Monthly Archives: October 2008

Sustainability processes and the private sector

Eco-efficiency Program: How can we increase the private sector´s participation in sustainability?A reflection on actual practices, values and commitment to sustainability might be a good place to start.In 2007-8 I worked for an environmental consultancy in Ecuador with the philosophy: we practice what we preach. As this is no easy feat, they hired me to assist them with this process and develop a similar program for businesses and offices interested in doing something positive for the environment. Continue reading

Income vs. health in the banana sector

I was recently involved in a study about the use of agro-chemicals by banana plantations in the El Oro province in Ecuador. While my colleagues were visiting banana plantations, generally medium to small in size (less than 10ha), i was visiting surrounding populations (pueblos), primary schools and medical centres to try and identify and understand the reality in which residents live.I visited one school in particular that stood out from the rest. Getting to it involved driving about 20mins off the main road, passing nothing but banana trees (I’m not actually sure how it fit into our sample). A few typical houses here and there and then suddenly a more obvious settlement with a group of houses and packing areas. Continue reading

Puerto Hondo: Micro Banking Case Study

Project Background:Between September 2003 and June 2006 I worked for College of the Rockies on a CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) funded Sustainable Tourism Project in Guayaquil, Ecuador. My position as coordinator entailed 2 related projects: i.) strengthening community eco-tourism and ii.) forming a community bank in the small town of Puerto Hondo. Continue reading