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    Guatemala Launches Environmental Enforcement Effort

    Saturday, January 24th, 2009

    Guatemala, like so many Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations, has many environmental rules on the books that more often than not are honored in the breach rather than with compliance.
    By the count of its Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (MARN), Guatemala already has on the books some 3,500 norms of various levels (primary, secondary, […]

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    Environmental Policy Reborn in Rio?

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    If you believe Governor Cabral and Environment Secretary Ramos, environmental policy in the state of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) just underwent a rebirth.  At the inaugural ceremony for the new State Environment Institute (INEA), Governor Cabral declared that henceforth RJ will have an environmental policy with less bureaucracy, greater agility and technical rigor.
    To refresh memories, […]

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    IBAMA Sets Record for Environmental Licensing

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    Brazil’s environment agency, IBAMA, has announced that it set a new record for issuing environmental licenses during 2008. IBAMA is not in charge of all environmental licensing in Brazil: much of that is done by state and local environment bodies.
    IBAMA issued 467 licenses in 2008, almost a 27% increase over licenses granted in 2007 […]

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    A Green Report Card for São Paulo’s Cities

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008

    Yesterday São Paulo state (SP) Secretary for the Environment, Xico Graziano, revealed the environmental rankings of the state’s municipalities and rewarded the mayors of cities with the highest grades.
    This quasi “green report card” and honor roll is a fruit of the state’s “Green Municipality” (Município Verde) Program, one of the governor’s “21 strategic environmental projects” […]

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    US$300 Mil. to Help Mexico Improve Environmental Management in Key Sectors / US$300 para apoyar a México mejorar manejo ambiental en sectores claves

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Supports Mexican Initiative to Improve Environmental Management in Key Sectors of the Economy
    US$300 Million to Develop Environmental Policies
    The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a loan for US$300.75 million to assist the Mexican government in its effort to better integrate sector policies in order to achieve a balance between […]

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    Minas Gets Tough on Environmental Enforcement

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    Last year I blogged about how the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais was giving its environment inspectors the digital tools they need to make their jobs easier.
    Since then I have kept one eye on Minas and the inspectors of its State Environment System (Sisema), not only because of the changes in enforcement that they are […]

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    Update: Colombian Eco-Authorities Now Have Sharp Teeth?

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Last year I did a post about Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, calling upon that country’s Senate to finally give environmental authorities “teeth” — a true, tough environmental sanctions regime. Proposals for such a law had been before the national legislature for years (Lozano says it’s been decades).
    A few weeks ago the […]

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    Improving Paraguay’s Environmental Management

    Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$8 million for National Environmental System in Paraguay
    Resources will improve land use planning and promote citizen participation
    The Inter-American Development Bank today approved two loans worth US$8 million for Paraguay to support its national environmental system.
    This is the second stage of a program that began in 2001 with a […]

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    OECS Needs to Get Serious About Environmental Management

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    Temas Foreword: The OECS is a collection of nine small island states (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat) in the Eastern Caribbean that cooperate in a variety of areas, including the environment (wastes, watershed management, environmental planning, etc.).  […]

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    LAC Explores Sustainable Consumption and Production Policy

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    This past April São Paulo State’s environment agency, CETESB, hosted Brazil’s National Roundtable on Sustainable Sustainable Consumption and Production.
    At the end of June the top body of the five-nation MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela), the Common Market Council (CMC), adopted a binding Decision calling for an action plan, program and common policy on sustainable […]

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