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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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    Progress Toward MDGs in Water in LAC

    Saturday, August 16th, 2008

    One of my first posts here on The Temas Blog concerned the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) progress report on reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) regarding drinking water and sanitation. So it’s probably fitting as I approach the second anniversary of the The Temas Blog to be discussing the latest update just released […]

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    Improving Sanitation in Belem / Melhorando Saneamento em Belém

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Brazil obtains IDB loan for Belém Sanitation Project
    Bank will finance drainage, water treatment and improve living conditions for 220,000 people in northern Brazil
    The Belém municipality in northern Brazil will obtain US$68.7 million from the Inter-American Development Bank for a sanitation and urban environmental program in Estrada Nova watershed, which is […]

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    Climate Change May Hit Andean Nations Hard

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    In early May the Andean Community (CAN) released its report on the probable impact of global climate change on its four member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
    One of the key conclusions of El Carmbio Climático no tiene fronteras (“Climate Change Does Not Have Borders”) is that by 2025 the impacts of global climate change will […]

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    A Social Experiment in Water and Sanitation in Minas

    Sunday, September 16th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The government of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais (MG), through Brazil’s third largest water and sanitation firm,the Sanitation Company of Minas Gerais (Copasa), is undertaking an interesting social experiment in the provision of water and sanitation services in that state.
    Thanks to a new state law passed earlier this year, […]

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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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