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    Improving Sanitation and Water Quality in Canelones / Mejorando saneamiento y calidad del agua en Canelones

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Uruguay to improve sanitation and water quality in coastal area IDB credit for up to US$80 million will finance sewer service expansion in Ciudad de la Costa and improve water quality in rivers, beaches Uruguay will seek to improve the quality of life of people in Ciudad de la […]

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    The CEC’s “Annotated Bibliography” on Environmental Impacts of Biofuels

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    Normally I would not stick an annotated bibliography in the Temas Recommended Reading List, much less do a review of the “bibliography.”  But the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently released an “Annotated Bibliography on the Environmental Effects of Biofuels” that I find a bit unusual and noteworthy. It’s more like a review […]

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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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    Mexico’s Eco-Partnership with California

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    In February, when this blog was on hiatus while I worked on projects and expanding/updating the main Temas site, Mexico and the State of California signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) on cooperation in environmental matters. To be honest, I didn’t pay it much attention at the time. Not just because I was busy with […]

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    Improving Environmental Quality in Joinville

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):  IDB approves US$32.67 million to improve environmental quality in Municipality of Joinville in Brazil Project to address flooding and watercourse pollution that impact urban environment The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the approval of a US$32.67 million loan to Brazil for an environmental revitalization program to help address the […]

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    GEF Funds Binational Ecosystem Management Project / Donación del GEF para la gestión de un ecosistema binacional

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB announces $3.5 million grant for binational ecosystem management on border between Costa Rica and Panama Resources from the Global Environmental Facility for project in the Sixaola river basin A $3.5 million grant from the Global Environmental Facility will help finance a project to improve environmental management in the […]

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    An Innovative Watershed Management Model in Guatemala / Modelo innovador para la gestión de cuencas en Guatemala

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    From WWF-Central America: CARE and WWF launch an innovative business model for conserving water and promoting poverty reduction in Guatemala Communities and the municipality unite to execute a pilot project for the equitable compensation of hydrological services in the Sierra de las Minas zone of Guatemala Five communities of the municipality of Teculután with more […]

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    Helping Colombia Improve Environmental Management and Meet Its MDGs

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    From the World Bank: Colombia: World Bank Approves US$200 Million for Sustainable Development The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$200 million loan to Colombia in order to integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, which seek to protect the poor from the impacts of environmental degradation, particularly in […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC V – A Sample Panorama of LAC Consumer News

    Friday, May 11th, 2007

    When I started this series, I promised a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). So far I’ve looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated World Consumer Rights Day, how intergovernmental bodies have influenced the development of consumer law in the region, the panorama of […]

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    GEF Funds Project to Protect Caribbean Sea from Pesticides

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will provide US$5 million to help three LAC nations — Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua — reduce the adverse impact on the marine environment of the Caribbean Sea of their agricultural sectors’ use of pesticides. The three participating governments will match the amount, making it a US$10 […]

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