Latin America & the Caribbean

UNFCCC Releases Views on Agriculture [viewed]

UNFCCC3 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from two Parties containing their views on issues relating to agriculture (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.6/Add.1). These submissions are in addition to the 20 submissions contained in document FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.6.

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World Bank Releases Study on Proactive Energy Transmission Expansion in Preparation for Scaling-Up Renewables [viewed]

World Bank2 May 2012: The World Bank is promoting proactive planning by transmissions utilities and regulators to ensure countries are capable of scaling up transmission capacity to allow expansion of renewable sources of energy required by low carbon development strategies.

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Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council to Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

27 April 2012: High-level political representatives from ten Caribbean islands have formed the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Council, which will focus on sustainable development, including work on climate change and renewable energy, in its cooperation with the EU.

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IICA Distributes Efficient Cookstoves in Haiti to Reduce Deforestation [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in cooperation with the Lauritas Sisters order of nuns, is distributing and helping to install cookstoves to more than 800 Haitian families. The stoves are more energy efficient, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and help cut deforestation.

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BCIE Finances Hydropower Project in Honduras [viewed]

13 April 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) has granted a partial credit guarantee to Banco Atlántida S.A. to help finance a small hydroelectric project in Honduras.

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CIF Releases Video on Climate Change in Dominica [viewed]

27 April 2012: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) has released a video on the impacts of climate change in Dominica, which shows the impacts of extreme weather events and highlights the urgent need to invest in fostering climate resilience.

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PROFOR Brief Focuses on Benefit Sharing Arrangements for Forest-Dependent Communities [viewed]

April 2012: The multi-donor Program on Forests Partnership (PROFOR) has published a brief on benefits sharing arrangements in initiatives for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks). The brief focuses on how to identify beneficiaries when rights are unclear and how to transfer benefits.

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IDB to Manage Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas [viewed]

IDB30 April 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been selected by the Canadian Government to manage the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas. The CAD$250 million Fund will focus on financing private sector climate mitigation and adaptation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that need concessional financing to become viable.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on a Workplan for the AWG-DPA [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from 12 Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-DPA) (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3).

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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