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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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    Linkages Between Trade and Climate Change / Vinculos entre el comercio y el cambio climático

    Friday, June 26th, 2009

    From the World Trade Organization (WTO):
    WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change

    The world cannot continue with “business as usual” and there is a profound need for a successful conclusion to the current negotiations on both climate change and trade opening.

    The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade […]

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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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    Climate Change as Employment Opportunity for the Caribbean

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat:
    CLIMATE CHANGE AS A GENERATOR OF EMPLOYMENT IN KEY ECONOMIC SECTORS OF THE CARIBBEAN
    As the international community continues to give significant attention to the global phenomenon, Climate Change, Mr. Garfield Barnwell, Director of Sustainable Development at the CARICOM Secretariat posited some insights into how the Caribbean Region could transform this […]

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    Energy Efficiency Program for Caribbean Hotels Launched

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    From the Barbados Government Information Service:
    CARIBBEAN HOTEL ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACTION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
    Additional income from savings in electricity/fuel bills, a reduction in operational costs; and an increased flow of tourists preferring sustainable energy tourism destinations, are just a few of the benefits expected from the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT).
    This was announced today by […]

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    A Moratorium on Constructing Mega-Resorts?

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    From Tourism Concern:
    TOURISM CONCERN CALLS FOR HALT ON CONSTRUCTION OF MEGA-RESORTS
    Campaigning organisation Tourism Concern is calling for a halt to the construction of tourism mega-resorts, claiming that they are destroying communities and are environmentally unsustainable.
    The global trend in developing luxury, large-scale resorts is leading to widespread alienation and displacement of people from their land, and […]

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    Buenos Aires Province Formally Launches Sustainable Hotel Certification System

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    The Provincial Sustainable Development Organ (OPDS) of Buenos Aires Province just launched formally the “sustainable hotels” certification program that it announced last August it would create.
    The program will judge lodging in touristic destinations within the Province on their “efficient use” of natural resources, minimization of the use of toxic chemical products, maximization of the use […]

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    UNEP/CARICOM: Drastic Climate Change Consequences for Insular Caribbean / PNUMA/CARICOM: drásticas consecuencias por cambio climático en el Caribe Insular

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Although this report (English only) was finished in October, it was formally unveiled at the global climate change talks in Poland in November, but did not get much media play because of all the other actions, initiatives, reports and declarations made in Poznan at the same time.  But it deserves much more attention and hopefully […]

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    Putting a Value on Belize’s Reefs and Mangroves

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    In a recent post I applauded efforts to estimate the true economic value of the mangroves along the coast of Mexico’s Baja California.  Last month the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report that estimates the economic value of Belize’s coral reefs and mangroves that I similarly applaud — in […]

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    Keeping the Environmental Policy Agenda Funded in Mexico / Mantener financiado el programa de política ambiental de México

    Friday, December 19th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    US$401 Million for Environmental Sustainability
    The World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors approved today a US$401 million loan to the Mexican government for the Environmental Sustainability Development Policy Project to compensate for a tight public sector budget during this trimester.
    This financing is in addition to the US$300.75 million loan approved last October […]

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