Latin America & the Caribbean

BCIE Offers Credit Line for Renewable Energy in Guatemala [viewed]

22 February 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) has granted a credit line to Guatemala's Agromercantil Banks SA (BAM) to loan for renewable energy projects in that country.

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CAF Supports Brazil's Disaster Early Warning System [viewed]

22 February 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) has signed a framework cooperation agreement with Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) to support the development and strengthening of monitoring, early warning systems and response systems for natural disasters.

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SICA Trains Officials on Efficient Small-Scale Irrigation in Climate-Vulnerable Zones [viewed]

CAC20 February 2012: The Mexican Institute of Water Technology (IMTA) hosted a training workshop for officials from member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) regarding the efficient water use in small-scale agriculture irrigation in areas vulnerable to climate change.

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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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