Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Provides Climate Change and Financial Sector Funding to Trinidad and Tobago [viewed]

IDB5 December 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved two loans for Trinidad and Tobago totaling US$130 million, including US$80 million for climate change measures and US$50 million to strengthen the financial sector.

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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WFP and Italian Energy Company Launch Alternative Energy Partnership [viewed]

7 December 2011: A €8 million partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP) and Italian energy company Enel has been launched to address climate change and food security through the use of green stoves and solar panels.

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IRENA, IISD Hold Media Workshop on Barriers to Renewables [viewed]

6 December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have organized a workshop for journalists on "Barriers to Renewables – What Are They and How Can They be Overcome."

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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Adaptation Fund Highlights Case Studies of Direct Access to Financing [viewed]

Adaptation Fund5 December 2011: At the Durban Climate Change Conference, the Adaptation Fund featured case studies from National Implementing Entities (NIEs), and announced the winner of the Adaptation Fund Photo Contest.

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FAO's Remote Sensing Updates Picture of Forest Loss [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released initial results from a satellite-based remote sensing survey, showing new information on forest area declines between 1990 and 2005.

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Central American Countries Adopt Common Position for COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Environment Ministers of the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic adopted a set of common positions regarding the climate change negotiations to be held in Durban, South Africa, stressing issues related to adaptation, financial assistance and technology transfer.

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Event: Fourth Expert Group Meeting on the Potential Economic Impact of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean will host a two-day meeting of around 30 experts on economic modeling to examine the methodological issues in modelling the macroeconomic impacts of climate change in the Caribbean. Participants will be apprised of the initiatives on econometric modeling that have already been employed in the Caribbean and assess their limitations and strengths.  

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WMO: 2011 is 10th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO29 November 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released highlights of the provisional annual WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate. 

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