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    Economic Growth Model is Rapidly Transforming/Degrading the Amazon

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model

    However, responses by the governments of Amazonian countries indicate that efforts are under way on concrete action to deal with their environmental challenges.
    The population is increasing, reaching a level of 33.5 million inhabitants in 2007.
    Cities grew at an […]


    A Wind Atlas for Peru

    Sunday, February 15th, 2009

    Back in September 2006 when I did my review of solar and wind maps available for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations, I commented about Peru that “I found no up-to-date maps for Peru, even though the government reputedly is working on some.”
    Well, that has now changed. As part of its new push for […]


    Aid for Biodiversity in Espírito Santo / Doação para Biodiversidade no Espírito Santo

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: Global Environment Facility Approves US$ 4 Million Grant for Biodiversity in Espírito Santo
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$ 4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Government of the State of Espírito Santo for the Biodiversity and Watershed Conservation and Restoration Project, which […]


    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 […]


    US$6.1 Billion Pledged for the Climate Investment Funds

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Donor Nations Pledge Over $6.1 Billion to Climate Investment Funds
    Funds boost global fight against climate change
    Leading industrialized nations today pledged more than US$6.1 billion to the Climate Investment Funds, a pair of international investment instruments designed to provide interim, scaled-up funding to help developing countries in their efforts to mitigate increases in […]


    The Challenge of Land Degradation / El desafio de la degradación del suelo

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    I must admit that, just as was the case with deforestation, in the past I paid very little attention to the issue of land degradation. I won’t bore you with the explanations and excuses as to why, just suffice it to say that it was not high enough on my list of priority environment […]


    And Now, the Climate Investment Funds…

    Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

    No sooner do I provide you with a list of carbon funds, than the World Bank adds to the list! To read more about the CIF, click on this link.
    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Board Approves Climate Investment Funds
    Targeting $5 billion over next three years to support developing countries
    The World Bank Board of Executive […]


    Energy Efficiency Grant for Argentina / Donación para eficiencia energética en Argentina

    Thursday, June 26th, 2008

    Good news, and certainly something Argentina needs urgently. Interesting that it is given as a grant rather than a loan.
    From the World Bank:
    The World Bank approved today a US$15 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the […]


    The Caribbean Challenge

    Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

    Yes, I know, this announcement was made publicly at the end of May. I held off talking about here, in part to work first on older backlog from The Temas Blog queue, and in part to see if, as hinted, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and St. Lucia would quickly […]


    CARICOM To Enter Environmental Policy Arena

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

    One of the downsides of being so long away from regular blogging is the tremendous backlog of things I wish to cover. This is one. The meeting referred to in the press release below happened in the latter half of April, but given its potential significance, I still wish to highlight and discuss it […]

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