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  • Financing Peru’s Integrated Water Resources Management Reforms / Financiar reformas de la gestión integrada de recursos hídricos en Perú

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Peru embraces integrated water resources management with help from IDB

    IDB loan will support a set of reforms in the water sector

    Peru seeks to increase the efficiency, equity and sustainability of water use by implementing a water resources management reform program with help from a $10 million loan from the Inter-American […]

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    A Unique GEO for MEROSUR

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    Last month a GEO for the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR or MERCOSUL) was finally unveiled with much fanfare by representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the meeting of MERCOSUR Environment Ministers.
    What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment […]

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    Improving Sanitation and Water Quality in Canelones / Mejorando saneamiento y calidad del agua en Canelones

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Uruguay to improve sanitation and water quality in coastal area
    IDB credit for up to US$80 million will finance sewer service expansion in Ciudad de la Costa and improve water quality in rivers, beaches
    Uruguay will seek to improve the quality of life of people in Ciudad de la Costa, its second […]

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    The CEC’s “Annotated Bibliography” on Environmental Impacts of Biofuels

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    Normally I would not stick an annotated bibliography in the Temas Recommended Reading List, much less do a review of the “bibliography.”  But the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently released an “Annotated Bibliography on the Environmental Effects of Biofuels” that I find a bit unusual and noteworthy.
    It’s more like a review of […]

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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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    Improving Environmental Quality in Joinville

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): 
    IDB approves US$32.67 million to improve environmental quality in Municipality of Joinville in Brazil
    Project to address flooding and watercourse pollution that impact urban environment
    The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the approval of a US$32.67 million loan to Brazil for an environmental revitalization program to help address the pollution and flooding […]

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    An Innovative Watershed Management Model in Guatemala / Modelo innovador para la gestión de cuencas en Guatemala

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    From WWF-Central America:
    CARE and WWF launch an innovative business model for conserving water and promoting poverty reduction in Guatemala
    Communities and the municipality unite to execute a pilot project for the equitable compensation of hydrological services in the Sierra de las Minas zone of Guatemala
    Five communities of the municipality of Teculután with more than 3,000 people […]

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    Helping Colombia Improve Environmental Management and Meet Its MDGs

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Colombia: World Bank Approves US$200 Million for Sustainable Development
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$200 million loan to Colombia in order to integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, which seek to protect the poor from the impacts of environmental degradation, particularly in terms of […]

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    GEF Funds Project to Protect Caribbean Sea from Pesticides

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will provide US$5 million to help three LAC nations — Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua — reduce the adverse impact on the marine environment of the Caribbean Sea of their agricultural sectors’ use of pesticides. The three participating governments will match the amount, making it a […]

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    Eco-Certification for Tourism: The Role of Blue Flag, Part I

    Friday, October 13th, 2006

     
    In my friend Jaime's essay on realizing sustainable tourism, he said:

    It is necessary to change, tighten and to enforce the parameters of environmental requirements. In addition to sanctions, the creation of an environmental movement should be encouraged, in association with private international organizations like Green Globe or Blue Flag that conduct independent audits and establish regional classifications, […]

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