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    Mexico Uses Environmental Service Payments to Protect Millions of Hectares

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Since 2003 Mexico has put 3.22 billion pesos into environmental services payments (pago por servicios ambientales – PSA). What is a PSA, you might ask.  PSA is an environmental policy concept that is quite the rage in recent years, pushed by such institutions as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United […]

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    El Salvador Launches Green Network on Corporate Environmental Responsibility

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    El Salvador’s President Elías Antonio Saca and Environment Minister Carlos Guerrero launched this week the “Green Network.” The Network seeks to get the private sector involved in environmental projects aimed at helping the nation’s neediest schools — in the process helping the quality of life for kids, helping the environment and contributing to mitigate the […]

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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 legislature […]

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    Uruguay Gets Its GEO

    Friday, July 25th, 2008

    Earlier this month Uruguay’s GEO was finally unveiled with much fanfare by top Uruguayan environment officials and the local representative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment Outlook” first prepared by the in the […]

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    LAC Environmental Trivia, Revisited

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published the latest edition (covering up to 2007) of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment. If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, […]

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    Maps, Maps and More Maps

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    In a prior post on the Temas library of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) legal texts for download, I promised to highlight other changes and additions to the updated site. The biggest addition to the site has been the Temas Tools Section, a collection of references and tools that help in understanding, shaping and managing […]

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    CVRD to Help Rescue Ilha Grande

    Friday, July 6th, 2007

    Last month the State Forestry Institute (IEF) of Rio de Janeiro and the huge Brazilian mining and minerals conglomerate Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), with the participation of the Municipality of Angra dos Reis, signed a cooperation agreement for the recovery of degraded areas in the State Park of Big Island (Parque Estadual de […]

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    Camisea Revisited

    Thursday, July 5th, 2007

    On 04 June a public hearing at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters in Washington, D.C. was held on the recently released audit reports of the controversial Camisea project in Peru. The official IDB summary of the meeting (in Spanish only) is a bit difficult to find on the Bank’s special website on Camisea (unless of […]

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    Creating Employment in Protected Areas of Peru / Creando empleo en las áreas naturales protegidas del Perú

    Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB fund approves US$1 million for production chains in protected natural areas in Perú Grant will benefit approximately 1,000 small-scale producers The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the approval of a US$1 million grant to implement a replicable sustainable production-chain model for […]

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    New Grant for Mexico’s National Protected Areas

    Friday, June 29th, 2007

    From the World Bank: Mexico: World Bank Approves US$7.35 Million GEF Grant for National Protected Areas The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a supplemental US$7.35 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for Mexico to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the consolidation of the National Protected Areas […]

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