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    WHO & FAO Call for Countries to Improve Food Safety Vigilance / OMS y FAO: paises tienen que mejorar su vigilancia de la seguridad de los alimentos

    Friday, July 20th, 2007

    I already had on my “to do” list for this blog a look at food safety in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); I think with this public call from WHO and FAO, perhaps I should move it up on the schedule and list of priorities. So look for posts coming soon on the roles […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Minas Gerais / Melhorar tratamento de água e esgoto em Minas

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Sanitation Company of Minas Gerais (Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais – Copasa), the third largest water and sanitation firm in Brazil, just announced that it has obtained financing to improve water distribution and sewage systems for 26 municipalities in the state from two sources. The first, involving R$180 million from […]

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    Cleaning Up the Bogotá River

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Environment Ministry (MAVDT), the Autonomous Regional Corporation of Cundinamarca (CAR) and the Aqueduct and Sewer Company (EAAB), and the Capital District’s Environment Secretariat recently signed an agreement for $1.5 billion to clean up the one of Colombia’s most contaminated rivers, the Bogotá. The main component of the agreement is the expansion/upgrade […]

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    Loan to Expand/Upgrade Uruguay’s Water and Sanitation Services / Préstamo para ampliar/mejorar servicios de agua y saneamiento

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    From the World Bank: Uruguay: World Bank Approves US$50 Million to Expand and Upgrade Water and Sanitation Services The World Bank today approved a US$50 million loan to help Uruguay expand water and sanitation services to reach more residents in the country’s smaller towns and cities as well as improve the efficiency and sustainability of […]

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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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    PAC’ing Brazil IV: Water, Sanitation and Waste

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental licensing. […]

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    Brazil to Evaluate the Private Sector Role in Sanitation / Brasil avalia participação da iniciativa privada no setor de saneamento

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Only weeks after adoption of the new Sanitation Law, Brazil’s Ministry of Cities has just announced that it is launching a formal evaluation of the role of private capital in that country’s sanitation sector. [Currently there are about 40 concessions involving the private sector.] The study will be undertaken in cooperation with […]

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    Brazil’s New Sanitation Law

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

    After Over 20 Years of Arguing, Better Than Nothing? On 05 January Brazil finally, after over two decades of debate, adopted a framework law on basic sanitation. Ironically, the law signed by President Lula is not radically different from one vetoed by his predecessor, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC), on the same day (05 January) 12 […]

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    IDB Contemplates Changes in its Water/Sanitation Sector Lending

    Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

    In November the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) formed a special task force to sketch out new IDB goals for lending in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region’s water sector over the next 10 years. A major focus will be how the Bank can best help LAC nations meet their Millennium Development Goals on access […]

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    IBD to Help Rio Improve Its Water and Sanitation Services

    Thursday, January 18th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB Technical Cooperation will Support Program to Improve Efficiency of Rio de Janeiro State Water and Sewerage Company US$960,000 grant from the Japanese Trust Fund for Consultancy Services The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the approval of a US$960,000 grant to Rio de Janeiro’s State Water and Sewerage Company […]

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