Latin America & the Caribbean

AMEP Quarterly Highlights GEF Caribbean Projects [viewed]

22 December 2011: The 12th issue of AMEP Quarterly highlights projects and activities implemented by the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme of UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Kingston, Jamaica-based Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/CRU), including several funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on topics such as AMEP, wastewater management, waste management, oil spill response planning, and climate change and disaster management.

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Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Approves $39.5 Million Funding for Six Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 December 2011: At its 16th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board accredited three new implementing entities and approved the second project with direct access through a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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CEC Report Details Greenhouse Gas Emissions from North American Power Plants [viewed]

7 December 2011: A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the air emissions of electric power plants in North America finds that its 3,144 fossil fuel-burning plants generate the majority of several key pollutants and emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) than any other industrial sector.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organized by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January-1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  

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Event: ECLAC Roundtable on "Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change for the Economic and Social Development of Latin America" [viewed]

 

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GEF-LDCF Reports on Support for Climate Resilience and Food Security in Haiti [viewed]

GEFDecember 2011: Following the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the Least Developed Fund (LDCF), developed a project on “Strengthening Climate Resilience and Reducing Disaster Risk in Agriculture to Improve Food Security in Haiti post-Earthquake.”

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World Bank Loan to Brazil to Support Energy and Mineral Sectors [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved a $49.6 million loan to support Brazil's "Energy and Mineral Sectors Strengthening Project," which aims to build the capacity of key public sector institutions to improve the energy and mineral sectors' contribution to environmentally and socially sustainable growth.

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FAO Book on Amazon Plants Addresses Importance of Forests for Livelihoods [viewed]

FAO20 December 2011: During a ceremony marking the close of the International Year of Forests, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a book titled "Fruit Trees and Useful Plants in Amazonian Life," which is meant to be accessible to readers without a formal education. 

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CCAD Receives Funding to Implement Conservation and Climate Projects [viewed]

14 December 2011: Germany's Ambassador Christian Stocks and El Salvador's Environment Minister Herman Rosa Chavez, on behalf of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), have signed an agreement and exchanged three letters of cooperation whereby Germany will provide €17 million to support the implementation of four environmental, biodiversity and climate projects in Central America.

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ECLAC Study Looks at Energy-Climate Change Interface for Central America Through 2100 [viewed]

December 2011: A recently-released sectoral study by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on energy and climate change in Central America looks at the probable impact of climate change on the evolution of its energy sector during two periods, the present through 2020, and 2021-2100. 

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