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    World Bank: Climate Change Adaptation Could Cost $75-100 bn/yr / Banco Mundial: la adaptación al cambio climático costará US$75.000-100.000 millones al año

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    From the  World Bank:
    Adapting to Climate Change to Cost US$75-100 Billion a year

    New global estimate for cost of adaptation to climate change in developing countries

    The costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050 according to preliminary findings in [...]

    Improving State-Level Environmental Governance in Brazil / Melhorar Gestão Ambiental Estadual no Brasil

    Friday, September 25th, 2009

    Temas Observation: Note how this loan/project is being marketed. The headline trumpets “green growth” when in reality the program is more about strengthening environmental governance/institutions, arguably not as sexy a topic. The Bank argues that this is about ensuring economic growth is as green as possible through good regulation by competent, properly-equipped environmental [...]

    Support for an Agreement on REDD

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    It’s interesting to see the high-level support expressed at the Summit on Climate Change by the Latin American nations of Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana for an internationally-agreed mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in the post-2012 climate change accord to be negotiated later this year in Copenhagen.  However, conspicuous by their [...]

    World Bank: “Climate Smart” World Possible / Banco Mundial: es posible lograr un mundo con enfoque climático inteligente / Banco Mundial: Um Mundo “Climaticamente Inteligente” É Possível

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    ‘Climate Smart’ World Within Reach, says World Bank
    Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says a new World Bank report released today. High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints [...]

    Improving Water Supply and Sanitation Services for the Urban Poor

    Thursday, August 20th, 2009

    I’ve discussed in the past here on The Temas Blog some of the challenges Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) faces in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water supply and sanitation (here, here, here and here), particularly in providing these services to the region’s poor.
    The Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP), a multi-donor [...]

    $20 Mn. to Help Colombia Clean Up its Solid Waste Management / US$20 millones para apoyar a Colombia mejorar su manejo de los residuos sólidos

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Financing to address health and environmental problems
    The US$20 million for implementing the Solid Waste Management Program in Colombia will seek to improve the quality and coverage of the country’s integrated waste treatment services, benefiting close to 400,000 people thanks to the appropriate management of solid waste in landfills built by the project.
    “This [...]

    $104 Mn. for Water Pollution Control in São Paulo / US$104 milhões para controlar a poluição da água em São Paulo

    Friday, July 10th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$ 270.65 Million to Support Infrastructure and Water Pollution Control Projects in the State of São Paulo
    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today two loans for a total of US$ 270.65 million for two major projects aiming at improving transport conditions and controlling environmental and water pollution in the State [...]

    A New Network to Combat Noncommunicable Diseases

    Thursday, July 9th, 2009

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    New network to combat noncommunicable diseases
    Noncommunicable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, cancers, diabetes, respiratory diseases and common injuries account for the vast majority of all global deaths, but because they are not yet included as priorities in the global development agenda, donors and international organizations have yet to pledge [...]

    Brazil and Uruguay Take the Lead in Implementing GHS

    Saturday, July 4th, 2009

    Yesterday Uruguay became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to implement the Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) (known in Spanish as the Sistema Globalmente Armonizado – SGA) through binding legislation.  President Tabaré Vázquez and his Council of Ministers signed Decree 307/009 on safety measures for chemical industry [...]

    Ecological Cities as Economic Cities

    Saturday, June 27th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    New Urban Development Program to Promote Ecologically Sustainable and Economically Viable Cities
    The World Bank today launched a new urban development program that supports cities in developing countries in their move towards greater ecological and economic sustainability.
    Called Eco² Cities – Ecological Cities as Economic Cities, the program recognizes that successful cities create [...]

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