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    IDB Support for Colombia’s Climate Change Work / BID apoya esfuerzos de Colombia sobre el cambio climático

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help reduce vulnerability to climate change and take advantage of emerging carbon markets

    Colombia will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes reducing vulnerability and strengthening climate-related institutions, as part of a financial package approved yesterday by the Inter-American [...]

    Prospects for Jatropha-based Biodiesel in LAC

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA):
    Jatropha touted as “one of the best alternatives” for biodiesel production in the Americas

    Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica discussed the generation of fuels from Jatropha curcas, also known as physic nut or piñoncillo.

    According to Jamil Macedo, coordinator of a hemispheric agroenergy network, “Despite its limitations, the [...]

    Support for an Agreement on REDD

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    It’s interesting to see the high-level support expressed at the Summit on Climate Change by the Latin American nations of Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana for an internationally-agreed mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in the post-2012 climate change accord to be negotiated later this year in Copenhagen.  However, conspicuous by their [...]

    Mobilizing $30 Million to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Americas / Movilizar US$30 millones para luchar contra enfermedades tropicales desatendidas en las Américas

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB, Global Network to mobilize $30 Million to fight neglected tropical diseases

    Announcement made during Clinton Global Initiative today

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases announced today their commitment to mobilize $30 million from the public and private sectors to fight neglected tropical diseases in [...]

    OAS Roundtable: CSR Makes Business Sense in the Americas / Mesa Redonda de la OEA: la RSE es buen sentido empresarial en las Américas

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

    From the Organization of American States (OAS):
    EXPERTS AGREE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MAKES SOUND BUSINESS SENSE
    Corporate social responsibility is inherent to an individual’s responsibility as a citizen, but also makes sound business sense since those businesses that fail to pay attention to the social and environmental realities of their consumers run the risk of becoming irrelevant. [...]

    Modificar la Norma Andina sobre Plaguicidas

    Monday, August 31st, 2009

    Desde la Comunidad Andina (CAN):
    Elaboran propuesta para modificar norma comunitaria de plaguicidas
    Los responsables de los servicios oficiales de Sanidad Agropecuaria de los países de la Comunidad Andina se reunieron la semana pasada, en Lima, para elaborar una propuesta de modificación de la Norma Andina para el Registro y Control de Plaguicidas Químicos de [...]

    $20 Mn. to Help Colombia Clean Up its Solid Waste Management / US$20 millones para apoyar a Colombia mejorar su manejo de los residuos sólidos

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Financing to address health and environmental problems
    The US$20 million for implementing the Solid Waste Management Program in Colombia will seek to improve the quality and coverage of the country’s integrated waste treatment services, benefiting close to 400,000 people thanks to the appropriate management of solid waste in landfills built by the project.
    “This [...]

    Colombia’s Surprising New Tobacco Control Law

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    Colombia has just passed a law on tobacco that is, well, surpising, given the language of the original bill and how strongly the industry lobby fought against against any amendments to toughen it.
    Among other things, the new law:

    bans sales to minors of any tobacco product, and requires vendors to check for proof of age;
    bans placement [...]

    Update: Colombian Government Finally Gets Its Eco-Teeth

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

    Nearly a year ago I posted about the environmental sanctions law approved by Colombia’s congress.  What I didn’t know at the time of posting was that a week later the Executive Branch would raise formal objections to the law — essentially an attempt at a line-item veto. The Senate and Chamber of Deputies refused in [...]

    An Illustration of the Mining Dilemma in Colombia

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    I just read a good article in Tierramérica that illustrates well, I think, the current split in Colombia over mining, particularly mining that affects protected areas.  They examine the controversy over AngloGold Ashanti‘s gold exploration activities in the municipality of Cajamarca, in Tolima Department*, in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) and the Central Forest [...]

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