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    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 […]

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    Combatting Deforestation II: Agriculture and Forests

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

    When I launched my series on deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) many months ago, I said I’d try to address different facets of the question in separate posts. My first tackled the question of just how serious is deforestation across LAC. Today, a look at the interface between agriculture, poverty […]

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    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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    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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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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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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