Latin America & the Caribbean

ECLAC Issues Guide on Carbon Footprint and Food Exports [viewed]

ECLACNovember 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a guide to the growing interplay between trade and climate-related initiatives in industrialized countries, with specific attention given to efforts to measure and label the "carbon footprint" of products, and how they may affect Latin American and Caribbean agricultural and food exports.

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IUCN, Global Gender and Climate Alliance Launch Report on Gender and Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2012: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) launched a publication, titled “The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making,” on the sidelines of the Doha Climate Change Conference. The publication showcases actions by women addressing mitigation or adaptation in 11 developing countries or regions. 

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Six Countries Join CCAC, Pledge to Reduce SLCPs [viewed]

6 December 2012: Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Maldives, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) at a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The CCAC aims to catalyze action on reducing black carbon, methane, certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to maximize agricultural, climate, energy and health benefits.

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International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Reports on Workshops in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica [viewed]

6 December 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) has published the second edition of its quarterly Mitigation Newsletter for November 2012. The Newsletter includes reports of recent activities on mitigation, including on technical workshops held in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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IDB Finances Wind Power Expansion in Uruguay [viewed]

IDB6 December 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing two loans totaling US$107.7 million to construct wind farms in Uruguay, with a view to reducing the fossil fuel share of that country's power generation mix and reducing carbon emissions.

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UNEP Risø Centre Newsletter Highlights TNA Project and Electrification in Africa [viewed]

UNEP Risoe5 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre (URC) has published its December newsletter, featuring stories on its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project and electrification in Africa. It also spotlights initiatives and progress on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), including support by both the Africa Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) Partnership and UNEP Risø's Green Facility, capacity building in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region and loan schemes.

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ESMAP Report Finds Large Potential for Low-Carbon Growth Strategies [viewed]

4 December 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has released a new report, titled "Planning for a Low Carbon Future: Lessons Learned from Seven Country Studies," which presents results from cases studies on strategies to develop long-term frameworks for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to economic growth.

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COP 18 Participants Celebrate “Lighthouse Activities” to Address Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2012: Participants at the Doha Climate Change Conference celebrated the accomplishments of nine public-private "Lighthouse Activities," pioneering initiatives curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while yielding benefits for the urban poor. The concept behind the activities is to highlight inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities, and to spur innovation and increase capacity for future initiatives.

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UNISDR Center of Excellence Created in Brazil [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Regional Office for the Americas of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), working with the Brazilian Government, has inaugurated a Center of Excellence for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) based in Rio de Janeiro.

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World Bank Provides Update on Indigenous Community Climate Change Planning Project [viewed]

World Bank29 November 2012: The World Bank has provided an update of a Bank-supported project in Colombia that assists indigenous communities in the Putumayo Department plan for adaptation to climate change. The project won a small grant in 2009 during the Bank's annual "Development Marketplace" competition.

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