Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: Third Central America Renewable Energy Forum (CAREF III) [viewed]

Co-hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Council of the Americas, this meeting will bring together current and potential private sector investors with Central American energy ministers to promote an open discussion on obstacles and opportunities for regulatory reforms to support clean energy. The specific goal of CAREF III will be to deepen the dialogue and understanding of regulatory reform and best practices for renewable energy in the region.  

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IDB, GEF, Nature Conservancy and FEMSA Create US$27 Million Water Fund [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Nature Conservancy and the FEMSA Foundation have launched a US$27 million dollar initiative to create water funds, private-public partnerships to protect critical watersheds in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

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ITTO Releases Report on Tropical Forest Management [viewed]

7 June 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report titled "Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011," which states that the area of tropical forests under sustainable management has increased by 50% since 2005. It also warns that over 90% of tropical forests globally are poorly managed or not at all.

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CCAFS Releases Publications on Land-use Mitigation [viewed]

8 June 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released three policy briefs on agriculture, food production, mitigation and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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IDB and Partners Support Mitigation and GHG Inventories in the Agriculture Sector [viewed]

8 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of New Zealand and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (Fontagro) have partnered to work on climate change mitigation and agriculture projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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IDB Launches Initiative to Support Sustainable Aviation Biofuels [viewed]

8 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched an initiative to support the development of a sustainable biojet fuels industry employing different kinds of local organic feedstock.

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IDB Launches Carbon Finance Portal for Latin America [viewed]

2 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank, has launched a web portal called "Finanzas Carbono," which is designed to provide a platform for dissemination of information on carbon markets to the Spanish-speaking world.

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ICRAF Releases Reports on REDD+ and Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

8 June 2011: The REDD ALERT Project at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released three papers that explore issues related to stakeholder perceptions of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) and economic gains.

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OAS General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Climate Change [viewed]

7 June 2011: The 41st regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), held on 5-7 June 2011 in San Salvador, El Salvador, adopted a resolution on climate change in the countries of the hemisphere, among many other resolutions.

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Guest Article #60: Clean Air and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme estimates that annually, one million people die prematurely around the World by being exposed to high levels of urban air pollution; this number represents about 114 premature deaths worldwide per hour. In Latin America, conservative estimates indicate that 35,000 people die prematurely annually from this exposure. All these deaths can and should be avoided.

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