Last Friday the 30th Meeting of the Health Ministers of the Andean Area (RMSAA) agreed on other important health measures — a coordinated epidemiological surveillance system, joint plans to combat HIV/AIDS, protect health in border areas and to combat child malnutrition — but the one that caught my eye was the new Andean Medicines Policy.
Peru’s most famous living author, Mario Vargas Llosa, has been named “Ambassador of Recycling” by the “Recíclame, cumple TU papel” campaign. That’s him in the photo here and the video below, wearing a special white suit designed for him by Peruvian fashion designer Lucia Cuba Oroza and made from recycled paper. [Temas Observation: Seeing [...]
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 [...]
American Retroworks Inc. adopts novel approach to criticism of CRT reuse at its facility in Mexico. “Exchange Program” pays Mexicans for bringing in one junk CRT for each refurbished sale.
For sale in Latin America – tested, refurbished, black 2001 brand name TV, 27″, only $40.
Or, bring in an old junky clunker, and get $10 [...]
Finally, a Chance for a Global Mercury Accord / Por fin, un chance para un acuerdo global sobre el mercurioSaturday, February 21st, 2009
When the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council (GC) considered and agreed on the draft decision on chemicals management, including mercury, this past Thursday, I was in the room. It’s difficult to say which emotion filled the conference room more — joy or excitement. There was plenty of both.
This decision had been many years in [...]
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 [...]
Peru Opens Public Consultations on Draft National Environment Policy / Peru pone en consulta pública borrador de política nacional del ambienteWednesday, 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 [...]
US$15 mil. to Improve Rural Health Care in Peru / US$15 millones para mejorar salud rural en el PerúTuesday, February 17th, 2009
From the World Bank:
US$15 Million to Improve Health Care for Poor Rural Populations
Expands the capacity and quality of women’s and child health care services in the poorest areas of the country
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$15 million loan to Peru to improve the equity of and expand access to mother-child [...]
US$330 to Improve Environmental Management in Peru / US$330 para mejorar gestion ambiental en el PeruTuesday, 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 [...]
Back in September 2006 when I did my review of solar and wind maps available for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations, I commented about Peru that “I found no up-to-date maps for Peru, even though the government reputedly is working on some.”
Well, that has now changed. As part of its new push for [...]