Latin America & the Caribbean

BCIE Finances Wind Farm in Honduras, Hydropower Expansion in Costa Rica [viewed]

14 February 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) announced, on 14 February 2012, financing for renewable energy projects in Costa Rica and Honduras, as well as for a project intended to link the national electrical grids of Central American countries.

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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Event: 23rd Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM [viewed]

Among other things, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government are due to consider the approval of CARICOM's Implementation Plan for the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change.  

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UNEP Names World Environment Day Host [viewed]

World Environment Day 201222 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Brazil will host World Environment Day 2012, under the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?” World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually on 5 June, will take place a few weeks before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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OTCA, INPE Train Officials in Satellite Monitoring of Deforestation [viewed]

17 February 2012: In partnership with Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) offered Member State technical officials training courses on the use of a satellite detection system of deforestation, which was developed by INPE.

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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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