This December will mark the fifth anniversary of a historic achievement for international climate action: the Paris Agreement. During the UN Climate Summit (“COP21”) in Paris, France, this milestone represented a call by the international community to increase climate ambition and achieve the transformation of current development trajectories towards net-zero emissions and … [Read more...] about Suriname’s updated national climate plan can help drive a sustainable recovery
On August 12, 2020, the IDB hosted a webinar on how the Blue Economy can help to spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean after COVID-19. The event aimed to promote the Blue Economy as a key driver for recovery, raise awareness of the importance of ocean and coastal resources beyond fisheries and tourism and highlight the IDB’s agenda on this … [Read more...] about Can the Blue Economy spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean?
Latin America and Caribbean countries are facing a pandemic with myriad social and economic consequences. At the same time, we also have climate change enhanced fires raging in Brazil’s Pantanal and hurricanes pounding the Caribbean. This complex situation shows that governments, the private sector, civil society, and multilateral development banks (MDBs) need to work together … [Read more...] about COVID-19 is our wake-up call to build a sustainable and inclusive future
Natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes that have affected the region in recent years, added to increasing environmental degradation, has led to hundreds of thousands of people being forced to abandon their homes. At the same time, migration adds pressure on public services and exacerbates the risks associated with natural disasters and climate change. Faced with … [Read more...] about The climate crisis could drive massive human displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America has become a global hotspot of the pandemic. The social and economic pain it inflicts only adds to the impacts of the climate crisis. This hurricane season, for instance, is expected to hit the Americas with twice as many major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher than in typical years. By the end of this decade, heat waves alone could destroy the equivalent of 2.5 … [Read more...] about Can carbon pricing help Latin America and the Caribbean engage in a net-zero carbon future?