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.
Opportunities to mainstream environmental and social sustainability dimensions in country dialogue
USD 23.4 million to combat deforestation in Latin America and turn natural capital into a new investment asset.
$16.4 million to mobilize strategic public and private sector investments in the blue carbon sector.
USD 3.75 million to upstream the adoption of nature-based solutions in policy and planning, and enable private sector investment.
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