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.
IDB approved a $186 million contingent loan to help Nicaragua mitigate the impact that severe or catastrophic natural disasters. Nov 27, 2013
IDB supports the development and strengthening of environmental management with a $5 million loan in Uruguay. Nov 20, 2013
- Brazil. Fiscal Consolidation Program II Rio Grande del Sur (PROCONFIS II).
- Guyana. Environment sector strengthening-I.
- Regional. Biodiversity: Indigenous Peoples and African Descendants.
- Haiti. Water Management Program in the Artibonite Basin. Nov 27, 2013
- Regional. Coral Reef Restoration Program. Nov 27, 2013
- Uruguay. Program to Support DINAMA (Dirección Nacional de Medio Ambiente). Nov 20, 2013
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