From the World Bank:
Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Severely Undervalued
New World Bank Review Calls for Action to Protect the Marine Environment
Properly valuing coastal and marine ecosystem services is critical to sustainable development, according to the World Bank publication “Environment Matters 2008” launched today.
Titled: “Valuing Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services”, the review argues that while we […]
FAO: Agriculture Should be in New Climate Agreement / El nuevo acuerdo sobre el cambio climático debe incluir la agriculturaThursday, April 2nd, 2009
From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
Climate change talks should include farmers
Agriculture in developing countries could play crucial role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
FAO has urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations for a new climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol.
“Agricultural land is able to store and sequester carbon. Farmers […]
UNEP/CARICOM: Drastic Climate Change Consequences for Insular Caribbean / PNUMA/CARICOM: drásticas consecuencias por cambio climático en el Caribe InsularSaturday, 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 […]
When last May I blogged about the importance of Mexico’s inventory of its mangroves, I declared that mangroves matter. One of the reasons I cited was that they usually serve as nurseries and homes for many fish, shrimp, crabs, mollusks and other marine life (in the Dominican Republic, for example, many of the endangered […]
From the World Bank:
WB Announces Adaptation Program for Glacier Retreat In The Andes
The World Bank announced today a new program to address the impact of tropical glacier retreat in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. The program, supported by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), will grant US$7.49 million to implement a set of adaptation actions to face […]
In a prior post on the Temas library of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) legal texts for download, I promised to highlight other changes and additions to the updated site.
The biggest addition to the site has been the Temas Tools Section, a collection of references and tools that help in understanding, shaping and managing policy […]
Why? Among other reasons:
Their dense root systems keep sediment from rivers and off the land from going out to sea. This helps stabilize the coastline and provides some protection from hurricanes and tropical storms. [Studies have shown storm damage is usually greater in coastal areas where mangroves have been cleared.] […]
GEF Funds Binational Ecosystem Management Project / Donación del GEF para la gestión de un ecosistema binacionalFriday, 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 Sixaola river basin […]
While the reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have stolen the headlines and thunder, the World Bank quietly released an important working paper examining how the expected rise in sea level (SLR) caused by global climate change might affect the 84 coastal developing countries among its membership. Twenty-five of these […]
World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). Brazil Low-carbon Country Case Study. Published by World Bank Group. English. 2010. 286 pp.
This report by ESMAP seeks to identify ways to reduce Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions without seriously compromising its development efforts. The Bank proposes a low-carbon scenario that would represent a 37% reduction in […]