Jane and Arturo enjoyed a tasty lobster and a pina colada while soaking their feet in the turquoise waters of Hispaniola Island, relaxing after a sightseeing trip where they spotted migratory birds and dived alongside manatees within green and thick mangroves. Little did they know that, throughout its life, that lobster had passed several phases of its growth in these … [Read more...] about Mangroves, the biological link between environmental protection and economic development
Ecosystems and Biodiversity
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Did you know that mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet? Today we celebrate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, but not all is celebration, current estimates show that 67% of mangroves have been lost, and nearly all will be lost over the next 100 years if we don’t take drastic measures now. Mangroves are essential … [Read more...] about Mangroves could save the world
Latin America and the Caribbean is a region shaped by and very much of the ocean. All but two IDB member countries have important ocean coastlines, and 25% of the region’s population lives on the coast, with the number reaching nearly 100% in Caribbean island countries. But while rainforests, grasslands and rivers have so far stolen our attention, it’s time for our oceans to … [Read more...] about A continent of oceans: Latin America’s Blue Economy
During the last two decades, Latin America and the Caribbean has been at the forefront of the world´s biodiversity conservation, dedicating 20% of the region's territory to this end. LAC is moving forward to reach Aichi goal #11 as nine countries of the region will meet or exceed the coverage of agreed protected areas by 2020. However, there is scarce information about the … [Read more...] about Aichi goals: Once reached, what is the next step for LAC?