Did you know that the wood industry is one of the most prosperous sectors worldwide? In fact, the forestry sector directly employs more than 18.21 million people globally and contributes more than 540 billion dollars to world GDP. This sector, when properly regulated to prevent illegal deforestation, is vital for the environment, since the nurture and management of healthy … [Read more...] about How does Uruguay promote wood as a housing construction material?
Barranquilla, also known as the happy city, is one of the main tourist destinations in the region for its joy, music, gastronomy, and culture. However, very soon it will also be known worldwide for a new tourist attraction: the Mallorquín swamp. In this blog post, we explain how the IDB's Housing and Urban Development Division, in line with the climate change mitigation and … [Read more...] about Mallorquín swamp, a natural treasure that will become the jewel of world ecotourism
Cities at the crossroads of economic growth Cities are the economic engine of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), generating more than 75% of the regional GDP. Their prosperity and growth lead to that of the entire region. For this reason, the economic recovery of metropolitan areas after the COVID-19 pandemic must be rapid, long-lasting, socially inclusive, and … [Read more...] about How will cities thrive? The strategic role of Local Economic Development Agencies
Citizens, despite we may not be aware, generate enormous amounts of data every minute. Our cell phones and computers, traffic sensors, or video surveillance cameras are continuously producing and storing information. If municipal administrations would process, analyze, and use this data correctly, many of the common challenges in our cities, such as traffic jams, pollution … [Read more...] about How to develop public policies based on evidence? BIG DATA for sustainable urban development
Walking through the park with leafy trees is one of the most pleasant sensations someone can enjoy when wandering around a city. Behind this feeling of well-being, there is not just perception but also science. It is proven that green spaces generate multiple benefits that improve our overall wellbeing. On the celebration of World Tree Day (established in 1969 by … [Read more...] about Six reasons to nurture urban parks