Latin America & the Caribbean

CBD Workshop Builds National Capacity on Rio Conventions Synergies [viewed]

CBD2 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted a capacity building workshop on national level implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions (CBD, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)).

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshops Report on NIEs Accreditation to the Adaptation Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the workshop report on the process and requirements for the accreditation of national implementing entities (NIEs) for direct access under the Adaptation Fund (AF) to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP)(FCCC/KP/CMP/2012/10).

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UNGA Debates Agricultural Development, Food Security [viewed]

5 November 2012: In meetings of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Member States called for increased efforts to address agriculture and food security in the international development agenda, stressing that climate change exacerbates food security concerns.

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Event: Seventh Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) [viewed]

Co-hosted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Jamaica's Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPEM), the 7th Conference on CDM will convene under the theme “CDM: Building Disaster Resilience - A Shared Responsibility”.  

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IDB Loan Expands Hydropower Output in Brazil [viewed]

IDB1 November 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced an US$ 88.7 million dollar loan to Companhia Estadual de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica (CEEE-GT) that will expand hydroelectric power generation in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state.

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UNFCCC Publishes Colombia's Submission on Costs for National Communications Preparation [viewed]

1 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a miscellaneous document containing Colombia's submission on information from non Annex I parties on the detailed costs incurred, including in-kind contributions, for the preparation of their most recent national communications, and on the financial resources received through the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Newsletter Reports on Fourth Donor Steering Group Meeting [viewed]

October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the October issue of its quarterly newsletter.  The newsletter includes sections describing global and regional programme activities.

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CEC Presents Guidelines for Designing Climate-Resilient MPAs [viewed]

23 October 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has presented a set of scientific guidelines for designing marine protected areas (MPAs) that are resilient to climate change. The Guidelines were developed by the CEC in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Study Group on Designing Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate (SGMPAN).

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IDB Provides Climate Change Grant to Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Communities [viewed]

IDB12 October 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$4.4 million grant to help Honduran communities of indigenous people and those of African descent respond to climate change and reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather events.

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Event: Workshop on Measuring the Potential of Green Growth in Chile [viewed]

Jointly organized by Chile's Environment and Labor Ministries in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme, this workshop will seek to identify, within the framework of the OECD Green Growth Strategy, measurable indicators for Chile's transition to a low-pollution, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy, with a focus on three sectors: sustainable construction; sustainable tourism; and consumption and production of firewood. Among the discussion themes will be green environmental assets, greening production and consumption, green jobs and skills, and sustainable strategies for local public and private actors.  

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