The United Kingdom’s Treasury (economic and finance ministry) is gearing up to launch an independent global report on the importance of biodiversity for economies and future prosperity. Led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity could help precipitate a major rethink on how we value biodiversity and its implications for policy and … [Read more...] about Why is the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity a big deal?
Suriname’s updated national climate plan can help drive a sustainable recovery
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
Can the Blue Economy spark a sustainable and inclusive recovery in the Caribbean?
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?
COVID-19 is our wake-up call to build a sustainable and inclusive future
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
Resilient infrastructure is critical for planning for an uncertain future
The 2020 hurricane season reminds us of the importance of infrastructure services in limiting the spread of Covid-19. Natural disasters can damage infrastructure assets, such as health clinics, water pipes, and communication lines. This would prevent covid-19 patients from receiving care, hinder handwashing efforts, and delay contact tracing. Extreme climate events that … [Read more...] about Resilient infrastructure is critical for planning for an uncertain future