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    An Environmental Agenda for the Andes

    By Keith R | January 24, 2007

    Topics: Air Quality, Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Chemicals, Climate Change, Economics & the Environment, Environmental Protection, Hazardous Substances, Pharmaceutical Issues, Renewable Sources, Waste & Recycling, Water Issues | No Comments »

          
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    Another piece I started long ago (at the end of Sept.) and left in the queue. I’ll clear the backlog yet! This is one is not over-ripe, though, because the Andean Community is only now implementing the Agenda.

    The Lima-based General Secretariat of the four-nation Andean Community* (Comunidad AndinaCAN) has released the Community’s work plan on environmental issues through 2010, La Agenda Ambiental Andina (“The Andean Environmental Agenda”). The Agenda is the end-product of a process launched in 2004, when it was decided to create a ministerial-level council on environment and sustainable development and to formulate common CAN policies on key environmental issues.

    The Agenda is quite (perhaps too) ambitious, but CAN officials are confident it can be fully realized because in many cases they have already lined up funding sources and technical help, including the Andean Development Corporation (Corporación Andina de Fomento – CAF), Spanish aid agency (AECI), Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IRDC), Germany’s technical cooperation agency (GTZ), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/OPS), the government of Finland, and the Swiss and Dutch aid agencies.

    Among the notable elements of the five-year program:

    * The current member states of the Andean Community are Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Venezuela, a founding member, recently left in order to join MERCOSUR, but still participates in some joint Andean programs, such as that on health. Chile, a former member, recently signed on to become an Associate State.

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