Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Provides US$100 Million Loan to Banco Itaú for Energy Efficiency Projects [viewed]

IDB17 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$100 million loan to Banco Itaú to finance projects relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency, cleaner production in manufacturing and processing, and projects generating carbon credits in Latin America.

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CEC Grants Aim to Address North American Environmental Challenges [viewed]

16 February 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has awarded over US$1.3 million in grants to 18 projects that will support communities in Canada, Mexico and the US in their efforts to address environmental problems at the local level.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Initiative Launched [viewed]

16 February 2012: The US, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico and Sweden, with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, which aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane.

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CC:Learn Workshop Focuses on Dominican Republic's Climate Change Education Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn7 February 2012: The National Workshop for the UN CC:Learn Project to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in the Dominican Republic concluded with a recognition of the need for climate change education and training to be mainstreamed into various sectors, and linked to sustainable development strategies and objectives.

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UNDP Funds Climate Change Awareness Raising in Trinidad and Tobago [viewed]

16 February 2012: The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), with funding from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Small Grants Programme (SGP), is working in rural Trinidad and Tobago to build awareness on climate change, assist residents in identifying vulnerability to climate change, and develop plans to reduce vulnerability.

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OECS Investigates Funding for Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Energy [viewed]

16 February 2012: An Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) workshop examined climate financing opportunities for Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS) to enable them to respond to the challenges of climate change and variability. The workshop was organized in collaboration with, and with the financial support of, the World Bank Institute (WBI).

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IDB Launches Contest to Promote Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB15 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean, which will award up to US$200,000 for projects involving energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in the region.

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CARICOM, Chile Strengthen Cooperation on Sustainable Development [viewed]

CARICOM4 February 2012: The Second Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Chile Joint Commission agreed to intensify political dialogue and cooperation to achieve sustainable development and greater well-being for their peoples.

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BASIC Countries Develop Joint Statement, Object to EU Aviation Carbon Tax [viewed]

14 February 2012: The tenth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which ministers indicate their "firm opposition" to the inclusion of international aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS).

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LAC Energy Efficiency Network Appoints Executive Director [viewed]

3 February 2012: The Latin American and Caribbean Energy Efficiency Network (LAC-EE) has appointed Mentor Proveda as its Executive Director, effective 16 January 2012.

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