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Environmental Summit in Cuba: UNEP Rio Ten Years After

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Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 14:27:35 -0700
To: Martin Bourque <martinazo@ecologycenter.org>
From: Martin Bourque <martinazo@ecologycenter.org>
Subject: Environmental Summit in Cuba: UNEP Rio Ten Years After

Hello Friends,
Sorry for the late notice...
This was getting no coverage or recognition so we decided to get a strong
US presence there.
Attached is a formatted version for posting.
Hope you can join us,

Martin Bourque

April 2001

Dear Colleague,

We are inviting you to participate in a special U.S. delegation being
organized to attend:

The Third International Convention on Environment and Development

Fact or Dream, Ten Years After the Rio Summit

Havana, Cuba
June 17 - 24, 2001

Major topics to be addressed include:

o	Environmental Education
o	Environmental Management for Sustainable Development
o	Environmental Law and Policy
o	Economy and Environment
o	Biological Diversity and Protected Areas
o	Energy and Sustainable Development
o	Environmental Health Issues

You can obtain more detailed information on the agenda for this conference
by accessing the conference web site:


o  Many of you are receiving this letter because you have participated, or
expressed interest in participating, in a delegation focused on organic
agriculture, natural and traditional medicine or renewable energy in Cuba.
This environmental/sustainable development conference will provide a more
comprehensive understanding of the context in which Cuba's food, medicine
and energy programs are developed.

o  Cuba has been selected for special recognition by the United Nations
Environmental Program (UNEP) this year because of the extraordinary
progress it has made during the last decade in creating model programs in
sustainable development.

o  The conference is a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of
Cuba's environmental policies and programs; the significance of the Cuban
model to other countries of the developing world (which we think is quite
considerable); and how professionals from the developed world can work
together with their Cuban counterparts to promote sustainability world wide.


In an effort to facilitate your participation in this conference, we are
organizing a special  U.S. delegation that will meet in Cancun, Mexico on
Sunday, June 17 for the flight to Havana. The one- week program will
include the conference itself; additional meetings with Cuban specialists
involved in projects in organic agriculture, natural and traditional
medicine, and renewable energy; and a visit to one of Cuba's four
internationally recognized Bio Reserves.  The program will conclude on
Sunday afternoon, June 24.

Travel arrangements will be made by Global Exchange Reality Tours, a
licensed Cuba travel service provider with twelve years experience
organizing educational Cuba tours.  As professionals and/or participants on
an educational trip, you will be fully licensed to participate in this

The cost of the delegation will be $1300.  This includes round-trip airfare
from Cancun to Havana; three meals per day; accommodation at an ocean
front, four star hotel; full program with translators and tour guides; all
in-country transportation; and attention to delegates' individual
professional requests.

The conference fee of $250 will be paid by participants in cash upon
arrival at the conference. Participants will also cover the cost of their
roundtrip airfare to Cancun.


We have been involved in sustainable development projects in Cuba for many
years, each in our respective fields.  We have been continually impressed,
as have participants on the many previous delegations, with Cuba's unique
and ever broadening approach to meeting its food, medicine and energy needs
in an integrated and sustainable way.

We are including here all of our email addresses in case you wish to
contact one of us individually regarding your participation in the


In addition to the conference delegation, we invite you to become involved
in future interchange with our Cuban ecological counterparts.  We are
working on a pilot project for a U.S.-based organization which will
interact more extensively with Cuba's large community of specialists who
are developing Cuban policies, strategies and projects in sustainable
development.  The possibility exists for long term U.S.- Cuba exchanges of
great depth and breadth.  We welcome you to join us in this effort.


Martin Bourque, Ecology Center, Berkeley, CA  (martinazo@ecologycenter.org)
Dr. Michele Frank, M.D.  (mfrank@infomed.sld.cu)
Laurie Stone, Engineer, Solar Energy International  (lstone@sopris.net)
Pam Montanaro or  Caryn Mandelbaum, Cuba Program Coordinators, Global
Exchange (pam@globalexchange.org)  (caryn@globalexchange.org)

U.S. Mailing Address:
Cuba Environmental Conference/Pam
c/o Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street, Suite #303
San Francisco, CA  94708
Phone 415-255-7296, ext 231

o To learn more about the conference and this exciting pilot project,
please "reply" to pam@globalexchange.org  by typing an "X"  beside one or
both of the categories on the form below, along with your name and contact


___  Yes I am interested in participating in the delegation.  Please send
me additional information and the application form.

___  Yes I am interested in learning about future opportunities to engage
in interchange with Cuban environmental specialists in the areas of health,
agriculture, energy as well as general environmental projects.  Please add
me to your mailing list.

Full Name:
Profession/ Organization:
Street Address:
City. State, and Zip Code:
Telephone Number(s):
Email Address:

Martin Bourque, M.A.
Executive Director

The Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, Ca 94702
Tel (510) 548-2220 x234  Fax (510) 548-2240


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