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    IDB-GEF Grant to Help Haiti Fight Environmental Decay / Don de BID-FEM pour aider Haïti à lutter contre la dégradation de l’environnement

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Haiti to combat environmental decay with IDB funds

    A $3.44 million grant will support sustainable land and forest management practices, improve preservation of Macaya Park

    The Inter-American Development Bank on Sept. 23 approved a $3.44 million grant to help Haiti combat rapid environmental degradation through the integration of sustainable land and forest […]

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    LAC Farmlands Have More Tree Cover Than Most Suppose

    Monday, August 24th, 2009

    From the World Agroforestry Centre (WAC):
    While Farmers Frequently Blamed for Forest Loss, New Study Shows about Half of Farmlands Worldwide Have Significant Tree Cover

    Scientists Use Detailed Satellite Images to Reveal the Vital Role of Trees on One Billion Hectares of Agricultural Lands in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe

    Although agriculture, particularly in the developing world, […]

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    An Interesting Way to Educate Mexicans About Endangered Species

    Sunday, August 16th, 2009

    I’ve been in Mexico City this past week for a UN Development Programme (UNDP) consultation on biodiversity and ecosystem services (more on that in a future post).  Every time I visit Mexico City I like to stroll the Paseo de la Reforma, the City’s beautiful answer to Paris’ Champs-Élysées.  One of the reasons (besides people […]

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    UNDP to Help Fortify Venezuela’s National Park System

    Saturday, August 1st, 2009

    Venezuela has one of the oldest national park systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  However, most of the nation’s parks are under-funded, under-appreciated and misused by the average Venezuelan, and in serious need of investments in improvements and improved management.
    This week the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Venezuela’s Planning and Development Ministry (Ministerio […]

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    Disappearing Mangroves in Guatemala

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

    I read an interesting article from Tierramérica about Guatemala’s disappearing mangroves and a discussion of probable causes and possible impacts.  I’ve mentioned here before on The Temas Blog about the importance of mangroves (here, here, here, here and here) in preventing sediment runoff and filtering out contaminants before they enter the sea, stabilizing coastlines, impeding […]

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    $22 Mil. Loan to Help Guatemala’s Protected Areas / Prestamo de US$22 milliones para fortalecer las áreas protegidas de Guatemala

    Friday, June 19th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Guatemala strengthens protections for sensitive areas through investments in land registration

    A $22 million IDB loan will finance the implementation of a physical cadastral registry for protected areas

    Guatemala will bolster its national network of protected areas by improving its land registration system with a $22 million loan from the Inter-American Development […]

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    BNDES Aids Atlantic Forest Reforestation / BNDES apoia reflorestamento da Mata Atlântica

    Saturday, June 6th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    The BNDES allocates R$ 15 million in support for Atlantic Forest reforestation projects
    The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is enlarging its policy to foster social and environmental responsibility. This means R$ 15 million support for reforestation projects in the Atlantic Forest Biome. The non-reimbursable funding resources derive from the Bank’s Social […]

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    Jagdeo: Let Us Be the Model

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    President Jagdeo Addresses
    the CSD High-Level Segment –
    photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin

    The High-Level Segment of the 17th Session of United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17) opened today with a series of speeches in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) hall.  Despite its moniker, most of those speaking at the High-Level Segment only had ambassadorial status.  Besides […]

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    Argentina Preparing REDD Strategy

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    The Director for Climate Change of Argentina’s Environment & Sustainable Development Secretariat (SAyDS) told a workshop of 100+ energy, economic and environment specialists and representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) today that SAyDS is preparing a national strategy to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions through a reduction of emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) program, […]

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    Norway Provides US$110 mil. for Amazon Fund

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES receives US$ 110 million from Norway for the Amazon Fund
    The President of the BNDES, the Brazilian Development Bank, Luciano Coutinho, signed the first donation agreement with the Norwegian government earmarked for the Amazon Fund. Through this agreement, the Fund managed by the BNDES will receive US$ 110 million (700 […]

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