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"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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GUATEMALA: Protesting Against the Central American Free Trade Area

GUATEMALA CITY- Local farmers and ranchers are asking the Guatemalan government to exclude them from the free trade agreement that five Central American countries are negotiating with the United States.

“The United States says it wants to compete on an equal footing, but it is talking about phasing out tariffs on our products over a period of 10 to 15 years, and it refuses to open its market to our sugar and coffee,” the president of the Association of Rice-Growers of Guatemala, Luis Mazariegos, told Tierramérica.

If the free trade deal is signed this month as planned, over two million people with links to the sector “will be affected by unfair competition that will drive us into bankruptcy,” the farmer warned.

A group of rice and bean farmers and ranchers “is demanding that the government leave us out of the treaty, because otherwise thousands of people will be put out of work,” he added.

But Deputy Minister of the Economy Guido Rodas said no sector can be left out, and promised that the free trade agreement will not be signed if it does not benefit Guatemala’s producers.


CUBA: Cuban Flicker Changes Habits

HAVANA – The bird known as Fernandina’s or Cuban Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae) no longer pecks holes in tree trunks to make its nests, which is accentuating the risk that the species will go extinct, say researchers.

Experts in Villa Clara, 300 kms from Havana, warned that the change of habits is leading to a reduction in the number of flickers, which live in forested areas in the western and central parts of Cuba. But they have not yet determined why the flicker changed its nesting habits.

The 34-cm-long bird normally uses its beak to make nesting holes in the trunks of sick or dead trees. The hollows are then used year after year by other birds.

Although there is no lack of sick or dead trees, the flicker now prefers to use hollows created by other species, unusual behavior that is worrying researchers at the National Company of Protection of Flora and Fauna.


NICARAGUA: TV Campaign to Protect Natural Beauty

MANAGUA – Nicaragua’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Arturo Harding, announced a televised campaign aimed at preserving and publicizing the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Biological Corridor of the Atlantic (CBA).

Local flora and fauna and pristine spots on the country’s Caribbean coastline recently began to be aired on TV as part of a government publicity strategy.

The campaign, aimed at raising awareness on the need to preserve nature in Nicaragua and to prevent the destruction of the environment, will run through May 2004.

One of the objectives is to publicize the CBA, how it can be sustainably exploited, and its importance for the development of sustainable tourism.

The CBA, which stretches along Nicaragua’s Caribbean shoreline and encompasses half of the national territory, covers one of the biggest protected areas in the country, Bosawás, where ancient trees of precious wood and abundant wildlife are found.

The CBA project was launched in 1994, with the support of international bodies, to promote sustainable development.

* Source: Inter Press Service.


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