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    UNDP to Help Fortify Venezuela’s National Park System

    Saturday, August 1st, 2009

    Venezuela has one of the oldest national park systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  However, most of the nation’s parks are under-funded, under-appreciated and misused by the average Venezuelan, and in serious need of investments in improvements and improved management.
    This week the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Venezuela’s Planning and Development Ministry (Ministerio […]

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    An Illustration of the Mining Dilemma in Colombia

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

    I just read a good article in Tierramérica that illustrates well, I think, the current split in Colombia over mining, particularly mining that affects protected areas.  They examine the controversy over AngloGold Ashanti‘s gold exploration activities in the municipality of Cajamarca, in Tolima Department*, in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) and the Central Forest […]

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    $22 Mil. Loan to Help Guatemala’s Protected Areas / Prestamo de US$22 milliones para fortalecer las áreas protegidas de Guatemala

    Friday, June 19th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Guatemala strengthens protections for sensitive areas through investments in land registration

    A $22 million IDB loan will finance the implementation of a physical cadastral registry for protected areas

    Guatemala will bolster its national network of protected areas by improving its land registration system with a $22 million loan from the Inter-American Development […]

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    Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in LAC

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    I am in New York attending the Seventh Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17). This Session is focused on the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. As is the case with the opening day of most such international fora, today all too many opening […]

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    Norway Provides US$110 mil. for Amazon Fund

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES receives US$ 110 million from Norway for the Amazon Fund
    The President of the BNDES, the Brazilian Development Bank, Luciano Coutinho, signed the first donation agreement with the Norwegian government earmarked for the Amazon Fund. Through this agreement, the Fund managed by the BNDES will receive US$ 110 million (700 […]

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    The State of LAC’s Forests

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just released State of the World’s Forests 2009 (English, Spanish), the latest update of its annual overview of forest resources worldwide.  While it does not shed significant new light or offer new data on forest cover and the state of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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    Colombia: Mining, Yes, But Not in National Parks

    Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

    “Mining in Colombia, yes, but not in national parks,” insists Colombia’s Environment Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez. “Mining in Colombia, yes, but environmentally responsible. Mining in Colombia, yes, but not that they rob everything of value and leave us with deserts and zones of erosion.”
    He announced a total prohibition on all granting of mining licenses in […]

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    A Unique Environmental Institution

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    Right now, until 05 February, environmental groups across Brazil are electing their representatives on the National Environment Council (Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente – CONAMA).
    The more than 500 environment nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Environment Ministry’s (MMA) National Registry of Environmental Entities (Cadastro Nacional de Entidades Ambientalistas – CNEA) are voting for which individuals will […]

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    A Unique GEO for MEROSUR

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    Last month a GEO for the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR or MERCOSUL) was finally unveiled with much fanfare by representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the meeting of MERCOSUR Environment Ministers.
    What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment […]

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    US$5.44 Mil. for Mexico’s Protected Areas / US$5.44 millones más para las Áreas Protegidas en México

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Additional US$5.44 Million For National Protected Areas System In Mexico
    Twelve new areas with invaluable biospheres will be incorporated
    The World Bank’s Executive Board of Directors approved today an additional grant for US$5.44 million from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in order to assist the Mexican government; Mexico’s Development Banking Institution, Nacional Financiera, and […]

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