Latin America & the Caribbean

UNU-EHS, CARE Profile Climate-Induced Migration [viewed]

28 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and CARE International have released a comparative study identifying food insecurity and rainfall variability as key drivers of human mobility. The study is based on empirical research in Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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UNEP ROLAC Launches Online Platform for Technology Transfer and Action on Climate Change [viewed]

21 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) has formally launched a regional virtual knowledge platform on climate change.

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Mitigation and MRV Newsletter Highlights Capacity-building Efforts [viewed]

November 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) has released the second edition of its quarterly Mitigation Newsletter. The October 2012 newsletter features the Partnership's first Autumn School on MRV, as well as a review of capacity-building workshops in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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Event: International Seminar: Watershed Management and Climate Change [viewed]

The governments of the Colombian municipality of Neiva and Department of Huila, with support from Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will discuss watershed management in the face of climate change. The seminar will examine integrated watershed management as an approach to conserve water, soil and biodiversity resources, while supporting and improving local livelihoods and promoting sustainable development at the basin and national levels. The seminar specifically will discuss: public policies; financial tools, including payment for environmental services; techniques, bioengineering approaches and traditional knowledge regarding water stewardship, soil conservation and erosion control; and successful case studies from Colombia and the rest of Latin America.  

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IICA, GIZ Help Costa Rica Prepare NAMAs for Coffee, Waste and Public Transport Sectors [viewed]

23 November 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Germany's international cooperation agency (GIZ) and Costa Rica's Environment Ministry (MINAET) are assisting that country's coffee, solid waste management and public transport sectors in preparing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) for their sectors to gain financing for reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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BCIE Funds Study of Energy Generation from Porcine Wastes in Honduras [viewed]

12 November 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) is partially funding a feasibility study, by the firm BioenergyR4E Choloma, of a project for a power generation plant using manure from pig farms as its fuel.

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20 Countries Propose UNFCCC Decision on Enhanced Mitigation of Developed Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC27 November 2012: The UNFCCC Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) has released a draft decision on enhanced mitigation of developed countries on behalf of 20 parties.

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IDB Approves Last Loan for Peru's Sustainable Energy Matrix [viewed]

IDB26 November 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved the final segment of a four-part programmatic policy-based loan (PBL) to develop Peru's new sustainable energy matrix (NSEM).

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits National Implementing Entities in Costa Rica, Morocco [viewed]

Adaptation Fund21 November 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has accredited two new entities as a National Implementing Entities (NIEs): the Fundecooperacion for Sustainable Development of Costa Rica, and the Agency for Agricultural Development (ADA) of Morocco.

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IICA Calls for Priority Attention to Agriculture in Climate Talks [viewed]

20 November 2012: The Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Victor Villalobos, circulated a "technical note" to Agriculture Ministers throughout the Americas regarding the place of agriculture in the climate change negotiations during the 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

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