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Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

Leveraging Opportunities for Sustaining Growth

Latin America and the Caribbean’s natural resources are a competitive advantage for the region’s development. In response to this opportunity, the Bank is expanding its commitment to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Find out more about this unprecedented effort in the Program Overview.


About the Program

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program

The Latin American and Caribbean region is home to 40% of the biodiversity on earth and unique ecosystems which can support and foster sustained economic growth if properly managed.


To help the region protect and use this natural capital to generate social and economic development, the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (BES) Program supports countries by:

  • Integrating the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services into key economic sectors
  • Protecting priority regional ecosystems
  • Supporting effective environmental governance and policy
  • Creating new sustainable development business opportunities

To accomplish these goals, the BES program focuses on four lines of action:

Additional Information:

If you are interested in Reading more about the program, our document for the Establishment of the BES Program and the Multidonor Fund will give you a history of how the BES program was established and includes other important topics such as objectives, vision, and components. Additionally, our overview document will allow you to have a summary of who we are, what we do, and how to engage with us. The fact sheets provide information on how to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services into key economic sectors. Finally, the trailer of our video and our Newsletter can give you additional information of the program.

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