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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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    Catamarca & Mendoza Gain New Anti-Tobacco Laws

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    Two more Argentine provinces recently passed tobacco control laws, bringing to five the number of provinces (added to Córdoba, Santa Fe and Tucumán) plus the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) that have adopted tough "smoke-free environment" laws, and leading many Argentines to question why the national legislature remains unable to do the same.
    After months […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Touting Uruguay’s Example

    Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

    As part of its package of materials for World No-Tobacco Day (31 May), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released a nine-minute video (in Spanish) produced by it and Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MSP) featuring Uruguay’s Public Health Minister, Dr. María Julia Muñoz. The video discusses Uruguay’s successful set of decrees making all […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Panama Hunts Smoke

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Panama’s Health Ministry (Minsa) celebrated World No Tobacco Day (31 May) by re-launching “Operation Smoke Hunt,” the evening checks of nightspots — including bars, hotels, restaurants, discotheques and casinos — to make certain that they are complying with the 2005 Decree requiring them to provide separate areas for smokers and non-smokers. […]

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    IDB Creates Clean Energy Markets Cluster / BID crea conglomerado de actividades para promover mercados de energía limpia

    Thursday, January 18th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB Fund Creates Clean Energy Markets Cluster
    New instruments to help small enterprises access opportunities, improve competitiveness
    The Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund announced today the creation of a new cluster of activities focused on Promoting Clean Energy Markets. This initiative will help small enterprises gain access to clean energy market […]

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    Is Eco-tourism Sustainable?

    Sunday, December 17th, 2006

    In one of my first posts on this blog, I featured an essay on sustainable tourism by my friend Jaime. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest checking it out before proceeding with this entry.
    Today I read a slightly different take on the issue in the 14 December edition of the BBC’s “Green […]

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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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    A Friend’s Wise Observations on Sustainable Tourism

    Friday, September 1st, 2006

    The following discussion of what the Dominican Republic needs to do on the road to sustainable tourism was written last year by my friend and fellow Green Team member Jaime Moreno, was included as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) National Human Development Report 2005 for the Dominican Republic and was reprinted earlier this […]

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