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Biodiversity and Natural Capital
Biodiversity and Natural Capital

Protecting nature means protecting us from climate change. Investing in nature pays off.

A mangrove tree growing in the beach. Climate change - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) holds 40% of the world’s biological diversity and contains seven of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots, six of the 17 “megadiverse” countries, 11 of the 14 terrestrial biomes, and the second largest reef system worldwide. More than 30% of the earth’s available freshwater and almost 50% of the world’s tropical forests are found in the region and LAC possesses a vast array of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems containing some of the richest collections of birds, mammals, plants, amphibians, and landscapes on the planet. This unique source of capital -- natural capital -- generates important life-supporting benefits for people called ecosystem services.

A group of people in a plantation. Environment - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Mainstreaming of Natural Capital and Biodiversity into Planning and Decision-Making: Cases from Latin America and the Caribbean
A bird on a tree. Finance - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Options for Considering Nature-positive Finance Tracking and Taxonomy
Economic Valuation of the Ecosystem Services of the Mesoamerican Reef, and the Allocation and Distribution of these Values

Opportunities to mainstream environmental and social sustainability dimensions in country dialogue

Several boats on the shore of a river. Climate change - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB PN-T1233 – Valuing, Protecting, and Enhancing Coastal Natural Capital
A lake surrounded by mountains. Economic Sustainability - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB CO-T1638 Strengthening the Habitat Banks scheme in Colombia
Panoramic view of a body of water with islands and buildings. Sustainable development - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB JA-T1169 - Blue Carbon Restoration in Southern Clarendon, Jamaica
A child holding a plant. Investment - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB NATURAL CAPITAL LAB

USD 23.4 million to combat deforestation in Latin America and turn natural capital into a new investment asset.

A mangrove tree growing in the beach. Private Sector - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB BLUE CARBON FUND

$16.4 million to mobilize strategic public and private sector investments in the blue carbon sector.

A river running through a forest. Social investment - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB CANADA NBS ACCELERATOR

USD 3.75 million to upstream the adoption of nature-based solutions in policy and planning, and enable private sector investment.

Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss: Two Sides of the Same Coin
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Mainstreaming Natural Capital to Drive Increased Nature-Positive Investments
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