Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Approves Regional Climate Change Capacity Building Project [viewed]

4 January 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a regional institutional capacity building in climate change project to support countries in Latin America in addressing the impacts of climate change on their economies.

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International Potato Center Enters Partnership with Emphasis on Potato Adaptation [viewed]

5 January 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has signed a renewed agreement with the Pisaq Potato Park's Association of Communities.

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Event: IDB Annual Meeting [viewed]

The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will hold their Annual Meeting to provide a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, most of whom are Ministers of Finance, Presidents of Central Banks, or other high-level authorities of the member countries. Representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and private banks also attend. The program includes discussions on socially responsible development of natural resources, the future of oil in a carbon conscious world, and sustainable cities.  

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Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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Australia and CARICOM Discuss Fast-start Climate Finance [viewed]

18 December 2010: Representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and Australia met in Turkeyen, Guyana, on 17 December 2010, for the inaugural CARICOM-Australia High-level Meeting on the Development Assistance Partnership.

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International Center for Tropical Agriculture Releases "Two Degrees Up" Videos [viewed]

December 2010: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed a series of videos titled "Two Degrees Up," highlighting the potential impact of two degree warming on agriculture in Colombia and Ghana.

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CIAT Formalizes Climate Change and Biodiversity Partnership in Colombia [viewed]

December 2010: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has formalized a framework agreement with the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (Corpoica) and the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture to find solutions to help farmers confront climate change and assist in the development of the Colombian Orinoquia and Altillanura.

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CIFOR Publishes Report on Land Use Competition from Biofuel Expansion [viewed]

December 2010: The Center For International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Potential land use competition from first-generation biofuel expansion in developing countries."

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Funding for Two Projects [viewed]

15 December 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board concluded its 12th session in Cancun, Mexico, back-to-back with the Cancun Climate Change Conference. Board members approved funding for projects in Nicaragua and Pakistan, and for five concepts, from the Cook Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia and the Maldives, for financing at its next session.

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CMS Action Plan Aims to Conserve Migratory Grassland Birds of South America [viewed]

15 December 2010: The Convention on Migratory Species of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP/CMS), in collaboration with BirdLife International and Asociación Guyra Paraguay, have adopted an action plan to ensure the conservation of migratory grassland birds and their habitats in South America.

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