The publication of a National Glacier Inventory in Argentina may impact the existing mining projects located in protected areas. It is uncertain when the National Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of the Law. To defend the right to their natural resources, some of the mining provinces (Salta, San Juan, Jujuy, La Rioja, Santa Cruz) issued their own glacier laws and are preparing their own inventories. At the same time, it is possible that the provinces promote a change in the Law.
This brief article examines the use of collective trademarks and its relationship with the protection of an essential component of biodiversity: Traditional Knowledge (TK). We'll overview the use of Argentine collective marks (MC), which is a new legal instrument for the protection of collective intellectual products and collective rights (of indigenous peoples and communities), with special reference to Genetic Resources, TK and Traditional Cultural Expressions.
A bill proposed in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies would create the National Registry for Ecologically Designed Products, a voluntary certification program for companies seeking recognition for products that possess qualities or characteristics that reduce their environmental impact throughout their life cycle. Companies enrolled in the Registry would be eligible for a range of benefits, including the use of a special logo and the ability to display the phrase “Ecologically Designed Product” on labels, packaging, and advertising materials.
Initiatives to reduce and manage packaging wastes appear to be gaining traction, particularly in Argentina, which enacted a new pesticide packaging take-back law and saw two new bills to establish general packaging take-back and recycling systems, and in Mexico, where legislators introduced bills to curtail the use of plastic shopping bags and require management of expanded polystyrene wastes. Attention to sustainable products is also growing in the region, with ecolabeling bills in Argentina and Brazil, and a bill in Chile to stimulate imports of several types of green technology. The issue of water as a basic human right is on the agenda in both Chile, where a committee approved a bill to prioritize human consumption over other uses of water, and Peru, with two recently introduced bills proposing to add…
The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, in coordination with the Ministries of Modernization and Production, have launched the Sustainable Public Procurement Project, an initiative funded by the United Nations Environment Programme that aims to incorporate sustainability criteria and consider economic and social costs when awarding government contracts for purchases of goods and services. Sustainability criteria will include energy efficiency, ecolabels, and carbon footprinting, among others.
Cartagena de Indias, 31 March 2016 - Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment committed on Thursday to accelerate collective action on a set of priorities ranging from climate change and air quality to safe management of chemicals, ahead of the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, in May. (more…)
In 2015, after 8 rounds of intergovernmental negotiations and with the inputs of a wide variety of stakeholders, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched to replace the Millennium Development goals (MDGs) starting 2016 and to guide the work of the United Nations for the next 15 years. (more…)