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    Making Belize Tourism More Sustainable?

    Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

    Temas Note: What I like about this loan is that it explicitly seeks to incorporate “sustainable tourism criteria” (hopefully the recently announced global criteria) into the master plan that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help the Government of Belize to develop, and it makes provisions for helping small businesses meet the costs of upgrading […]

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    SEMARNAT: Respecting Environmental Laws Needn’t Harm Tourism

    Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

    Mexico’s Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, rejects the claims of some that tough enforcement of that country’s environmental laws and regulations is harming tourism there.  He argues that respecting environmental law and tourism development can go hand-in-hand in Mexico. Elvira Quesada points out that in the first 21 months of the Calderón Administration the […]

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    World Tourism Day Event in Lima Tackles Climate Change / Evento del Día Mundial del Turismo afronta el reto del cambio climático

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    From the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO): Tourism will Grow Smartly – World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics, local community involvement as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank held on the theme […]

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    US$300 Mil. to Help Mexico Improve Environmental Management in Key Sectors / US$300 para apoyar a México mejorar manejo ambiental en sectores claves

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    From the World Bank: World Bank Supports Mexican Initiative to Improve Environmental Management in Key Sectors of the Economy US$300 Million to Develop Environmental Policies The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a loan for US$300.75 million to assist the Mexican government in its effort to better integrate sector policies in order to achieve […]

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    A Solid Waste Plan for Costa Rica

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    Recently Costa Rica was presented its long-awaited Solid Waste Plan (PRESOL) by the entities belonging to the Inter-Institutional Platform of the Competitiveness and Environment Program (CYMA): the Health Ministry (MinSalud), the Planning Ministry (Mideplan), the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), the Institute for Municipal Development and Advice (Instituto de Fomento y Asesoria Municipal – […]

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    Colombia’s First Eco-Certified Hotel

    Sunday, July 13th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Colombia’s Environment Ministry (MAVDT) has officially delivered to Hotel Puerta del Sol in Barranquilla the first Environmental Seal ever awarded to a hotel. The Environmental Seal is Colombia’s official ecolabel, created by decree in 2005. So far award criteria have been concluded for only two categories: lodging and cleaning products. For a […]

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    Nominate a LAC Candidate for the Skål Ecotourism Award!

    Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

    One of the downsides of being so long away from regular blogging is the tremendous backlog of things I wish to cover. This is one I really regret being late with, since the deadline for nominating candidates for the award is 30 June. There are many worthy candidates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) […]

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    Eco-certifying Tourism / Eco-certificación de Turismo

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    In researching some posts on sustainable tourism recently, I came across an interesting free tool I thought I would pass on to readers of The Temas Blog.  I also think I will add it to the Temas Recommended Reading List. It's a set of how-to guides on certification for certification for ecotourism and sustainable tourism, […]

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    Do Travelers Really Want to Minimize/Offset Their Eco-Impacts?

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    Lonely Planet says that they do. LP is a publisher of popular travel guides and related travel services. In LP's most recent annual survey of travelers, covering 24,500 people worldwide, 93% said that they would consider environmentally-friendly travel in the future, a majority are worried about the carbon emissions from flying, and 79% would consider […]

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    Eco-Certification for Tourism: The Role of Blue Flag, Part III

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    It’s been gently pointed out to me that I have yet to post Part III, the listing of beaches and marinas in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that have been awarded the Blue Flag, that I promised in Part II of the Blue Flag series back in December. Oops. I had prepared a list […]

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