Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has the most biodiverse habitat in the world, the Amazon rainforest. In addition, this region is the most humid in the world, contains the most extensive wetlands on the planet and has more than 30% of the world's drinking water reserves. Over 10% of its land surface is protected (211 million hectares). Unfortunately, this region suffers … [Read more...] about Videos: How do we identify and mitigate biodiversity risks
Consider this hypothetical scenario. The government of Betija, a beautiful Caribbean country, is investing in tourism infrastructure to support the influx of millions of visitors per year to its coastal capital. The project includes the rehabilitation of the town walkways, selected city center facades, and a renovated historical museum for locals and tourists. The museum is … [Read more...] about Preparing a stakeholder consultation? Start by asking yourself these three questions first
The proposed location of a hydroelectric and water supply project for Tunari National Park, in the city of Cochabamba in Bolivia, had the potential to damage nearby wetlands and destroy a remnant of Polylepis forest, the highest elevation forest in the world, that is threatened throughout the Andes. The area is also home to the endangered Cochabamba mountain finch (Poospiza … [Read more...] about Good vs bad biodiversity management, can you tell which is which?
The Environmental and Social Safeguards Unit (ESG) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is pleased to announce the launch of a new learning platform on managing environmental and social risks. With this new feature, all our online courses are in one place. In 2016, ESG began offering online training to increase the capacity of counterpart government officials who … [Read more...] about Enroll now! A new learning platform for managing environmental and social risk
Environmental Impact Assessment is the process of identifying, evaluating, and mitigating the environmental and social effects of development projects. Through this process, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and its borrowing countries can ensure that environmental considerations are addressed and incorporated into decision-making processes and can anticipate, avoid, … [Read more...] about A virtual learning tool to better evaluate development projects (and protect the environment)