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  • And Now, the Tourism Sustainability Council

    Thursday, September 10th, 2009

    From The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership):
    Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council Announce Merger to Form Tourism Sustainability Council

    Two leading initiatives launch effort to provide global sustainable tourism guidelines and international accreditation for travel industry to help protect the environment and support local communities

    The Partnership for Global […]

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    Will Lula Protect Brazil’s Reefs?

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    In September Brazil’s Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, caused quite a stir in conservation circles.  He announced that he was sending a decree to the Planalto Palace for President Lula to sign that would significantly enhance Brazil’s protection of its coral reefs, something conservationists and marine biologists have been pushing for since at least the late […]

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    CARICOM To Enter Environmental Policy Arena

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

    One of the downsides of being so long away from regular blogging is the tremendous backlog of things I wish to cover. This is one. The meeting referred to in the press release below happened in the latter half of April, but given its potential significance, I still wish to highlight and discuss it […]

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    LAC Wins Two of Five UNDP Equator Awards

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    Five tropical communities were honored yesterday at United Nations Headquarters in New York with the Equator Prize — and two of the five were from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Prize, awarded biennially by the Equator Initiative led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), recognizes “extraordinary work to diminish poverty through the […]

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    Panamanian Project Among First to be CCB Certified

    Sunday, March 11th, 2007

    Panama has one of the first forestry projects certified under Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance’s (CCBA) Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards (download the standards in English or Spanish). Such projects go beyond Kyoto Protocol requirements for carbon financing under the clean development mechanism (CDM).
    The CCBA is a partnership between research institutions, environment NGOs […]

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    LAC News Bits and Pieces – Deforestation

    Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

    In recent weeks there have been several positive stories on the deforestation front in South America. Rather than recast the news, permit me to simply point to reliable sources on the items raised here. I am not at all reluctant to link and to give credit where I think it’s due.
    Brazil Gets Bold About […]

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    Coral Reef Protection Postscript: Best Practices / Posdata, Protección de los Arrecifes de Coral: Mejores Prácticas

    Saturday, October 21st, 2006

    At the end of my primer on protection of coral reefs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), “What You Can Do,” I urged individuals and businesses alike that interact with LAC environments containing coral reefs to take actions designed to minimize their environmental impact on the reefs, and provided a checklist of tips in […]

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