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    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 […]

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    A Breakthrough for Renewable Energy in the Cayman Islands?

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    I might have more questions about this arrangement once I look closer at the details, but the first one that springs out at me is why are systems eligible for net metering capped at 10kW? This might be fine for modest homes, but it certainly discourages the adoption of solar or wind systems by large […]

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    UNEP/CARICOM: Drastic Climate Change Consequences for Insular Caribbean / PNUMA/CARICOM: drásticas consecuencias por cambio climático en el Caribe Insular

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Although this report (English only) was finished in October, it was formally unveiled at the global climate change talks in Poland in November, but did not get much media play because of all the other actions, initiatives, reports and declarations made in Poznan at the same time.  But it deserves much more attention and hopefully […]

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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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    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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    Combatting Deforestation I: How Bad Is It in LAC?

    Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

    In my “confession and foreword” to the series on deforestation in LAC, I promised to begin with a look at the current state of knowledge about the rate and magnitude of deforestation in in the region. Here is my stab at this topic, building on an entry I originally sketched out last November regarding the […]

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    The 2007 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Award

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Islands Magazine have announced the opening of nominations for the “Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Award” for 2007. The award, open to persons, organizations and companies in CTO member countries, recognizes unique and attractive tourism products that embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values, and which help to enhance tourism product […]

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    Even the Small Guys…

    Thursday, February 1st, 2007

    Another entry that’s sat unfinished for far too long in the queue. Some of you might feel that maybe it should have stayed there, but I hope by the end of this post to convince you otherwise. At the end of November I read in the online edition of the Cayman Compass, the Cayman Islands’ […]

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    Clean Shores I: International Coastal Clean-Up Day in LAC

    Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

    ICC in St. Maarten / Photo: Rajesh Chintaman In my prior series on protecting coral reefs, I underlined the importance of keeping coastlines and coastal waters clear of trash/debris. In this first segment of a two parter on “clean shores,” I will examine the efforts of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to sensitize the public around the […]

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