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    US$10 Mn. to Support Sustainable Farming in Paraguay

    Friday, July 10th, 2009

    From the International Finance Corporation (IFC):
    $10 Million IFC Financing Supports Sustainable Farming Operations in Paraguay IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has provided a $10 million working capital facility to Frontera Agropecuaria del Paraguay (S.A.) to support farming operations in Paraguay.
    IFC’s financing will help bring farm land into sustainable production and […]

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    MERCOSUR Tackles Tobacco Advertising

    Saturday, June 20th, 2009

    At their Ministerial concluded today, the Health Ministers of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) nations  (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, plus Venezuela once Brazil and Paraguay ratify the Protocol of Adhesion regarding its membership) plus MERCOSUR associate member Chile reached an agreement [MERCOSUR/RMS/Acuerdo No. 01/09] committing themselves to cooperating toward the elimination of […]

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    Chile Ratifies the Basel Ban

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    Chile’s Congress today approved ratification of the 1995 and 1998 amendments to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.  Ratifying the 1995 amendment makes Chile a party to the so-called “Basel Ban,” bringing the Ban one step closer to taking effect for all Parties to the Convention.  The 1998 amendment […]

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    FONTAGRO to Fund IDB Studies on Climate Change Impact on Agriculture

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    FONTAGRO extends agreement with IDB

    The Bank will manage the Fund until 2011 and finance climate change impact studies

    The Inter-American Development Bank and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO, for its initials in Spanish) have extended until 2011 their agreement whereby the IDB will continue to manage the Fund, […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Paraguay / Mejorar servicios de agua y saneamiento en Paraguay

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Paraguay: WB Approves US$64 Million to Improve Water, Sanitation for Most Vulnerable
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$64 million loan to increase the efficiency, coverage and sustainability of water and sanitation services in Paraguay. The project will directly benefit almost 17 percent of Paraguayans, especially the most vulnerable […]

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    SEAM Proposes Supermarket Role in Changing Waste Management

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    Paraguay’s Environment Minister José Luis Casaccia met with representatives of the Paraguayan Chamber of Supermarkets (CAPASU) to push for all supermarkets in the country to

    promote the use of reusable cloth bags for carrying away the products they buy, rather than polyethylene bags, which the Environment Secretariat (SEAM) considers a major sort of litter in the […]

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    Bolivia Bans Dozens of Pesticides, Activists Call for Rest of LAC to Follow

    Monday, February 2nd, 2009

    At the close of the meeting of the Latin American section of the Pesticide Action Network (known by its Spanish acronym RAP-AL) in La Paz last week, host country Bolivia announced that it was banning all pesticides with active ingredients classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as extremely (Class 1a) or highly (Class 1b) […]

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    Eradicating an Ancient Disease

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    Leprosy.
    What images does that word invoke for you? The stories of ostracized lepers from the Bible, Torah or Koran? The scenes involving isolated “leper colonies” from Papillon or Motorcycle Diaries?
    How much do you know about it?  Is it very contagious? (No.) Is it curable?  (Yes.) Hasn’t it disappeared except for isolated […]

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    The Ecoclubs Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Friday, January 2nd, 2009

    A couple of years back, while I was working on a series of posts for the Green Team about Dominican cities attempting to come to grips with their litter problems, I ran into some local news posts about how the mayor of La Vega attributed some of his success in cleaning up that city to […]

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    MERCOSUR Adopts Guidelines on Promotion, Advertising & Marketing of Pharmaceuticals

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    I’ve said here many times that Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations tend to take seriously the recommendations, guidelines and other soft norms of the World Health Organization (WHO) on any issue involving public health and/or the environment, and I’ve tried to provide a few examples where WHO work has translated into national laws and […]

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