The need for a new era of investment in Latin American infrastructure is clear and present. Most importantly, we now have the opportunity to ensure this next round of investment is in infrastructure that is needed, wanted and sustainable – with multiple shared benefits for people and nature. But a key challenge remains. This new era for infrastructure has to avoid … [Read more...] about A Responsible and Resilient Climate-Smart Infrastructure is Possible – If We Do It Right
This week, as we celebrate the World Oceans Day, I started to think about the importance of oceans and how frequently we forget about the critical role they play. The reality is that oceans are the home of nearly 2 million species. Marine life is so rich and extensive that it goes from the tiniest bacteria to the largest mammal that ever lived on the planet’s surface. But … [Read more...] about Four Safeguard Approaches for Ocean Conservation
After decades of planning and construction, SIEPAC (The Central American Electrical Interconnection System) was finally completed in 2014. It took longer than expected to come to life but on many levels, the 1,800km transmission line represented a boost for the region. It improved electrical markets and provided electricity and telecommunications for millions of residents … [Read more...] about Can Mega-Infrastructure Energy Projects be Done Right?
With International Migratory Fish Day (yes, there is such a day, in case you don’t know) just around the corner, I’d like to share the experience of how Costa Rica, with the IDB’s help, has successfully implemented its first river offset in Central America’s largest hydroelectric project. The Reventazón Hydroelectric Project (PHR) built by the state-run Instituto de … [Read more...] about Costa Rica has implemented a river offset. How does it work?
Hidden in the rainforests, deserts, and mountains of Latin America and the Caribbean lay the keys to reversing the impact of global climate change. The region claims the world’s largest single-source of oxygen, most diverse species of flora and fauna, and several Natural Wonders of the World that need our help. The next great challenge for our generation is to join together … [Read more...] about Four Natural Treasures in Latin America and the Caribbean that Need Your Help!