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    World No Tobacco Day 09: CARICOM Agrees to Ban Smoking in Public Spaces

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat:
    CARICOM HEALTH MINISTERS AGREE TO CURB SMOKING IN PUBLIC SPACES
    The Caucus of Ministers of Health have endorsed a recommendation for the banning of smoking on public spaces as a public good and regional goal, as the Region intensifies its efforts to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), under the Port of Spain […]

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    A Moratorium on Constructing Mega-Resorts?

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    From Tourism Concern:
    TOURISM CONCERN CALLS FOR HALT ON CONSTRUCTION OF MEGA-RESORTS
    Campaigning organisation Tourism Concern is calling for a halt to the construction of tourism mega-resorts, claiming that they are destroying communities and are environmentally unsustainable.
    The global trend in developing luxury, large-scale resorts is leading to widespread alienation and displacement of people from their land, and […]

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    Colombia Finally Joins the POPs Convention / Por fin Colombia es Estado Parte del Convenio sobre los COPs

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    On 20 January Colombia finally joined the ranks of Contracting Parties (CPs) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).  The Stockholm Convention commits CPs to eliminate, severely restrict and/or minimize the production, use and trade of 12 POPs — nine pesticides (including DDT), three byproducts of industrial processes and of combustion (dioxins, furans […]

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    UNEP/CARICOM: Drastic Climate Change Consequences for Insular Caribbean / PNUMA/CARICOM: drásticas consecuencias por cambio climático en el Caribe Insular

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Although this report (English only) was finished in October, it was formally unveiled at the global climate change talks in Poland in November, but did not get much media play because of all the other actions, initiatives, reports and declarations made in Poznan at the same time.  But it deserves much more attention and hopefully […]

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    Progress Towards the Health MDGs in LAC / Progreso hacia los ODM relacionado con la salud en ALC

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently 14 United Nations (UN) agencies* released a report (English, Spanish) reviewing the status of efforts of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations toward meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    The report addresses the following health-specific MDGs:

    reducing the under-five mortality rate by 2/3 between 1990 and 2015;
    reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 3/4 between 1990 […]

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    Climate Change Country Profiles for 17 LAC Nations

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the School of Geography and Environment at Oxford University have generated country-level studies of climate observations and multi-model projections for 52 developing countries, 17 of them in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    For each country there is a report that contains a set of maps and diagrams illustrating the […]

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    Does Payment for Watershed Services Work in LAC?

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    An innovative and increasingly popular policy option in the deforestation and water resources management fields in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the so-called payment for environment services (PES) approach.  But as these IIED reports show, as it has been applied so far to watershed management does not always bring the hoped-for environmental benefits.  […]

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    The Caribbean Challenge

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

    Yes, I know, this announcement was made publicly at the end of May. I held off talking about here, in part to work first on older backlog from The Temas Blog queue, and in part to see if, as hinted, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and St. Lucia would quickly […]

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    Climate Change May Slam the Caribbean

    Friday, June 13th, 2008

    The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Tufts University have just released a report commissioned by the group Environment Defense (EDF) on the potential economic impact of global climate change on the Caribbean. The report comes soon after another by the Andean Community (CAN) on climate change’s economic impact on four Andean nations.
    One of the […]

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    OECS Needs to Get Serious About Environmental Management

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    Temas Foreword: The OECS is a collection of nine small island states (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat) in the Eastern Caribbean that cooperate in a variety of areas, including the environment (wastes, watershed management, environmental planning, etc.).  […]

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