Monthly Archives: December 2013

Watershed Management: If only people had GIS 200 years ago. (Not Guatemala related, maybe boring)

As part of my job here at the Water Resources unit of MARN, I assist in forming watershed management committees around the country. What becomes instantly obvious is the difficulty of forming these committees because rarely do political boundaries (ie … Continue reading

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Guatemala City’s Rivers Contaminated with Drugs

ElPeriodico reported last week that the two main rivers in Guatemala City, besides being contaminated with the conventional sewage, also contain a lot of drugs. Specifically, they were found to contain: ¨Acetaminophen (paracetamol), caffeine, dexketoprofen (anti-inflammatory), phenylephrine (a vasoconstrictor) and … Continue reading

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Maybe governments should just give all their money away…and then tax it back

With all the talk of giving poor people money (yes, this could only be considered a new idea in to development workers), I wanted to highlight a paper that addresses the concerns with the oil-to-cash idea, which is related to … Continue reading

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Surprise ruling: Guatemalan Constitutional Court says that community referendums can’t just be ignored

In a move that could have a big affect on Guatemala’s mining industry, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the results of a community referendum are binding. Last year, in a referendum asking residents of Matesquintla, 10,000 people voted against … Continue reading

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Closing the Garbage Dump that drains into Lake Amatitlan, a good first step

  The government plans to close down the garbage dump at Lake Amatitlan. That is a good thing. During a tour of the water treatment facilities of the lake (and yes they do exist), they seemed a bit pointless seeing … Continue reading

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Guatemala decides it doesn’t need health workers

More than 45,000 health workers lost their jobs this month in Guatemala. That is not a typo. Read that number again. The Health Ministry says it has run out of money and health workers complain that they haven’t been paid … Continue reading

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Kicking Gallo to the Curb: Guatemala’s homegrown brew losing to InBev

Global Post has an interesting piece on the war to oust Gallo’s monopoly in the Guatemalan beer market. Gallo claims to control between 70-83% of the market, but that is down from 100% ten years ago. ¨But since losing its monopoly, … Continue reading

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