Over the past seven years, I have lived in the most biodiverse country on the planet. This has allowed me to enrich the palette of flavors and colors of my life. A visit to the street market is enough to appreciate the variety of fruits that come from the different altitudinal gradients, offering unlimited flavors, textures, and colors. I have over seven different types of … [Read more...] about Why does biodiversity deserve a leading role in the post-2020 environmental agenda?
During the last two decades, Latin America and the Caribbean has been at the forefront of the world´s biodiversity conservation, dedicating 20% of the region's territory to this end. LAC is moving forward to reach Aichi goal #11 as nine countries of the region will meet or exceed the coverage of agreed protected areas by 2020. However, there is scarce information about the … [Read more...] about Aichi goals: Once reached, what is the next step for LAC?
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the developing region with the highest rate of urbanization on the planet. In fact, the urban population in LAC represents more than 82% of its total and it will reach 90% by the end of 2050 (IDB, 2015). The urban population in 2016 alone, demanded around 846 million tons of food (FAO, 2016), a number that will continue to increase. The … [Read more...] about Sustainable Oil Palm Cropping in LAC: Could this be possible?
We’ve all heard, on more than one occasion, that Latin America is the world’s pantry or the final frontier in agriculture, sayings that are under threat given climate change and variability projections. Twenty-two percent of the world’s cultivated land is expected to experienced negative impacts from climate change by the year 2050. Water scarcity caused by temporal and spatial … [Read more...] about Resilient Agriculture: A Vision Transcending the Farm
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has estimated that between $150 and $440 billion dollars are needed annually to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020), and other authors, suggest that between $23 and $52 billion dollars are being spent per year worldwide. Moreover, the OECD suggests that there has been a worldwide decline in financing for … [Read more...] about How Much Do We Care about Biodiversity?