The 65 000 fishermen that share the 1 770km of the Haitian coastline rely on rudimentary equipment and fishing vessels such as canoes and wooden boats (representing 51% and 37% respectively of the country’s estimated 28,000 active fishing boats). However, even with basic equipment, the techniques used have negative impacts on the marine resources and ecosystems. Indeed, … [Read more...] about An innovative approach to support fishers’ associations in Haiti: moving from grants to co-financing!
Agriculture and Food Security
Emerging countries show an important role in the expansion of beef production. Between 2000-2007, the share of beef production in emerging economies increased by 7.9%, led by India (4.0%), Latin America (2.9%) and China (1.8%). This increase occurs in a context where consumption has been growing, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years. However, much has been … [Read more...] about Sustainable livestock farming: the challenge of reducing pollution by increasing productivity
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?
Imagine that you and your family have lived in a lush community and filled with life. In the days of your grandparents, only a few families lived there, but today it is home to about 5,000 people. Imagine also that your house lies in fertile land, between two rivers that frequently overflow from December to March. Imagine then that your house is flooded for days, and the … [Read more...] about The simple math of disaster prevention: Flood control works save $2 for every $1 invested
Spanning over three decades, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been at the forefront of policy development and public-sector investments fostering blue economic development and risk-resilient coastal zones in the Wider Caribbean Region. Using the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) framework, and more recently incorporating ecosystem-based considerations, the … [Read more...] about Innovation in Blue Economic Development and Coastal Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean.