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  • The State of LAC’s Forests

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just released State of the World’s Forests 2009 (English, Spanish), the latest update of its annual overview of forest resources worldwide.  While it does not shed significant new light or offer new data on forest cover and the state of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation Services in Greater Managua / Mejorando servicios de agua y saneamiento en el área metropolitana de Managua

    Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    US$40 Million to Improve Water and Sanitation Services
    Project benefits low-income population in Managua
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved yesterday a US$20 million grant and a US$20 million credit to the Nicaraguan government. The funds will be used to increase access to reliable water and sanitation services for the population living in […]

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    Outlook for “Green Jobs” / Prognóstico para “empleos verdes”

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    While the idea of creating a “green economy” with “green jobs” has been around quite a while, it really started to gain serious consideration as the climate change debate heated up,  and recently moved front-and-center during the US presidential elections and the debates about how best to respond to the global financial crisis (here, here, […]

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    A New Fund for Water and Sanitation in LAC / Nuevo fondo para agua y saneamiento en ALC / Novo fundo para água e saneamento em ALC

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB and Spain establish new fund to improve water and sanitation in Latin America and Caribbean
    The government of Spain and the Inter-American Development Bank signed an agreement to cooperate in the execution of the Fund for Cooperation for Water and Sanitation, a Spanish initiative that is expected to provide up […]

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    Improving Environment, Water & Sanitation Management in São Luís

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: Improved Living Conditions and Employment Generation for over 40,000 Poor Urban Families in São Luís
    Project to promote city competitiveness and upgrade housing and sanitation in one of the Brazil’s poorest states
    The World Bank approved yesterday a loan of US$ 35.6 million for the São Luis Enhancing Municipal Governance and Quality of […]

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    Estimating Climate Change’s Probable Economic Impacts on Central America

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    Temas Note: Check this post for a discussion of an earlier attempt at analyzing the economic impacts of global climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that served as the regional input to the Stern Review.
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    From the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC):
    Study On the Economics of Climate Change […]

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    WHO: Time to Focus on Health Impacts of Climate Change

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

    Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) picks a theme for World Health Day, April 7th, the day celebrating WHO's founding, so that everybody in involved in public health can talk "on message" and focus their discussion about the pre-selected theme.  In 2007 it was "invest in health, build a safer future."  In 2008 it […]

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    Funding Climate Change Adaptation in Ecuador and Peru

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Adapting to Climate Change: New GEF Projects Show New Ways to Beat the Heat
    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council today approved a grant of $9.9 million to finance two climate adaptation projects designed to help communities in Ecuador and Peru combat problems associated with glacial retreat in the tropical Andes […]

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    UNDP Launches Unique Carbon Facility

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has jumped into the growing carbon finance market with its own offering — carbon credits with a human development twist, as it were.
    UNDP says that the trouble with the current carbon market is that it tends to fund projects in only a handful of countries and with little variety […]

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    The Probable Impact of Climate Change on Chile

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007

    A few weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its “summary for policymakers” that shook the world with its conclusions about the possible development of global climate change during the 21st century, Chile’s National Environment Commission (CONAMA) released a study it commissioned looking more narrowly at the probable global climate change impacts […]

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