In 2017, tourism generated more than 10% of global GDP, 1 in 10 jobs, 6.5% of total exports and 4.5% of total investment. That same year, Latin America and the Caribbean received more than 114 million international visitors. However, the market share of LAC worldwide remains low, similar to the level ten years ago (around 8%). Given the region´s tourism potential, and the … [Read more...] about Five Good Reasons Why Latin American and Caribbean Governments Should Prioritize Tourism in Their Development Agendas
For the Dominican Republic, climate change is a phenomenon with important consequences. According to Germanwatch’s 2017 Global Climate Risk Index, the country ranks 11th among the most vulnerable nations to climate change. Increased intensity and frequency of hurricanes, periods of drought or extreme rain and rising sea levels are just a few of the threats for the Dominican … [Read more...] about There Is Strength in Collaboration: The Case of the Dominican Republic
Last week, one more country was added to the list of nations that have ratified the Paris Agreement and today, of the 26 borrowing member countries, we now have 20 with a National Determined Contribution (NDC). However, ratification is not the culmination of their efforts. This is when an important exercise on behalf of the governments begins, guided by the need for … [Read more...] about Latin America and the Caribbean Continues to Show Its Commitment to the Paris Agreement
The air pollution we breathe -not always visible- has damaging effects on living things and the environment. Air pollution challenges and solutions are primarily urban; that’s why, to achieve the ambition of the Paris Climate Agreement and SDG agenda, we better look at cities. Local and global urban pollutions are better addressed at the metropolitan level than at the … [Read more...] about Why and how metropolitan governance brings together climate and SDG agendas, for the best health of all!
When the United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IY2017) I started to think about all the opportunities out there to celebrate, educate and mobilize efforts leading to more sustainable tourism! After all, having worked with tourism development programs in several countries in Latin America, I knew for a fact how … [Read more...] about What is Sustainable Tourism for you? #IY2017