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Brazil, Colombia say they will stand up for Amazon at COP26

Amazon rainforest

Colombian President Ivan Duque and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro want to pull together on action to fight climate change and protect the Amazon at the COP26 world climate conference. The Amazon rainforest “For sure, we will arrive united in Glasgow to address a very important issue that we all care about: our beloved, rich and coveted Amazon,’’ Bolsonaro said. The ...

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Indigenous Colombian Amazon forest peoples demand rights


Traditional authorities and elected leaders of the Uitoto, Muinane, Andoque and Nonuya peoples of the Middle Rio Caquetá region of the Colombian Amazon are in Bogotá between the 25th and 28th of April, 2017 to represent the peoples and Traditional Association of Indigenous Authorities – the Regional Indigenous Council of Middle Amazonas (CRIMA) in meetings with different State institutions and international agencies. ...

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Quimbo dam: Colombian environmental activists make headway in legal battle


One of the two charges being brought against Colombian environmental defenders, Elsa Ardila and Prof. Miller Dussan of the Association of those Affected by the Quimbo Megadam Project (ASOQUIMBO), has been dropped. This was the outcome of court proceedings on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Garzon, Huila, Colombia. Both defenders have been facing legal proceedings initiated by Emgesa, the Colombian subsidiary ...

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Colombia landslide kills over 250


Flooding and mudslides in Mocoa, Colombia, sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pyjamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks on to buildings and roads in the capital of southwestern Putumayo ...

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Indigenous people win centuries-old land battle in Colombia


The Colombian Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of an indigenous peoples’ centuries-old fight for their territory, granting the petition for the protection of constitutional rights requested by the Embera Chamí people of the Indigenous Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, in western Colombia. The Resguardo’s claim was accepted by the Colombian Constitutional Court, the final court of appeal for constitutional matters in ...

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NAMA funding secured for Colombia transit-oriented development


An innovative Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in Colombia that integrates transport and land-use planning at the local level can now move to implementation following a 14.7 million euro grant from the NAMA Facility. The Colombia Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA is designed to promote better-planned, walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods, to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also reduce household transportation costs, expand ...

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GEF commits $113m to protect Amazon, boost climate action

Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council in Washington DC on Wednesday October 21, 2015 approved what it has described as “a first-of-its-kind multi-million-dollar” project to help protect over 80 percent of the Amazon and boost efforts to combat climate change. The GEF will commit $113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Programme, a regional programme spanning Brazil, Colombia and Peru ...

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Columbia, Algeria submit climate action plans

Christiana Figueres

The Republic of Colombia and People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria have submitted their new climate action plans to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) come well in advance of a new universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in Paris, in December this year. The INDC and all others ...

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