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    Prospects for Jatropha-based Biodiesel in LAC

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA):
    Jatropha touted as “one of the best alternatives” for biodiesel production in the Americas

    Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica discussed the generation of fuels from Jatropha curcas, also known as physic nut or piñoncillo.

    According to Jamil Macedo, coordinator of a hemispheric agroenergy network, “Despite its limitations, the [...]

    Modificar la Norma Andina sobre Plaguicidas

    Monday, August 31st, 2009

    Desde la Comunidad Andina (CAN):
    Elaboran propuesta para modificar norma comunitaria de plaguicidas
    Los responsables de los servicios oficiales de Sanidad Agropecuaria de los países de la Comunidad Andina se reunieron la semana pasada, en Lima, para elaborar una propuesta de modificación de la Norma Andina para el Registro y Control de Plaguicidas Químicos de [...]

    $10 Mn. to Protect Three Critical Peruvian Watersheds / US$10 miliones para proteger tres cuencas peruanas

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Peru will protect three critical watersheds with IDB financing

    $10 million loan will finance integrated strategies for reducing water waste and conserving ecosystems in the Chira-Piura, Santa and Tacna watersheds

    Peru will implement an integrated approach to protecting water resources and related ecosystems in three critical watersheds with a $10 million loan [...]

    Financing Peru’s Integrated Water Resources Management Reforms / Financiar reformas de la gestión integrada de recursos hídricos en Perú

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Peru embraces integrated water resources management with help from IDB

    IDB loan will support a set of reforms in the water sector

    Peru seeks to increase the efficiency, equity and sustainability of water use by implementing a water resources management reform program with help from a $10 million loan from the Inter-American [...]

    Trends in Clean Energy Investment

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion

    However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08
    Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains

    $155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and [...]

    Peru Proposes Bill on Environmental Services

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

    A bill on payment for environmental services has been presented by Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) to  the Congress that Minister Antonio Brack argues is “innovative.”
    The three short paragraphs of the General Environment Law‘s Article 94 says that the State will “establish mechanisms for valuing, paying for and maintaining the provisions of such services” and defines [...]

    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, [...]

    Culmina armonización andina de requisitos para productos de higiene doméstica y absorbentes de higiene personal

    Monday, April 20th, 2009

    Synopsis in English: The Andean Community (CAN) is putting the finishing touches on the new Community norm to harmonize member states’ (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) sanitary control regimes regarding household and personal hygiene products, such as soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, surface cleansers, stain removers, bleaches, air fresheners, sanitary towels, disposable diapers, tampons, towelettes, etc.
    To refresh [...]

    No More Imported Used Vehicles for Peru After 2010

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    Peru’s Environment Minister wants everyone to be clear: as of 2011, no more used vehicles will be imported through the Tacna Free Zone (ZofraTacna).
    Dr. Antonio Brack Egg says that starting in 2011 there will be no more importation of used vehicles in order to cut down on vehicle and air pollution, because Peru’s vehicle fleet [...]

    FAO: Bioenergy Can Benefit Rural Poor / La bioenergía puede beneficiar a los pobres rurales

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a study showing that bioenergy projects can benefit the rural poor. The study looks at 15 case studies in 12 nations in six regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America to examine the impacts that different types of local level Bioenergy initiatives can have on [...]

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