Latin America and the Caribbean

The repercussions of climate change in the region are multiple and range from greater climate variability, manifested in extreme events of drought or prolonged rains that affect traditional agricultural cycles and the means of subsistence of millions of people, tropical storms and hurricanes such as those that recently hit the Caribbean, and MesoAmerica, the retreat of glaciers, to warming and acidification of the oceans and rise in sea level. The NDCs of the Region are proof of a solid, existing public policy framework to prevent or mitigate the effects of climate change.The NDCs depict a variety of actions that demonstrate the priority that the countries of the region give to climate change -under a scheme of common but differentiated responsibilities. This includes forest conservation schemes, payments for environmental services, development of clean energy and green transportation systems, among others.

Adaptation is an absolute priority for the region. 30 of the 32 (I) NDCs in the region include a section on adaptation. Most countries specify a strong link between the importance of adapting to changing climate whileensuring the long-term development. The (I) NDCsof LAC also prioritize the integration ofadaptation efforts with risk management, especially with regard to water resources management and agriculture.

Mitigation measures in the energy sector are also present in practically all (I) NDCs in the region. While Latin America and the Caribbeanmaintains lower per capita emissions compared to other regions of the world, there has beenan increase in emissions in the energy sector. Energy generation was responsible for 30% of the total emissions of the region in 2005 compared to a global average of 44%. The transport sector presents an opposite trend and is responsible for 29% of the emissions profile in LAC while the global average is 19%, which is explained by the high level of urbanization in the region

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Brazil will advance implementation of its climate targets, as outlined in the NDC, with a focus on the development of an NDC Implementation Plan for energy, agriculture, and forestry; as well as working on the alignment of SDG and NDC targets.

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Chile will advance implementation of its climate targets, as outlined in the NDC, with a focus on the alignment of the NDC with development priorities, gender-mainstreaming, sectoral planning, and private sector engagement.

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Colombia will advance implementation of its climate targets, as outlined in the NDC, through select activities including strengthening of political and institutional frameworks, development of an NDC implementation plan and long-term strategy, and engagement of the private sector.

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Costa Rica will advance implementation of its climate targets, as outlined in the NDC, such as development of sectoral plans for livestock and AFOLU, energy and transport, creating sectoral MRV systems, and developing a financing strategy.

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Ecuador will advance implementation of its climate targets, as outlined in the NDC, with a focus on developing an NDC Roadmap, enhancing its transparency System, tracking NDC and climate finance, develop an energy MRV and bio-energy LEDS.

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Peru will advance implementation of its climate targets, as outlined in the NDC, including the development of sectoral roadmaps, creating a financial Assessment and tracking climate finance, promote private sector engagement, and enhance adaptation of the water and agriculture sector.

Posted on May 10, 2018

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Trinidad and Tobago will advance implementation of its climate targets, as outlined in the NDC, through select activities such as development of a financing strategy, and enhancing monitoring and transparency.

Posted on May 10, 2018

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The Fourth Annual Future of Innovation Conference by the Centrale Bank van Aruba took place on November 1st, 2019 at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Aruba where the transition towards transforming its traditional economy and linear industry models were the main focus.

Posted on November 29, 2019

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The Presidential Secretary for Women (SEPREM) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) signed an inter-institutional agreement to facilitate gender mainstreaming in climate action.

Posted on October 24, 2019

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Trinidad and Tobago conducted a Gender Analysis of the policy and institutional framework for mainstreaming gender in the NDC.

Posted on October 10, 2019

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The objective of the media sensitization was to enhance the capabilities of journalists in reporting on climate change issues, initiatives and impacts through a fundamental understanding of the underlying issues associated with the phenomena, including its wide-ranging implications for society and what is being done to address it globally and particularly in Trinidad and Tobago.

Posted on October 10, 2019

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Around 4,000 people from all over the region and many other countries participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW 2019) which took place in Climate City, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Posted on August 26, 2019