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



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