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    Improving Water Supply and Sanitation Services for the Urban Poor

    Thursday, August 20th, 2009

    I’ve discussed in the past here on The Temas Blog some of the challenges Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) faces in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water supply and sanitation (here, here, here and here), particularly in providing these services to the region’s poor.
    The Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP), a multi-donor […]

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    Mexico’s Federal District Seeks to Avoid Water Crisis

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    [Temas Note: Yes, yes, I know, I’m supposed to be ignoring the computer while on vacation in the DR.  But it’s raining cats and dogs today in Santo Domingo, which severely limits the fun and relaxation options, and I have access to a friend’s computer and internet connection, so I thought I’d do a few […]

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    $104 Mn. for Water Pollution Control in São Paulo / US$104 milhões para controlar a poluição da água em São Paulo

    Friday, July 10th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$ 270.65 Million to Support Infrastructure and Water Pollution Control Projects in the State of São Paulo
    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today two loans for a total of US$ 270.65 million for two major projects aiming at improving transport conditions and controlling environmental and water pollution in the State […]

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    A Loan to Improve Colombia’s Water and Sanitation Services

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Colombia will improve its water and sanitation services with assistance from the IDB

    Program will help to reduce costs and expand service in poor areas

    The Inter-American Development Bank will support Colombian government efforts to improve water and sanitation services, reduce costs and rates, and expanding coverage, particularly to poor, underserved districts.
    These […]

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    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Puerto Plata

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$27.5 Million for Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved today a US$27.5 million loan to improve the potable water and sanitation supply in the tourist area of Puerto Plata, located in the North of the Dominican Republic.
    The Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas Project will benefit […]

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    DR & Central America Agree on Common Health, Pharma Policies/Programs

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    It doesn’t get much attention outside this corner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but the annual Meeting of the Health Sector of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Reunión del Sector Salud de Centro América y República Dominicana – RESSCAD) is quietly doing important work to change health policy among its seven member […]

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    Improving Potable Water & Sewage Treatment in Mexico

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    According to Mexico’s Environment Secretariat, SEMARNAT, at the end of 2008 Mexico finally reached a 90% rate for providing potable water to its population (it has been hovering at 89% for several years), representing 92.73 million inhabitants.
    Additions in sewage connections have raised Mexico’s sanitation service coverage nationally to 86.1%.
    In 2008 49 sewage treatment plants were […]

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    LAC Consumer Groups Target “Junk Food”

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    In my earlier post about the Mexican industry code on advertising of food and beverages directed to children, I discussed efforts in Latin America (here, here, here, here, here and here) to get high-calorie and/or high-fat and/or high-sugar and/or salty foods out of schools and the push by consumer groups, led by Consumer International (CI), […]

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    Expanding Water Security in Drought-Prone Ceará / Expansão de acesso seguro à água no Ceará

    Monday, December 22nd, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Loan to Expand Successful Water Security Initiatives in Brazil’s Semi-Arid Region

    Project focuses on safe access to water for the poor in drought-prone Ceará State

    The World Bank approved yesterday a US$103 million additional finance loan for the Ceará Integrated Water Resource Management Project (Progerirh).  The loan will allow the semi-arid northeastern Brazilian state […]

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