Latin America and the Caribbean is highly vulnerable to the risks associated with natural disasters and climate change. This includes slow onset risks like temperature increase evidenced in the heat waves that have affected Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil this year, with record figures, such as the city of Cordoba in Argentina that reached 42.5°C. The region is also … [Read more...] about What is the IDB doing to reduce disaster and climate risks in its operations?
A new methodology, created by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), aims to assess disaster and climate change risks in the preparation, implementation, and operational phases of projects, to increase their resilience. The IDB’s ‘Disaster and Climate Change Risk Assessment Methodology’ report, takes a multifaceted and integrated approach to seize adaptational and … [Read more...] about Assessing disaster and climate risk is a crucial step to project resilience
The Word disaster originates from the Greek dis (a negative prefix) and astrum (star), indicating a bad omen, whereas resilience comes from re (repeat) and silire (get ahead) – the ability to get back on track and overcome. At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we are committed to make all projects RESILIENT whether or not they are exposed to natural disasters. Latin … [Read more...] about Five steps to include disaster risk management in infrastructure projects
A few days ago I saw a drawing made by the son of a friend who lives in Mexico City after the second earthquake to hit the city this year. I was impressed for two reasons–first, how the child conveyed the closeness to his mother at the time of the tremor and how they were leaving their house with his belongings (toys); and second, how he managed to depict the shaking of the … [Read more...] about International Day for Disaster Reduction: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
You may not know it, but Tacuarembó, Uruguay is the town where Carlos Gardel, one of the most prominent figures in the history of tango, was born. It is a city full of traditions; in March of every year, many visitors gather in Tacuarembó to celebrate the Feast of the Patria Gaucha. Tacuarembó is also one of the beneficiaries of the Local Development and Subnational … [Read more...] about In Uruguay, sustainable development will do more than improve a bridge