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    Improving Environmental Quality in Porto Alegre

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$83.2 million to support the Integrated Socioenvironmental Program of Porto Alegre, Brazil
    Program will improve quality of life by restoring water quality, expanding sanitation services and upgrading the urban environment
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the approval of a US$83.2 million loan to Brazil for the Integrated Socioenvironmental […]

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    Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales para Centroamérica

    Saturday, September 8th, 2007

    Desde la Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD):
    CCAD inicia proceso de implementación de Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales en Centroamérica
    En el marco del Acuerdo de Cooperación que mantiene con USAID para apoyar a los países de la región en el cumplimiento de los compromisos ambientales del DR-CAFTA, la CCAD inició desde finales de agosto […]

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    Loan for Rural Sanitation in Chile / Préstamo para saneamiento rural en Chile

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB announces $100 million loan to Chile for rural sanitation program
    Project to reduce deficit of potable water and sewerage systems
    The Inter-American Development Bank approved today a $100 million loan to Chile for a rural sanitation program to improve the quality of life of people living in dispersed communities. The program […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Minas Gerais / Melhorar tratamento de água e esgoto em Minas

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Sanitation Company of Minas Gerais (Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais – Copasa), the third largest water and sanitation firm in Brazil, just announced that it has obtained financing to improve water distribution and sewage systems for 26 municipalities in the state from two sources. The first, involving R$180 […]

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    Cleaning Up the Bogotá River

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Environment Ministry (MAVDT), the Autonomous Regional Corporation of Cundinamarca (CAR) and the Aqueduct and Sewer Company (EAAB), and the Capital District’s Environment Secretariat recently signed an agreement for $1.5 billion to clean up the one of Colombia’s most contaminated rivers, the Bogotá.
    The main component of the agreement is the expansion/upgrade of […]

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    Loan to Expand/Upgrade Uruguay’s Water and Sanitation Services / Préstamo para ampliar/mejorar servicios de agua y saneamiento

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Uruguay: World Bank Approves US$50 Million to Expand and Upgrade Water and Sanitation Services
    The World Bank today approved a US$50 million loan to help Uruguay expand water and sanitation services to reach more residents in the country’s smaller towns and cities as well as improve the efficiency and sustainability of water and […]

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    A Groundbreaking Carbon Deal for Bolivia / Un Convenio Innovador de Créditos de Carbono para Bolivia

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Bolivia: Innovative Approach Will Reduce Emissions Affecting the Climate
    World Bank’s Community Development Carbon Fund will purchase 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent
    Revenues will be used for improved social services
    An emissions reductions purchase agreement (ERPA) was signed today between the Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) which is managed by the World Bank, and […]

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    PAC’ing Brazil IV: Water, Sanitation and Waste

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental […]

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    IDB “Infrastructure” Funds with an Environmental Twist / Financiamento del BID para “Infrastructura” con Dimensiones Ambientales

    Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently has approved several projects that it labels as involving infrastructure, but to my mind, have a pronounced environmental slant.
    IDB officials will of course claim that most of its loans in the last 10-15 years have had an environmental dimension, especially those involving infrastructure. Most Bank critics will retort […]

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    Brazil to Evaluate the Private Sector Role in Sanitation / Brasil avalia participação da iniciativa privada no setor de saneamento

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Only weeks after adoption of the new Sanitation Law, Brazil’s Ministry of Cities has just announced that it is launching a formal evaluation of the role of private capital in that country’s sanitation sector. [Currently there are about 40 concessions involving the private sector.] The study will be undertaken in cooperation […]

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