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    Support for Colombia’s Water and Sanitation Reforms

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s water and sanitation reforms
    US$250 million loan tied to program to reach universal service coverage in Colombian cities and sharply reduce the coverage gap in rural areas by 2019
    Colombia will consolidate its water and sanitation service delivery model and will seek to accelerate service expansion efforts as part […]

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    Further IDB Support for Peru’s “Water for All” Program / Mas Apoyo del BID para el Programa Peruano “Agua para Todos”

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports the second phase of Peru’s water and sanitation reform program
    US$130 million policy-based loan linked to measures that will expand water and sanitation coverage in low-income communities
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$130 million policy-based credit to the Peruvian Government, as part of an effort that will […]

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    LAC Water Center Created / Crean Centro del Agua para ALC

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    Temas Note: While the idea of a center focussed on water and sanitation issues in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region generally appeals to me, I have to ask why in this form, in this locale, and with these sponsors?  Doesn’t the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) already have a Pan American Center for […]

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    US$200 mil. for Water & Sanitation in Argentina / US$200 milliones para agua y saneamiento en Argentina

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Argentina receives US$200 million in financing for potable water and sanitation program
    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$200 million loan to expand potable water and sanitation services in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area and suburbs.
    This project is part of a wider expansion program which seeks to add 1.5 […]

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    Why is LAC Slow to Tap Carbon Funds?

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

    The Dominican Republic’s Environment Secretariat (SEMARENA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently co-hosted an event in Santo Domingo designed to prompt Dominicans into tapping the many international funding opportunities for projects related, directly or directly, to climate change (“carbon markets”).
    And well they should! For some […]

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    Climate Change May Hit Andean Nations Hard

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    In early May the Andean Community (CAN) released its report on the probable impact of global climate change on its four member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
    One of the key conclusions of El Carmbio Climático no tiene fronteras (“Climate Change Does Not Have Borders”) is that by 2025 the impacts of global climate change will […]

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    Funding Expansion of São Paulo’s Water/Sanitation Services

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$250 million for Brazilian water utility Sabesp
    Resources will help company meet needs of São Paulo’s growing population and support expansion of wastewater treatment systems
    The Inter-American Development Bank today approved US$250 million in financing for Sabesp, the water and wastewater company of the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to […]

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    Inequities in Water and Sanitation Services in Argentina

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Not too long ago an Argentine think tank, the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimento – CIPPEC), released a report* analyzing the provision of potable water and sanitation services within Argentina. 
    The CIPPEC analysis demonstrates, to my mind, […]

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    An Innovative Watershed Management Model in Guatemala / Modelo innovador para la gestión de cuencas en Guatemala

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    From WWF-Central America:
    CARE and WWF launch an innovative business model for conserving water and promoting poverty reduction in Guatemala
    Communities and the municipality unite to execute a pilot project for the equitable compensation of hydrological services in the Sierra de las Minas zone of Guatemala
    Five communities of the municipality of Teculután with more than 3,000 people […]

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    Country Profiles of Environmental Burden of Disease for LAC

    Friday, August 3rd, 2007

    Several weeks ago the World Health Organization (WHO) released what it billed as "the first ever country-by-country analysis of the impact environmental factors have on health."  It phrased it that way ("country-by-country") because it released a more global analysis of the issue last year — in fact, that report was the subject of one of […]

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