During the pandemic crisis nature suddenly feels much closer. Many of us regularly hear a symphony of birdsong from our make-shift offices at home while local parks are proving to be lifeline for our mental and physical health. As countries plan to ease lockdowns, parks and urban green spaces may be among the first places where people meet again and will be important to … [Read more...] about Can nature support a green and inclusive economic recovery?
Latin America and the Caribbean alone holds 40% of the world's biodiversity. This natural capital is not properly valued in national accounts and cannot compete with other investment priorities. During COP25 in Madrid, under the presidency of Chile, countries around the world discussed the various avenues for development, decarbonization plans and technological innovations … [Read more...] about Nature-based solutions can put the brakes on the climate crisis
Latin America and the Caribbean is a region shaped by and very much of the ocean. All but two IDB member countries have important ocean coastlines, and 25% of the region’s population lives on the coast, with the number reaching nearly 100% in Caribbean island countries. But while rainforests, grasslands and rivers have so far stolen our attention, it’s time for our oceans to … [Read more...] about A continent of oceans: Latin America’s Blue Economy
Nestled among towering volcanoes, Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Four of the Central American region’s seven biomes meet in the Atitlan region, making it a biodiversity hotspot and a natural “gas station” for migrating birds. But here, as elsewhere in the developing world, a lack of economic opportunities often drives … [Read more...] about Bird watching tourism takes flight