Central America & the Caribbean

December 1, 2015 to December 5, 2015

IAIA Special Symposium: Sustainable Mega-Infrastructure and Impact Assessment

The International Association for Impact Assessment’s symposium in Panama City will explore the challenges of population growth and the increasing human needs associated with economic growth through the lens of mega-infrastructure projects, with a focus on “sustainable infrastructure.”

October 11, 2015

DEADLINE: UNDP Climate Change Storytelling Contest

This United Nations Development Programme contest provides young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity, and providing recognition for excellence. Winners will be funded to attend and cover COP21. Enter by Oct 11.

August 31, 2015

DEADLINE: Lorenzo Natali Media Prize

The European Commission rewards journalists for outstanding reporting on development and poverty eradication. Open to professional journalists working for all different media types, as well as amateur journalists, including bloggers, from Africa, the Arab world and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe. Cash prizes of €5000. Enter by Aug 31.

"Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence"

"HAVANA — Like many of his countrymen, Jorge Angulo hopes the United States will lift the decades-old economic embargo against Cuba. But Dr. Angulo, a senior marine scientist at the University of Havana, is also worried about the effects that a flood of American tourists and American dollars might have on this country’s pristine coral reefs, mangrove forests, national parks and organic farms — environmental assets that are a source of pride here."

Source: NY Times, 07/02/2015

"Suspects Acquitted in Shocking Murder of Sea Turtle Conservationist"

"[Last week], the seven men accused of brutally murdering Jairo Mora Sandoval on a beach in Costa Rica two years ago were acquitted of the crime. Mora's murder shocked the Central American country—long known for the progressive protection of its lush rainforests and sweeping beaches—but the judge who acquitted the accused cited reasonable doubt and a investigation marred by mistakes, including mishandled evidence. Judge Yolanda Alvaredo also acquitted the seven men of all additional counts, including sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery."

Source: Mongabay, 02/02/2015


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