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    Oaxaca Gets a Comprehensive Waste Law

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    The legislature of the Mexican state of Oaxaca (OX) just sent the governor a gift for World Environment Day: a comprehensive state solid waste law.
    Since Mexico adopted its federal General Law for the Prevention and Integrated Management of Wastes in 2003, the Federal District (DF) and many states have adopted their own general waste laws, […]

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    Cleaning Up the Medellín River / Limpieza del río Medellín

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Medellín will complete historic river clean-up with IDB financing

    $450 million loan will help turn Colombia’s second largest city into one of Latin America’s cleanest urban areas

    The City of Medellín will complete an ambitious program to rehabilitate a vital river and improve the quality of life of local communities with up […]

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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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    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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    A New Fund for Water and Sanitation in LAC / Nuevo fondo para agua y saneamiento en ALC / Novo fundo para água e saneamento em ALC

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB and Spain establish new fund to improve water and sanitation in Latin America and Caribbean
    The government of Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank signed an agreement to cooperate in the execution of the Fund for Cooperation for Water and Sanitation, a Spanish initiative that is expected to provide up […]

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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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    Turning Manioc Production Wastewater into New Products

    Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

    The young Brazilian men pictured at right, Leandro Aguiar and Alexsandro Pereira, remind me strongly of a trio of Córdoba, Argentine students I wrote about early on this blog for a reason: they looked at a local waste problem and figured out a way not only to reduce or eliminate the waste, but turn it […]

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    IDB Help for Sanitation & Waste Management in Manaus / Apoio do BID para Saneamento e Gestão dos Resíduos em Manaus

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Temas Observations: Two small points about this loan: (1) this loan comes close on the heels of Fiocruz’s announcement of a major program to assess the environment and health challenges facing Manaus; (2) the loan was made to Amazonas state, not the municipality or the federal government.
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    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Brazil’s Amazonas gets IDB […]

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    Mexico’s Eco-Partnership with California

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    In February, when this blog was on hiatus while I worked on projects and expanding/updating the main Temas site, Mexico and the State of California signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) on cooperation in environmental matters.
    To be honest, I didn’t pay it much attention at the time. Not just because I was busy with […]

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    Largest Biofuel Loan Yet by a Multilateral Bank

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    Temas Note: This announcement is interesting to me for at least four reasons. First, as the title says, this is the largest biofuel loan package yet made by a multilateral development bank (MDB). [I doubt that record will stand, and probably will not even stand for very long.]
    Second, it underscores IDB’s commitment […]

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