Latin America & the Caribbean

EU Publishes Text of Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru [viewed]

13 April 2011: The EU has published the text of its trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which includes commitments to effectively implement international conventions on environmental protection.

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International Potato Center Describes Success of Improved Potato Varieties [viewed]

13 April 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has released a news release that outlines improved food security due in part to late blight resistant potato varieties, Pallay Poncho and Puka Lliclla, developed by CIP.

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OLADE, UNEP Promote Solar Energy in LAC [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) has partnered with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to help the latter implement in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) its "Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative," which is funded in part by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

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CEC Releases Report on Sustainable Freight Transport in North America [viewed]

31 March 2011: A report from the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) calls for urgent cross-border cooperation to improve the environmental performance of the North American freight system.

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IDB Launches Sustainable Emerging Cities Platform [viewed]

25 March 2011: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno has announced the creation of a platform to work with 140 fast-growing "intermediate" cities (those with populations between 100,000 and two million) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to analyze their sustainable urban development challenges, propose solutions, prioritize investments and identify funding from national and international sources. 

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Andean Community Launches Programmes on Forests, Bioenergy and the Environment [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Andean Community (CAN) has launched two new projects funded by Finland, namely the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Programme in the Andean Region, and the Energy and Environment Partnership in the Andean Region.  

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World Bank Institute and Partners Launch Climate Practitioners Network in Latin America [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank Institute (WBI), the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and the Costa Rica-based INCAE Business School, supported by the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Ministry of the Environment, have launched the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) for Latin America.  

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Event: APEC 2011 [viewed]

The United States will host the 2011 meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in November 2011, in Hawai'i. The Concluding Senior Officials Meeting will take place from 8-9 November. The Finance Ministers will meet on 10 November, and a Ministerial Meeting will take place on 11 November. The APEC Economic Leaders Meeting will take place on 12-13 November.  

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World Bank Institute e-Bulletin Highlights Youth Training Activities [viewed]

March 2011: The March 2011 edition of the World Bank Institute Climate Change (WBICC) Practice e-Bulletin presents news of the launch of a climate practitioner network in Latin America, and training of youth in Kenya to become agents of change and to implement youth-focused climate change-development activities within their communities.

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World Bank Institute, FCPF Launch Tool on Opportunity Costs of REDD+ [viewed]

8 April 2011: The World Bank Institute and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published a training manual that shares hands-on experience from field programmes and presents the essential practical and theoretical steps, methods and tools to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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