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    IDB Updates Its Biofuels Scorecard

    Friday, September 11th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB releases new version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard

    Update incorporates feedback from five regional consultations and addresses concerns regarding food security, indigenous peoples and biodiversity preservation

    The Inter-American Development Bank has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel […]

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    Is Chile Ready?

    Sunday, August 30th, 2009

    According to the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (DCA), Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte assured them the other day that Chile is ready to assume all the environmental standard commitments that will come with its membership, currently under negotiation, in the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  She pointed […]

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    LAC Farmlands Have More Tree Cover Than Most Suppose

    Monday, August 24th, 2009

    From the World Agroforestry Centre (WAC):
    While Farmers Frequently Blamed for Forest Loss, New Study Shows about Half of Farmlands Worldwide Have Significant Tree Cover

    Scientists Use Detailed Satellite Images to Reveal the Vital Role of Trees on One Billion Hectares of Agricultural Lands in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe

    Although agriculture, particularly in the developing world, […]

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    $22 Mil. Loan to Help Guatemala’s Protected Areas / Prestamo de US$22 milliones para fortalecer las áreas protegidas de Guatemala

    Friday, June 19th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Guatemala strengthens protections for sensitive areas through investments in land registration

    A $22 million IDB loan will finance the implementation of a physical cadastral registry for protected areas

    Guatemala will bolster its national network of protected areas by improving its land registration system with a $22 million loan from the Inter-American Development […]

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    An Online Database of Marine Protected Areas / Un base de datos online sobre las áreas marinas protegidas

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    UNEP launches new online system to view and study the world’s marine protected areas

    UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK

    At a time when the world’s oceans are facing unprecedented pressures from human impacts in the marine environment, a new decision-making tool is being launched to provide the most current […]

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    BNDES Aids Atlantic Forest Reforestation / BNDES apoia reflorestamento da Mata Atlântica

    Saturday, June 6th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    The BNDES allocates R$ 15 million in support for Atlantic Forest reforestation projects
    The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) is enlarging its policy to foster social and environmental responsibility. This means R$ 15 million support for reforestation projects in the Atlantic Forest Biome. The non-reimbursable funding resources derive from the Bank’s Social […]

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    Argentina Preparing REDD Strategy

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    The Director for Climate Change of Argentina’s Environment & Sustainable Development Secretariat (SAyDS) told a workshop of 100+ energy, economic and environment specialists and representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) today that SAyDS is preparing a national strategy to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions through a reduction of emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) program, […]

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    Brazilian Banks Assume Environmental Commitment

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    Brazilian businesses depending on bank financing for their economic activities will have to prove from now on that they are committed to developing socio-environmental policies, such as those regarding respect for human and workers’ rights, conservation of biodiversity, valuing the diversity of local cultures, reduction of poverty and income distribution inequality. This is the […]

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    World Bank: Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Severely Undervalued

    Monday, April 6th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Severely Undervalued

    New World Bank Review Calls for Action to Protect the Marine Environment

    Properly valuing coastal and marine ecosystem services is critical to sustainable development, according to the World Bank publication “Environment Matters 2008” launched today.
    Titled: “Valuing Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services”, the review argues that while we […]

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    Caymans to Get Environment Clause in the Constitution

    Sunday, April 5th, 2009

    Nearly two years back I did a post, since updated and made into a standalone page, on environmental provisions in the constitutions of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations.  At the time I noted that, curiously, with the notable exception of Guyana, the English-speaking Caribbean did not have environment provisions in their constitutions.
    Well, next month Guyana […]

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