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    Peru Passes Environmental Enforcement Law / Perú aprobó ley de fiscalización ambiental

    Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

    The Peruvian Congress has approved the Law of the National System of Environmental Assessment and Control (Sistema Nacional de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental – SINEFA), which aims to ensure compliance with environmental laws.
    At the heart of the SINEFA is the Environmental Evaluation and Control Organism (Organismo de Evaluación y Fiscalización Ambiental – OFEA) created last […]

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    Now Renewables Have Their Own International Agency

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created at a founding conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, followed the next day by a short working session of the preparatory commission charged with getting it up-and-running.  The brainchild of renewable advocate Germany, with strong backing from Denmark and Spain, IRENA is intended to raise the profile […]

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    Toward a Sustainable Energy Matrix for Peru? / ¿Hasta nueva matriz de energía sostenible en el Perú?

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Because of their choice of headline (“IDB Support Creation of New Sustainable Energy Matrix in Peru”), most readers of the IDB’s press release on this loan might come away with the impression that the loan is mostly about the promotion of non-traditional renewable energy sources (wind power, small hydro, geothermal) and bioenergy.
    Read between the lines, […]

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    The Ecoclubs Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Friday, January 2nd, 2009

    A couple of years back, while I was working on a series of posts for the Green Team about Dominican cities attempting to come to grips with their litter problems, I ran into some local news posts about how the mayor of La Vega attributed some of his success in cleaning up that city to […]

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    Satellite Monitoring of Climate Change Impacts for 3 LAC Nations

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Mostly lost in all the media coverage of the recent climate change negotiations in Poznan, Poland was this announcement from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  I’m glad to hear that this initiative includes Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, particularly since the latter two cannot afford on their own this sort of satellite monitoring.  Why, I wonder, […]

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    LAC Consumer Protection Agencies Agree to Increase Cooperation

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    When I wrote my Overview of Consumer Law in LAC and Overview of Consumer Authorities in LAC, I somehow overlooked any mention of regional efforts to get the consumer protection authorities (where they exist) to work together.  Let me rectify that first with this post here, and then with appropriate amendments to those two standalone […]

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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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    Una norma andina sobre los productos de higiene doméstica / An Andean Norm on Household and Personal Hygiene Products

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Trade Ministers of the Andean Community (CAN) approved a new Community norm to harmonize member states’ (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) sanitary control regimes regarding household and personal hygiene products, such as soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, surface cleansers, stain removers, bleaches, air fresheners, sanitary towels, disposable diapers, tampons, towelettes, […]

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    LAC Urged to Pursue Low-Carbon, High-Growth Path

    Saturday, December 13th, 2008

    A report released this week by the World Bank, Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change, argues that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) “is in a position to lead middle income countries in reducing emissions from deforestation, breaking the impasse on hydropower development, improving energy efficiency, and transforming urban transport.”
    In presenting […]

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    Links between Excessive Alcohol and Partner Violence / Vínculos entre consumo excesivo de alcohol y violencia doméstica

    Friday, December 12th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Book Establishes New Links between Excessive Alcohol and Partner Violence
    A new Pan American Health Organization book provides evidence from 10 countries that excessive alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of intimate partner violence among men and women.
    Research results reported in the book published today, Unhappy Hours: Alcohol […]

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