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51 Int'l Soc. Work 7 (2008)

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International Social Work 51 (1): 7-10

Sage Publications: Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore
DOI: 10.1177/0020872807083909


Welcome   to a new volume of International Social Work. 2008 falls
80 years after the first meeting in Paris of people who laid the
basis for the establishment of the three international associations
which  initiated this journal. We shall be marking this event with a
special issue later this year. Before then we also look forward to
other Special Issues: a regional special focusing on Africa (which
will be available for the IASSW conference in South  Africa) and
another  focusing  on  poverty  and  social development   (which
should  be out in time for the ICSW   and  IFSW   conferences in
France and  Brazil respectively).
  When   I was looking ahead to writing this editorial a couple of
news  items, on very different topics, caught my eye. The first dis-
cusses efforts to preserve rainforests (and thereby  slow  down
global warming)  and is related to the wider environmental context
in which we  all practise. The second seems much more  parochial
since it concerns private child care facilities in the UK, but I suggest
that this also has more than just local relevance.
  The  first article (Mathiason, 2007a) highlights the fact that indus-
trial clearance of rainforests (including illegal logging) accounts for
20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn alter weather
patterns. Climate change  experts believe that slowing down  the
destruction of rainforests is one of the most effective ways of com-
batting global warming   and a new  initiative for the rainforests
featured in discussions which took place in Bali in late 2007. These
were primarily aimed  at developing a new  framework  to replace
the UN's Kyoto  agreement  on measures to address climate change.
  Two   countries, Papua New  Guinea  and Costa Rica, have  been
joined by nearly 20 other rainforest countries in proposing an initia-
tive through which carbon saved by reduced deforestation could be
traded  internationally. Such a plan  challenges governments  in
developing countries to effectively regulate logging and promote
sustainable forestry industries; but it also requires governments of
developed  countries and  commercial  enterprises to ensure that

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