit 1 700 $ pour la fabrication de nouvelles enseignes qui encourageront plus de touristes et de gens de la localité à utiliser le sentier comme autre moyen de transport actif. D’autres projets seront annoncés dans les prochaines semaines et ils seront tous terminés d’ici le 10 mars 2016. Pour plus d’information, consultez notre page (en anglais seulement) sur le transport durable à l’adresse http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.last_img read more

One in three people suffers malnutrition at global cost of 35 trillion

FAO/WHO International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition Session at FAO headquarters in Rome. Photo: FAO/Carlo Perla No country is immune from malnutrition – either undernutrition or overweight and obesity – whose “human, social, environmental and economic costs are overwhelming,” said the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, during his opening remarks at the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition. “Nutrition must be considered a public issue, a State responsibility,” he said, adding that “consumers must be empowered to choose healthy food and diets” through nutrition-sensitive social protection, nutrition education, and effective and accurate labelling and advertising. According to a press release, the two-day event, co-organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO), examines country-level challenges and successes to shed light on effective approaches to reshaping food production, processing, marketing and retail systems to better tackle the problem of malnutrition, which blights the lives of billions of individuals and can trap generations in a vicious cycle of poverty and malnutrition. Mr. Graziano da Silva pledged FAO’s support to help countries adopt a food systems approach to address all states of the food chain: from production and processing to marketing and consumption. Speaking at two-day international symposium in Rome, FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva, says that one in three people suffers from some form of malnutrition. Credit: UN News CentreGovernments should encourage diversification of agriculture, improved post-harvest management, facilitate market access for poor family farmers and guarantee food-safety, he added. The FAO Director-General also announced that King Letsie III of Lesotho is FAO’s newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition. Also addressing the symposium was Francesco Branca, the Director of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (WHO), who delivered remarks on behalf of the agency’s Director-General, Margaret Chan. “Nutrition is a challenge for all countries. Whether it is stunting, wasting, anaemia or obesity, no country is exempt. With the sustainable development goals we are committed to end all forms of malnutrition by the year 2030,” in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Ms. Chan said in her message. “With the great leadership of many Member States, the energy of civil society, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector we can collectively achieve in a short time dramatic change in food systems and the food environment, for the improvement of everybody’s nutrition,” Ms. Chan added. Over two billion people on the planet suffer from health-affecting micronutrient deficiencies, and an estimated 150 million children under 5 years of age are stunted due to poor diets. At the same time, 1.9 billion people are now overweight – 600 million of them are classified as obese. This past April, the UN declared the start of an “International Decade on Nutrition” to follow through on commitments made at the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in 2014 and meet the nutrition-related targets of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more