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    The Changing Face of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    With much fanfare a collection of Brazil’s Ministers — Environment (MMA), Agrarian Development (MDA), Agriculture (MAPA) — and the chief of President Lula’s Civil Cabinet held a joint press conference a few weeks ago to announce the latest deforestation data and projections for the Brazilian Amazon (“Amazônia Legal” as Brazil calls it, comprises 9 states […]

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    Environment Provisions in LAC Constitutions

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Enshrining the Green
    It is by now common to most constitutions in Ibero-American LAC — including many of the state and provincial constitutions in federal republics of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico — to have environmental provisions, although they differ in content, context, clarity and detail. Most of these provisions are minimal, and have one or more […]

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    The Basics II, Foundations: Is a Constitutional Provision on the Environment Necessary?

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    I had in the backlog queue a “Basics” piece on the importance of setting a solid environmental governance foundation through adoption of properly crafted and targeted laws, but held off publishing it for Temas administrative reasons I will not go into here. In the meantime, however, the Dominican Republic (DR) has come forward with […]

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    Overview of Consumer Law in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    The Broad Influences
    If you had looked around LAC in the early 1980s, you would have been hard pressed to find a country with a framework consumer protection law, code, statute or regulation (I believe only Colombia had a simple one).  Yes, many had market authorization laws, regulations, Sanitary Codes or special product -based codes or […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC II-B – Consumer Legislation in LAC Nations

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

    To make up for missing World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), I promised to give you a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In Part I, I looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated the Day. In Part II-A, I provided an […]

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    The World’s Largest Rainforest Park

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    The North Amazon Mosiac of Protected Areas – Map by WWF

    Synopsis in English: On 28 February a French decree effectively created the world’s largest rainforest protected area in the northern Amazon. The decree created a 2-million hectare Parc Amazonien de Guyane (“Guyana Amazonian Park”) along the southern border of French Guiana, France’s “overseas department” […]

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    More LAC Wind and Solar Maps

    Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

    A few months back I did a post on what wind and solar power potential maps for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries could be found on the internet, and promised updates on others as I found them. Well, it might take me awhile to do so, but I usually do come […]

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