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    Sustainability, Bankability, Risks: Insights from the 2017 Global Infrastructure Forum

    By - 15 de June de 2017, 4:28 pm

    2017 Global Infrastructure Forum Plenary

    Presidents and vice-presidents of the organizing MDBs discussed infrastructure challenges during the Opening Plenary of the 2017 Global Infrastructure Forum.

    The annual Global Infrastructure Forum (GI Forum) aims at enhancing the coordination among multilateral development banks (MDBs) and their development partners in the financing and development of infrastructure projects that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This aim was reflected in the theme of the 2017 GI Forum, “Delivering Inclusive and Sustainable Infrastructure”, jointly organized by the MDBs in close partnership with the United Nations (UN).

    Throughout the forum’s plenary and breakout sessions, three main infrastructure challenges emerged: sustainability, bankability, and risk mitigation. Read more…

    Sustainable Energy for Argentina’s Norte Grande

    By - 26 de March de 2014, 9:27 am

    By Alberto Levy

    Since mid-2000, Argentina has undertaken a historic and comprehensive strategy to promote sustainable development in the Norte Grande region, one of the poorest areas in the country.

    The centerpiece of the strategy is to provide prompt, good-quality, and low-cost sustainable energy that can improve the competitiveness of businesses and spur new economic activity in the nine provinces that make up the region: Catamarca, Corrientes, Chaco, Formosa, Jujuy, Misiones, Tucumán, Salta, and Santiago del Estero.

    Toward that end, the government, with support from the IDB, has built a 1,220-kilometer 500 kV-electric power transmission line and associated substations that link the Northwestern and Northeastern regions of Argentina. More than 300 kilometers of provincial and regional transmission and sub-transmission lines have also been built.

    The project has enabled ranchers like Pedro Fernández in Chaco Province to cut the cost of bringing water to his cattle because he no longer needs to pump the water using diesel-fueled generators, also reducing the amount of CO2 emissions.

    “It completely changed our lives,” he said of the electricity project. “Our water pump costs were very high, and now with electricity, our pumps can run day and night with no problems.”

    The government had to clear the right-of-way area for the transmission lines, to offset the project’s environmental impact, the project is planting close to a million native trees. A partnership was developed with stakeholders, including local communities, schools, and municipalities, as well as with local agricultural schools to create and maintain nurseries for native trees.

    By investing in critical infrastructure with a sustainable framework to neutralize the impact of its construction, Argentina is providing a much-needed boost to economic and social conditions in Norte Grande while also doing its part globally to protect the environment.

    How Brazil Cut Extreme Poverty while Slowing Deforestation

    By - 16 de March de 2014, 2:57 pm

    By Eirivelthon Lima

    Sustainable economic development can be achieved as this IDB-financed project in Acre shows once again. Over the course of the program, Acre slowed the rate of deforestation while cutting extreme poverty by nearly a third by organizing and informing the community and creating value chains.

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    Simulation models in tourism projects

    By - 12 de June de 2012, 6:04 am

    Simulation models in tourism projects

    According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, travel and tourism sustains more jobs than financial services, communications, mining, automotive and chemicals manufacturing industries across every region of the world. In areas such as the Caribbean, tourism represents 41% of goods and services total exports. Its potential is promising to many: some consider that tourism is Kenya´s “unpolished diamond”.

    So evaluating the impact of tourism projects seems important for some and probably critical for many developing countries. Nevertheless, there is a clear challenge in randomly assigning tourists to treatment and control groups (where would you go?).  Perhaps one way would be to conduct magical mystery tours.

    A better – although not more fun – alternative is presented in a recent paper prepared for the IDB (Technical Guidelines for Evaluating the Impacts of Tourism Using Simulation Models) by Professor J. Edward Taylor of the University of California at Davis. Simulation models.

    The Guidelines are structured around the answers to 7 questions. Read more…