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International Civic Organisations and Environmental Problems in the Caribbean. The Negotiation of a Sustainable Region

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Author(s): Basilio Verduzco Chávez

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 65;
Start page: 129;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Caribe | medio | ambiente convenios | negociaciones | desarrollo sostenible | sociedad civil

ABSTRACT
This article analyses the way in which international civic organisations contribute to the debate on environmental problems in Caribbean countries. It highlights the fact that these organisations have two well-identified ways of acting which have the purpose of influencing the way in which national and local governments understand the environmental problem. On the one hand, there is the means of diplomatic influence, in which their actions are aimed at shaping the drafting of international agreements and protocols in the area of environmental protection in the region; and, on the other hand, there is more direct participation in the discussion of specific cases of threats to the region’s sustainability and to endangered landscapes and species. The objective is to show how,from an agenda structured around a few issues, international civic organisations maintain a segmented strategy of intervention in debates that allows them to simultaneously spread environmental activism in the region and change the orientation of governments’environmental policies.
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