Issue of January, 29, 2005
Human Development at the Service of Wildlife
By Julio Godoy
mproving the quality of life in the communities of the developing South is indispensable for protecting species diversity, said eminent biologist Edward O. Wilson in a conversation with Tierramérica.
Cat's claw, a Peruvian plant being exploited by foreign pharmaceutical companies
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How Much Is the Biodiversity of the Andes Worth?
By Abraham Lama
he issue of access to genetic resources will continue to complicate free trade negotiations with the United States, warn Peruvian experts on the eve of the seventh round of talks.
Ecologists oppose government land reforms of the Hato Piñero, dedicated to cattle ranching and rich in plant and animal life.
Credit: Hato Piñero
Agrarian Reform Reaches the Forest Edge
By Yensi Rivero
he land intervention policy of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez could hurt nature preserves that are that are rich in biological resources, warn environmentalists.
GUATEMALA: Plans for Planting 75 Million Trees
Some 75 million trees are to be planted in Guatemala before 2008 as part of the ''Guate Verde'' plan, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Mario Dary told Tierramérica.
HONDURAS: Reporter Faces Trial for Defending Environment
- Journalist Frank Mejía tried to protect the trees in the Honduran capital's main park, and ended up in the courts, accused of ''disobedience''.
BRAZIL: Bio-Construction at the World Social Forum
The 5th World Social Forum put into practice the technique of bio-construction -- ''less expensive and more ecologically correct'' -- in building the venues for five days of conferences and debate by 120,000 civil society activists gathered in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.
CHILE: Ecologists Applaud Energy Efficiency Plan
The non-governmental Sustainable Chile Program congratulated Economy Minister Jorge Rodríguez for presenting a National Energy Efficiency Project, which includes standards for both the public and private sectors for rational use and saving energy.
CARIBBEAN: Community Education to Save Birds
Residents of coastal ecosystems in two Cuban provinces, like their counterparts in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, are learning in conference and workshops about protecting the 'yaguasa criolla' (Dendrocygna arobrea), a Caribbean bird that faces extinction.
VENEZUELA: Indians Pro-Water, Anti-Coal
Indigenous and peasant communities of the northwestern Venezuelan oil-producing state of Zulia, bordering Colombia, founded the Water for Life Committee as a counterweight to a government proposal to mine coal in the watersheds of the area's two main rivers, the Socuy and Cachirí, and the Tulé reservoir.
Lessons From a Unique Decade
José Graziano da Silva *
Rio+20 and Beyond: Together for a Sustainable Future
José Graziano da Silva *
Why Inclusive Green Growth Can Sustain Recent Gains in Latin America
The Global Food Crisis and the Latin American Paradox
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Crisis Sows Community Gardens in Spain
CDs Become Weapon in Political Armoury
Private Interests Infiltrate G20 Summit
Pakistanis Blame CIA for Fresh Polio Cases
Setting Goals to Protect Half the Planet
Defining Green Economy May Stymie Rio Summit
"We All Have to Start Being City Changers"
Tension Around Possible Islamic State in Northern Mali
Health Warnings Loud and Clear on Cigarettes in Argentina
Biggest Economies Still Lagging on Renewables
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