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  • Protecting Andean High Plateaus from Mining

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Should mining be banned from, or severely restricted in, the Andean high plateaus?
    Most national environment agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), scientists and academic experts in the Andean Community (CAN) nations (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) seem to think so.  They argue that without strong restrictions and supervision, mining in the highlands may seriously harm the role the plateaus play in […]

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    Cleaning Up the Medellín River / Limpieza del río Medellín

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Medellín will complete historic river clean-up with IDB financing

    $450 million loan will help turn Colombia’s second largest city into one of Latin America’s cleanest urban areas

    The City of Medellín will complete an ambitious program to rehabilitate a vital river and improve the quality of life of local communities with up […]

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    Recovering Used Oil in Colombia

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, lauded an industry initiative in that country to collect and environmentally manage used motor oil and lubricants known as the Used Oil Fund (Fondo de Aceites Usados – FAU).  “This process is progressing successfully, ” declared Lozano, “because the trend now is, without a doubt, business strengthening that […]

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    Update: Colombian Eco-Authorities Now Have Sharp Teeth?

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Last year I did a post about Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, calling upon that country’s Senate to finally give environmental authorities “teeth” — a true, tough environmental sanctions regime. Proposals for such a law had been before the national legislature for years (Lozano says it’s been decades).
    A few weeks ago the […]

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    It’s Clean Up the World Weekend — Get Involved!

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    This weekend across the world, including much of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), people will be joining NGOs and community groups in events designed to clean up beaches, coastal waters, rivers, lakes, parks, reserves and their surroundings as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. Copied below is the official press […]

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    Imposing EPR for End-of-Life Medicines and Batteries

    Thursday, May 31st, 2007

    Back in April, Colombian Environment Minister Juan Lozano promised proposals for mandatory extended producer responsibility (EPR) regimes for expired medicines and end-of-life (EOL) lead-acid batteries. Earlier this month he made good on that promise: the Environment Ministry (Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial –MAVDT) has published for public comment two draft decrees, one […]

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    Eco-Authorities Need Teeth, Says Environment Minister

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    Earlier this week Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, told the audience at that country’s National Environment Forum that he supported the bill now before the Senate (where the Forum was held) on an environmental sanctions regime. The Ministry, he said, has this dream of “getting the teeth we don’t have” so that Colombia […]

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