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    Se crean red centroamericana para impulsar la biotecnología

    Saturday, September 12th, 2009

    Desde el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID):
    BID crea red de centros de desarrollo tecnológico en Centroamérica y República Dominicana para impulsar la biotecnología
    El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo facilitará la creación de una Red de Centros de Desarrollo Tecnológico para Centroamérica como parte de una estrategia regional que busca definir políticas, atraer inversiones, y crear incentivos […]

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    A Regional Waste Exchange for Central America

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    For years I’ve advocated establishing and heavily promoting subregional (or in the case of huge and diverse market of Brazil, at least a national) waste exchanges as one way to promote more reuse and recycling and to minimize wastage.  It certainly makes more sense than national waste exchanges, particularly in the case of a collection […]

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    IDB Supports LAC Efforts to Combat A(H1N1) / BID apoya esfuerzas de ALC combatir el gripe A(H1N1) / BID apoia ALC combatir a influenza A(H1N1)

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB provides support for prevention and control of the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic in Latin America, Caribbean

    Japan top donor in Bank’s contribution to project aimed at strengthening disease surveillance and improving response to public health emergencies, to focus initially in Central America

    The Inter-American Development Bank approved today a $5 million grant […]

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    Improving Disease Surveillance in Central America / Mejorar vigilancia epidemiológica en América Central

    Friday, May 1st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB to help boost disease surveillance network in Central America
    The Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and national authorities in Central America, will provide $5 million to strengthen disease surveillance efforts and improve responses to current and future public health emergencies in the isthmus.
    The […]

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    The State of LAC’s Forests

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just released State of the World’s Forests 2009 (English, Spanish), the latest update of its annual overview of forest resources worldwide.  While it does not shed significant new light or offer new data on forest cover and the state of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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    A Map of Malnutrition Among Central American & Dominican School Children

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    The Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama (INCAP) has just released an updated version of their map of malnutrition among primary school children indicated at the level of the 1,430 municipalities in INCAP’s eight member countries (Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama). The new update (click on the […]

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    Debating the Costs/Benefits of Mining in Central America

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    Oxfam has released a report, Metals Mining and Sustainable Development in Central America: An Assessment of Benefits and Costs, that looks at the current debate surrounding mining in Central America and the need for informed public discussion over its potential costs and benefits.  Despite its title, the report only covers mining projects in El Salvador, […]

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    DR & Central America Agree on Common Health, Pharma Policies/Programs

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    It doesn’t get much attention outside this corner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but the annual Meeting of the Health Sector of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Reunión del Sector Salud de Centro América y República Dominicana – RESSCAD) is quietly doing important work to change health policy among its seven member […]

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    Wal-Mart to Reduce Phosphates in Detergents, Promote Sustainable Packaging in Americas / Compromiso de Wal-Mart reducir fosfatos en detergente, promover envase más sustentables en las Américas

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    From Wal-Mart:
    Wal-Mart Americas Aims to Reduce Detergent Phosphates 70%

    Company makes commitment to more sustainable packaging in the region

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. committed today to reduce phosphates in laundry and dish detergents in the Americas region by 70 percent by 2011. Wal-Mart also announced plans to accelerate its drive toward more sustainable packaging in the Americas region […]

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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: Wind Energy in Central America

    Monday, January 19th, 2009

    The Panama Post has published online an excellent overview of the current state of development of wind power in Central America, particularly eight new projects slated for Guatemala, one for El Salvador, six in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and five new ones in Costa Rica.
    My only quibble with the article: at the end of the […]

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