Monthly Archives: November 2013

Who is in charge of Guatemala’s Water Management?

So who the hell manages the water in Guatemala? I mentioned some of the organizations and institutes that are in charge of some aspect of water provision in the last post.  There is no water protection law in Guatemala (although … Continue reading

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2012 Guatemalan Environmental Report

The 2012 Guatemalan Environmental Report came out last month published by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources. The report runs through the current conditions of the water, soil, fauna, air and finally, the actions that the ministry is … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus: an evil plot to destroy Guatemala, or just a good idea?

Eucalyptus has been used throughout the developing world as a quick solution to reforestation. It grows quickly and its wood is excellent for fuel. In Guatemala, the National Forest Institute (INAB), which is in charge of reforestation efforts in the … Continue reading

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Arguing over the budget: Guatemala sounds a lot like the U.S.

Guatemalan politicians have been scrambling to approve the 2014 budget for the past few months. Things don’t look good. Yesterday, after a week of closed door meetings internal party, it was reported that nobody was even talking, let alone negotiating. … Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility in Guatemala: a positive step or a whitewash?

The Ministry of Energy and Mines announced yesterday that they will begin using Brazil’s Corporate Social Responsibility model to try to cut down on resistance to hydroelectric projects in the country. The idea is to set out a formal process … Continue reading

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Manual Baldizón: a real class act

I know that running for political office is more about selling an image than debating the merits of your ideas, but I guess I was a surprised by how explicit Manuel Baldizón is in explaining himself that way. Baldizón was … Continue reading

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Why did the primary victims of Rios Montt’s genocide vote for him years later?

A few weeks back, talking about Rios Montt, the genocide trial, and the Ixil people, a Guatemalan colleague commented that the strangest thing for him was that in the area of the Quiché region—the area where genocide occurred—Rios Montt had … Continue reading

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