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    Improving Water Supply and Sanitation Services for the Urban Poor

    Thursday, August 20th, 2009

    I’ve discussed in the past here on The Temas Blog some of the challenges Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) faces in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water supply and sanitation (here, here, here and here), particularly in providing these services to the region’s poor.
    The Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP), a multi-donor […]

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    Supreme Court: Comprehensive Clean Up of the River Plate, Not Piecemeal

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    Argentina’s Supreme Court, in a case initiated in 2003 by the Municipality of Berazategui against Aguas Argentinas SA (now known as Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos SA – AySA) and the national government, has annulled an injunction issued by the Federal Appeals Court of La Plata ordering the construction — within eighteen months — of […]

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    A Loan to Improve Colombia’s Water and Sanitation Services

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Colombia will improve its water and sanitation services with assistance from the IDB

    Program will help to reduce costs and expand service in poor areas

    The Inter-American Development Bank will support Colombian government efforts to improve water and sanitation services, reduce costs and rates, and expanding coverage, particularly to poor, underserved districts.
    These […]

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    The Largest Basin Clean-up Loan in Latin America

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank: Approves Largest Sanitation Operation in Latin America for US$840 Million to Clean the Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin in Argentina
    The Board of Directors of the World Bank today approved a loan for US$840 million in support of the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin Sustainable Development project. The loan will support the government’s Integrated Basin Cleanup […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Paraguay / Mejorar servicios de agua y saneamiento en Paraguay

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Paraguay: WB Approves US$64 Million to Improve Water, Sanitation for Most Vulnerable
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$64 million loan to increase the efficiency, coverage and sustainability of water and sanitation services in Paraguay. The project will directly benefit almost 17 percent of Paraguayans, especially the most vulnerable […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Puerto Plata

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$27.5 Million for Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved today a US$27.5 million loan to improve the potable water and sanitation supply in the tourist area of Puerto Plata, located in the North of the Dominican Republic.
    The Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas Project will benefit […]

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    30 Million Pesos to Clean Up the Matanza-Riachuelo / 30 millones de pesos para sanear la Cuenca Matanza-Riachuelo

    Monday, March 2nd, 2009

    Argentina’s Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development (SAyDS), Bibiloni Homer, just signed agreements with the mayors of municipalities located in the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin, through which federal authorities will provide around 30 million pesos for the establishment of cooperative efforts to clean up trash dumps around the Basin as well as the Basin’s feed-in streams.
    The Long-Suffering […]

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    Cleaning Up the Medellín River / Limpieza del río Medellín

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Medellín will complete historic river clean-up with IDB financing

    $450 million loan will help turn Colombia’s second largest city into one of Latin America’s cleanest urban areas

    The City of Medellín will complete an ambitious program to rehabilitate a vital river and improve the quality of life of local communities with up […]

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    DR & Central America Agree on Common Health, Pharma Policies/Programs

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    It doesn’t get much attention outside this corner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but the annual Meeting of the Health Sector of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Reunión del Sector Salud de Centro América y República Dominicana – RESSCAD) is quietly doing important work to change health policy among its seven member […]

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    Improving Potable Water & Sewage Treatment in Mexico

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    According to Mexico’s Environment Secretariat, SEMARNAT, at the end of 2008 Mexico finally reached a 90% rate for providing potable water to its population (it has been hovering at 89% for several years), representing 92.73 million inhabitants.
    Additions in sewage connections have raised Mexico’s sanitation service coverage nationally to 86.1%.
    In 2008 49 sewage treatment plants were […]

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