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    And Now, the Tourism Sustainability Council

    Thursday, September 10th, 2009

    From The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership):
    Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council Announce Merger to Form Tourism Sustainability Council

    Two leading initiatives launch effort to provide global sustainable tourism guidelines and international accreditation for travel industry to help protect the environment and support local communities

    The Partnership for Global […]

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    A Scorecard for Sustainable Palm Oil

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    From the WWF:
    WWF to grade palm oil buyers
    Only one percent of the sustainable palm oil available on the market has been bought, according to new figures released by the WWF today.
    In a bid to speed up this “sluggish performance”, WWF will assess the world’s major users of palm oil over the next six months and […]

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    Could Ecosystem Service Payments Save the Amazon?

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    From WWF:
    Amazon could prosper thanks to emission payments, be lost without
    Global payments for ecological services rendered by the Amazon such as the carbon retaining in its forests could go a long way to preserving them, a new study has found.
    Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, carried by the Copernicus Institute of the […]

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    Putting a Value on Belize’s Reefs and Mangroves

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    In a recent post I applauded efforts to estimate the true economic value of the mangroves along the coast of Mexico’s Baja California.  Last month the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report that estimates the economic value of Belize’s coral reefs and mangroves that I similarly applaud — in […]

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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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    Paraguay Extends Its Zero Deforestation Law

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    From WWF:
    Paraguay moves closer towards zero net deforestation
    Paraguay’s Congress has today unanimously voted to extend the country’s “Zero Deforestation Law” by another five years. The law, which came into force in December 2004 and was effective in slashing deforestation rates massively, was due to expire at end 2008.
    Three commissions — Energy and Natural Resources, Agrarian […]

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    Colombian Palm Oil Industry Opts for Path to Certified Sustainable

    Thursday, July 17th, 2008

    Last week the group representing Colombia’s palm oil business, the National Federation of Palm Oil Growers (Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Palma de Aceite – Fedepalma), announced their adherence to the Principles and Criteria of the Zurich-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
    The RSPO arose from a concept first proposed by WWF in 2001. […]

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    CARICOM To Enter Environmental Policy Arena

    Wednesday, June 11th, 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. The meeting referred to in the press release below happened in the latter half of April, but given its potential significance, I still wish to highlight and discuss it […]

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    The Outlook for Biodiesel in Central America

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL) recently released a report* it commissioned from a consultant that evaluates the prospects for biodiesel development in Central America generally, and individually in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  All four nations have expressed strong interest in replacing imported fossil fuels with locally […]

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    An Innovative Watershed Management Model in Guatemala / Modelo innovador para la gestión de cuencas en Guatemala

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    From WWF-Central America:
    CARE and WWF launch an innovative business model for conserving water and promoting poverty reduction in Guatemala
    Communities and the municipality unite to execute a pilot project for the equitable compensation of hydrological services in the Sierra de las Minas zone of Guatemala
    Five communities of the municipality of Teculután with more than 3,000 people […]

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