Latin America & the Caribbean

Report on UNCCD Impact Indicator Workshop Released [viewed]

UNCCD19 January 2012: The report from the Multi-National Final Workshop of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) pilot impact indicator tracking, which convened on 6-7 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, has been released.

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Bioversity International, CIAT Release Online Reference for Genetic Resources in Guatemala [viewed]

January 2011: Bioversity International has developed and released a new online resource to facilitate the conservation and use of wild plant species in Guatemala that are related to cultivated crops. The conservation of crop wild relatives is important due to their role in breeding improved crop varieties that are hardier, more productive, more nutritious, more disease and drought resistant, and better adapted to climate change stresses.

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CCCCC Releases Video on Climate Change Impacts on CARICOM Economies [viewed]

CCCCC17 January 2012: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has released a documentary titled "Climate Change: A Serious Threat," to the online video sharing platform YouTube.

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World Bank Organizes Climate Change Workshop in Tanzania [viewed]

World Bank17 January 2012: The World Bank has reported on an international Learning Week on Global Best Practices in Comprehensive Climate Change Planning, which was held as part of Tanzania's preparation of a national climate change strategy, and brought together over 30 Tanzanian decision makers, researchers, and civil society advocates in Windhoek, Namibia.

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New Chair Calls for Greater Public Involvement in CEC's Work [viewed]

17 January 2012: The new chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation's (NAAEC) Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has issued a call for greater public involvement in CEC's work.

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ECLAC Circular Discusses Water in the Green Economy [viewed]

January 2012: Issue No. 35 of the "Circular of the Network for Cooperation in Integrated Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean" includes a discussion of Latin America's input to the International Conference “Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20,” which convened from 3-5 October 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Publications on Gender, Green Economy and Asia-Pacific [viewed]

18 January 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released its first newsletter of 2012, highlighting the Democratic Republic of Congo's new national forest monitoring system, which was launched at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17), as well as updates on Mongolia's REDD+ roadmap and details on three new publications recently released by the Programme.

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IDB Approves New Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Fund [viewed]

IDB13 January 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$30 million loan for the Emerging Energy Latin America Fund II, which is designed to support the private sector as a driving force in clean technologies and renewable energy deployment in the region.

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UN Secretary-General, UNGA President Call for G77 Leadership to Address Global Challenges [viewed]

11 January 2012: In his remarks at the Group of 77 chairmanship handover ceremony in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of the leadership of the G77 in ensuring that "concrete actionable measures" are adopted at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Landfill Fuels Electricity in Peru [viewed]

World Bank6 January 2012: The World Bank has inaugurated an energy plant in Peru, fueled by a landfill in the Peruvian desert, which will supply energy to the national grid and generate carbon credits.

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