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    Environmental Governance

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    Improving State-Level Environmental Governance in Brazil / Melhorar Gestão Ambiental Estadual no Brasil

    Friday, September 25th, 2009

    Temas Observation: Note how this loan/project is being marketed. The headline trumpets “green growth” when in reality the program is more about strengthening environmental governance/institutions, arguably not as sexy a topic. The Bank argues that this is about ensuring economic growth is as green as possible through good regulation by competent, properly-equipped environmental [...]

    Is Chile Ready?

    Sunday, August 30th, 2009

    According to the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (DCA), Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte assured them the other day that Chile is ready to assume all the environmental standard commitments that will come with its membership, currently under negotiation, in the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  She pointed [...]

    IBAMA Fines Firms Not Registered in CTF

    Monday, August 24th, 2009

    Brazil’s federal environment agency, IBAMA, is sending a message to firms operating in Brazil that might be engaged in polluting activity, and therefore should be registered in the Federal Technical Registry (CTF) overseen by IBAMA.  It just checked on CTF compliance by 84 firms in the Center-West state of Tocantins, in the process issuing 66 [...]

    Jamaican Environment Authorities Make a Point

    Saturday, August 8th, 2009

    From National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA):
    The National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, has been successful in its court action against Ms. Natalie Hutchinson, for breaching the Natural Resources Conservation Authority Act.
    Ms. Hutchinson was charged under Section 9 of the Act for operating a petroleum storage and stockpiling facility without an Environmental Permit. Prior [...]

    Update: Colombian Government Finally Gets Its Eco-Teeth

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

    Nearly a year ago I posted about the environmental sanctions law approved by Colombia’s congress.  What I didn’t know at the time of posting was that a week later the Executive Branch would raise formal objections to the law — essentially an attempt at a line-item veto. The Senate and Chamber of Deputies refused in [...]

    Trinidad and Tobago Has Environmental Police Again

    Monday, May 18th, 2009

    From the Environment Management Authority (EMA):
    EMA Welcomes New Environmental Police Unit (EPU)
    The fight against environmental violations continues as the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) welcomed twelve (12) new Special Reserve Police Officers to perform full-time duties.
    At an orientation and training workshop on Monday May 18th, 2009, EMA’s Managing Director/CEO, Dr. Joth Singh welcomed and handed out [...]

    Rio Adopts Environmental Registry and Inspection Tax

    Sunday, April 19th, 2009

    Rio de Janeiro just became the latest Brazilian state to adopt a state-level version of the Federal Technical Registry (CTF) and Environmental Control and Inspection Tax (TCFA).
    The CTF was created by law in 2000 as a federal registry of industries and activities that the national environment authority, IBAMA, deems likely to produce pollution, and therefore [...]

    Caymans to Get Environment Clause in the Constitution

    Sunday, April 5th, 2009

    Nearly two years back I did a post, since updated and made into a standalone page, on environmental provisions in the constitutions of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations.  At the time I noted that, curiously, with the notable exception of Guyana, the English-speaking Caribbean did not have environment provisions in their constitutions.
    Well, next month Guyana [...]

    Peru Passes Environmental Enforcement Law / Perú aprobó ley de fiscalización ambiental

    Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

    The Peruvian Congress has approved the Law of the National System of Environmental Assessment and Control (Sistema Nacional de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental – SINEFA), which aims to ensure compliance with environmental laws.
    At the heart of the SINEFA is the Environmental Evaluation and Control Organism (Organismo de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental – OFEA) created last [...]

    A Unique Environmental Institution

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    Right now, until 05 February, environmental groups across Brazil are electing their representatives on the National Environment Council (Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente – CONAMA).
    The more than 500 environment nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Environment Ministry’s (MMA) National Registry of Environmental Entities (Cadastro Nacional de Entidades Ambientalistas – CNEA) are voting for which individuals will [...]

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