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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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    US$330 to Improve Environmental Management in Peru / US$330 para mejorar gestion ambiental en el Peru

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$330 Million to Support the Environment

    Program components include environmental management, mining, biodiversity, urban transport and fisheries

    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$330 loan million to Peru to strengthen the new Ministry of the Environment and improve environmental management in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, including mining, urban [...]

    Keeping the Environmental Policy Agenda Funded in Mexico / Mantener financiado el programa de política ambiental de México

    Friday, December 19th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    US$401 Million for Environmental Sustainability
    The World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors approved today a US$401 million loan to the Mexican government for the Environmental Sustainability Development Policy Project to compensate for a tight public sector budget during this trimester.
    This financing is in addition to the US$300.75 million loan approved last October [...]

    US$5.44 Mil. for Mexico’s Protected Areas / US$5.44 millones más para las Áreas Protegidas en México

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Additional US$5.44 Million For National Protected Areas System In Mexico
    Twelve new areas with invaluable biospheres will be incorporated
    The World Bank’s Executive Board of Directors approved today an additional grant for US$5.44 million from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in order to assist the Mexican government; Mexico’s Development Banking Institution, Nacional Financiera, and [...]

    Nominate a LAC Candidate for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008

    The deadline for nominating candidates for these awards is 15 December. There are many worthy candidates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) — my friends at Barbados Free Press, for example, have suggested a worthy one in the hopes that such an award will help boost tourism on that island. I am not [...]

    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 [...]

    The Changing Face of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    With much fanfare a collection of Brazil’s Ministers — Environment (MMA), Agrarian Development (MDA), Agriculture (MAPA) — and the chief of President Lula’s Civil Cabinet held a joint press conference a few weeks ago to announce the latest deforestation data and projections for the Brazilian Amazon (“Amazônia Legal” as Brazil calls it, comprises 9 states [...]

    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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