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    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded […]

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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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    The State of LAC’s Forests

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just released State of the World’s Forests 2009 (English, Spanish), the latest update of its annual overview of forest resources worldwide.  While it does not shed significant new light or offer new data on forest cover and the state of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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    Preparing for Accidents with Hazardous Substances

    Monday, March 16th, 2009

    Recently I posted about about how Brazilian states are slowly taking up their responsibility under a 2004 federal decree to create state-level committees or commissions on the Prevention of, Preparation for and Response to Environmental Emergencies Involving Hazardous Chemicals Products (“P2R2”).
    I think perhaps I might have left the mistaken impressions that (1) Brazil had […]

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    Could Ecosystem Service Payments Save the Amazon?

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    From WWF:
    Amazon could prosper thanks to emission payments, be lost without
    Global payments for ecological services rendered by the Amazon such as the carbon retaining in its forests could go a long way to preserving them, a new study has found.
    Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, carried by the Copernicus Institute of the […]

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    Judges Agree: LAC Bench Needs Jurists Better Prepared for Environment Cases

    Sunday, January 25th, 2009

    The Fifth World Forum of Judges just concluded against the backdrop of the annual World Social Forum (WSF) in Belem, Brazil.  Since the site of this year’s WSF, Belem, sits at the mouth of the Amazon River, the Judges Forum prominently featured sessions on the role of the bench in protecting the Amazon.
    The Judges Forum […]

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    Using Community Mapping to Combat Deforestation / Utilizando mapeamento participativo para combatir o desmatamento

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    Temas Observation: I have long stressed the importance of good data-gathering and diagnosis as the basis for sound action, and advocated getting individuals, civic groups and communities involved in such work.  Hence I applaud this effort led by Greenpeace.  As their press releases point out, combating deforestation in the Amazon is difficult in part because […]

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    Caixa Will Only Loan to Construction Using Certified Legal Wood / Caixa só financiará empreendimentos usuários de madeira legal

    Monday, January 5th, 2009

    The Brazilians have decided that if they are to ever reach their goal of wiping out illegal logging in the Amazon, they need to do more than more than just step up police raids, support sustainable wood use projects, create new parks, digitize monitoring, monitor biomass in realtime by satellite, and target key states.
    The new […]

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    Building on the Legacy of Chico Mendes in the Brazilian Amazon / Ampliar o Legado de Chico Mendes na Amazônia

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Loan to Help Build on the Legacy of Chico Mendes in the Brazilian Amazon

    Project to be signed today with President Lula will help the State of Acre carry on ground-breaking work in inclusive and sustainable development

    Approval coincides with the twenty-year memorial of Mendes’ assassination

    The World Bank Board’s Executive Directors approved yesterday a […]

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    Targeting Key States in Brazil’s Battle vs. Amazon Deforestation

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    The Norwegian government is funding, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is administering, a US$4.3 million pilot project by Brazil’s Environment Ministry (MMA) and the governments of three states — Acre (AC), Mato Grosso (MT) and Pará (PA) — to combat deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.  As I’ve noted here in the past, MT and […]

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