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.
Senior government, private sector and IDB officials will gather for the IDB Group's Annual Meeting in Nassau, The Bahamas, April 7-10. Feb 11, 2016
IDB grant of $42 million will help Haiti improve natural disaster mitigation. Dec 16, 2015
- Colombia. Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Renewable Energy Projects in ZNIs. Dec 15, 2015
- Colombia. Assessing Tropical Dry Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Dec 10, 2015
- Barbados. Public-private Partnership to Preserve Coral Reefs. Dec 9, 2015
- Regional. Knowledge and Innovation: Disaster and Climate-Resilient Coastal Zone Management. Nov 30, 2015
- Trinidad and Tobago. Piloting an innovative approach to adaptation in Tobago. Oct 23, 2015
- Belize. Sustainable Tourism Program II. Oct 21, 2015
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