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
When we picture the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, much of what we envisage is a luxurious sun, sea and sand getaway, especially since the country has one of the highest GDPs in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. Given this imagery, it easy to assume that there are little to no challenges faced by a population of less than 400,000 people. Upon closer observation of … [Read more...] about Visualizing Hazards and Services – An integral Tool for Decision Making in Small Island Developing States
This is the standard phase we hear or say after seeing the results of a river’s strong swell. Floods that affect cities, forcing thousands of families out of their homes, floods in which they lose the majority of their belongings, floods in which economic activity is suspended and, as a result, income is diminished: These effects all form part of the dynamic of ecosystems, and … [Read more...] about This flood was a disaster!
Moving towards the path of sustainable development is a great challenge. The Paris Agreement, the UN´s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the delivery of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (iNDCs) by 197 parties to the UN Climate Convention all require a shouldering of responsibility for addressing climate change and improving human welfare. If temperature rise … [Read more...] about From NDC Invest to a Sustainable Development
¿Who would have thought that INDC, NAP, BUR, REDD+, PPCR, FIP, GCF are the perfect ingredients to make a soup? Some of you may not know what all these acronyms mean. Don’t, despair; we’ll get to that shortly. Snail soups well known to Hondurans and most other residents of Central America not only because there’s a reference to it in a catchy, rhythmic “tip” song, but also … [Read more...] about What do snail soup and climate change have in common?