COP26 and the Climate Opportunity for Latin America and the Caribbean: Unlocking Finance and Nature-Based Solutions
COP26 and the Climate Opportunity for Latin America and the Caribbean: Unlocking Finance and Nature-Based Solutions

October 12th, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM



Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most susceptible regions in the world to the impacts of climate change and it has also been hit hard by COVID-19. However, it has some of the planet’s most abundant natural resources with a ripe potential to power its recovery and economic growth through a green transition.

Investing in nature in the region will be key to achieve this. Nature is crucial in our response to climate change. Nature-based solutions (NBS) could account for 40% of the reduction in carbon emissions needed to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius by 2030. Nature can also support post-COVID recovery, help create jobs, generate income, leverage private sector investment, and protect critical ecosystem services.

With COP26 fast approaching, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are holding the virtual launch of a report series published by the IDB and WRI on NBS adoption across Latin America and the Caribbean and how to chart a pathway to increase investment in NBS. The event will feature an opening keynote conversation between WRI President and CEO Ani Dasgupta and IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone on climate challenges and opportunities in the region today and the Bank’s renewed focus on enabling sustainable, green growth, including through innovative financing and private-sector mobilization. A panel discussion will follow on the valuable role nature-based solutions will have in transforming LAC's economies and future.

We will offer simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese.

Proposed speakers and moderator:

  • Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, WRI
  • Mauricio Claver-Carone, President, IDB
  • Hilen Meirovich, Head of Climate Change, IDB INVEST
  • Adriana Lobo, Executive Director, WRI México
  • Suzanne Ozment, Senior Associate, Natural Infrastructure, Water Program, WRI
  • Alonzo Zapata Cornejo, Chief of Environmental Management and Ecosystem Services, Sedapal, Lima water utility
  • Lisa Williams, Vice President, Goldman Sachs
  • Sayda Melina Rodríguez, Sustainable Development Secretary, State of Yucatán, Mexico