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    Colombia’s First Official Carbon Sequestration Through Reforestation Project

    Friday, June 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Environment Ministry approved the first officially sanctioned reforestation project aimed at capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) as a clean development mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol. The project involves 15,000 hectares in the Chinchina River Basin in the department (similar to a state or province) of Caldas. […]

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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 System.
    The new […]

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    GEF Grants $4.8 Million to Help Costa Rica Upgrade Its National Parks

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    Temas Note: This is in addition to the US$20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank late last year to help Costa Rica’s national park system promote sustainable tourism in the protected areas.
    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Costa Rica gets $4.8 million infusion to upgrade its world-class national parks system

    The GEF Council today approved a […]

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    GEF Grants US$10 Mil. to Conserve Caatinga / FMAM doar $30 milhões para preservar a Caatinga

    Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: World Bank Approves US$10 Million Grant for Environmental Conservation
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to Brazil’s Fundação Luiz Eduardo Magalhães to contribute to the preservation, conservation, and sustainable management of the biodiversity of the Caatinga forest in the […]

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    A “Rural Productivity” Loan for Panama with Environmental Dimensions / Un prestamo para la productividad rural en Panamá con aspectos ambientales

    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$39.4 Million to Enhance Rural Productivity in Panama
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved today a US$39.4 million loan for Panama to increase productivity among rural small-scale farmers while protecting important forest, mountain and marine-costal ecosystems.
    “Achieving improvements in rural income and well-being will require increased productivity among small-scale farmers. […]

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    Colombia Insists: We’re Serious About Climate Change

    Monday, March 19th, 2007

    Just before the release of the IPPC report, the Minister for Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MAVDT) held a press conference to assure everyone that global climate change is a priority issue for the Uribe Administration. The fact that Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez felt the need to do so says something.
    Lozano Ramírez outlined the […]

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    Combatting Deforestation I: How Bad Is It in LAC?

    Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

    In my “confession and foreword” to the series on deforestation in LAC, I promised to begin with a look at the current state of knowledge about the rate and magnitude of deforestation in in the region. Here is my stab at this topic, building on an entry I originally sketched out last November regarding […]

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    Panamanian Project Among First to be CCB Certified

    Sunday, March 11th, 2007

    Panama has one of the first forestry projects certified under Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance’s (CCBA) Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards (download the standards in English or Spanish). Such projects go beyond Kyoto Protocol requirements for carbon financing under the clean development mechanism (CDM).
    The CCBA is a partnership between research institutions, environment NGOs […]

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    The World’s Largest Rainforest Park

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    The North Amazon Mosiac of Protected Areas – Map by WWF

    Synopsis in English: On 28 February a French decree effectively created the world’s largest rainforest protected area in the northern Amazon. The decree created a 2-million hectare Parc Amazonien de Guyane (“Guyana Amazonian Park”) along the southern border of French Guiana, France’s “overseas department” […]

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    Is Eco-tourism Sustainable?

    Sunday, December 17th, 2006

    In one of my first posts on this blog, I featured an essay on sustainable tourism by my friend Jaime. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest checking it out before proceeding with this entry.
    Today I read a slightly different take on the issue in the 14 December edition of the BBC’s “Green […]

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