Latin America & the Caribbean

World Bank and GEF Grants to Protect 13.5 Million Hectares in the Amazon [viewed]

World Bank - GEF23 February 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$15.9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to consolidate existing protected areas and create an additional 13.5 million hectares of protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon over the next four years.

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IDB Approves Loan to Modernize Public Transportation in Colombia [viewed]

IDB23 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$105 million loan for the city of Cali, Colombia, to complete the modernization of its public transportation system.

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CARIBSAVE, CCRIF Announce Climate-Related Scholarships for Caribbean Nationals [viewed]

CARIBSAVE - CCRIF23 February 2012: The CARIBSAVE Partnership ("CARIBSAVE") and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have announced postgraduate scholarships for Caribbean nationals for studies related to climate change.

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IICA Symposium Reviews Agriculture Insurance's Role in Mitigating Climate Risks [viewed]

17 February 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA) convened a symposium to discuss the current state of agriculture insurance schemes and products in the Americas, as well as their role within a broader risk management framework to address the effects of climate change.

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New Website Launched for Many Strong Voices Programme [viewed]

February 2012: A new website has been launched for Many Strong Voices (MSV), a programme linking climate change adaptation and mitigation activities in the Arctic and small islands development States (SIDS).  

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BCIE Offers Credit Line for Renewable Energy in Guatemala [viewed]

22 February 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) has granted a credit line to Guatemala's Agromercantil Banks SA (BAM) to loan for renewable energy projects in that country.

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CAF Supports Brazil's Disaster Early Warning System [viewed]

22 February 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) has signed a framework cooperation agreement with Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) to support the development and strengthening of monitoring, early warning systems and response systems for natural disasters.

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SICA Trains Officials on Efficient Small-Scale Irrigation in Climate-Vulnerable Zones [viewed]

CAC20 February 2012: The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) hosted a training workshop for officials from member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) regarding the efficient water use in small-scale agriculture irrigation in areas vulnerable to climate change.

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BCIE Finances Wind Farm in Honduras, Hydropower Expansion in Costa Rica [viewed]

14 February 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) announced, on 14 February 2012, financing for renewable energy projects in Costa Rica and Honduras, as well as for a project intended to link the national electrical grids of Central American countries.

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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