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Asunto:[LEA-Venezuela] TrastorDigest (2da parte) 26-06-2001 NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
Fecha:Jueves, 28 de Junio, 2001  02:02:16 (-0400)
Autor:Interfaz Amazonica <interfaz @.....net>

TrastorDigest de noticias ambientalistas internacionales

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Las noticias numeros del 1) al 7) del dia 26JUNIO2001 ya fueron enviadas el
martes pasado.
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Las noticias del dia 27JUNIO2001 seran enviadas el dia 28JUN2001, por
retrasos de diversas causas.
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Disculpen la tardanza de esta segunda parte del 26 y las noticias del 27,
pero el miercoles se fue la luz varias veces en Santa Elena, justo cuando
llego un autobus de Dragoman ( www.dragoman.com ) completo lleno de turistas
queriendo usar Internet en la Interfaz Amazonica (la cola era larga para la
conexion cuando llegaba la luz), y ademas la alergia me ha estado matando
todo el dia de hoy peor que nunca, no se, sera el stress del dia de hoy...
Pero bueno, eso son excusas, aqui las noticias:

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NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
26 de Junio de 2001 (2da. parte)

8) JAPON:  La Globalizacion y el crecimiento economico puede aumentar las
emisiones de CO2 de Japon
El volumen de dioxido de carbono liberado en el año 2030 sera 44 por ciento
mayor que en 1990, asumiendo que las prioridades son dadas al crecimiento
economico mas que a la politica ambiental y asumiendo una economia de
mercado globalizada, anuncio el Ministerio del Ambiente. La economia
japonesa podria continuar creciendo a una rata de 1,5 por ciento - 2,1 por
ciento.
Si la economia mundial cambia hacia el regionalismo, y la prioridad es dada
al ambiente, el dioxido de carbono liberado en el 2030 sera 6 por ciento mas
bajo que el nivel de 1990. La economia japonesa creceria entonces a una rata
de solo 0,5 por ciento - 0,7 por ciento, de acuerdo a los calculos del
ministerio.



9) Hong Kong: HKPC introduce programa para promover la educacion ambiental
El TechMart del Consejo de Productividad de Hong Kong (HKPC) lanzo
oficialmente un programa de educacion ambiental el martes en Hong Kong. "El
programa aspira promover la educacion ambiental basado en la extensa y
practica experiencia ambiental de HKPC".  El programa, un modelo educacional
sobre purificacion del agua con tratamientos fisicos y quimicos, sera
introducido e instalado en cuatro escuelas Tung Wah. El programa esta
diseñado para proveer a los estudiantes en la operacion de sistemas reales
de tratamientos de aguas residuales. Se estan planeando dos modelos
educacionales mas, sobre procesos de tratamientos biologicos y sistemas de
filtracion de membranas respectivamente, y estaran disponibles en un futuro
cercano.



10) Ministro del Ambiente, Tierras y Parques de BC: Un oso alimentado es un
oso muerto.
Se le recuerda al publico que es una ofensa alimentar a la vida salvaje. Los
que fallen en cumplir  encaran penas de hasta US$50.000, y seran convictos.



11) Naciones Unidas: En una reunion en Londres con lideres corporativos, el
Secretario General describe propuesta para 'Global compact' con las Naciones
Unidas.
Este es el texto de las observaciones del Secretario General Kofi Annan el
viernes pasado (Junio 22) en Londres con mas o menos 75 lideres corporativos
del Reino Unido:
El 'Compact' es una iniciativa voluntaria. Solo pedimos a las compañias que
abracen nueve principios sencillos pero fundamentales en el area de derechos
humanos, normas de labor y el ambiente. Uds. deberian estar familiarizados
con estos principios, estos son como sigue:
En el area de derechos Humanos, los negocios deberian:
1. Apoyar y respetar la proteccion de los derechos humanos
internacionalmente proclamados.
2. Estar seguros que no son complices en abusos de derechos humanos.
En el area de labor, los negocios deberian:
3. Defender la libertad de asociacion y el reconocimiento efectivo del
derecho al regateo ['bargaining?'] colectivo
4. Eliminar todas las formas de labor forzada y obligatoria.
5. Trabajar por la abolicion efectiva de los trabajadores infantiles
6. Eliminar la discriminacion en respeto del empleo y la ocupacion
En el area del ambiente, los negocios deberian:
7. Apoyar una aproximacion precaucionaria a los retos ambientales
8. Emprender iniciativas para promover mayor responsabilidad ambiental
9. Alentar el desarrollo y difusion de tecnologias amigables al ambiente.



12) BASF establece un consejo de sostenibilidad -- Comite para desarrollar
estrategias para el desarrollo sostenible.
Pautas practicas para los sitios de BASF en todo el mundo. BASF se ha
convertido en una de las primeras compañias en establecer un Consejo de
Sostenibilidad. La tarea de este consejo es crear estructuras e instrumentos
para nutrir el desarrolo sostenible de la empresa. De esta manera, BASF
quiere que las actividades de la compañia contribuyan al desarrollo
economico, social y ambiental sin comprometer los prospectos de desarrollo
de las generaciones futuras.


13)Egipto: Egipto e Italia firman protocolo de cooperacion de 3 años
En los campos cientificos y de tecnologia. El trato cubre las areas de
transferencia de tecnologia, tecnologia de informacion, energia renovable,
bio-tecnologia y ambiente.



14) Reino Unido: Empieza la temporada de smog de verano.
El clima calido y las condiciones sobre mucho del sur y del este de
Inglaterra han traido el primer episodio de smog del año.



15) Reino Unido: El gobierno revisa los objetivos de energia.
El ministro de Energia Brian Wilson esta por presidir un grupo llevando a
una revision por parte de la Unidad de Actuacion e Innovacion de las
opciones de nuestros objetivos a largo plazo de energia, anuncio el primer
ministro hoy.



16) China reducira los impuestos sobre la importacion de madera por tres
años a 2-3 por ciento desde 15-22 porciento actual
Y permitira a las compñias extranjeras tratar directamente en transacciones
madereras en China.




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8) JAPON:  La Globalizacion y el crecimiento economico puede aumentar las
emisiones de CO2 de Japon
GLOBALIZATION, ECONOMIC GROWTH MAY HIKE JAPAN'S CO2 EMISSIONS

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 2:38 AM EST

TOKYO, Jun 26, 2001 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- The volume of carbon dioxide
released in 2030 will be 44 per cent greater than in 1990, assuming priority
is given to economic growth over environmental policy and assuming a
globalized market economy, the Ministry of the Environment announced. The
Japanese economy would continue to grow at a rate of 1.5 per cent-2.1 per
cent.

If the world economy shifts toward regionalism, and priority is given to the
environment, however, carbon dioxide released in 2030 will be 6 per cent
lower than the 1990 level. The Japanese economy would then grow at a rate of
only 0.5 per cent-0.7 per cent, according to the ministry's calculations.
(Nikkei)
(C) 2001 Asia Pulse Pte Ltd

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Environment/water pollution Economy
Copyright © 2001, Asia Pulse, all rights reserved.



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9) Hong Kong: HKPC introduce programa para promover la educacion ambiental
(HKPC Introduces Program to Promote Environmental Education)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 4:02 AM EST

HONG KONG, Jun 26, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The TechMart of the Hong Kong
Productivity Council (HKPC) officially launched a program to promote
environmental education in Hong Kong Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Stephen Lee, director of HKPC, said, "The
environmental Education Program, initiated by HKPC with the support of Tung
Wah Group, aims to promote environmental education in Hong Kong based on the
extensive and practical environmental experience of HKPC."

Under the program, an educational model on water purification by physical
and chemical treatment, developed recently by HKPC, will be introduced and
installed in four Tung Wah Schools for teaching purpose by the end of June.

The model is designed to provide students with an overview of the operation
of a real wastewater treatment system.

According to Lee, another two education models, on biological treatment
processes and membrane filtration system respectively, are under planning
and will be available in the near future.

Copyright 2001 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY
Copyright © 2001, Xinhua News Agency, all rights reserved.



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10) Ministro del Ambiente, Tierras y Parques de BC: Un oso alimentado es un
oso muerto.
(BC Ministry of Environment, Lands & Parks: A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 4:10 AM EST

NANAIMO, Jun 26, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- The public is reminded
that it is an offence to feed wildlife, the Ministry of Water, Land and Air
Protection said today.

The Conservation Officer Service in Port Hardy has observed many people
stopping on Hwy. 19 between Port McNeill and Port Hardy to watch black bears
grazing on the roadside.

Problems invariably result for both bears and humans. The bears have been
observed stopping their normal grazing pattern and approaching vehicles when
people have pulled over to watch them. This indicates that the bears are
becoming accustomed to people providing food. When interaction between bears
and humans increases, so does the chance of conflict. One black bear that
was conditioned to being fed had to be destroyed because it was a public
safety concern.

Under the Wildlife Act it is an offence to feed bears, cougars, coyotes or
wolves. People who fail to comply face penalties of up to $50,000, upon
conviction.

People who observe anyone feeding dangerous wildlife or aggressive behaviour
by wildlife should report the information to your local conservation officer
or use the 24-hour 'Observe, Record, Report' line at 1-800-6663-9453 (WILD).
More information on reducing conflicts with bears is available on the
ministry's Web site at http://www.elp.gov.bc.ca/eeeb/.

CONTACT: Ken Fujino, Conservation Officer, Port Hardy Tel: +1 250 949 2809
Chris Askew, Communications Nanaimo Tel: +1 250 751 3252

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11) Naciones Unidas: En una reunion en Londres con lideres corporativos, el
Secretario General describe propuesta para 'Global compact' con las Naciones
Unidas.
(UN: At London meeting with corporate leaders, Secretary-General describes
proposal for `Global compact' with United Nations)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 4:06 AM EST

Jun 26, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- This is the text of remarks by
Secretary-General Kofi Annan last Friday (22 June) at a breakfast meeting in
London with some 75 corporate leaders from the United Kingdom:

It is now almost two-and-a-half years since I first challenged the world's
business leaders to enter into a Global Compact with the United Nations. My
aim was to find a way for business and the United Nations to work as
partners in pursuit of our shared interests. After all, we both want the
global economy to rest on a sound foundation. And we both want to keep the
trade regime free of unnecessary burdens and restrictions.

We have made good progress. Leading companies from every industry and every
continent are now supporting the Compact. They understand that it is not a
legally binding contract, a regulatory instrument or a code of conduct. A
number of corporations have asked if their lawyers could examine the fine
print. I have good news for you: there is no fine print.

Rather, the Compact is a voluntary initiative. We ask only that companies
embrace nine simple but fundamental principles in the areas of human rights,
core labour standards and the environment. I would like you all to be
familiar with these principles. They are as follows:

In the area of human rights, businesses should:

1. Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human
rights.

2. Make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

In the area of labour, businesses should:

3. Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the
right to collective bargaining.

4. Eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

5. Work for the effective abolition of child labour.

6. Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

And in the area of the environment, businesses should:

7. Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly
technologies.

The Compact asks that you incorporate these principles into your mission
statements and business operations; and then tell us about your experiences
in putting them into practice -- successes as well as setbacks, what works
and what doesn't. We want the Compact to be a platform for dialogue and
learning about corporate citizenship and responsibility.

We do not want to turn it into a bureaucratic enterprise full of rules and
rigid structures.

The Compact is one of many ways in which the private sector is contributing
to the work of the United Nations.

Today there is an especially urgent issue on which you can play an almost
revolutionary role: the fight against HIV/AIDS. You are all aware that this
is a global problem of catastrophic proportions, and that its impact
continues to grow. All of us need to be involved in the response.

In recent months, I have called on leaders of all countries to face this
issue head-on by breaking through the wall of silence that still surrounds
the disease and by placing it at the centre of policy-making. I have
appealed to philanthropic foundations to make AIDS a special focus of their
activities. I hope the business community will do its part.

You might ask why business should be involved. The answer is simple: because
AIDS affects business. The spread of the pandemic has caused business costs
to expand, and markets to shrink. AIDS kills people in the prime of their
lives, disrupting economies. The loss of every breadwinner means a family
deprived of health care, education and nutrition, leaving them more
vulnerable to infection. This cycle need be repeated only a few times and
AIDS destroys an entire community. AIDS can even contribute to political
instability.

Africa has been hit disproportionately hard. But infection rates are now
rising at an alarming speed in the Caribbean, the Russian Federation,
Eastern Europe, Central Asia, India and China.

Let us not be daunted, however. There is much that all of us, and all of
you, can do.

Those of you with employees in the developing world must support your staff
and their families affected by AIDS, notably by providing voluntary and
confidential testing, counselling and treatment. Business people, as
respected leaders in their communities, can encourage all sectors of society
to get involved -- particularly your peers in other companies.

You can help build the logistical capacity needed to deliver health-care
services. You can link your brands to a goal of social responsibility. You
can offer your expertise in public affairs, human resources, and strategic
planning, to help AIDS service organizations and community groups.

Finally, you can contribute as donors.

Total spending on AIDS prevention and care in low- and middle-income
countries needs to rise to something between seven and ten billion dollars
each year. That is at least five times the amount that citizens, national
governments and international donors are currently spending on the disease.

It may sound like a lot. But AIDS has already cost the world more than $500
billion. So $10 billion a year to defeat it seems fairly reasonable.

As a mechanism for mobilizing some of this extra money, I have proposed the
creation of a Global AIDS and Health Fund to support national programmes and
strategies. It will be open to both government and private donors.

Surely, in this room, there is enormous potential for new partnerships and
new ideas that will help us achieve the progress we seek -- progress that
will protect your investments, improve your reputations and customer
loyalty, and ultimately raise standards of living. In that hopeful spirit, I
am anxious to hear your comments and answer your questions. Thank you again
for being here and especially for your support of the United Nations.

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12) BASF establece un consejo de sostenibilidad -- Comite para desarrollar
estrategias para el desarrollo sostenible.
(BASF: BASF establishes Sustainability Council -- Committee to develop
strategies for Sustainable Development on behalf of the Board)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 4:06 AM EST

Jun 26, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Practical guidelines for BASF's
sites worldwide BASF has become one of the first companies to establish a
Sustainability Council. The task of this Council is to create structures and
instruments to foster the company's Sustainable Development. In this way,
BASF wants the company's activities to contribute toward economic,
ecological and social development without compromising the development
prospects of future generations.

Headed by Eggert Voscherau, member of BASF's Board of Executive Directors
and Industrial Relations Director, the Council is composed of presidents of
operating and functional divisions. Together, they will develop strategies
for the three key areas of Sustainable Development - economy, ecology and
society. The resulting projects will then be implemented by the business
units and divisions at BASF. As a result, the concept of sustainability will
be anchored more strongly in the company's goals and strategies and in its
day-to-day business. This approach also ensures that decisions are made that
are tailored to local conditions at BASF's sites around the world.

Examples of on-going projects are as follows: One project is focusing on
product assessments and investment decisions.

* This will be done, for example, using the eco-efficiency analysis
developed by BASF. The company is working to include social criteria in the
analysis and in consultation with prestigious German partners such as the
Institute of Applied Ecology (Eco-Institute) in Freiburg, Karlsruhe
University and the Wuppertal Institute. As a result, the analysis will in
future cover all three dimensions of Sustainable Development.

* In addition, BASF will be developing and monitoring Sustainable
Development criteria.

Another team is seeking ways to integrate the idea of sustainability more
strongly in BASF's relationships with its suppliers and customers.

A first concrete project has almost been completed. This year, BASF's Annual
Report and Environment, Safety, Health Report will be supplemented by a
Social Responsibility Report for the BASF Group. This report is the third
and final pillar of BASF's sustainability reporting and will be published in
summer 2001.

Sustainability has long been a part of BASF's Verbund structure.
Sustainability management can therefore build on existing strengths. BASF's
Verbund means that chemical products can be produced extremely efficiently,
conserving energy and raw materials. Research at BASF also contributes to
the future in the form of innovative materials and system solutions. In
order to reduce the energy consumed by buildings, BASF has developed a
"three-liter house" that requires only three liters of heating oil per
square meter of living space each year.

"Sustainable Development in the areas of economy, ecology and society will
be the key to success in the 21st Century," said Dr. Jurgen F. Strube,
Chairman of the BASF's Board of Executive Directors, explaining the reasons
behind the creation of the Sustainability Council. "BASF's strategy is to
increase and sustain the value of the company through growth and innovation.
We want to consistently post high profits in a way that continually
maintains and expands the conditions needed for further growth. We will best
be able to achieve this by combining our economic growth with environmental
protection and social stability." "The Sustainability Council is an internal
control mechanism that will help us to secure and extend competitive
advantages," is how its head, Eggert Voscherau, sums up the tasks of the new
body. "It will allow us to tailor our research, production and marketing at
an early stage to meet future economic, environmental and social challenges.
As a result, we are making a long-term contribution to the success of our
business." BASF is a transnational chemical company that aims to increase
and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation.

The company's product range includes high-value chemicals, plastics,
colorants and pigments, dispersions, automotive and industrial coatings,
agricultural products and fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural
gas. BASF's approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is one of
its particular strengths, ensuring cost leadership and a unique competitive
advantage. With sales of about ?36 billion (circa $34 billion) and a
workforce of 103,000 employees in 2000, BASF is one of the world's leading
chemical companies. BASF acts in accordance with the principles of
Sustainable Development. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in
Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and New York (BF). The company's Internet
address is www.basf.com.

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13)Egipto: Egipto e Italia firman protocolo de cooperacion de 3 años
(Egypt and Italy signed a three-year cooperation protocol)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 4:49 AM EST

CAIRO, Jun 26, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- In scientific and technological
fields on Monday.  The deal covers the areas of technology transfer,
information technology, renewable energy, bio-technology and environment.

Copyright 2001 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY
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14) Reino Unido: Empieza la temporada de smog de verano.
(UK Government: Start of the summer smog season)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 5:14 AM EST

Jun 26, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- The warm weather and still
conditions over much of southern and eastern Britain has led to the first
summer smog episode of the year.

'High' levels of ozone are forecast today for wide areas of London, the
south-east, East Anglia and central England. These levels are likely to
persist until tomorrow evening in London and the south-east, after which the
weather is predicted to become more changeable.

Some people are more sensitive to ozone than others and may begin to notice
an effect on their breathing. Exposure to ozone can be reduced by avoiding
exercise outdoors in the afternoon. People with asthma are not necessarily
more sensitive but, if affected, can use their 'reliever' inhaler.

Notes to Editors

Hourly Air Pollution Information can be found on: CEEFAX (pages 410 - 417)
TELETEXT (page 155) Freephone (0800 556677) Internet
http://www.environment.defra.gov.uk/airq/aqinfo.htm The information and the
air pollution forecast is also sent by FAX or e-mail, free of charge, every
day to a variety of outlets including regional and national newspapers,
television and radio stations, environmental groups, local authorities, and
international organisations (e.g. RIVM in the Netherlands).

If you would like to be added to this individual service, ring the
Government's contractors at the National Environmental Technology Centre
(Geoff Broughton on 01235-463072) Air Pollution Information System Levels of
air pollution are described as "low", "moderate", "high" and "very high".
The classifications were chosen on the basis of effects on health. The "low"
band for each pollutant covers levels up to the air quality standard set in
the National Air Quality Strategy.

These standards are based on the best available consensual view of medical
and scientific experts on the UK Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards.

The breakpoints between the "moderate", "high" and "very high" bands were
recommended by the Department of Health's Committee on the Medical Effects
of Air Pollutants (COMEAP). This Committee was established by the Chief
Medical Officer in 1992 to assess and advise Government on the effects upon
health of air pollutants. Ozone is described as high when hourly averages
exceed 90 parts per billion (ppb). Particulates are described as moderate
when the 24-hour running average exceeds 50 micrograms per cubic metre
(ugm-3).

Full details of the bands for all the pollutants are available on the DEFRA
website.

Health Advice

The following advice on health applies when air pollution is "high" or "very
high" "During episodes of air pollution experienced during the summer in the
United Kingdom, levels of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particles may be
raised.

Most people will experience no ill effects. Those suffering from lung
disease (including asthma) particularly if elderly, should be aware that
their symptoms may worsen. They may need to consider modifying their
treatment as they usually do when symptoms increase, consulting their
doctors as necessary if this is not effective.

People who have noticed in the past that their breathing is affected on hot,
sunny days should avoid strenuous outdoor activity, particularly in the
afternoon. Children with asthma should be able to take part in games in the
usual way, although they may need to increase their use of reliever
medicines before participating. There is no need for them to stay away from
school." Presentation of the information When air pollution levels are
presented to the public, an overall summary is provided followed by
pollutant specific information. When the overall summary is presented for
each region, levels of air pollution are described as those occurring in the
highest band for any individual pollutant. For example, if levels of all
pollutants in a region were low, with the exception of one pollutant which
was high, then in the overall summary the air pollution for that region
would be described as "high".

Action individuals can take to reduce pollution.

The largest single source of pollution in urban areas of the UK is the motor
vehicle, but other activities can also pollute. There are some important
ways in which we can contribute, particularly when air pollution levels are
high.

Ground level ozone is produced when sunlight acts on nitrogen dioxide, which
is mostly emitted from motor vehicles - there are no direct emissions of
ozone to the atmosphere. Before using your car ask yourself - do I really
need to make this journey? Do I really need to use the car, or could I walk
or cycle? If you must drive, switch off the engine if you expect to be
stationary for more than a couple of minutes, and drive smoothly - it will
save you fuel and money and you will emit less pollution.

Avoid overfilling the petrol tank and spilling petrol - this evaporates and
releases hydrocarbons which are toxic and form ozone.

Buy water-based or low-solvent paints, glues, varnishes, wood preservatives
wherever you can.

Avoid burning solid fuels if you can.

Europe Ozone Directive: The European Union is currently negotiating a
strategy for EU-wide abatement of ozone levels and acidification.

Ozone is an international pollutant, in that emissions in one country can
react in the air to form ozone in another country.

Co-operative action is therefore required to reduce European ozone levels.
The Directive on ozone, together with another Directive on national emission
ceilings, was published by the European Commission on 9 June 1999 and is
nearing adoption within the EU. The current European Community Directive on
air pollution by ozone (92/72/EEC) requires that the public be informed when
hourly levels are above an 'information threshold' of 90ppb or a 'warning
threshold' of 180ppb and the UK complies with this requirement.

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15) Reino Unido: El gobierno revisa los objetivos de energia.
(UK Government: Review of energy objectives)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 5:19 AM EST

Jun 26, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Energy Minister Brian Wilson is to
chair a group leading a review by the Performance and Innovation Unit of the
options for meeting our long-term energy objectives, the Prime Minister
announced today.

Brian Wilson said: "This group has been set a vital task - identifying the
longer term strategic objectives of energy policy for Great Britain. We will
examine all aspects of energy policy, including how we can meet the
challenge of global warming. We must also ensure reliable and competitive
energy supplies for the next generation.

"We are currently self sufficient in energy at competitive prices.

We have diverse sources of supply. We are also on target to more than meet
our Kyoto commitments at the end of the decade.

"However we must not be complacent. In future we expect to become
increasingly dependent on imports of fuel and particularly gas which could
eventually become a dominant source of our supplies. And in the longer term,
we will need to reduce our carbon emissions further in order to play our
part in meeting the challenge of global warming.

The review will consider the role of coal, gas, oil and renewables in our
future energy balance as well as Combined Heat and Power and the enhancement
of energy efficiency. The review will also need to consider what, if any,
role the nuclear industry should play in meeting the environmental and
security of supply objectives. Our energy strategy for the future will need
a European and even a Global dimension.

"The work of this group will provide a key input to the Government's future
policy on security of energy supply, and on climate change.

It will also address the Government's response to the Royal Commission
Report on Environmental Pollution.

"Competitive markets will continue to be central to energy policy.

The aim of the review will be to define objectives within that framework and
to develop a strategy consistent with longer-term goals.

"I shall be meeting key stakeholders to explain the objectives of the
review. I am keen that they should play an active role in its work and that
the review will be carried out in an open and transparent manner."

Notes for editors

1. The Prime Minister announced today in response to a question in
Parliament, that he has asked the Performance and Innovation Unit to
undertake a review of the longer term, strategic issues surrounding energy
policy for Great Britain, within the context of meeting the challenge of
global warming, while ensuring reliable and competitive energy supplies. The
aim of the review will be to set out the objectives of energy policy and
develop a strategy that ensures current policy commitments are consistent
with longer-term goals.

The Minister for Industry and Energy , the hon. Member for Cunninghame North
(Brian Wilson), will chair the advisory group for the Project which will
report by the end of the year.

2. Other Ministers on the Advisory Group include the Minister for the
Environment, the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Michael Meacher),
and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the hon. Member for Oxford East
(Andrew Smith).

3. The Performance and Innovation Unit will be responsible for the
management of the project. The Unit has posted a note of the scope of the
project on its web site which can be found at
http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/innovation. The Unit will work closely with
the DTI, DEFRA, the Treasury and other Government Departments who have a
responsibility for or an interest in energy policy. The Unit aims to
complete its work by the end of the year when Brian Wilson will deliver the
report to the Prime Minister.

4. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution published its report
"Energy - The Changing climate" Cm 4749 in June 2000.

5. Any queries on this review should be directed to the PIU at:
energyteam@...-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

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16) China reducira los impuestos sobre la importacion de madera por tres
años a 2-3 por ciento desde 15-22 porciento actual
(China to cut tariffs on wood imports to 2-3 pct from 15-22 pct over 3 yrs)

Story Filed: Tuesday, June 26, 2001 6:00 AM EST

BEIJING, Jun 26, 2001 (AFX-Asia via COMTEX) -- China will cut import tariffs
on wood products to 2-3 pct over the next three years from 15-22 pct
currently and will allow foreign companies to deal directly in timber
transactions in China, the Business Weekly magazine reported, citing Ran
Chunqiang, vice president of the China Timber Import and Export Company.

The changes are being made in an attempt to overcome the expected shortage
of domestic timber over the next decade as a result of the increasing use of
timber in construction and material making, the paper said.

"It is good news both for China to protect its forests and for foreign
timber producers and dealers to increase their market presence," Grace H Y
Zheng, director of the American Forest & Paper Association's China office
was quoted as saying.

China banned the felling of natural forests in 1998 to protect the
environment and, although it has encouraged state-owned forestry enterprises
to boost tree planting, the shortage of commercial timber is running at
between 33-43 mln cubic meters, Ran said.

Annual demand for timber is about 100 mln cubic meters.

"The variety of fast-growing forests is very limited and the quality of such
wood is poor, leaving a void to be filled by imported timber," Shen Gui,
secretary general of the China Forestry Products Association said.

Although leaders of the State Forestry Bureau have hinted that private
enterprises may be allowed to get involved in forestry, no favourable tax
policies have been worked out to encourage such a move, the paper said.

The tax on wood is 17.5 pct for private tree planters, compared with 5 pct
for state-owned forestry companies.

nma/jn


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KEYWORD:          China
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Paper
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**traducciones resumidas sin fines de lucro
y sin fines de ningun interes personal**
"todo se hace improvisando con muy escasos recursos"

-Tiempo no dedicado 100%
empleado en hacer esta 2ra parte
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1 hr 24 min en la madrugada del 28-

#debemos recordar que toda noticia podria estar
tergiversada, errada, manipulada, mal interpretada,
y en el peor de los casos ser 'greenwashing',
por los periodistas y medios de comunicacion#

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