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    Improving State-Level Environmental Governance in Brazil / Melhorar Gestão Ambiental Estadual no Brasil

    Friday, September 25th, 2009

    Temas Observation: Note how this loan/project is being marketed. The headline trumpets “green growth” when in reality the program is more about strengthening environmental governance/institutions, arguably not as sexy a topic. The Bank argues that this is about ensuring economic growth is as green as possible through good regulation by competent, properly-equipped environmental [...]

    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 [...]

    Improving the Urban Environment in Goiânia

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$56.7 million for urban environmental program in Brazil
    Funds will support better drainage and land use planning in the Macambira and Anicuns River watersheds
    The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the approval of a US$56.7 million loan to the Municipality of Goiânia for an urban environmental program in the Macambira [...]

    Mexican Teens Win Stockholm Water Prize

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    It’s World Water Week, and this year’s winners of the Stockholm Water Foundation’s annual Junior Water Prize have just been announced: a group of teens from Mexico with an ingenious, low-cost solution for removing lead from water. That’s them in the picture at right receiving the award from Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria. They [...]

    Brazil Sets Norm on Oil Platform Discharges / Nova regra sobre descarte de óleos por plataformas de petróleo

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s National Environment Council (CONAMA) has approved a binding resolution setting the rules for the continuous discharge of production water containing oils and greases from oil and natural gas maritime platforms. The platforms have to obey a simple monthly arithmetic average discharge level of 29 milligrams (mg) per liter (l), while [...]

    Cleaning Up One of Colombia’s Dirtiest Rivers

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

    Synopsis in English: A co-financing agreement has been signed to get moving a project to clean up Colombia’s third most contaminated river basin, the Chicamocha (the two most contaminated are the river basins of the Bogotá and the Medellín). The 98.86 billion peso (about US$41.8 million at current exchange rates) project will be funded [...]

    Eco-Certification for Tourism: The Role of Blue Flag, Part II

    Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

    In Part I of this four-part series on the growing presence of Blue Flag in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations, I looked at Blue Flag’s criteria and process for certifying beaches. Here in Part II I’ll examine the marina criteria and process. Part III will look at what LAC beaches and marinas [...]