The world is facing an unprecedented health crisis caused by infectious diseases. According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that 60% of all infectious diseases registered in humans are of animal origin (zoonotic) and 75% of new or emerging ones are zoonotic. Avian influenza, rabies, or brucellosis stand out as the best-known examples … [Read more...] about One health, one world
From December 2 to 13, the UN Conference on Climate Change, under the presidency of Chile, was held in Madrid with the logistical support of the Spanish government. The Venue welcomed more than 27,000 delegates with a common objective: to take concrete actions to face the current climate crisis. During this international meeting, the IDB Group's Pavilion of the … [Read more...] about COP25: results of the IDB Group Pavilion of the Americas
Protected areas have been at the forefront of global conservation efforts. They define the boundaries of critical ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots. However, a variety of different terminologies and special regulations around the status of these areas may dilute the concept and confuse the environmental practitioner. Ultimately, it may lead to harmful interventions in … [Read more...] about Strengthening conservationism in developing countries: The protected area approach
With time rapidly disappearing to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius, scientists and decision makers agree that we urgently need more ambitious climate action. One of the key questions to emerge is: how can we go beyond incremental change and inertia, and aim instead for the transformation of our economies and societies? To achieve this transformational change, … [Read more...] about What is transformational change and how can we design a way of achieving it? This new toolkit is a start
Lupine (botanical name Lupinus mutabilis) is an edible plant that has been cultivated for centuries in the high Andes of South America; it is also known as lupine, chocho, tarwi or altramuz. Its impressive characteristics have been little disclosed, for example, its protein content reaches 47.7%, higher than the vast majority of legumes and the crop is able to enrich soils by … [Read more...] about Lupino: a new super food?