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    It’s Clean Up the World Weekend — Get Involved!

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    This weekend across the world, including much of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), people will be joining NGOs and community groups in events designed to clean up beaches, coastal waters, rivers, lakes, parks, reserves and their surroundings as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. Copied below is the official press […]

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    The Real Significance of the OAS Declaration of Panama on Energy

    Friday, June 22nd, 2007

    Let’s Keep It in Perspective
    If you read about it in Biopact, you could be forgiven for coming away with the impression that the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Panama Declaration on Energy for Sustainable Development (English, Spanish, Portuguese) focussed mostly on biofuels. (It didn’t.) If you read some of the region’s traditional media […]

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    Three Rivers

    Sunday, June 10th, 2007

    Just read a nice review of the 3 Rivers Eco-Lodge in Dominica in today’s Washington Post (if you want to read the online version, you have to register, but it’s free to do so).
    3 Rivers is a good example of the small, rustic variety of Green Globe-certified lodging one can find in Latin America and […]

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    Overview of Consumer Law in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    The Broad Influences
    If you had looked around LAC in the early 1980s, you would have been hard pressed to find a country with a framework consumer protection law, code, statute or regulation (I believe only Colombia had a simple one).  Yes, many had market authorization laws, regulations, Sanitary Codes or special product -based codes or […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC II-B – Consumer Legislation in LAC Nations

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

    To make up for missing World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), I promised to give you a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In Part I, I looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated the Day. In Part II-A, I provided an […]

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    Status of LAC Ratifications of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

    Ratified: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
    Signed, but not yet Ratified: Argentina, Cuba, Haiti
    Neither Signed nor Ratified: Dominican Republic

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    GEF Funds Climate Change Adaptation in Small Caribbean States

    Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank and GEF Sign US$2.1 Million Grant to Protect Coastal Areas in the Caribbean
    The World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) signed a US$2.1 million grant agreement to support a pilot adaptation program in three Caribbean Small Island States (Dominica, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines), which seeks […]

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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 world, […]

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    Eco-Certification for Tourism: The Role of Green Globe, Part III

    Saturday, September 16th, 2006

    In Part I, I explained what Green Globe (GG21) is, what must be done to win its certification, and what are the benefits derived therefrom. In Part II, I focused on the program’s relationship with hotels in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), current and prospective. Here I’ll briefly discussed the other types […]

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    Eco-Certification for Tourism: The Role of Green Globe, Part II

    Thursday, September 14th, 2006

    In Part I, I explained what Green Globe (GG21) is, what must be done to win its certification, and what are the benefits derived therefrom. Here I focus in on the program’s relationship with hotels/resorts/inns in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), current and prospective. In Part III I’ll look at what is […]

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