The Smart Fight Against Beach Erosion and Natural Disasters in Barbados

March 04, 2013
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

November 07, 2012
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.

A capital challenge in Haiti

November 03, 2011
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.

IDB expects to provide more than $500 million to help Latin America and Caribbean prepare for natural disasters

March 10, 2011
Financial disaster preparedness is a growing concern in Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year the region saw devastating earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and an active hurricane season that impacted Central America and Mexico. In addition, the La Niña-related weather phenomenon has brought severe flooding to Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil, among others.

Colombia expands its renewable energy production

February 14, 2011
Porce III Hydroelectric Plant increases country’s installed generating capacity by 5% Colombians will have greater access to clean energy as a result of the recent inauguration of the Porce III Hydroelectric Plant, which will add 660 megawatts to the country's energy matrix. The plant, built with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Empresas Públicas de Medellín(EPM), will increase Colombia’s installed power generating capacity by 5% and position EPM as the largest power company in the country.

Mesoamerica renews push towards integration

October 25, 2010
The presidents of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic will meet tomorrow, Oct. 26, in Cartagena, Colombia at the XII Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination. The heads of state will be informed of the progress made by the Mesoamerica Project in terms of regional integration and will decide further courses of action.

Barbados adapts to climate change

September 27, 2010
The waterfront promenade, a kilometer-long breakwater six to twelve feet deep, located on Barbados’ southern coast, is more than just a space for tourist entertainment. The beautiful structure was designed to connect beaches, prevent erosion and protect the coast from winds in excess of 170 kilometers per hour. The structure is one of the achievements following more than 28 years of cooperation between the government of Barbados and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to protect and manage the island’s coast.

Sustainable energy helps reduce costly reliance on fossil fuels in many Caribbean States

September 27, 2010
By Christina MacCulloch The international economic crisis, has hurt the Caribbean economies, mainly by affecting tourism. This has brought a sense of urgency to the region’s need to rely less on costly imported fossil fuels. The need for more energy efficiency is greater than ever, and so is the potential.

The Caribbean and the IDB at a Glance

September 27, 2010
The IDB member countries of the English-speaking Caribbean – The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago – along with Dutch-speaking Suriname, are brought together by commerce, geography, history and traditions. Their economic situation and development challenges, however, may vary widely.

Central America's integration is in full swing

July 21, 2010
In late July, the first substation of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) is opening in Costa Rica. A week later, the substation in Panama will be ready to operate. Towers, lines and cables are already in place, so the southern section of the nascent Central American electricity market will soon be a reality. PAC53 - Road from La Chorrera to Arraijan, in Panama.