Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean, home to some of the world’s most pristine and diverse ecosystems, depend heavily on natural resources to generate economic growth.
The challenge for this region is to reconcile the demands of growth with the need to protect and manage its habitats and resources in order to achieve sustainable development, while facing global environmental threats such as climate change.
The IDB helps member countries address these challenges by financing activities to improve the management of protected areas, generate income opportunities for communities that depend on ecosystem services, manage coastal and marine resources, and support climate change and disaster risk management initiatives in critical watersheds.
We also ensure that every project we finance includes rigorous social and environmental safeguards and sustainability measures.
Areas of work
By the numbers
About 100 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean are exposed to air pollution levels exceeding World Health Organization guidelines.
Reduce Belize's climate vulnerability and risk. Dec 6, 2017
IDB loan will help improve management of natural capital and production opportunities in 170 municipalities in Colombia. Dec 4, 2017
- Regional. Sustainability as an Instrument for the Development of Strategic Productive Sectors. Aug 6, 2018
- Regional. Strengthening and Use of Country Environmental and Social Safeguard Systems, Phase II. May 11, 2018
- El Salvador. Action plan to Implement the Governance and Public Policy Index for Disaster Risk Management. Feb 12, 2018
- Regional. CANEF - Promoting Sustainable Practices in the Mining and Forestry Sectors. Aug 10, 2017
- Bolivia. Program for the Strengthening of Environmental and Natural Resource Management. Mar 8, 2017
- Bolivia. Support to the Program to Strengthen Environmental and Natural Resource Management. Dec 14, 2016
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