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    More IDB Support for Mexico’s Climate Change Agenda

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports second stage of Mexico’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help mitigate the impacts and reduce vulnerability to climate change in energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and water resources

    Mexico will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate-related institutions, as […]

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    $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 […]

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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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    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 […]

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    Santa Catarina Supports 52 Small Hydropower Projects

    Thursday, May 21st, 2009

    The southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina (SC) has made a heavy commitment to small hydro. The SC State Secretary for Sustainable Economic Development (SDS), Onofre Santo Agostini, just signed 14 portarias authorizing the construction of 14 new small hydroelectric plants (known in Brazil as pequenas centrais hidrelétricas – PCHs). In Brazil any […]

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    US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental & Climate Change Agenda / US$1,3 bilhão para apoiar a agenda ambiental e de mudanças climáticas do Brasil

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$1.3 Billion to Support Brazil’s Environmental and Climate Change Agenda

    Brazil’s achievements in integrating development and conservation recognized

    The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a US$1.3 billion loan to Brazil for the First Programmatic Development Policy Loan for Sustainable Environmental Management, supporting Brazil’s ongoing efforts to improve its environmental […]

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    Economic Growth Model is Rapidly Transforming/Degrading the Amazon

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model

    However, responses by the governments of Amazonian countries indicate that efforts are under way on concrete action to deal with their environmental challenges.
    The population is increasing, reaching a level of 33.5 million inhabitants in 2007.
    Cities grew at an […]

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    Environmental Policy Reborn in Rio?

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    If you believe Governor Cabral and Environment Secretary Ramos, environmental policy in the state of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) just underwent a rebirth.  At the inaugural ceremony for the new State Environment Institute (INEA), Governor Cabral declared that henceforth RJ will have an environmental policy with less bureaucracy, greater agility and technical rigor.
    To refresh memories, […]

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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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    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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