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...]
Jorge Villanueva of CDKN Latin America reports on the three-day Action Lab, held in Ecuador in March 2015, which brought together representatives from different organisations in order to come up with innovative ways to generate integrated climate agendas in the region. [more...]
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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Ecuador’s Socio Bosque Programme has made strides in conserving forest and delivering vital economic benefits to communities and households, via its system of private conservation agreements. What can this teach us about climate compatible development? [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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The dependence of the world’s poorest people on the environment and their contribution to its stewardship are often ‘hidden’ in public debates and decision-making processes. Trade-offs and any potential human costs must be understood and explicitly addressed. An environmental justice approach can help achieve this.