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    Peru Proposes Bill on Environmental Services

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

    A bill on payment for environmental services has been presented by Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) to  the Congress that Minister Antonio Brack argues is “innovative.”
    The three short paragraphs of the General Environment Law‘s Article 94 says that the State will “establish mechanisms for valuing, paying for and maintaining the provisions of such services” and defines […]

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    Caymans to Get Environment Clause in the Constitution

    Sunday, April 5th, 2009

    Nearly two years back I did a post, since updated and made into a standalone page, on environmental provisions in the constitutions of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations.  At the time I noted that, curiously, with the notable exception of Guyana, the English-speaking Caribbean did not have environment provisions in their constitutions.
    Well, next month Guyana […]

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    Peru Opens Public Consultations on Draft National Environment Policy / Peru pone en consulta pública borrador de política nacional del ambiente

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) is circulating for public comment its proposal for a National Environment Policy. Interested parties can submit comments and suggestions through a web-based form. Minam will also be holding consultative workshops on the draft Policy in Lima and four regions.
    The draft Policy is clear and concise, with a set of overarching objectives […]

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    Minas Seeks to Lead in Environmental Policy / Minas Pretende Ser Lider na Política Ambiental

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Minas Gerais is seeking to take the lead among Brazilian states in environmental protection, and they want everyone to know it!  [Look out, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo!]  At year-end the state environment secretary José Carlos Carvalho released a report card on mineiro environment policy achievements and plans for 2009.  He […]

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    Aid for Biodiversity in Espírito Santo / Doação para Biodiversidade no Espírito Santo

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: Global Environment Facility Approves US$ 4 Million Grant for Biodiversity in Espírito Santo
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$ 4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Government of the State of Espírito Santo for the Biodiversity and Watershed Conservation and Restoration Project, which […]

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    The Caribbean Challenge

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

    Yes, I know, this announcement was made publicly at the end of May. I held off talking about here, in part to work first on older backlog from The Temas Blog queue, and in part to see if, as hinted, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and St. Lucia would quickly […]

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    Climate Change May Hit Andean Nations Hard

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    In early May the Andean Community (CAN) released its report on the probable impact of global climate change on its four member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
    One of the key conclusions of El Carmbio Climático no tiene fronteras (“Climate Change Does Not Have Borders”) is that by 2025 the impacts of global climate change will […]

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    Mexico Takes Stock of its Wetlands

    Saturday, May 31st, 2008

    Mangroves matter.
    Why? Among other reasons:

    Their dense root systems keep sediment from rivers and off the land from going out to sea. This helps stabilize the coastline and provides some protection from hurricanes and tropical storms. [Studies have shown storm damage is usually greater in coastal areas where mangroves have been cleared.] […]

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    GEF Funds Binational Ecosystem Management Project / Donación del GEF para la gestión de un ecosistema binacional

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB announces $3.5 million grant for binational ecosystem management on border between Costa Rica and Panama
    Resources from the Global Environmental Facility for project in the Sixaola river basin
    A $3.5 million grant from the Global Environmental Facility will help finance a project to improve environmental management in the Sixaola river basin […]

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    The Changing Face of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    With much fanfare a collection of Brazil’s Ministers — Environment (MMA), Agrarian Development (MDA), Agriculture (MAPA) — and the chief of President Lula’s Civil Cabinet held a joint press conference a few weeks ago to announce the latest deforestation data and projections for the Brazilian Amazon (“Amazônia Legal” as Brazil calls it, comprises 9 states […]

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