Latin America & the Caribbean

IFAD Supports Adaptation Efforts in Central America [viewed]

5 August 2010: On a recent visit to Guatemala, Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), called attention to regional needs and approaches to fund green programmes to assist in climate change adaptation.

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UNDP, Ecuador to Protect Ecuadorian Amazon [viewed]

UNDP3 August 2010: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Gryspan and Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño have signed an agreement establishing a trust fund to scale up the protection of the Yasuní National Park,  part of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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IDB Supports Private Bank's Green Portfolio [viewed]

3 August 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$30 million loan to Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires to create an innovative sustainable facility to scale up private sector financing for projects in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and agriculture, among others.

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IDB Funds Geothermal Expansion in Nicaragua [viewed]

2 August 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund the expansion of geothermal power generation capacity in Nicaragua with a US$40 million loan to the company Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A.

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World Bank President Visits Mexico, Signs Green Loans [viewed]

22 July 2010: World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick visited Mexico to sign two recently-approved ‘green loans' worth US$800 million and announce new Mexican participation in the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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International Potato Center Researches Use of Sweetpotato as Livestock Feed [viewed]

July 2010: The June issue of the newsletter for the International Potato Center (CIP), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), highlights ongoing research into the use of sweetpotato vines as a livestock feed supplement to increase productivity and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNDP Supports Strategic Investment to Address Climate Change in LDCs [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2010: In order to strengthen support to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in their work on climate change in the lead up to the negotiations in Cancun and beyond, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has committed US$5.6 million toward a programme on "Strategic Investment in Addressing Climate Change in LDCs."

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Brazil-EU Summit Addresses Sustainable Development and Bioenergy [viewed]

14 July 2010: The fourth Brazil-EU Summit was held in Brasília, Brazil, on 14 July 2010, and attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The resulting joint statement contains a section titled “Sustainable development, climate change, energy and biodiversity.”

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US Climate Change Envoy to Travel through Latin America [viewed]

9 July 2010: The US State Department has announced that US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern will travel to Latin America, together with Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, from 10-15 July 2010, to discuss several climate change issues.

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CARICOM Summit Discusses Position Ahead of Cancun [viewed]

7 July 2010: The 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 4-7 July 2010, to discuss, among other things, climate change issues.

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