Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean, home to some of the world’s most pristine and diverse ecosystems, depend heavily on natural resources to generate economic growth.
The challenge for this region is to reconcile the demands of growth with the need to protect and manage its habitats and resources in order to achieve sustainable development, while facing global environmental threats such as climate change.
The IDB helps member countries address these challenges by financing activities to improve the management of protected areas, generate income opportunities for communities that depend on ecosystem services, manage coastal and marine resources, and support climate change and disaster risk management initiatives in critical watersheds.
We also ensure that every project we finance includes rigorous social and environmental safeguards and sustainability measures.
Areas of work
By the numbers
About 100 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are exposed to air pollution levels exceeding World Health Organization guidelines.
Climatescope study from the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund and BNEF shows volume of 2014 clean energy investment in LAC and the world. Nov 23, 2015
IDB approves $5 million fund to encourage investment in projects to boost farm income, address climate change. Jul 16, 2015
- Barbados. Public-Private Partnership for the Preservation of Coral Reefs.
- Colombia. Assessing Tropical Dry Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
- Regional. Knowledge and Innovation: Disaster and Climate-Resilient Coastal Zone Management.
- Trinidad and Tobago. Piloting an innovative approach to adaptation in Tobago. Oct 23, 2015
- Belize. Sustainable Tourism Program II. Oct 21, 2015
- Regional. Communications and outreach for the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program. Aug 19, 2015
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