Plan Puebla-Panamá (PPP) Resource
The Plan Puebla-Panamá (PPP) is
a mega-development project for Southern Mexico and Central
America promoted by the governments of the region and the
Inter-American Development Bank. It has garnered strong
opposition in the region. This web list includes resources
in both English and Spanish.
* symbol represents a site we find particularly useful.
Semana de Diversidad Biológica y Cultural - III Week
of Biological and Cultural Diversity (http://foroshonduras.org.hn/biod.htm)
Honduras: Spanish. Website for this July 2003 Forum. Includes
information from various previous forums.
Foro Mesoamericano por la Autodeterminación y Resistencia
de los Pueblos - IV Mesoamerican Forum for Self Determination
and People's Resistance (http://www.4foromesoamericano.com/)
Honduras: Spanish. Website for this July 2003 Forum. Includes
information from various previous forums.
(Action for Community and Ecology in the Rainforests of
U.S.: mostly English, some Spanish. This website is a great
place to start. It has a booklet on the PPP as well as the
declarations from regional conferences on PPP in English
and Spanish. It also has a NoPPP action packet and articles
on the PPP. Learn about and join the No PPP Network (Network
opposed to the Plan Puebla Panama) which covers the U.S.
and Canada. ACERCA is a project of ASEJ (Action for Social
and Ecological Justice).
U.S.: mostly English, some Spanish. Select "PPP Spotlight"
for excellent background information and articles on the
PPP. Maintained by the Interhemispheric Resource Center.
Information Center: Plan Puebla-Panamà General Information
U.S.: English. Summary of each PPP initiative, with contact
people, primarily in the Inter American Development Bank
(IDB). Last updated June 2002.
Panama: Spanish. Organization of the Panamanian Episcopal
Conference (CEP) (Conferencia Episcopal Panameña).
Regularly updated information on the Coordinadora Campesina
Contra los Embalses (CCCE) (Peasant Coordination Against
the Artificial Ponds/Dams). This is a struggle against the
mega project modernizing the Panama Canal.
Center for Economic and Political Research for Community
Action (CIEPAC) (http://www.ciepac.org)
Mexico: English and Spanish. CIEPAC, a Chiapas based non
profit, incorporates the collaboration of professionals
in sociology, communications, psychology, and economics.
Members of CIEPAC carry out research and analysis on the
economic, political, social, and military situation in Chiapas
in its national and international context. These bulletins,
"Chiapas al Día," are distributed by electronic
mail in English and Spanish. Many past bulletins have been
on the PPP and related issues. The website also includes
numerous documents written on issues affecting the region,
including the PPP and a list of their publications which
can be ordered. This includes an excellent book on the PPP.
Has a search function. Although you cannot look for a phrase,
you can change how the results are organized. Or you can
press "Que es el PPP" and get links to key documents
(including from the Mexican government), declarations and
organizations, primarily in Spanish.
Independent Media Centers - Centros de Medios Independientes
Mexico: There is material in English and Spanish, with a
quick translator tool on the site. The search engine allows
you to search by type of source, subject, language and words
or phrase. There are no direct links to PPP information,
but you can find information via the search function. This
site includes denunciations of repression and conflict in
southern Mexico. You can quickly upload information: text,
Biológica - Diversidad Cultural / Biological Diversity
- Cultural Diversity (http://www.laneta.apc.org/biodiversidad/)
Mexico: in Spanish. News, analysis as well as information
from the Foro por la Diversidad Biologica y Cultural that
took place in Chiapas in June 2001.
Xelajú, en Guatemala 2001 (http://usuarios.lycos.es/xelaju/xela.htm)
Guatemala: in Spanish. The website for this Mesoamerican
meeting. Includes final declaration, presentations, notes
from working groups.
Tropics - Trópico Verde (http://www.tropicoverde.org)
Guatemala: Spanish, minimal English. An organization based
in Guatemala dedicated to defending the environment focusing
on such things as forests and mangroves. Includes three
documents on the PPP, one on the potential environmental
impact of the PPP, one on the strategy behind the PPP, and
the most recent on the Mundo Maya Project, that promotes
Solidario de Acción y Propuesta de Petén -
Peten Action and Proposal Solidarity Group
Guatemala: in Spanish. Good article from Revista Theomai,
2002, by Ileana Valenzuela of Associación de Comunidades
Forestales de Petén (Association of Forest Communities
in Petén) on the PPP and the counter response in
the Petén, Guatemala which led to the formation of
the Grupo Solidario de Acción y Propuesta de Petén.
Development Bank Civil Society Initiative (http://www.interaction.org/idb)
U.S.: English, minimal Spanish. Initiative of InterAction,
the American Council for Voluntary International Cooperation.
The goal of the Inter-American Development Bank-Civil Society
Initiative is to promote institutional reform of the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) by increasing civil society participation
in its lending process. The E-Bulletin is posted about every
six months, providing updates based on information gathered
through meetings with the IDB, and information received
for organizations in the region.
Rivers Network (IRN) (http://www.irn.org)
U.S.: English, some Spanish. IRN supports local communities
working to protect their rivers and watersheds. They work
to halt destructive river development projects, and to encourage
equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water,
energy and flood management. Go to Latin America section.
Includes the Citizens
Guide on the World Commission on Dams (http://www.irn.org/wcd/wcdguide.pdf,
en espanol tambien http://www.irn.org/wcd/wcdguide-s.pdf),
and declarations from communities affected by proposed dam
Opposed to the Plan Puebla Panama (NoPPP) http://www.lasolidarity.org/noppp/
English, Spanish. Includes monthly Spanish summary of news
related to the PPP, NoPPP Booklet "PPP: Battle over
the Future of Mesoamerica", international declarations
against the PPP, how to contact the network, and useful
Mexico: Spanish. Website of Union de Comunidades Indígenas
de la Zona norte del Istmo - UCIZONI (Union of Indigenous
Communities in the Northern Zone of the Isthmus), and Group
de Trabajo Colective del Istmo- GTCI (Isthmus Collective
Working Group). Network of Mixe, Zapoteca, Zoque, Chinanteca,
Barreña, Mixteca and Mestiza communities in the Tehuantepec
isthmus region of Oaxaca. Leading player in the citizen's
movement in resistance to the PPP. Regular news updates
and analysis. Extensive directory with contact information
of Mesoamerican groups working on the PPP at http://www.mesoamericaresiste.org/primeras/segundas/directorio.html.
Free Trade Action Network - Red Mexicana de Acción
Frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC): Plan Puebla-Panamá
Mexico: Spanish. Leading Mexican nonprofit working on trade,
development, the environment, human rights and related issues
including PPP. Extensive PPP information on website. Has
the declarations from 2003 Honduras Forum and 2002 forums
on PPP as well as the declaration and presentations from
the forum in Tapachula, Chiapas in May 2001.
Research: Everything on Puebla Panama Plan and Latin Resistence
- Investigación Rural: Todo sobre el Plan Puebla
Panama y la Resistencia Latina
Mexico: Spanish. This website is a little difficult to follow.
There is some good analysis, documents and news. The site
includes Mexican government's May 2002 PPP plan for Mexico.
INTER GOVERNMENTAL SITES
American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) - Banco Centroamericano
de Integración Económica (BCIE) (http://www.bcie.org)
Honduras: Spanish, English to come. Large funder of PPP
projects in Central America. New website under construction
with little information.
Secretariat of the System for Central American Integration
- Secretaría General del Sistema de Integración
Centroamericano (SICA) (http://www.sgsica.org)
El Salvador: Mostly Spanish, some English. SICA is supposed
to carry out and coordinate the mandates coming out of the
Central American Presidential Summits and the decisions
of the Council of Foreign Ministers. The site includes a
news section, and a list of upcoming events focusing on
regional meetings and international government investors.
Includes current and back issues of bimonthly bulletin.
Detailed English and Spanish section on the Alianza en Energía
y Ambiente con Centroamérica (Energy and Environment
Partnership with Central America project), a three year
project funded by Finland. Under Instituciones and then
Secretarias Tecnicas, has links and information on such
bodies as CCAD- Comision Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo,
SITCA- Secretaria de Integracion Turistica Centroamericana,
and SISCA- Secretaria de la Integracion Social Centroamericana.
Development Bank (IDB) / Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
(BID): Plan Puebla-Panamá (http://www.iadb.org/ppp)
U.S.: English and Spanish. Portion of the Inter-American
Development Bank - primary promoter of the PPP - website
devoted to promoting the PPP. Includes documents explaining
projects and regularly adds documents often produced for
or as a result of specific meetings. Organized by basic
documents, monthly reports (which don't come out regularly),
initiative, country and institution/author. You can organize
the documents by title, author, date or sub-sector.
Government PPP Website / Gobierno Mexicano Sitio PPP
Mexico: primarily Spanish. Documents from meetings, information
on the implementation of the PPP in Mexico, statistics on
de Integración Económica Centroamericana -
Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA)
Guatemala: primarily Spanish. Select "Sistema integrado
de Información." SIECA primarily assists the
Council of Ministers of Economic Integration, facilitating
and preparing the themes and technical documentation as
well as logistics for their meetings. This website covers
different aspects of integration: intellectual property,
trade, foreign affairs, customs, free trade, transportation
and the labor market. Under "bases de datos" you
can find recent articles from the press in the Central America
region on various aspects of integration that can be searched
by country, source, theme and key words. One can also find,
in English and Spanish, statistics on Central American trade.
Maps of Mesoamerica
Interaction- detailed Mesoamerican map (http://www.interaction.org/library/detail.php?id=1946)
CIEPAC - various maps of Mesoamerica (http://www.ciepac.org/maps/categoryindex.htm)
Mexican Tehuantepec Isthmus: various maps