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    Sam’s Club to Sell Fair Trade Certified Coffee from Brazil

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

    From Walmart:
    Sam’s Club Introduces New Fair Trade Certified Coffee from Brazil

    Brazilian coffee farmers link with mass market coffee consumers

    Today, Walmart, TransFair USA, SEBRAE-Minas Gerais and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that a new Fair Trade Certified coffee from Brazil will be sold to Sam’s Club members across the country. The two new […]

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    A Regional Waste Exchange for Central America

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    For years I’ve advocated establishing and heavily promoting subregional (or in the case of huge and diverse market of Brazil, at least a national) waste exchanges as one way to promote more reuse and recycling and to minimize wastage.  It certainly makes more sense than national waste exchanges, particularly in the case of a collection […]

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    Guatemala Launches Environmental Enforcement Effort

    Saturday, January 24th, 2009

    Guatemala, like so many Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations, has many environmental rules on the books that more often than not are honored in the breach rather than with compliance.
    By the count of its Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (MARN), Guatemala already has on the books some 3,500 norms of various levels (primary, secondary, […]

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    Unique Customs Cooperation Pact on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Earlier this month Ministers from Central America and the Dominican Republic responsible for the environment, agriculture, health, defense and customs signed an Inter-Institutional Cooperation Convention for the Control of Imports, Exports and Transit Related to Multilateral Environment Agreements.  The accord is supposedly the first of its kind in the world (I would be interested to […]

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    Fighting Neglected Diseases in LAC / La lucha contra enfermedades infecciosas desatendidas en ALC

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO, IDB and Sabin refine fight against neglected diseases in Latin America and Caribbean
    With more than 210 million poor people bearing the burden of neglected diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and partner agencies are setting up […]

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    Malaria in LAC: No Time to Relax / Paludismo en ALC: No es la hora para relajar

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

    When the World Health Organization (WHO) released the first-ever World Malaria Report (English, Spanish, French) in September, I read through it with the intention of doing a post an update to my 2007 post on malaria in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), complete with the appropriate charts and graphs from the report that you’ve […]

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    Nueva estrategia regional sobre la salud del recién nacido

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Health Ministers of the Americas, at the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) top body, agreed to a new regional strategy and plan of action regrading newborn health. The Ministers are concerned that, while great strides have been made in the region in reducing the mortality of young […]

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    Protecting Health from Climate Change

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    As they promised last year, in April the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional counterpart, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), celebrated World Health Day in April by trying to educate us all about the possible health impacts of global climate change on health. Most assessments and discussions of climate change to […]

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    Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales para Centroamérica

    Saturday, September 8th, 2007

    Desde la Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD):
    CCAD inicia proceso de implementación de Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales en Centroamérica
    En el marco del Acuerdo de Cooperación que mantiene con USAID para apoyar a los países de la región en el cumplimiento de los compromisos ambientales del DR-CAFTA, la CCAD inició desde finales de agosto […]

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    Sustainable Agriculture as a Key to Protecting the Mesoamerican Reef

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: WWF has concluded an agreement with major Honduran producers of palm oil — specifically Palmas de San Alejo and AGROTOR, subsidiaries of the JAREMAR Group — to adopt specified good agricultural management practices in order to reduce the impact their production has on the nearby huge Mesoamerican Reef (MAR). The agreement […]

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