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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 Paulo, Brazil, to […]

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    Mexican Teens Win Stockholm Water Prize

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    It’s World Water Week, and this year’s winners of the Stockholm Water Foundation’s annual Junior Water Prize have just been announced: a group of teens from Mexico with an ingenious, low-cost solution for removing lead from water. That’s them in the picture at right receiving the award from Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria. They […]

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    Loan for Rural Sanitation in Chile / Préstamo para saneamiento rural en Chile

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB announces $100 million loan to Chile for rural sanitation program
    Project to reduce deficit of potable water and sewerage systems
    The Inter-American Development Bank approved today a $100 million loan to Chile for a rural sanitation program to improve the quality of life of people living in dispersed communities. The program […]

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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 of […]

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    What the WWF-Coke Freshwater Partnership Means for LAC

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

    On the face of it, this is good news for a couple of reasons.
    First off, I applaud that a huge water user (176 billion liters worldwide in 2006) and consumer such as Coca-Cola has decided to increase their water use efficiency, recycle the water they use in manufacturing whenever and wherever possible, and to treat […]

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    A Groundbreaking Carbon Deal for Bolivia / Un Convenio Innovador de Créditos de Carbono para Bolivia

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Bolivia: Innovative Approach Will Reduce Emissions Affecting the Climate
    World Bank’s Community Development Carbon Fund will purchase 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent
    Revenues will be used for improved social services
    An emissions reductions purchase agreement (ERPA) was signed today between the Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) which is managed by the World Bank, and […]

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    Jalisco Gets a Waste Law

    Monday, February 26th, 2007

    The Mexican state of Jalisco (JL) just published in its official gazette the text of its recently passed Law on the Integrated Management of Wastes.  Jalisco joins the Federal District (DF) and the states of Colima, Guanajuato, Querétaro and Veracruz in adopting its own waste law to supplement the federal Law for the Prevention and […]

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    An Environmental Agenda for the Andes

    Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

    Another piece I started long ago (at the end of Sept.) and left in the queue. I’ll clear the backlog yet! This is one is not over-ripe, though, because the Andean Community is only now implementing the Agenda.
    The Lima-based General Secretariat of the four-nation Andean Community* (Comunidad Andina – CAN) has released the […]

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    Brazilians Seek to Design the Eco-Efficient Home

    Sunday, November 19th, 2006

    In a prior entry I introduced you to the experiments of the Federal University of Santa Catarina’s (UFSC) Construction Systems Laboratory with constructing homes using PET bottles. Today I’ll introduce you to the work of another innovative part of the UFSC, the Energy-Efficient Construction Laboratory (LabEEE). LabEEE’s main mission is research and development […]

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