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 loan to the Marcona and Tres Hermanas wind farm projects in the department of Nazca, south of Lima in Peru. Sep 26, 2014
Peru to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation with support from Norway, Germany, and the IDB
The Governments of Norway and Germany have agreed on a results-based mechanism to deter deforestation in Peru by 2021. Sep 23, 2014
- Colombia. Assessing Tropical Dry Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
- Regional. Developing PES Guidelines for the Amazon Region.
- Regional. Natural and Human Systems of the Amazon Basin: An interactive map to raise publi. Mar 11, 2015
- Guyana. Strengthening of the Environment Sector II. Feb 11, 2015
- Honduras. Renewable Energy Resource Evaluation in Bay Islands. Dec 16, 2014
- Haiti. Sustainable Coastal Tourism Program. Dec 11, 2014
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