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    IDB Help for Sanitation & Waste Management in Manaus / Apoio do BID para Saneamento e Gestão dos Resíduos em Manaus

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Temas Observations: Two small points about this loan: (1) this loan comes close on the heels of Fiocruz’s announcement of a major program to assess the environment and health challenges facing Manaus; (2) the loan was made to Amazonas state, not the municipality or the federal government. _______________________ From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Brazil’s […]

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    Improving Environment, Water & Sanitation Management in São Luís

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    From the World Bank: Brazil: Improved Living Conditions and Employment Generation for over 40,000 Poor Urban Families in São Luís Project to promote city competitiveness and upgrade housing and sanitation in one of the Brazil’s poorest states The World Bank approved yesterday a loan of US$ 35.6 million for the São Luis Enhancing Municipal Governance […]

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    Improving Sanitation in Belem / Melhorando Saneamento em Belém

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Brazil obtains IDB loan for Belém Sanitation Project Bank will finance drainage, water treatment and improve living conditions for 220,000 people in northern Brazil The Belém municipality in northern Brazil will obtain US$68.7 million from the Inter-American Development Bank for a sanitation and urban environmental program in Estrada Nova […]

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    Improving Environmental Quality in Porto Alegre

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB approves US$83.2 million to support the Integrated Socioenvironmental Program of Porto Alegre, Brazil Program will improve quality of life by restoring water quality, expanding sanitation services and upgrading the urban environment The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the approval of a US$83.2 million loan to Brazil for […]

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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 […]

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    If You Can’t Find It Here, You May Not Find It

    Friday, February 1st, 2008

    Quite a few Temas Blog readers noticed the absence of new posts for several weeks. I was fully occupied with work day-and-night on the final stages of the total revamp and re-launch of my main site, temasactuales.com Although work continues on the Spanish and Portuguese versions (coming soon!), the burden has lightened enough that I […]

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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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    A Social Experiment in Water and Sanitation in Minas

    Sunday, September 16th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The government of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (MG), through Brazil’s third largest water and sanitation firm,the Sanitation Company of Minas Gerais (Copasa), is undertaking an interesting social experiment in the provision of water and sanitation services in that state. Thanks to a new state law passed earlier this year, a […]

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    Amazonas “Visionary” on Climate Change?

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    In June Amazonas became the first Brazilian state to adopt a state law on climate change, together with one creating a State System of Conservation Units (UCs). The laws were widely praised by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on environment and conservation issues. A Greenpeace spokesman even declared them to be “almost visionary, but perfectly capable […]

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    Digitizing Environmental Enforcement

    Saturday, August 4th, 2007

    Minas Gerais is moving to accomplish something no other Brazilian state — or probably any Latin American/ Caribbean (LAC) nation, for that matter — has yet done: digitize its environmental inspection and enforcement. Currently Minas is winding up a pilot project in which its 21 waste and sanitation inspectors do much of their work utilizing […]

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