Central America and Caribbean

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Canada announces major funding for reconstruction and climate resilience in the Caribbean region

Government of Canada | 2017-11-29

The devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season caused extensive damage to several Caribbean islands. These Category 5 hurricanes have reminded the world that these small island states are on the front line of climate change. Caribbean countries are now seeking assistance from the international community for their immediate reconstruction and for their climate adaptation needs.

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La sequía continuará golpeando Centroamérica

Iagua | 2014-07-22

La lluvia deficitaria seguirá golpeando a la región Centroamericana en los siguientes tres meses (agosto, septiembre y octubre), concluyeron ayer los climatólogos y meteorólogos en el Foro del Clima que se desarrolló en nuestro país. El factor detonante que indica que en los próximos meses podría oficializarse la influencia del fenómeno de El Niño, es la temperatura en el océano -que de continuar cálida- reforzará el pronóstico de los científicos y por tanto generará déficit de lluvias. Luego de analizar una serie de patrones, registros históricos de lluvia, temperaturas superficiales en los océanos, probabilidades de escenarios de lluvias entre otros aspectos, los expertos estimaron en un mapa lo que se espera en términos de lluvia acumulada por país en el trimestre Agosto-Septiembre-Octubre (ASO) 2014 (Ver mapa) donde el color...

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El Niño Triggers Drought, Food Crisis in Nicaragua

IPS | 2014-07-16

MANAGUA, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) - The spectre of famine is haunting Nicaragua. The second poorest country in Latin America, and one of the 10 most vulnerable to climate change in the world, is facing a meteorological phenomenon that threatens its food security. Scientists at the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) say the situation is correlated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a weather cycle that periodically causes drought on the western Pacific seaboard and the centre of the country, in contrast with seasonal flooding in the north and the eastern Caribbean coast. Crescencio Polanco, a veteran farmer in the rural municipality of Tipitapa, north of Managua, is one of thousands of victims of the climate episode. He waited in vain for the normally abundant rains in May and June to plant maize and beans.

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OPINION: The Caribbean: A Clean Energy Revolution on the Front Lines of Climate Change

IPS | 2014-07-16

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 14 2014 (IPS) - Lefties Food Stall, a pint-sized eatery serving Barbados' signature flying-fish sandwiches, recently became the first snack shack on the Caribbean island to be fitted with a solar panel. The nearby public shower facility sports a panel as well. So does the bus shelter across the street, the local police station, and scores of gaily coloured houses on the coastal road leading into the capital, Bridgetown.

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GEF CReW to Provide Training in Water and Wastewater Management for Four Central American Countries

IISD | 2014-06-12

03 June 2014: The Global Environment Facility-funded Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (GEF CReW) Project will provide training in water and wastewater management for 125 persons from four countries of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). The Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CAALCA) will provide training via the internet from June-November 2014 for participants from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. Participants can obtain a diploma in strategic management for water utilities or in energy and water efficiency for water utilities. The training program will also offer shorter courses in wastewater treatment fundamentals and commercial management of water utilities.read more: http://water-l.iisd.org/news/gef-crew-to-provide-training-in-water-and-wastewater-management-for-four-central-american-countries/

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Caribbean Forced to Choose Between Climate Change Impact and MDGs

IPS News Agency | United States | 2014-05-26

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, May 21 2014 (IPS) - Climate change is forcing the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to choose between expending scarce resources to deal with its impact or other pressing development goals. “There is a very thin line between consumption and conservation…progress and protection,” Grenada's Environment Minister Roland Bhola told IPS. He explained that countries still have to fulfil the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include reducing poverty and hunger, while dealing with the impacts of climate change. But there is a flicker of hope for these countries. The European Union (EU) has signed a financial agreement for 39.5 million East Caribbean dollars for a project designed to improve the sub-region's natural resource base and its resilience to impacts of climate change.

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Aziza Akhmouch: La gobernanza del agua en América Latina y el Caribe

Iagua | 2014-01-14

Del 26 al 28 de noviembre de 2013 se desarrolló el Encuentro Regional de Expertos “25 años AECID Agua y Saneamiento”, en el Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española en Santa Cruz, Bolivia. En este video podemos ver la ponencia "Gobernabilidad del agua en América Latina y el Caribe", a cargo de Aziza Akhmouch (OCDE).

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Storms, Flooding Can Unleash a Toxic Soup

Desmond Brown | 2013-12-05

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Nov 30 2013 (IPS) - It's a dirty, smelly business, but wastewater is gaining prominence across the Caribbean as countries from Jamaica in the west to Guyana in the south increasingly recognise its effects on the environment and the importance of improving its management. Coordinator of the Guyana Wastewater Revolving Fund Marlon Daniels told IPS that with the advent of climate change, protecting the environment has become more of a challenge for countries of the region. He explained that climate change has resulted in unusual weather patterns, including more rainfall and flash flooding, and these have caused an increase in sewerage entering the sea. “One of the effects of improving access to water, as required under Goal 7 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, is that more people instead of using a pit latrine now use a flush toilet, so they have an on-site treatment in the form of a septic tank,” Daniels said. “When...

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Today's Forecast Is for Climate-Proof Farming

IPS News Agency | United States | 2013-11-29

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 25 2013 (IPS) - Even as weather extremes bedevil Caribbean farmers, Ramgopaul Roop has turned his three-acre fruit farm into a showcase for how to beat climate change. His conservation farming methods include water harvesting and growing lemon grass as mulch. Since the grass is also a weed, it discourages the growth of other harmful weeds without the use of herbicides. “Because of the system using lemon grass and pommecythere trees growing lower than the lime trees, my land is covered with vegetation, so that we can adapt to climate changes,” Roop told IPS. “If it is hot, we have this natural mulch under the crop. If it is raining, it helps to reduce the soil erosion,” he explained.

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Costa Rica Launches Water Agenda 2013-2030

GWP Central America | 2013-11-22

Costa Rica is one of three countries chosen to participate in a pilot project financed by theInternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the improvement on water availability. GWP Costa Rica was a key partner in the coordination of 14 regional and sectorial workshops. The input from the process was important for the elaboration of the final document, which was launched at a formal event in San José, Costa Rica on October 31, 2013.

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