Latin America & the Caribbean

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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UNEP Publishes ACP MEAs Project Update Newsletter [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter contains information on upcoming activities in the African, Caribbean and Pacific project hubs.

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UNEP Releases Atlas on the Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

14 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new publication, titled "Latin America and the Caribbean: Atlas of our Changing Environment," which includes over 200 satellite images to highlight environmental issues in the region. 

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ECLAC Report Finds Central America Vulnerable to Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report that finds Central America may be one of the regions most adversely affected by climate change in socioeconomic terms.

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World Bank, IDB Propose Regional Agenda on Water and Climate Change for LAC [viewed]

3 December 2010: The elements for a regional agenda on water and climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) were presented at a Dialogue for Water and Climate Change (D4WCC) side event held during the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16), in Cancun, Mexico.  

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UNDP and Partners Promote South-South Cooperation Between Pacific and Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

UNDP7 December 2010: A project coordinated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre, with support from the regional UNDP Programme Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI), has produced a film titled “Looking South Across the Oceans: Promoting Cooperation Among Small Island Developing States” from the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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UNDP SGP Highlights Climate Resilience Project in Mexico [viewed]

4 December 2010: On the occasion of the Cancun Climate Change Conference, the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Mexico's National Commission of Protected Areas organized a site visit to a community-based project in the protected area of Yum Balam, which is helping a Mayan indigenous community increase its resilience to climate change.

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ECLAC Releases Study on the Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

8 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report titled “Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which estimates losses of around 1% of annual GDP in the region's countries between 2010 and 2100 unless a global consensus is reached on mitigation actions.

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