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  • EPA to Study Virgin Islands Coral Reefs

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    EPA to Study Coral Reefs in U.S. Virgin Islands

    For nearly three weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will study coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea around the U.S. Virgin Islands. Starting today, EPA’s ocean survey vessel, the OSV BOLD, will conduct a series of scientific observations to help […]

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    A Poor Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef

    Monday, December 22nd, 2008

    A “report card” on the health of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) was released recently, and it was not pretty.  Not the type of report card a student would want to take home to his/her parents.
    The MAR follows the Caribbean coastline of Mexico and Central America for over 1,000 kilometers, and as such is the hemisphere’s […]

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    More LAC Nations Covered by Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

    Temas Note: When the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility was first officially announced by the World Bank a few months ago, only five Latin American nations (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Mexico, Panama) were to participate. Because of strong interest in the Facility, it has been decided recently to expand its developing country participants, and as […]

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    Protecting the Mesoamerican Reef

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

    Another one from the backlog queue! A few hurried notes to myself from the beginning of December, then lost in the holiday shuffle. But the recent posts on the WWF-Coca-Cola freshwater partnership and WWF’s agreements with agricultural producers in Honduras reminded me of this one still lurking in the queue. Hopefully better […]

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    LAC Wins Two of Five UNDP Equator Awards

    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

    Five tropical communities were honored yesterday at United Nations Headquarters in New York with the Equator Prize — and two of the five were from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Prize, awarded biennially by the Equator Initiative led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), recognizes “extraordinary work to diminish poverty through the […]

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    Panamanian Project Among First to be CCB Certified

    Sunday, March 11th, 2007

    Panama has one of the first forestry projects certified under Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance’s (CCBA) Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards (download the standards in English or Spanish). Such projects go beyond Kyoto Protocol requirements for carbon financing under the clean development mechanism (CDM).
    The CCBA is a partnership between research institutions, environment NGOs […]

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    Coral Reef Protection, Part II: The Current Situation

    Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

    In the first part of my primer series on coral reefs in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), I examined why it is important to protect coral reef systems, what sort of things threaten their survival.  Here in Part II, I look at what coral reefs LAC has, what condition they are in currently, and a brief overview of what currently […]

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