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TuesdaySeptember 6, 2011

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Brazilian Indians Demand Shell Leave Their Land

Brazilian Indians Demand Shell Leave Their Land

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Indians of the Guarani tribe in Brazil have demanded that energy giant Shell stop using their ancestral land for ethanol production.

Ambrosio Vilhalva, a Guarani man from one of the communities affected, told Survival International, ‘Shell must leave our land… the companies must stop using indigenous land. We want justice, we want our land to be mapped out and protected for us’.  Shell is united with Brazilian ethanol company Cosan, in a joint venture company called Raizen. Some of Raizen’s ethanol, sold as a biofuel, is produced from sugarcane grown on the Guarani’s ancestral land.

In a letter to the companies, the Indians warn that, ‘Since the factory began to operate, all our health has deteriorated – children, adults and animals’.

The chemicals used on the sugarcane plantations are thought to be causing acute diarrhoea amongst Guarani children, and killing fish and plants. 

The Guarani state, ‘We can no longer find many of the medicines which used to grow in the forest… the plants have died because of the poison’.  They continue, ‘The growers never asked our permission or consulted us before planting on our land’.

The Brazilian government’s failure to uphold its own laws and map out and protect the Guarani’s land for their exclusive use has left it vulnerable to exploitation by sugarcane plantations.  Meanwhile, many Guarani live in appalling conditions, in overcrowded reserves or camped on roadsides.

Dozens of Guarani have been assassinated after trying to reoccupy their ancestral land, and many more subjected to violence. The Guarani of Pueblito Kuê are the latest to suffer attacks, since they reoccupied their land earlier this month.

 

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Narco Blog: 14 Year Old Charged With Murder of Policeman

Narco Blog: 14 Year Old Charged With Murder of Policeman

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The Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua reported that they have captured Bernardino Diaz Nestor Torres, 14 years old, who is implicated in the murder of Sergio Muñoz Leonel Gutierrez, a Municipal Police Officer. Authorities said the child was caught thanks to information generated by a reward they offered. A judge Specializing in Adolescent Offenders, started the process against him for murder with additional charges being sought for injury to his widow and brother.

Nestor will remain in the Detention Center for Adolescent Offenders, if found guilty could serve a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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Nevada Gunmen IDed as Eduardo Sencion Gonzalez, Kills 3, Wounds 8, then Kills Himself

Nevada Gunmen IDed as Eduardo Sencion Gonzalez, Kills 3, Wounds 8, then Kills Himself

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Nevada authorities have identified the gunman who earlier today entered a Carson City, Nevada IHop and started shooting randomly killing three people, wounding 8 and then shooting himself.

The shooter has been identified as 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion Gonzalez, a local resident who worked at the family’s business.  Authorities say Sencion Gonzalez was born in Mexico but had a valid U.S. passport.

The gunman entered the IHop armed with a AK-47 and took aim at five uniformed National Guard members and another individual before turning the gun on himself.  Authorities found more weapons in the minivan Sencion Gonzales was driving, which belonged to his brother.  Ironically the minivan had a “Support Our Troops” sticker on the back.

Family members were quick to apology for Sencion Gonzalez’ actions and are saying there were mental health issues with the gunmen. 

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State Department Officials Conclude Diplomatic Meetings in Chile and Peru

State Department Officials Conclude Diplomatic Meetings in Chile and Peru

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Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns returned yesterday from a very productive visit to Peru and Chile September 1-4, 2011.

In Lima, he had an excellent meeting with President Humala on September 2, where they discussed social inclusion, education, health, citizen security, a comprehensive joint effort on counter narcotics, trade, and other issues. The Deputy Secretary’s visit built upon President Obama’s and Secretary Clinton’s commitments to President Humala in July to a strong partnership, as well as the August 31 visit of a U.S. Government interagency delegation that exchanged practical ideas with Peruvian counterparts on ways to achieve President Humala’s goal of socially inclusive economic growth.

While in Lima, the Deputy Secretary also met with the President of Congress, leading civil society voices, business representatives, journalists, and enthusiastic students who have participated in English language and U.S. exchange programs.

In Valparaiso, Chile, Deputy Secretary Burns led the U.S. delegation to the September 3-4 commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, hosted by the President of Chile and the Organization of American States. The Deputy Secretary highlighted progress in consolidating democracy in the hemisphere; called for a renewal of our shared commitment to building a future that delivers democracy, development and dignity to all the people of the Americas; and suggested the landmark Charter could serve as an inspiration for the emerging democracies of the Middle East.

He also had positive conversations with other delegation heads, including the foreign ministers of Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Peru, and Uruguay.

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Cook County Board Considering Stopping Its Compliance With Federal Immigration Policy

Cook County Board Considering Stopping Its Compliance With Federal Immigration Policy

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has now said she agrees with comments made my Sheriff Tom Dart on the state of the Cook County Jail system and the local government’s role in assisted the federal government by detaining undocumented immigrants until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can get them.

Preckwinkle stated that aside from endangering the community - as those foreign born are often hesitant to go to police when crimes occur – ICE asking Cook County to assist them is draining the county’s financial resources, due to the increased cost of detaining undocumented immigrants while waiting for ICE to take them into custody.

“I applaud Sheriff Dart’s recent public statements highlighting the troubling inconsistencies in current Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies that are in place at the Cook County Jail system,” Preckwinkle said. “The disincentive for the thousands of immigrants in our County – including lawful immigrants and permanent residents – to cooperate with local law enforcement places a great strain on our communities. I encourage ICE to work with officials such as Sheriff Dart throughout the country to provide them with a better understanding of policies and regulations. I have written a letter to President Obama and asked my Judicial Advisory Council (JAC), which was recently re-purposed to work more actively and more closely with our criminal justice system constellation, to study this matter very closely, and provide support to the Sheriff’s office in exploring possible solutions that we can undertake here in Cook County.

“This serves as a perfect example of the need for our Federal lawmakers to enact comprehensive immigration reform that eliminates inconsistencies between levels of government, reduces the burden on tax payers who bear unnecessary costs and increases public safety in our local communities.”

A new proposal is being considered that requires the sheriff to decline Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests known as detainers “unless there is a written agreement with the federal government by which all costs incurred” by the county are reimbursed.

If Cook County were to decide stop complying with ICE detainers, it would likely be the first in the country to do so.

Read more at WBEZ →

Disney Channel & Argentine Pol-ka Partner for “Violetta,” First Co-Production in Latin America

Disney Channel & Argentine Pol-ka Partner for “Violetta,” First  Co-Production in Latin America

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The Disney Channel and Pol-ka, the Argentine production company behind the Latin American version of “Desperate Housewives,” and local hits like political drama “El Puntero” (The Pointer) and international hit “Mujeres Asesinas” (Female Assassins) have started filming of “Violetta.”  To be released next year, “Violetta” tells the coming of age story of a teen that returns home after living in Europe.

This collaboration will be the first time the Disney Channel co-produces a Series in Latin America.

Violetta, a teenager who, after living in Europe, returns to her native Buenos Aires is the main character of the new TV series an ode to thespian friendship, love, music and the difficulties of coming of age.

With teen actors from Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mexico and Spain, Violetta pretends to reach teens across cultures; Violetta” is due to begin airing next year in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

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Chile Hires Psychic to Locate Plane Crash Victims (VIDEO)

Chile Hires Psychic to Locate Plane Crash Victims (VIDEO)

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The government of Sebastián Piñera has organized a giant search party to find the bodies of the 21 victims of the weekend’s plane crash and Defense Minister Andrés Allamand said all “human and superhuman” resources available were being used to find victims and that includes hiring a psychic.

Among the victims, was talk show host Felipe Camiroaga, who was on the plane along with his crew, traveling to cover reconstruction initiatives at Chile’s Robinson Crusoe Island, battered by last year’s earthquake/tsunami.

Enter Carmen Díaz. Carmen is the Chilean born seer that is currently onboard a military frigate, supporting the search with her psychic capabilities.

The News site 26noticias.com.ar, said Díaz has participated in numerous police operatives before, providing them with “coherent” case details.

Reportedly, Díaz’s abilities allowed her to see the crash site, and draw a map showing the trajectory of the accident, as well as a chart detailing the areas to search for bodies.

In the meantime, Piñera’s government officials declared two days of national mourning, while the president himself provided the only comic relief of this tragedy—as he often does, in a religious service offered for the victims.  Watch the video below:

 

 

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First Mexican Sports Car About to Hit the Streets, Can it Compete in the Market?

First Mexican Sports Car About to Hit the Streets, Can it Compete in the Market?

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Mexico’s first sports car is now on the market, and after naysayers scoffed at the idea that the country could produce such a thing, the car’s creators feel they have a lot to prove.

In 2004, Mastretta Cars announced that it would be entering the sports car world and they had more than a fair share of critics, especially those in Europe who laughed at the idea of a well made sports car being designed and made in Mexico.

Then, in November of 2010, Carlos and Daniel Mastretta presented the production version of the high-performance sports car to the press and more than 600 car enthusiasts, as well as details of production and marketing for national and international markets.

Later this month, the Mastretta MXT will finally be ready to leave the factory floor and hit the roads of Mexico.

The two-seater is said to be capable of going to 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, and is said to have been built for those that want to take to the tracks. It costs roughly $58,000 and as chief financial officer of Mastretta Cars, Jean-Paul Capin said, “On the track, it’s a giant killer.”

“You can race against really high-end sports cars, Porsches and Corvettes, because of the power-to-weight ratio and the way the cars are set up,” Chapin said. “On the track, they are highly competitive against those cars at a fraction of the price.”

The Mastretta website boasts:

In spite of its remarkable performance, the Mastretta MXT has the robustness and practicality to be driven daily, as it is well suited for long distance journeys and city driving alike. The interior is spacious, the vehicle is fitted with beautifully crafted carbon fiber seats wrapped in premium leather while interior accents are trimmed in Ultrasuede, creating the perfect balance between elegance and performance. The car is equipped with the latest technological amenities, including a multimedia system featuring GPS, Bluetooth and iPod compatibility. While performance oriented, the ride enjoys a high level of comfort due to lightweight vehicle construction. The MXT is a unique car that offers a high level of versatility, making it a perfect vehicle for daily spirited driving or as a powerful racetrack weapon.

And though some don’t doubt the capabilities and the quality of the car they are still unsure whether Mexico can compete with the established go-to sports car manufacturers.

Mexico is currently ranked as the 10th largest auto manufacturer in the world, but only time will tell where it will rank on the list of top sports car manufacturers.

Read more at McClatchy →

Happy 71, Raquel Welch! (VIDEO)

Happy 71, Raquel Welch! (VIDEO)

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The “Most Desired Woman of the Seventies” turned 71 yesterday; take a look at some key moments in the career of this second generation Bolivian American actress!

Raquel Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada in the windy city, Chicago, Illinois, on September 5 1940. Image

Her father (1911–1976), Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo was an aeronautical engineer who emigrated from La Paz, Bolivia at age 17.

Even though it wasn’t until her sixties that Raquel Welch visited her father’s hometown, Welch has Latino Blood running through her veins, and she’s always been aware of it. “If you have Latin chromosomes, you have a certain sensitivity,” she said after her Bolivia trip, “Like, I always liked flamenco music. And my father taught me to tango ... And I understood when I looked in the mirror that I was not Mary Jane Pringle. I was somebody different.”

Take a look at the clip below, highlighting the career of one of Hollywood’s most stunning sex symbols.

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“Put Some Chones On!” - Miss Colombia Catalina Robayo Told to Put on Panties

“Put Some Chones On!” - Miss Colombia Catalina Robayo Told to Put on Panties

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Officials from the Miss Universe pageant felt the need to tell Miss Colombia to put some underwear on after media sources show her at pageant related appearances wearing short skirts with nothing underneath.

ImageCatalina Robayo, 22, is one of 89 beauties in Sao Paolo, Brazil for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.

Fox News was told by the pageant organization’s president to wear some damn undies, after photos show her going commando at official events.

“There were several girls in short dresses which is was a little concerning, but when I saw the picture on the front page of one of the local papers and was very, very surprised,” Shugart continued. “Our supervisors talked to all of the contestants about dressing appropriately, and one of our PR people spoke to [Robayo] and apparently she said she was wearing underwear. But regardless, it created quite a stir here for a few days.”

The new Miss Universe will be crowned Monday, September 12th.

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Angry Birds Gets It’s Own (Illegal) Theme Park and It’s Not in Río (VIDEO)

Angry Birds Gets It’s Own (Illegal) Theme Park and It’s Not in Río (VIDEO)

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Brazil, home of some of the angriest birds up in the Amazon has been beaten to the race for an “Angry Birds” Theme Park by none other than China.

For a minute, it looked like Spain would take the initiative, when at the beginning of the summer a very neat live action “Angry Birds” game installation was built in a local plaza underwritten by T-Mobile Barcelona. 


But that was the end of their effort, and the winner of the race to dedicate some theme park space to “Angry Birds”, is China, of course.  It is believed this theme park installation is illegal and does not have the authorization of the “Angry Birds” creators out of Finland. 

Check out the images an video below, taken at the giant “Angry Birds” arena located in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan, in south-central China.

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Diego Luna: “We Mexicans, Are in the Middle of a War”

Diego Luna: “We Mexicans, Are in the Middle of a War”

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Monday, celebrated actor Diego Luna, along with Gael García Bernal, attended the premiere of “Miss Bala”, produced by their Canana Films production company.

During the red carpet event, the pair said the film invites audiences to reflect to what extent the things they do have an impact on the place they are, and to wonder every day where they are, and where they would like to be.

Luna said that taking the initiative to do something to fix the current situation in México, and put an end to the violence that has left 40,000 dead since 2006, is the responsibility of everyone.  Actor Diego Luna, said Mexicans have been wanting to think it didn’t affect them, but today, war is reality.

“These last few weeks we have been particularly difficult, we have a pain in our gut, a visceral pain,” said Garcia Bernal after Luna commented on the difficult and precarious current situation of violence in the Mexican nation.

Read more about “Miss Bala,” opening October 14 in selected theatres.

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Arizona Prisons Now Charging $25 Fee For Those Visiting Inmates

Arizona Prisons Now Charging $25 Fee For Those Visiting Inmates

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The Arizona Department of Corrections is now charging $25 for each adult wishing to visit a friend or family member currently incarcerated in one of its 15 prisons.

The fee is being called a one-time “background check fee” but its critics have called it unconstitutional, as it is a special tax on a specific group.

David C. Fathi, director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union told the NY Times the new fee was “mind boggling” and said it will only serve to negatively impact both the community and the prisoners, who some say are able to reform themselves and their lives through the support from those who visit and stand behind them, those who likely cannot afford the fee.

“We know that one of the best things you can do if you want people to go straight and lead a law-abiding life when they get out of prison is to continue family contact while they’re in prison,” the NY Times quoted him as saying, adding, “Talk about penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

The fee is said to have been created to offset the cost of running the prisons and to shrink the $1.6 billion deficit Arizona faces.

Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of inmates’ families and prisoner rights groups.

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Watch Susan Boyle and Simon Cowell Dance the Jarabe Tapatío (VIDEO)

Watch Susan Boyle and Simon Cowell Dance the Jarabe Tapatío  (VIDEO)

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“Más vale tarde que nunca, better late than never,” they say, so here, enjoy this Cinco de Mayo gem, in September.


Susan Boyle and Simon Cowell in our Cinco De… by JibJab

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Georgia Governor Appoints Hate Group Leader to Immigration Board

Georgia Governor Appoints Hate Group Leader to Immigration Board

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal today appointed a longtime leader in an anti-immigrant hate group to serve on a new state panel charged with enforcing the state’s harsh new immigration law.

Phil Kent was among those named by Deal to a new Immigration Enforcement Review Board. Created as part of Georgia’s punishing new anti-immigrant law — the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 — the panel will “review and investigate complaints related to illegal immigration and it will hold the authority to sanction those found to have violated Georgia’s immigration law.” (The Southern Poverty Law Center is part of a coalition of civil rights groups challenging the law in federal court.)


Phil Kent is a longtime national spokesman for Americans for Immigration Control (AIC), a relationship mentioned in the Kent bio provided by the governor’s office. According to ProEnglish, another group Kent is involved in, he also serves as executive director of the American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF), a partner organization to AIC.

The SPLC has listed AIC and AICF, together, as a hate group for more than a decade. As the SPLC has previously reported, AICF has produced mounds of anti-immigrant propaganda over its more than two decades of existence. Particularly notable is the video “Immigration: Making America Less Beautiful?,” which is filled with a cornucopia of racist images.

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Undocumented Immigrant Nearly Scammed Out of $3 Million Lottery Winnings

Undocumented Immigrant Nearly Scammed Out of $3 Million Lottery Winnings

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Three men have been accused of cheating an undocumented immigrant out of $3 million in lottery winnings, after the victim’s lawyer says his client was convinced by the men that he could not collect his winnings and faced deportation if he came forward.

The name of the man who bought the ticket has not been released, but he says he just wants his winnings and to be left alone.

Atif Ali, 22, Riaz Khan, 45, and Mubeen Ashraf, 22, have been charged with first-degree grand larceny after taking the real winner’s money after convincing him that he would not be allowed to collect his money since he was not in the country legally. The victim was than told he should put the suspects’ names as co-purchasers. They would go on to take the first $150,000 annual payment before selling the rights to the remaining money to a company called Advance Funding for $600,000. The victim received none of this money, and that is when he called a lawyer

The ticket was bought at a convenience store in Spring Valley, New York on February 3, where Ali was working as a store clerk (Khan and Ashraf are former owners of the store).

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the unnamed man will get his winnings, as being an undocumented immigrant does not disqualify a person from winning the lottery.

The victim will receive annual payments of $120,000 for the next 20 years and just like any other winner, will have to pay taxes on his money.

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Comedy Central’s “The Roast of Charlie Sheen” to Air September 19th

Comedy Central’s “The Roast of Charlie Sheen” to Air September 19th

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Comedy Central appears to have spent a good chunk of money to promote The Roast of Charlie Sheen, with a couple showing “Carlos” as conductor of a steam train on the way to Goddess Harbor, Warlockia, and Winnington.

Comedy Central has secured one of Hollywood’s most notorious bad boys. The network has announced that Charlie Sheen will be the next Roastee. The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen (#SheenRoast) will tape in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 10. The Roast will premiere on Comedy Central on Monday, September 19 at 10/9c and will feature Roast Master Seth MacFarlane.“You could say I’ve been providing kindling for this Roast for a while,” said Sheen. “It’s time to light it up. It’s going to be epic.”

“Charlie has assured us that nothing will be off limits in this Roast… which scares even us,” said Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production, Comedy Central. Although known more recently for his infamous rants about the trials and tribulations of becoming a Vatican Assassin, Charlie has had a long an auspicious career. Born into a show business family, he had his first role as an extra in his father, Martin Sheen’s, movie “The Execution of Private Slovik”. Although he originally pursued a career in professional baseball, Charlie found fame early with his role in the 80’s classic “Red Dawn”. A versatile actor, Charlie went on to star in such blockbusters as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Wall Street”, “Hot Shots” and “Platoon”. He took over the Michael J. Fox vehicle “Spin City” and later starred for eight seasons on the CBS hit “Two and A Half Men”, his departure from the show went largely unnoticed.

Watch the promos below.

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Bolivia Bans Cars For “Day of The Pedestrian” (VIDEO)

Bolivia Bans Cars For “Day of The Pedestrian” (VIDEO)

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The first ever “Day of the Pedestrian” in Bolivia was celebrated in most of the country with parades and outdoor activities for peoples of all ages.

The idea of a vehicle-free day is not new; Several Latin American cities have held their own days dedicated to pedestrians and bicyclists, usually with great success and the exciting promise of more to come.

Sunday’s Day of the Pedestrian in Bolivia however, marked the first time a country restricts all motor vehicle access through the streets of nine of its most important cities simultaneously.

Estimates indicate that some 2 million cars stayed parked and only 700 vehicles were granted permits to operate. Fines for anyone driving Sunday were doubled, as well as their vehicles were towed away for the day.

President Evo Morales rose early and jogged 3.8 miles from the Presidential Residence to the Government Palace and back.

Ironically, Morales’ own “First National Pedestrian and Bicyclist in Defense of Mother Earth Day” was celebrated amid heavy criticism against the president’s intent on building a 185 mile highway through the Isiboro-Secure national Park in the Amazon rainforest.

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Colombia Set to Cut Its Carbon Emissions

Colombia Set to Cut Its Carbon Emissions

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will support a $10.5 million project to set up a system of Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) in Colombia, with the aim of cutting over half a million tons of carbon emissions over four years through a voluntary trading system, among other measures.

The project will be partially financed with a $2.7 million grant from the Global Environment Fund, which provides grants to developing countries for projects tackling biodiversity, climate change and other related topics. The IDB has been a GEF executing agency since 2004.

Additional resources will be provided by the project’s local co-executing agencies, the Natura Foundation, the Colombian Mercantile Exchange and the Bogota Chamber of Commerce. Other NGOs, forest carbon project developers and companies will contribute additional funds.

The three-pronged project will create a Colombian-based voluntary market platform for trading nationally generated VERs, which will be accessible to domestic buyers and sellers as well as international investors. As a result, 371,200 VERs issued to forest carbon projects are expected to be traded on the new market platform.

The second project component focuses on validating and registering a stock of VERs generated by agriculture, forestry and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) projects in Colombia. At least five forest carbon projects in at least two different regions of the country are to receive support until they generate tradable VERs.

In total, 464,000 tons of CO2 equivalents – roughly the amount put out by 81,000 cars per year – will be verified from supported forest carbon projects. Additionally, the project will create new conservation areas and areas of increased carbon stocks totaling 58,800 hectares.

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TuesdaySeptember 6, 2011