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    DR & Central America Agree on Common Health, Pharma Policies/Programs

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    It doesn’t get much attention outside this corner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but the annual Meeting of the Health Sector of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Reunión del Sector Salud de Centro América y República Dominicana – RESSCAD) is quietly doing important work to change health policy among its seven member […]

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    Improving Potable Water & Sewage Treatment in Mexico

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    According to Mexico’s Environment Secretariat, SEMARNAT, at the end of 2008 Mexico finally reached a 90% rate for providing potable water to its population (it has been hovering at 89% for several years), representing 92.73 million inhabitants.
    Additions in sewage connections have raised Mexico’s sanitation service coverage nationally to 86.1%.
    In 2008 49 sewage treatment plants were […]

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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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    Brazil to Release GHG Inventory for Waste & Sanitation Sectors / Brasil vai divulgar dados sobre a emissão de gases de efeito estufa do setor de resíduos sólidos e efluentes

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    While many developing nations — including most Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations — are content to submit the minimum communication required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Brazil has not taken the easy route.  If you check the Temas listing of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories,  you’ll see that no less […]

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    Rio’s Commitment to Tackle Sewage and Trash

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    It’s a bit of an open secret that the state of Rio de Janeiro, beautiful as it is, has a serious trash problem.  Litter is ubiquitous.  Trash (particularly drink containers) choke many waterways and drainage systems.  While the state has a reasonably good record in providing waste pick-up services to its residents, disposal has been […]

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    A Water and Sanitation Atlas for Brazil

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    Last month a branch of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (Instituto de Comunicação e Informação Científica e Tecnológica em Saúde – Icict), in partnership with the Health Ministry’s (MS) General Coordination for Environmental Health Surveillance (Coordenação Geral de Vigilância em Saúde Ambiental – CGVAM), […]

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    Keeping the Environmental Policy Agenda Funded in Mexico / Mantener financiado el programa de política ambiental de México

    Friday, December 19th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    US$401 Million for Environmental Sustainability
    The World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors approved today a US$401 million loan to the Mexican government for the Environmental Sustainability Development Policy Project to compensate for a tight public sector budget during this trimester.
    This financing is in addition to the US$300.75 million loan approved last October […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation Services in Greater Managua / Mejorando servicios de agua y saneamiento en el área metropolitana de Managua

    Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    US$40 Million to Improve Water and Sanitation Services
    Project benefits low-income population in Managua
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved yesterday a US$20 million grant and a US$20 million credit to the Nicaraguan government. The funds will be used to increase access to reliable water and sanitation services for the population living in […]

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    Improving Sanitation and Water Quality in Canelones / Mejorando saneamiento y calidad del agua en Canelones

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Uruguay to improve sanitation and water quality in coastal area
    IDB credit for up to US$80 million will finance sewer service expansion in Ciudad de la Costa and improve water quality in rivers, beaches
    Uruguay will seek to improve the quality of life of people in Ciudad de la Costa, its second […]

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    Support for Colombia’s Water and Sanitation Reforms

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s water and sanitation reforms
    US$250 million loan tied to program to reach universal service coverage in Colombian cities and sharply reduce the coverage gap in rural areas by 2019
    Colombia will consolidate its water and sanitation service delivery model and will seek to accelerate service expansion efforts as part […]

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