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    The High-Level Caribbean Sustainable Energy Seminar

    Thursday, July 31st, 2008

    Temas Observation: This seminar is a follow-up to the meeting held in Guyana last year, where some of the same promises were made. Let’s hope that not another year must pass before something more concrete emerges from this initiative. ________________________ From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Plans to unleash the Caribbean region’s renewable energy potential […]

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    The Challenge of Land Degradation / El desafio de la degradación del suelo

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    I must admit that, just as was the case with deforestation, in the past I paid very little attention to the issue of land degradation. I won’t bore you with the explanations and excuses as to why, just suffice it to say that it was not high enough on my list of priority environment issues. […]

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    The Caribbean Challenge

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

    Yes, I know, this announcement was made publicly at the end of May. I held off talking about here, in part to work first on older backlog from The Temas Blog queue, and in part to see if, as hinted, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and St. Lucia would quickly announce that […]

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    LAC Health Stats, Trends and Trivia

    Saturday, June 21st, 2008

    Which Latin American or Caribbean nation smokes or drinks the most? In which are you more likely to die from cancer than infectious diseases such as malaria or dengue? Which has the highest percentage of obese people? Which spends the most on the health of their citizens? If you you’ve ever wondered about such questions, […]

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    LAC Environmental Trivia, Revisited

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published the latest edition (covering up to 2007) of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment. If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, […]

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    Past as Prologue for Caribbean Reefs?

    Friday, June 13th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published a report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) assessing the state of the Caribbean’s coral reefs after their toughest year in recent history, 2005. The IOC is the lead international entity assessing and reporting […]

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    WHO Calls for Complete Tobacco Ad Ban

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

    It was only a matter of time. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have long expressed the belief that one of the most effective tools in decreasing tobacco consumption is a a complete ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and bands. They wanted it in the Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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    Eco-Certification for Tourism: The Role of Blue Flag, Part III

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    It’s been gently pointed out to me that I have yet to post Part III, the listing of beaches and marinas in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that have been awarded the Blue Flag, that I promised in Part II of the Blue Flag series back in December. Oops. I had prepared a list […]

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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 […]

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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 ideas […]

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