Latin America & the Caribbean

CCAFS Field Manual Tracks Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Colombia [viewed]

CCAFS9 January 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed a field manual in Spanish to document a range of adaptation and mitigation activities in Rio Las Piedras within Cauca, Colombia.

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CIFOR Outlines REDD+ Challenges in Peru [viewed]

CIFOR9 January 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published a report on the drivers of deforestation in Peru, including the political and economic conditions under which Peru intends to achieve a national target of zero net deforestation by 2021.

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CIF Program to Help Overcome Barriers to Geothermal Investments [viewed]

CIF18 December 2013: The World Bank has reported on efforts to implement the US$115 million Utility Scale Renewable Energy Program, which was launched in October 2013 by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The Program will foster private sector involvement in geothermal energy exploration and test drilling, the riskiest element of geothermal energy development.

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Event: 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM XXXVII) and 17th Meeting of the Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP XVII) [viewed]

The 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) will convene in Brasilia, Brazil, from 28 April -7 May 2014. Agenda items include: operation of the Antarctic Treaty System (reports by Parties, Observers and Experts; general matters; matters related to the Secretariat; multi-year strategic work plan; report of the Committee for Environmental Protection; liability; safety and operations in Antarctica; tourism and non-governmental activities; inspections under the Antarctic Treaty and the Environment Protocol; science issues, scientific cooperation and facilitation; implications of climate change for management of the Antarctic Treaty Area; education issues; exchange of Information; and biological prospecting in Antarctica.  

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Event: Latin American Workshop on Law of International Waters [viewed]

Organized by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Central and South America, the Latin American Water Education and Training Network (LA-WETNet), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and universities from Chile, Colombia and Peru, the workshop aims to train professionals from environment and foreign ministries, members of parliament, and national water management institutions in themes linked to transboundary waters. The workshop will examine the importance of transboundary waters, water basin as well as management units in the regional context, the management of transboundary water courses and the impacts of climate change on international waters. The workshop will also introduce tools for action and cooperation in the regional context. The World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) founded GWP in 1996 to foster integrated water resources management (IWRM). LA-WETNet is a regional network that offers training services for integrated water management and for access to water and sanitation.  

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Links between Land Degradation and Climate Change [viewed]

UNCCD logoJanuary 2013: In its quarterly newsletter, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents an editorial from and an interview with newly appointed UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut, who stresses the link between reducing land degradation and increasing capacity for climate change adaptation.

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IFAD Approves $88 Million for Smallholder Farmer Adaptation [viewed]

IFAD16 December 2013: As part of the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) endorsed an agricultural investment programme for concessional loans and grant financing for smallholder farmers to manage climate risks.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeDecember 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the November 2013 issue of its newsletter, which highlights support for the development of country approaches to REDD+ safeguards through the establishment of the UN-REDD Safeguards Coordination Group.

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Panama's UN-REDD Programme Resumes with Renewed Focus on Indigenous Rights [viewed]

unredd10 December 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has announced that the UN-REDD National Joint Programme of Panama will resume, following consultations between Panama's National Environmental Authority (ANAM) and the National Coordinating Entity of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP).

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Central American Ministers Adopt Efficient Lighting Strategy, Action Plan [viewed]

sica-meso-unep-enlighten6 December 2013: The energy ministers of all of the countries in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico have adopted a regional strategy on efficient lighting that will phase out incandescent bulbs, mercury content in other lamp types, increase lighting efficiency and lead to a common approach to handling lighting waste.

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