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Una edición especial de Tierramérica sobre el Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano con el respaldo de la Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo y el Banco Mundial.

Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo     Banco Mundial


"Enlaces Externos"

Sitio web del Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano: Naturalmente Unidos

PNUMA: Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano: detalles y metas del proyecto

Banco Mundial: información sobre proyectos ambientales en Centroamérica, incluyendo al CBM

Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo: noticias, documentos, legislación...

WRI: En busca de un enfoque común para el CBM: texto completo del documento en español en formato PDF (238 Kb)

PNUD-CCAD-GTZ: Presentación del proyecto del CBM

NASA/CCAD: Mapeo y monitoreo del CBM

The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor: un estudio del CBM por Craig Metrick (en inglés)

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BRAZIL: Anti-Coal Coalition Launched

RIO DE JANEIRO - "No to Coal!" is the slogan of a coalition of two-dozen environmental groups formalized last week to demand a ban in Brazil on this energy source. Their priority is to prevent the construction of five coal-fired electrical plants in southern Brazil, where the country's coal deposits are located.

The environmental harm caused by this fossil fuel is described in "Coal: Yesterday's Fuel", a book published by Friends of the Earth-Brazil and Greenpeace, released May 25 to mark the launch of the new coalition.

Its goal is to promote renewable energy sources, such as wind, biomass, and southern Brazil has an abundance of rice chaff and strong winds, Friends coordinator Kathia Monteiro told Tierramérica. The new movement also rejects nuclear energy and major hydroelectric dams, she said.


VENEZUELA: Getting Rid of Pesticides

CARACAS - Venezuela will invest 4.2 million dollars on destroying a thousand tons of pesticides, including DDT (dichloro dyphenil trychloroethane), toxaphene, lead arsenate and methyl bromide.

Barrels containing these "persistent organic pollutants" (POPs) will be sent this month to Germany, where they will be incinerated, stored in high-security drums and buried in a salt mine.

According to the environmental group Aguaclara, Venezuelan imported more than eight thousand tons of POPs in the 1960s for the beneficiaries of an agrarian reform process.

"These pollutants are no longer used, but have medium and long term effects," Environment Ministry representative Emilio Chacón told Tierramérica.

Aguaclara activist María Eugenia Gil told Tierramérica, "It's essential to investigate in order to find more pollutants that were buried or are being stored" in Venezuela.

On May 17, the Stockholm Convention on POPs entered into force for the 59 countries that ratified the treaty, but Venezuela is not among them.


HONDURAS: Dive-Fishing to End in 2005

TEGUCIGALPA - The government of Honduras announced that beginning next year it will work to eliminate dive-fishing for lobster in the Caribbean department of La Mosquitia, a fishing technique that has left at least 4,200 indigenous divers injured.

Miguel Suazo, head of the fishing division of the Agriculture Secretariat, explained to Tierramérica that diving for lobster, without the necessary safety measures, leads to decompression syndrome, characterized by lack of oxygen to the brain and various kinds of neurological disorders.

"There's a certain amount of resistance in the business community to implement the fishing regulations and protect the divers, but we cannot continue allowing more people to be injured and we are going to eliminate dive fishing in 2005," said Suazo.

Arquídimes López, one of the Misquito Indians living with a diving injury, told Tierramérica that he is pleased with the government's announcement because "we feel unprotected. We are slowly dying and it seemed that nobody was aware of it."


GUATEMALA: Protecting Rivers

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture is set to protect the Xayá and Pixcayá rivers in the western department of Chimaltenango, which supply 38 percent of the potable water consumed in the capital.

The program already has the approval of President Oscar Berger, but its cost has not yet been established, nor the source of financing, José Duro, the ministry's geographic planning coordinator, told Tierramérica.

The protection strategy for the two river basins consists of three phases, says Duro. The first is focused on preserving forests and parks, the second promotes planting of fruit trees in the high erosion zones, and the third is to diversify economic activities in the river valleys, located some 150 km west of the capital.


* Source: Inter Press Service.


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