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Media Alert: Nov 20 Teleconference – Seven Latin American Countries Highlight Environmental Policies That Work


New Report Produced in Collaboration with Legal Experts in Seven Latin American Highlight Environmental Policies That Work

Model can be used to accelerate cleanup of legacy-polluted toxic sites in the region

Teleconference: Wed., November, 20, 2013, 12:00 PM (EST)


The new report “Regulatory Best Practices for Remediation of Legacy Toxic Contamination” was commissioned by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) and conducted by The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. The multi-national team authoring the report included pro bono law experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. 

The report examines environmental remediation laws and regulations in seven Latin American countries and identifies practices that have proven to be particularly effective. These best practices are distilled into six governing principles that can be used as a model throughout Latin America for further refinement and discussion as environmental remediation laws are implemented, fine-tuned, and modified in the region.

The conference will be in Spanish and English. The report will be available for download at on November 20.


In the U.S., the passage of what’s known as the Superfund program was what triggered cleanup. Even then, it took years of fine-tuning and modification to come up with best practices that worked. This report will help accelerate the process for Latin American countries.


  • Bret Ericson: Senior Director and Latin America Program Manager, Blacksmith Institute, Secretariat for the GAHP
  • Clea Bowdery: Staff Attorney, Environmental Sustainability Program, The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice


Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 12:00 PM EST 

Register for Teleconference:
Please register to receive the passcode to dial into the conference.
Email with “LAC Teleconference 2013” in subject line or call the Blacksmith Institute at 212-647-8330. Please provide your name, email and phone, and affiliation. The conference will be in Spanish and English.


If you have any questions or have difficulty accessing the teleconference, please call Blacksmith Institute at 212-647-8330 or email:

  • Angela Bernhardt –
  • Madgalene Sim –

Or contact the Blacksmith Institute Country Coordinators listed below.

  • Argentina: Elizabeth Ventrice –
  • Chile: Lilian Veas (Fundación Chile) –
  • Mexico, Central America, Caribbean: Daniel Estrada –
  • South America: Lillian Corra –
  • Perú: Johny Ponce –
  • Uruguay: Amalia Laborde –

The GAHP (Global Alliance on Health and Pollution) is a collaborative body tasked with coordinating resources and activities on chemicals, wastes and toxic pollution in low- and middle-income countries. Supported by the World Bank, European Commission and UNIDO, among other agencies, the GAHP is the first alliance of its kind to respond to the threat of toxic pollution on a worldwide scale.

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center’s Environment Program promotes collaboration to address environmental challenges through advocacy, research, innovative solutions, and conscientious stewardship of natural resources.


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