Nature-Based Solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Status and Priorities for Growth.

This paper, published by the “World Resources Institute” discusses how the Latin American and Caribbean region is on the verge of transitioning from experimenting with nature-based solutions (NBS) to adopting them on a much broader scale that can transform infrastructure planning and investments for the better. NBS can contribute to equitable and sustainable development across this region and benefit multiple sectors and societal challenges. 

As mentioned in the article by the authors, yesterday’s infrastructure strategies cannot protect communities and economies from today’s multiplying threats. Governments, investors, and infrastructure service providers have other options: Nature-based solutions or investments in strategic ecosystem restoration, protection, or management. An NBS investment can often benefit multiple sectors and communities. 

This article focuses on NBS that target specific infrastructure goals such as protecting or enhancing water supplies and reducing the risks of floods and landslides. And it is one of the three-part series of knowledge products that aims to set an agenda for critical decision-makers and investors for why and where in the region to invest in NBS and provide guidance on setting enabling conditions for scaling. 

Some of the key findings the paper discusses are: 

  • Nature-based solutions (NBS) can contribute to equitable and sustainable development across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). 
  • Examining the status of NBS efforts and regional results can shed light on what is required to drive more investment toward NBS projects. 
  • This study identified 156 projects in LAC that utilize NBS 
  • And much more. 

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