ReLANS Brochure on Nano Implications in Latin America and the Caribbean

CNS News

Guillermo Foladori and Noela Invernizzi, IRG2 researchers, have published a brochure on the Social and environmental implications of nanotechnology development in latin America and the Caribbean. The brochure's purpose is to portray the principal social, environmental and health implications of nanotechnology for workers and consumers in Latin America and Caribbean. A major objective is to strengthen public participation in discussions about the actions that national government, industry, and civil society should take in order to comply with a preventative nano international regulatory framework.

The brochure is available below in both English and Spanish versions. It was made possible by the Latin American Nanotechnology and Society Network (ReLANS) with the support of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) within the International Project for the Implementation of SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management) and CNS-UCSB.

ReLANS is an academic network composed of researchers from diverse disciplines interested in the development of nanotechnologies in Latin America. The network is a pioneer in the analysis of the impact of nanotechnology on the work force.

IPEN is a global network of more than 700 public interest non-governmental organizations working together for the elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), on an expedited yet socially equitable basis. This mission includes achieving a world in which all chemicals are produced and used in ways that eliminate significant adverse effects on human health and the environment, and where POPs and chemicals of equivalent concern no longer pollute our local and global environments, and no longer contaminate our communities, our food, our bodies, or the bodies of our children and future generations. For more information please contact David Azoulay at