We are immersed in the celebration of the UN Climate Change Conference - COP25 - where world leaders have come together to ponder on paths to reach the Paris Agreement. The conference couldn´t be timelier, as new data highlight that the climate change threat is worsening rapidly, and that worldwide coordinated action is needed. The tourism sector, one of the most important … [Read more...] about Climate smart tourism: second chances are not possible
Agriculture and Food Security
When natural disasters strike, there are obvious immediate impacts. But long after the attention of the world shifts elsewhere, the effects of disasters like hurricanes, continue to negatively impact the growth and sustainability of Caribbean countries. One of the sectors that suffers the most is Tourism, which in many cases relies on physical attractiveness and the … [Read more...] about Protecting Tourism in the Caribbean through Smarter Crisis Management and Response Systems
In December, climate change experts from all over the world will gather in Madrid for the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25), under the Presidency of Chile. One of the priority topics of COP25 is the nexus of climate and coastal zones. In case you are wondering why we need to talk about coasts at such a high-level event, the answer is simple: coastal … [Read more...] about Too Big to Fail? Why Preserving Our Coasts Is Increasingly Relevant in a Changing Climate.
Why is the ocean important? The ocean covers three quarters of the Earth’s surface and plays a crucial role in supporting an enormous variety of life. The ocean helps regulate the climate by absorbing excess carbon dioxide and heat. The ocean is also important for the global economy. According to the OECD (2016), its economic contribution was valued at US$1.5 trillion in 2010, … [Read more...] about Ocean problems beyond plastics pollution
Monitoring and evaluating policies, projects and programs are particularly important for the development of any country. These two activities allow us to assess whether programs and projects are implemented efficiently, and to evaluate their success in terms of their objectives, goals and target population. Only if we know well how a plan is being implemented, and what results … [Read more...] about Monitoring agricultural policies for policy design: the case of Ecuador