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    Peru Opens Public Consultations on Draft National Environment Policy / Peru pone en consulta pública borrador de política nacional del ambiente

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) is circulating for public comment its proposal for a National Environment Policy. Interested parties can submit comments and suggestions through a web-based form. Minam will also be holding consultative workshops on the draft Policy in Lima and four regions.
    The draft Policy is clear and concise, with a set of overarching objectives […]

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    Could Ecosystem Service Payments Save the Amazon?

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    From WWF:
    Amazon could prosper thanks to emission payments, be lost without
    Global payments for ecological services rendered by the Amazon such as the carbon retaining in its forests could go a long way to preserving them, a new study has found.
    Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, carried by the Copernicus Institute of the […]

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    Helping Belize Clean Up Its Act

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Belize will improve Solid Waste Management with IDB Support
    Program will build new waste disposal facilities in the country’s Western Corridor
    Belize will receive a US$11,150,000 loan from the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) to improve solid waste management practices, reduce environmental pollution and enhance the image of Belize in the eco-tourism […]

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    First Destination for UNEP’s Green Passport Program: Brazil

    Monday, October 13th, 2008

    The international community is about to launch a “Green Passport” program to promote “sustainable holidays,” and guess where the concept is being field tested first: a small colonial era town in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro (RJ) state, Paraty.
    The Green Passport is a project of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development (ITF-STD) created under […]

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    World Tourism Day Event in Lima Tackles Climate Change / Evento del Día Mundial del Turismo afronta el reto del cambio climático

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    From the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
    Tourism will Grow Smartly – World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank
    Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics, local community involvement as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank held on the theme ”Tourism Responding […]

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    Promoting Tourism in Brazil’s National Parks

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Environment Minister Carlos Minc recently announced a package of R$50 million to stimulate ecotourism in six federal conservation units (unidades de conservação federais – UCFs) with a view to investing in infrastructure (primarily visitor centers, belvederes and guided trails) and contracting concessions for visitors services (restaurants, guides, etc.).  Adventure tourism will also […]

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    Nominate a LAC Candidate for the Skål Ecotourism Award!

    Tuesday, June 10th, 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 I really regret being late with, since the deadline for nominating candidates for the award is 30 June. There are many worthy candidates in Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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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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    Amazonas “Visionary” on Climate Change?

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    In June Amazonas became the first Brazilian state to adopt a state law on climate change, together with one creating a State System of Conservation Units (UCs). The laws were widely praised by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on environment and conservation issues. A Greenpeace spokesman even declared them to be “almost visionary, but […]

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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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