Green Credit

Green Credit Scarce in Latin America

In Latin America, where bank loans for environmentally sustainable activities are rare, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is seeking to foment green credit.

MOZAMBIQUE: Women at Forefront of Resisting Climate Change

The Mozambican government has adopted various policies to address the effects of climate change, with special attention to women as studies show that they are more adversely affected by this phenomenon.

Ancharaz: To force African countries to access climate change money through conditional World Bank loans is unfair as they did not cause the problem. Credit:

AFRICA: Climate Change Assistance so Near and Yet so Far

Technology transfer and aid for trade could assist least developed countries (LDCs) suffering the effects of climate change. But negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are not helping to make this a reality, while aid for trade lands up at the wrong institutions, such as the World Bank.

Mokoro dugouts in the Okavango Delta: the Okavango River Commission must meet development needs upstream while protecting water quality downstream. Credit:  Wikicommons

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Developing a Pristine River: The Okavango Basin

The welcome end to wars in the upper reaches of the Okavango River brings new pressures for development and the risk of unwelcome changes to the health of the river. A joint commission to manage the basin is developing tools to avoid this.

Pindo palm nursery in Rocha, Uruguay. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

URUGUAY: Environmental Partners

A wide range of strategies are being followed in the southeastern Uruguayan province of Rocha to counteract the environmental damages of activities like soy cultivation, plantation forestry and tourism. But challenges abound.

Agro-Tech Alone No Panacea for Food Insecurity

Providing technology to communities to ensure food security doesn't work if local traditions and social dynamics are not taken into account, concluded the participants in a forum here at the Fourth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility.

Uruguayan Vice President Danilo Astori addressing the Fourth GEF Assembly.  Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

LATIN AMERICA: Governments Call for Greater Voice in Environmental Funding

"There should be a mechanism for recipient countries to help bring about a more balanced distribution of GEF funds," Cuban delegate Jorge Luis Fernández told IPS after a forum Tuesday on how to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of the Global Environment Facility.

Yolanda Contreras, weaving traditional cotton from Peru. Credit: Ana Libisch/IPS

More Funds, Less Red Tape, NGOs Tell GEF Assembly

Civil society organisations called for more funds, less bureaucracy and greater decision-making power, at the opening of the Fourth Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly Monday in this Uruguayan resort town.

Villagers in Shamva, Zimbabwe, test a prototype of a water pump and tank for irrigating their gardens.  Credit: Vusumuzi Sifile/IPS

How to Spend Environmental Funds

The world's multilateral credit institutions have often faced the criticism that they cause more problems than they prevent. As the challenges increase, such as those posed by climate change, the debate is shifting to environmental financing.