Environment & Climate Change Program (EC2)

INVESTING IN LATIN AMERICA’S NATURAL WEALTH FOR THE FUTURE

 

 

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Home to 3 of our planet’s 5 most biodiverse countries, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, and Latin America is incredibly rich in natural capital.

The Amazon region alone accounts for 10% of the world’s total biodiversity. Together, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) hold 60% of the planet’s biodiversity of terrestrial life, as well as freshwater and marine species.

Transitioning from exploitation to long-term management of Natural Wealth

Faced with daunting economic and environmental challenges the prevailing attitude towards Latin America’s incredible natural resources has, to date, been of assets to be exploited for short term gain. Today, there’s a rapidly growing global understanding of the true long-term value of the region’s natural resources.

Better and wiser development

The Institute of the Americas believes that the private sector is uniquely positioned to show how expanded sustainability leadership, technical know-how, access to funding, technological and markets knowledge can help regional leaders and public agencies develop the cohesive strategies maximizing revenues while ensuring long-term sustainability and more responsible long-term stewardship of the region’s natural capital.

Goals, Objectives, & Program Strategic Priorities

Program Goals and Objectives:

• Expand the sustainability leadership capacity in Latin America by educating, informing and empowering sub-national governments and companies in the region in the areas of sustainable financing, ESG competitiveness, renewable energy and climate resiliency;

• Develop public programs and undertake inter-disciplinary research leveraging the collective expertise of practitioners in business, government, civil society and academia to focus on emerging environmental, human health and climate change issues facing the region with a focus on with a focus on environment & business, marine and coastal eco-systems, energy transitions & renewable energy and climate change resiliency;

• Share knowledge on emerging trends, innovations, solutions and best practices from around the world to help communities across Latin America better respond to emerging environment, health & climate change challenges;

• Facilitate collaboration and dialogue among key private, public and nonprofit stakeholders through public programs focused on the region’s emerging environment, health & climate change challenges.

Strategic Priorities

• Sustainable financing (green, blue and social bonds, impact investments, and debt for nature swaps) for renewable energy, clean public transport, green buildings and protection of critical marine and terrestrial habitats in Latin America;

• Reviving regional coastal economies in Latin America tied to environmentally responsible tourism;

• Promote expanded exports of environmentally-friendly products by Latin American small and medium sized (SME) companies embracing the circular economy;

• Coastal climate resiliency

“The Institute is committed to catalyzing expanded sustainability leadership and climate action among the private sector to tackle climate change, minimize environmental impacts and promote more inclusive and resilient communities across Americas”.

Director of Stakeholder Engagement, EC2 program , Institute of the Americas

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