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    IDB Backs Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative / BID respalda Iniciativa para la Transparencia en las Industrias Extractivas / BID endossa Iniciativa pela Transparência nas Indústrias Extrativistas

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB Backs Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
    The Inter-American Development Bank has endorsed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which encourages governments and companies to disclose revenues and payments generated by oil, gas, and mining industries.
    The endorsement was approved today by the IDB’s Board of Executive Directors.
    EITI is a global initiative to […]

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    An Illustration of the Mining Dilemma in Colombia

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    I just read a good article in Tierramérica that illustrates well, I think, the current split in Colombia over mining, particularly mining that affects protected areas.  They examine the controversy over AngloGold Ashanti‘s gold exploration activities in the municipality of Cajamarca, in Tolima Department*, in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) and the Central Forest […]

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    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded […]

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    The State of LAC’s Forests

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just released State of the World’s Forests 2009 (English, Spanish), the latest update of its annual overview of forest resources worldwide.  While it does not shed significant new light or offer new data on forest cover and the state of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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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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    Colombia: Mining, Yes, But Not in National Parks

    Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

    “Mining in Colombia, yes, but not in national parks,” insists Colombia’s Environment Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez. “Mining in Colombia, yes, but environmentally responsible. Mining in Colombia, yes, but not that they rob everything of value and leave us with deserts and zones of erosion.”
    He announced a total prohibition on all granting of mining […]

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    Economic Growth Model is Rapidly Transforming/Degrading the Amazon

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model

    However, responses by the governments of Amazonian countries indicate that efforts are under way on concrete action to deal with their environmental challenges.
    The population is increasing, reaching a level of 33.5 million inhabitants in 2007.
    Cities grew at an […]

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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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    Debating the Costs/Benefits of Mining in Central America

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    Oxfam has released a report, Metals Mining and Sustainable Development in Central America: An Assessment of Benefits and Costs, that looks at the current debate surrounding mining in Central America and the need for informed public discussion over its potential costs and benefits.  Despite its title, the report only covers mining projects in El Salvador, […]

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    US$330 to Improve Environmental Management in Peru / US$330 para mejorar gestion ambiental en el Peru

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$330 Million to Support the Environment

    Program components include environmental management, mining, biodiversity, urban transport and fisheries

    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$330 loan million to Peru to strengthen the new Ministry of the Environment and improve environmental management in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, including mining, urban […]

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