Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Finances Wind Power Farms in the Dominican Republic [viewed]

IDB13 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is promoting wind power energy in the Dominican Republic, through loans for a total of US$78.3 million for the construction of two wind farms that will add 80.6 megawatts to, and diversify, the national energy matrix.

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UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries [viewed]

13 July 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched a pilot exercise on tracking impact indicators at the national level. The "inception workshop" for the exercise concluded with an action plan for pilot countries to apply impact indicators on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD), at the national level.

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Bioversity International Launches Agrobiodiversity Project to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

June 2011: Bioversity International has launched a project titled "Reinforcing the resilience of poor rural communities in the face of food insecurity, poverty and climate change," which works  with partners in India, Nepal and Bolivia.

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Six New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

12 July 2011:  Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mongolia, Pakistan and Peru have recently joined the UN-REDD Programme as partner countries. The UN-REDD Programme now has 35 partner countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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IDB to Administer GEF Geothermal Project in Colombia [viewed]

5 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will administer a US$2.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to assist the Colombian Government in developing a regulatory framework to foster the use of non-conventional renewable energy, by establishing incentives and removing barriers to investments in geothermal power projects.

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CCCCC and EU Sign Agreement to Support Caribbean Forum Countries in Meeting Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the EU have entered into an agreement to, among other things, support Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries in meeting the challenges of climate change.

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Event: II Meeting on Climate Change of the Regional Policy Dialogue's Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Network [viewed]

The II Meeting on Climate Change of the Regional Policy Dialogue's Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Network is organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The Dialogue will focus on new strategic trends in combating climate change, such as "green" mechanisms and financial institutions, programmatic bilateral aid programmes, and the implementation of national climate change programmes at the sub-regional and local levels. The program includes a review of specific cases such as the sectoral requirements for adaptation in the water sector, the implementation challenges for mitigation in the forestry sector, and energy efficiency. The meeting will include work sessions to explore the political guidelines of countries in the region in light of the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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CARICOM Heads of Government Discuss Participation in UNFCCC and UNCSD Meetings [viewed]

4 July 2011: During the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), participants discussed priority issues for the Community, including human and social development issues such as climate change, sustainable development, health, external trade and security issues.

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CCCCC Update Highlights Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects [viewed]

CCCCC4 July 2011: The 11th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre's (CCCCC) Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news, highlights the World Bank's US$47.12 million Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects, which aims to help Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to climate-proof their buildings and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks.

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