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Region360.org Policy Newsletter

February 19 · Issue #3 · View online

We monitor hundreds of bilingual publications and organizations from across the sustainability and climate policy sectors in Latin America. Our human editors vet this content for quality and hand-pick the most stimulating and pertinent policy-related content. We have strong interests on climate adaptation and mitigation, SDG's, water and climate justice, indigenous rights, and gender equity.


We are pleased to share our first newsletter that includes an analysis and summary of the articles, events, and informational content. Going forward, this will be our new format to help guide our readers through each week’s developments on sustainability and climate change policy in Latin America. We hope to include more content, such as interviews, podcasts, guest authors, and more educational opportunities in the future. While this newsletter remains internal, we are excited to announce that we are preparing to go public soon, so please send us your feedback and ideas!
In this Issue:
This issue covers legal challenges and inequality in land rights from Indigenous communities in Colombia and Panama, to an increasing number of communities in Honduras, increased gender-based violence in Latin America due to COVID-19, the role of digital technologies in rural communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, accountability to conservation in Mexico, and an in-depth analysis of US foreign aid in the Northern Triangle. We also highlight some exciting events to gain female perspectives on gender equality, climate justice, a Green New Deal for Latin America, and a virtual course opportunity to learn about Andean ecosystems environmental management.
We continue to follow the landmark court ruling to recognize the protected Indigenous territory of Comarca for the Naso Tjër Di people in northern Panama and how the adjudication of Indigenous Peoples lands can accelerate conservation efforts. While legal recognition of Indigenous people’s territories is a great first step, the case of predatory wind farm developers establishing misleading agreements with the Wayuu peoples in the Indigenous territory of La Guajira, Colombia, has demonstrated how lack of government oversight or enforcement of Indigenous Peoples land rights has resulted in land leasing regardless of legal rights. Though wind farms are a sustainable energy source, leasing Indigenous territories without proper consultation and consent is not sustainable development. In Argentina, environmental law firm AIDA, has laid a case before the Supreme Court of Mendoza to fight recent regulations allowing for fracking that are argued to violate Argentina’s climate commitments and ignores a legal principle known as the “precautionary principle.”
Finally, US foreign aid to Central America has evolved significantly since the 1980s. However, despite improvements in some areas, US foreign policies’ misalignment with US foreign assistance objectives has led to significant shortcomings in these efforts. The Wilson Center’s US foreign aid analysis shows how equitable partnerships and local leadership in assistance efforts are critical to improving foreign interventions.
Melina Smith, Research Assistant, Region360.org

New report, Central America: US foreign aid to the northern triangle 2014–2019: promoting success by learning from the past New report, Central America: US foreign aid to the northern triangle 2014–2019: promoting success by learning from the past
Event reminder: cátedra--repensar el futuro de América Latina y el Caribe Event reminder: cátedra--repensar el futuro de América Latina y el Caribe
Event recap: cinco claves para salvar el medio ambiente en Colombia
Virtual event, SDG5: high-level authorities from the region will analyze fulfillment of gender equality commitments in the context of the pandemic Virtual event, SDG5: high-level authorities from the region will analyze fulfillment of gender equality commitments in the context of the pandemic
Colombia: renewable energies in Colombia-all that glitters is not gold
Argentina: fracking regulation in Mendoza violates Argentina's climate commitments
Reminder, virtual event, March 4, ecosocialismo: envisioning Latin America’s green new deal
Panama, follow up: Indigenous community wins recognition of its land rights in Panama
Mexico, biodiversity: el gobierno deberá explicar alta mortandad de tortugas caguama
Online course: IPROMO 2021 Latinoamericano: gestión sostenible de socio-ecosistemas en los Andes Online course: IPROMO 2021 Latinoamericano: gestión sostenible de socio-ecosistemas en los Andes
Regional, SDG9: expertos instan a Latinoamérica a cerrar la brecha digital en zonas rurales
Virtual event: forum of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on sustainable development 2021 Virtual event: forum of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on sustainable development 2021
Honduras, governmentally, development: a private government in honduras moves forward Honduras, governmentally, development: a private government in honduras moves forward
Regional, gender quality: a pandemic within a pandemic: violence in Latin America against women and the LGBTQ+ community Regional, gender quality: a pandemic within a pandemic: violence in Latin America against women and the LGBTQ+ community
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