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    LAC Environmental Trivia, Revisited

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published the latest edition (covering up to 2007) of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment. If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 list […]

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    Parque Nacional do Iguaçu será o primeiro do mundo a receber o ISO 14001

    Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Environment Ministry (MMA) says that Brazil is about to have the world’s first national park to receive the ISO 14001 environmental management certification. Iguaçu National Park, which includes the famous breathtaking waterfalls on the border with Argentina and Paraguay, is due to receive ISO 14001 certification in March. In order to […]

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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 have already […]

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

    Friday, October 13th, 2006

      In my friend Jaime's essay on realizing sustainable tourism, he said: It is necessary to change, tighten and to enforce the parameters of environmental requirements. In addition to sanctions, the creation of an environmental movement should be encouraged, in association with private international organizations like Green Globe or Blue Flag that conduct independent audits and establish […]

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    ISO 14001 Certifications in LAC Nations

    Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

    I recently perused the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC, or CEPAL in Spanish) annual statistical yearbook to decide whether or not to add it to the Temas Recommended Reading List. Yes, I admit it, I do enjoy browsing things like statistical tables and atlases. In this case, I was glad […]

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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 of GG21 […]

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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 happening with […]

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