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 will present a photographic exhibition "Hungry Planet" by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio on Monday, April 28. Apr 24, 2014
The IDB committed $2.8 billion in 2013 in Latin America for projects on climate change, sustainable energy and the environmental. Mar 31, 2014
- Regional. Program for Enhancing the Institutional Capacity of Public and National Developm. Apr 15, 2014
- Regional. Building Capacity in the Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Mar 14, 2014
- Brazil. Developing Public-Private Environmental Partnerships. Mar 12, 2014
- Bolivia. Emergency Support Generated by Intense Rains. Feb 20, 2014
- Brazil. Fiscal Consolidation Program II Rio Grande del Sur (PROCONFIS II). Dec 18, 2013
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