2021 is a make or break year for people and the planet. The international community needs to orchestrate a sustainable recovery from the pandemic while delivering more ambitious commitments to protect nature and ensure a climate safe future. In LAC, there is the added challenge of responding to tough issues such as inequality, poverty and unemployment, which COVID-19 has … [Read more...] about 5 ways countries’ decarbonization and resilience plans matter for sustainable recovery
Last week, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, announced that the central objective of the UN for 2021 will be to build a Global Coalition for Carbon Neutrality. He stated that he firmly believes that “2021 can be a new kind of leap year — the year of a quantum leap towards carbon neutrality”. With 110 countries having committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 there is … [Read more...] about 41 billion reasons why Costa Rica’s progress on decarbonization can inspire the world
The United Kingdom’s Treasury (economic and finance ministry) is gearing up to launch an independent global report on the importance of biodiversity for economies and future prosperity. Led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity could help precipitate a major rethink on how we value biodiversity and its implications for policy and … [Read more...] about Why is the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity a big deal?
The digital transformation has impacted all industries and sectors, allowing us to face obstacles that previously seemed insurmountable. For those of us who work in sustainable development, the use of technological tools to exchange and disseminate knowledge on a large scale has represented unimaginable potential to increase the impact of our projects. Among these tools we … [Read more...] about What can a map tell us about the socio-environmental aspects of a development project?
High mountain ecosystems play a leading role by allowing aquifers to recharge, which produce water that eventually reaches an aqueduct for purification and subsequent distribution. It is crucial to maintain the “good health” of our high mountain ecosystems and ensure that, even in a warmer climate, they continue to provide these valuable services. In 2015, I had the … [Read more...] about 4 lessons for ensuring sustainable conservation and development activities in Colombia’s mountains in a warming world