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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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    Guatemala Launches Environmental Enforcement Effort

    Saturday, January 24th, 2009

    Guatemala, like so many Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations, has many environmental rules on the books that more often than not are honored in the breach rather than with compliance.
    By the count of its Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (MARN), Guatemala already has on the books some 3,500 norms of various levels (primary, secondary, […]

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    Unique Customs Cooperation Pact on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Earlier this month Ministers from Central America and the Dominican Republic responsible for the environment, agriculture, health, defense and customs signed an Inter-Institutional Cooperation Convention for the Control of Imports, Exports and Transit Related to Multilateral Environment Agreements.  The accord is supposedly the first of its kind in the world (I would be interested to […]

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    Estimating Climate Change’s Probable Economic Impacts on Central America

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    Temas Note: Check this post for a discussion of an earlier attempt at analyzing the economic impacts of global climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that served as the regional input to the Stern Review.
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    From the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC):
    Study On the Economics of Climate Change […]

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    Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales para Centroamérica

    Saturday, September 8th, 2007

    Desde la Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD):
    CCAD inicia proceso de implementación de Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales en Centroamérica
    En el marco del Acuerdo de Cooperación que mantiene con USAID para apoyar a los países de la región en el cumplimiento de los compromisos ambientales del DR-CAFTA, la CCAD inició desde finales de agosto […]

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    Mesoamerican Front Against Climate Change / Frente Mesoamericano Contra el Cambio Climático

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The top environment authorities of Mexico and the countries of Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama), meeting recently in Mexico City, have decided to form a special alliance on climate change that they call the Mesoamerican Common Front Against Climate Change. The Front will be overseen […]

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    More Construction with PET Bottles

    Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

    In a prior entry I introduced you to Brazilian experiments with constructing homes using PET bottles. Today I’ll introduce you to Andreas Froese, a man who not only did it first in Honduras, but has gone much beyond the experimental stages to actually build over a dozen homes and community centers made of PET […]

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