The ‘Cities Footprint’ project, designed and co-financed by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), CDKN, the Agence Française de Développement and Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano has been named one of the world's most promising initiatives for urban sustainability and for best practice in linking local to global agendas. [more...]
To tackle the triple challenges of climate change adaptation, mitigation and development, local leaders in the Latin American cities of Quito, La Paz and Lima measured their cities' carbon and water footprints and used the information to identify options for low-carbon, resilient development. A new film from CDKN documents this experience and the practical lessons learned - an inspiration for other city leaders in the Latin America region and beyond. [more...]
The production of agricultural commodities such as soy, beef and palm oil threatens the Amazon region’s natural resources. If companies, civil society organisations and governments band together to publish full and transparent information on agricultural supply chains, it could be an important step toward protecting the Amazon’s resources. [more...]
INSIDE STORY: 'Watershared' - Adaptation, mitigation, watershed protection and economic development in Latin America
This new Inside Story on Climate Compatible Development by Nigel Asquith of Natura Bolivia describes how reciprocal watershed agreements – otherwise known as 'Watershared agreements' – are simple, grassroots versions of incentive-based conservation that help upper watershed forest and land managers to sustainably manage their forest and water resources to benefit both themselves and downstream water users, contributing to climate compatible development. [more]…
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The capital cities of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru are vulnerable to climate change, partly due to their dependence on water from retreating Andean glaciers. This comparative Inside Story by Miguel Rodríguez Tejerina of Servicios Ambientales highlights the challenges, enabling factors, lessons learned and implications for climate compatible development - as illustrated by a project to assess the cities’ carbon and water footprints. [more]…
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The book synthesises the ESPA programme's compelling evidence on ecosystems and wellbeing. It addresses the evolving framings and contexts of ecosystem services for poverty alleviation, reviews the impacts of ongoing drivers of change and presents new ways to achieve sustainable wellbeing, equity, diversity, and resilience.
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Under watershared schemes, upstream land managers conserve and plant trees, and manage their cattle carefully, with greater respect for the watercourses. In return, they receive materials and equipment to bolster sustainable livelihoods, such as beehives, fruit trees, irrigation systems and water troughs for cattle.