Latin America & the Caribbean

World Bank Finances Improved Agricultural Resilience in Uruguay [viewed]

World Bank17 November 2011: The World Bank has approved a US$49 million loan to Uruguay to support the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Project, a system of more environmentally-sustainable farming practices to adapt agricultural production to the effects of climate change.

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Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Improving Disaster Risk Management16 November 2011: The Government of Grenada, financed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, with technical support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), organized an information sharing workshop to discuss the problems and solutions of sharing geospatial data to improve disaster risk management in the Caribbean.

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IDB Supports Wind Generation Expansion in Latin America [viewed]

IDB17 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$150 million loan to expand wind energy generation in Latin America. The loan will support the construction of four wind farms, three in Brazil and one in Uruguay, expected to add 546 megawatts of wind energy capacity to the region by 2014. 

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IDB Finances Energy Efficiency Efforts in Jamaica [viewed]

IDB17 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan for Jamaica to design and implement investment measures in energy efficiency in the public sector.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience [viewed]

APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience (photo courtesy of APEC)16 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) has pledged to promote green growth and to increase public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve disaster resilience in its member countries. The pledges were made at the APEC Ministerial Meetings held from 10-11 November 2011, in Honolulu, US.

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Event: 11th Meeting of the CODEGALAC Chapter for Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic [viewed]

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council created the Commission on Livestock Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODEGALAC) in 1986 to help governments in the region to develop sector-specific policies. In 2010, FAO's Regional Conference for LAC recommended that the CODEGALAC become the Commission on Sustainable Livestock Development and focus on sustainable development issues, including adaptation to climate change. This meeting of its chapter for Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic will have as its theme "Policies of Differential Support for the Sustainable Support of the Livestock Sector." The Chapter's Technical Committee will meet 23-24 November, and its Executive Committee on 25 November.  

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Event: 19th Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council [viewed]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the 19th Regular Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council. The Council will examine project and issues in three thematic clusters: healthy communities and ecosystems; climate change – low-carbon economy; and greening the economy in North America. The Council will also examine implementation of its new initiative to increase engagement with stakeholders and the public, the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA). Every year the Council, composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from Canada, Mexico and the US, meet to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for enhancing environmental cooperation in North America, and provide guidance to the CEC. The CEC is an intergovernmental organization established to implement the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the environmental side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

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Latin American Experts Discuss Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions [viewed]

Mountain Partnership3 November 2011: Experts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Participants discussed the impacts of climate change in Latin America's mountain zones, developed recommendations to meet the challenges and elaborated strategies to ensure that the issue of mountains is adequately addressed in international processes.

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UNFCCC Publishes Ecuador's Proposals under the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.6/Add.1) comprising a submission from Ecuador on proposals for upcoming activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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World Bank Signs Three New ERPAs for Biogas Projects in Mexico [viewed]

Banco Mundial8 November 2011: The World Bank signed three new emission reduction purchase agreements (ERPAs) with Bioenergía de Nuevo León, to buy 1 million carbon credits generated through a biogas plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

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