Latin America and the Caribbean could cover all their electricity needs using renewable resources: IDB report

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 03:00
Lower prices and new technologies are making solar, wind and other resources competitive with fossil fuels for power generation Latin America and the Caribbean’s renewable energy endowment is large enough to cover its projected 2050 electricity needs 22 times over, according to a new report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The Smart Fight Against Beach Erosion and Natural Disasters in Barbados

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 03:00
The construction of a kilometer-long boardwalk between Rockley and Coconut Court on the southern coast of Barbados is not only a tourist attraction—it also provides safe access to beaches and has increased beach width by nearly 20 meters.

Villa La Angostura’s rebirth

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 03:00
Mother Nature has mysterious ways—it can create incredible beauty and it can also turn it into an instant nightmare. That is exactly what happened in idyllic Villa La Angostura, a popular winter ski destination and summer lake resort in Argentina’s Patagonia that ended up covered by thousands of tons of ashes when the nearby Puyehue volcano erupted in June 2011.

Rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon discover the value of sustainable management

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 03:00
Communities diversify income through increased access to new techniques that promote better use of natural resources and less deforestation

Latin America and the Caribbean face massive economic damages from global warming, report warns

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 03:00
Region needs to dramatically increase its investment in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the coming decades Latin America and the Caribbean face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from diminishing agricultural yields, disappearing glaciers, flooding, droughts and other events triggered by a warming planet, according to the findings of a new report to be released at the Rio+20 summit. 

Haiti agriculture: growing investments

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 03:00
Highlights from rural development projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank in Haiti Agriculture remains a key sector for Haiti, as half of its population lives in rural areas. Together with other donors, the IDB supports the Haitian government’s national agricultural plan, which seeks to address the sector’s structural problems. The IDB’s sector knowledge and experience from before the earthquake define its comparative strength and to make the sector a continued priority over the next four years.

Renewable energy to power irrigation in the Atacama desert

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 03:00
With support from the IDB, Subsole will be the first company in Chile’s fruit industry to use solar photovoltaic energy The Atacama desert is the driest place on earth and the region with the highest solar radiation on the planet. That’s where Subsole, one of the Chile’s largest locally owned exporters of table fruits, is planning its future growth, and it will use the power of solar energy and energy efficiency to achieve its goal.

Paraguay and the IDB: partners in development

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 03:00
Paraguay is a founding member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Bank’s partner in development Through an ongoing process of cooperation, financing has been provided to the Paraguay to carry out major works, which have spurred the country’s economy. This year, the Bank’s portfolio of projects in execution in Paraguay totals 27 sovereign guarantee operations for $755.27 million, of which $445.9 million are pending disbursement.

Climate Change: A Key Priority for the IDB

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 03:00
“We face great challenges,” says Walter Vergara, Chief of the IDB Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Unit.

A capital challenge in Haiti

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 03:00
Until February 2011, Jean-Claude Seropian, a French hydraulic engineer, worked in Paris as director of operations of Suez Environnement, one of the world’s leading water and waste management companies. That month he moved to Haiti as head of a team of five technical, financial and management experts from Suez and two sister companies, Aguas de Barcelona and United Water. Their mission: to work with the staff of Port-au-Prince’s ailing water utility to arrest the decline of its services.