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    Buenos Aires Begins Eco-Certifying Lodging

    Monday, May 18th, 2009

    The program of Buenos Aires Province launched earlier this year to formally recognize “sustainable touristic lodging” is finally getting into full swing. The provincial environment authority, OPDS, just announced the award of the first 21 certifications to lodgings in the Sierra de la Ventana (“Window Mountains”) area of Torquinst.
    The program judges lodging in touristic […]

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    Buenos Aires Province Formally Launches Sustainable Hotel Certification System

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    The Provincial Sustainable Development Organ (OPDS) of Buenos Aires Province just launched formally the “sustainable hotels” certification program that it announced last August it would create.
    The program will judge lodging in touristic destinations within the Province on their “efficient use” of natural resources, minimization of the use of toxic chemical products, maximization of the use […]

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    Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria / Criterios Globales de Turismo Sostenible

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

    Temas Observation: I was favorably inclined toward this exercise because of the involvement of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Conservation International (CI) and secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), but was less impressed that Ted Turner endorsed it, still unsure what to think about the Rainforest Alliance‘s efforts […]

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    Buenos Aires Province to Launch Sustainable Hotels Certification Program

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The environment authority of the Argentine Province of Buenos Aires, the Provincial Organ for Sustainable Development (Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible – OPDS), has announced that it is creating an eco-certification program for tourism establishments (primarily lodging) there. The “Green Star” program will rate not only conventional hotels, but also […]

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    Colombian Palm Oil Industry Opts for Path to Certified Sustainable

    Thursday, July 17th, 2008

    Last week the group representing Colombia’s palm oil business, the National Federation of Palm Oil Growers (Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Palma de Aceite – Fedepalma), announced their adherence to the Principles and Criteria of the Zurich-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
    The RSPO arose from a concept first proposed by WWF in 2001. […]

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    Colombia’s First Eco-Certified Hotel

    Sunday, July 13th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Colombia’s Environment Ministry (MAVDT) has officially delivered to Hotel Puerta del Sol in Barranquilla the first Environmental Seal ever awarded to a hotel. The Environmental Seal is Colombia’s official ecolabel, created by decree in 2005. So far award criteria have been concluded for only two categories: lodging and cleaning products.
    For […]

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    Eco-certifying Tourism / Eco-certificación de Turismo

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    In researching some posts on sustainable tourism recently, I came across an interesting free tool I thought I would pass on to readers of The Temas Blog.  I also think I will add it to the Temas Recommended Reading List.
    It's a set of how-to guides on certification for certification for ecotourism and sustainable tourism, all […]

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    O futuro é hoje!

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    It is a pleasure to welcome a second guest post by Brazilian Federal Deputy Arnaldo Jardim — for a full introduction please see his "Cidadania Ambiental."  As I mentioned in that post, for those of you who cannot read Portuguese, you can always use the handy translation button in the righthand column of this blog.
    É […]

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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 […]

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

    Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

    In Part I of this four-part series on the growing presence of Blue Flag in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations, I looked at Blue Flag’s criteria and process for certifying beaches. Here in Part II I’ll examine the marina criteria and process. Part III will look at what LAC beaches and marinas […]

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