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    US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental & Climate Change Agenda / US$1,3 bilhão para apoiar a agenda ambiental e de mudanças climáticas do Brasil

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental and Climate Change Agenda

    Brazil’s achievements in integrating development and conservation recognized

    The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a US$1.3 billion loan to Brazil for the First Programmatic Development Policy Loan for Sustainable Environmental Management, supporting Brazil’s ongoing efforts to improve its environmental […]

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    Colombia’s First Eco-Certified Hotel

    Sunday, July 13th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Colombia’s Environment Ministry (MAVDT) has officially delivered to Hotel Puerta del Sol in Barranquilla the first Environmental Seal ever awarded to a hotel. The Environmental Seal is Colombia’s official ecolabel, created by decree in 2005. So far award criteria have been concluded for only two categories: lodging and cleaning products.
    For […]

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    Greening Pizzerias?

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Brazilians are serious about their pizza, especially in São Paulo. In the state capital alone there are an estimated 5,850 pizzerias and about 8,000 bakeries that offer pizzas. About 40,000 pizzas are made every hour in the capital, and in the metro São Paulo area 42.9 million units are produced […]

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    Improving Paraguay’s Environmental Management

    Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$8 million for National Environmental System in Paraguay
    Resources will improve land use planning and promote citizen participation
    The Inter-American Development Bank today approved two loans worth US$8 million for Paraguay to support its national environmental system.
    This is the second stage of a program that began in 2001 with a […]

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    LAC Environmental Trivia, Revisited

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published the latest edition (covering up to 2007) of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment.
    If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, […]

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    Improving Environmental Quality in Porto Alegre

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$83.2 million to support the Integrated Socioenvironmental Program of Porto Alegre, Brazil
    Program will improve quality of life by restoring water quality, expanding sanitation services and upgrading the urban environment
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the approval of a US$83.2 million loan to Brazil for the Integrated Socioenvironmental […]

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    OECS Needs to Get Serious About Environmental Management

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    Temas Foreword: The OECS is a collection of nine small island states (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat) in the Eastern Caribbean that cooperate in a variety of areas, including the environment (wastes, watershed management, environmental planning, etc.).  […]

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    Brazilian Industry Attitudes About Environmental Regulation

    Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

    In a recent post I discussed the results for the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina (SC) of a special survey about industry’s environmental concerns conducted by the National Confederation of Industries (CNI). I’ve gotten my hands on the national level results for the survey, and thought I would pass them along.
    The survey updated […]

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    Santa Catarina Industry Concerned About the Environment

    Friday, August 10th, 2007

    Recently the industry federation of the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina (SC) released the results of a special survey about SC-based industry’s environmental concerns conducted with the help of the National Confederation of Industries (CNI). The survey updated one done in 2005 on the same issues. 131 companies responded to the 2007 survey.
    Among […]

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    Improving Environmental Governance in Uruguay

    Thursday, June 7th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves $5 million loan for environmental management in Uruguay

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the approval of a $5 million loan for modernization of environmental management and planning in Uruguay.
    The program, financed under the Sector Facility for institutional strengthening, will support modernization of institutions and mechanisms for environmental […]

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