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    More IDB Support for Mexico’s Climate Change Agenda

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports second stage of Mexico’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help mitigate the impacts and reduce vulnerability to climate change in energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and water resources

    Mexico will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate-related institutions, as […]

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    Is Chile Ready?

    Sunday, August 30th, 2009

    According to the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (DCA), Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte assured them the other day that Chile is ready to assume all the environmental standard commitments that will come with its membership, currently under negotiation, in the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  She pointed […]

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    Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Be Very Underestimated

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    From the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED):
    Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated

    UN climate negotiations should aim for substantially more funding

    Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will warn today that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of […]

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    Linkages Between Trade and Climate Change / Vinculos entre el comercio y el cambio climático

    Friday, June 26th, 2009

    From the World Trade Organization (WTO):
    WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change

    The world cannot continue with “business as usual” and there is a profound need for a successful conclusion to the current negotiations on both climate change and trade opening.

    The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade […]

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    The Tourism Sustainability Scorecard / La Ficha de Evaluación de Sostenibilidad Turística

    Thursday, May 28th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB releases sustainability scorecard for private sector tourism projects

    Interactive online tool enables assessment of sustainability dimensions of proposed projects

    The Inter-American Development Bank today released a new Tourism Sustainability Scorecard, an interactive tool developed to ensure that the IDB’s investments in private sector tourism projects maximize social, economic, cultural and environmental […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Puerto Plata

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$27.5 Million for Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved today a US$27.5 million loan to improve the potable water and sanitation supply in the tourist area of Puerto Plata, located in the North of the Dominican Republic.
    The Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas Project will benefit […]

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    Climate Change as Employment Opportunity for the Caribbean

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat:
    CLIMATE CHANGE AS A GENERATOR OF EMPLOYMENT IN KEY ECONOMIC SECTORS OF THE CARIBBEAN
    As the international community continues to give significant attention to the global phenomenon, Climate Change, Mr. Garfield Barnwell, Director of Sustainable Development at the CARICOM Secretariat posited some insights into how the Caribbean Region could transform this […]

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    Energy Efficiency Program for Caribbean Hotels Launched

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    From the Barbados Government Information Service:
    CARIBBEAN HOTEL ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACTION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
    Additional income from savings in electricity/fuel bills, a reduction in operational costs; and an increased flow of tourists preferring sustainable energy tourism destinations, are just a few of the benefits expected from the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT).
    This was announced today by […]

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    A Moratorium on Constructing Mega-Resorts?

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    From Tourism Concern:
    TOURISM CONCERN CALLS FOR HALT ON CONSTRUCTION OF MEGA-RESORTS
    Campaigning organisation Tourism Concern is calling for a halt to the construction of tourism mega-resorts, claiming that they are destroying communities and are environmentally unsustainable.
    The global trend in developing luxury, large-scale resorts is leading to widespread alienation and displacement of people from their land, and […]

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    Belize’s Tourism Plan – Sustainable?

    Friday, January 30th, 2009

    The Belize Government has announced a $13.5 million program that they say will “promote and practice responsible tourism” and which they label as a “sustainable tourism plan.”
    Perhaps buried in the the plan itself (not yet available online) are the details of what actually qualifies this as sustainable or responsible tourism, since the official release about […]

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