Skip Global Navigation
Environment
IDB Home > Topics > Environment
Comment Tool Comment
Comment Tool Comment

Your comment for this page:






Share Tool Share
close Share Tool Share

By the numbers

50%


Global demand for food will grow by at least 50 percent over the next two decades. Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the few regions of the world where there are remaining large areas that could be converted to agriculture. While most of the increase in food production will be met by boosting yields, there will be growing pressure to expand farming into areas covered by natural forests. At present, the region’s agricultural activities generate about 980 million tons of C02 equivalent per year.


 

100 million


About 100 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are exposed to air pollution levels exceeding World Health Organization guidelines. While urban air quality has become a higher priority issue in several major cities over the past two decades, there is limited knowledge about this problem. By bringing pollution down to levels accepted in more developed countries, the region could avoid more than 10,000 premature deaths a year.


 

9 million Km2


Forests cover more than 9 million square kilometers in Latin America and the Caribbean, or about 46 percent of its landmass. While deforestation is advancing due to the expansion of agriculture, increased extractive activities and urbanization, many countries have established protected areas, which by 2005 covered 10.5 percent of the region’s territory, roughly double the area of two decades earlier.

© 2017 Inter-American Development Bank - All Rights Reserved.

Hello, Welcome to the IDB!

Please join our mailing list by simply entering your email below.