Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Supports Fiscal Reform for Climate Change Adaptation in El Salvador [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: A new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project in El Salvador will support fiscal and regulatory reform, as well as physical infrastructure upgrades for climate change adaptation, and improve the country's resilience to disasters.

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Event: North America's Energy Future: Powering a Low-carbon Economy for 2030 and Beyond [viewed]

Organized by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation's (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), this public forum will bring together experts to discuss, inter alia: progress made in fostering renewable electricity markets in Canada, Mexico and the US since the CEC's 2007 report on the subject, and its future through 2030; challenges and barriers affecting the use of renewable energy in North America; and how renewable energy projects can be promoted in remote communities.  

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Event: Workshop on Mexico's Experience in Strengthening Energy Efficiency [viewed]

Mexico's Energy Secretariat (SENER) and National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE), with support from the US State Department and the Organization of American States (OAS), are hosting a workshop geared toward promoting energy efficiency cooperation under the auspices of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), by sharing its own experiences in this field with other governments of the Americas. On the first day of the workshop, participants will be presented with best practices in energy efficiency policymaking and implementation. On the second day, participants will make technical visits to laboratories and institutions responsible for implementing some of Mexico's energy efficiency policies.  

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IDB and Alberta Undertake Joint Sustainable Energy Initiatives in Latin America [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Alberta, Canada, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish initiatives and programs supporting sustainable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to harness the benefits of international cooperation to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Andean Community Secretary General Suggests Need for CAN Renewable Energy Strategy [viewed]

2 March 2012: Stressing the role that renewable energy sources can play in addressing climate change while meeting Latin American energy needs, the Secretary General of the Andean Community (CAN) has suggested that the Community needs a renewable energy strategy.

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Caribbean Development Bank to Administer Community DRR Fund [viewed]

7 March 2012: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has reported that it will administer a US$20 million Community Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Fund, which is to be established for Caribbean countries with funds from Canada. The Fund is intended to help Caribbean countries reduce risks, at the community level, posed to vulnerable populations by natural hazards and climate change.

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Event: 17th Session of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

At its 17th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board will consider issues relating to regional projects and programmes and an update on an initial screening/technical review of proposals. Full proposals from Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIEs) will be reviewed from Colombia, Ghana and Papua New Guinea, and concept notes from Belize, Cambodia and Lebanon. A project proposal from a National Implementing Entity (NIE) in Benin will also be considered.  

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ITU Announces Winners of Green ICT Challenge [viewed]

6 March 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Spanish company Telefonica have announced the winners of the Second Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hackathon, where developers from all over the world competed to propose and develop a “Sustainable Energy for All” ICT application. The first prize went to a community bicycle application.

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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IEA Executive Director Says Energy Efficiency Progress Needed to Achieve Energy Security, Climate Change Goals [viewed]

IEA29 February 2012: Speaking in Mexico City at an International Seminar on the theme “The Future of Energy,” Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), noted that improving energy efficiency is the quickest and cheapest way to address energy security, as well as environmental and economic challenges.

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