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    Improving Environmental Quality in Joinville

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): 
    IDB approves US$32.67 million to improve environmental quality in Municipality of Joinville in Brazil
    Project to address flooding and watercourse pollution that impact urban environment
    The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the approval of a US$32.67 million loan to Brazil for an environmental revitalization program to help address the pollution and flooding […]

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    Strengthening Primary Health Care in Argentina / Fortalecer atención salud primaria en Argentina

    Sunday, October 21st, 2007

    Temas Observation: I find two aspects of this loan particularly interesting: (1) the emphasis on integrating attention to chronic disease into the primary health care system, just as the recent World Bank report suggested; (2) the Bank support for integrating access to essential medicines and promotion of rational use of medicines into the primary health […]

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    Eco-certifying Tourism / Eco-certificación de Turismo

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    In researching some posts on sustainable tourism recently, I came across an interesting free tool I thought I would pass on to readers of The Temas Blog.  I also think I will add it to the Temas Recommended Reading List.
    It's a set of how-to guides on certification for certification for ecotourism and sustainable tourism, all […]

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    Carbon Credits for Light Bulbs

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English:  Chile is providing energy-efficient lightbulbs to the 40% of its households with low income, and is paying for the program with about US$1.4 million in carbon credits.  The carbon bonds for the Allowance Program for Lightbulb Change (PSRA) will be placed with the help of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which plans […]

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    GEF Funds Binational Ecosystem Management Project / Donación del GEF para la gestión de un ecosistema binacional

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB announces $3.5 million grant for binational ecosystem management on border between Costa Rica and Panama
    Resources from the Global Environmental Facility for project in the Sixaola river basin
    A $3.5 million grant from the Global Environmental Facility will help finance a project to improve environmental management in the Sixaola river basin […]

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    A Call for a Reality Check on Biofuel

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    If you listen to their proponents, biofuels are the answer to many environmental, energy and economic ills and can do no wrong.  They are destined to unseat OPEC and free us all from hydrocarbon dependence.
    If you listen to their detractors, biofuels are a sham that may bring environmental disaster and servitude to multinational corporations, increase […]

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    An Agreement to Promote Caribbean Renewable Energy Projects

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

    Temas Observation: While the parties to this agreement say it’s about all renewable energy sources — not just bioenergy — and energy efficiency, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that this is mostly about bioenergy and that energy efficiency, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and wave power will get short shrift. Bioenergy clearly is the […]

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    More IDB “Infrastructure” Funds with an Environmental Twist / Mas financiamiento del BID para “infraestructura” con dimensiones ambientales / Mais financiamento do BID para “infra-estrutura” com dimensões ambientais

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced more projects that it labels as involving “sustainable” infrastructure. The projects involve the IDB’s new Infrastructure Fund (InfraFund). According to the IDB, the InfraFund
    is targeted to address the urgent infrastructure needs of Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the preparation and development of sustainable infrastructure […]

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    Guyana to Host Caribbean Bioenergy Seminar

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    To fully understand the antecedents for this seminar, check out prior posts on the IDB’s strategy for biofuels, the OAS’ renewed commitment to sustainable energy, and Guyana’s biofuel protential.
    From the Guyana Government Information Agency (GINA):
    Government to convene high-level bio-level seminar
    In light of recent reforms and growing interest in the production of bio-energy, Government will be […]

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    IDB Solicits Proposals for “Regional Public Goods” to Fund / BID solicita para propuestas promover “bienes públicos regionales”

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has issued its call for proposals for its fourth round of funding what it calls “regional public goods.” Every year the IDB provides up to US$10 million to finance selected proposals to support collective solutions for common or cross-border challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that can […]

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