As economies seek to rebuild in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, there is an opportunity to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation and shape more sustainable economic models. Revenues from the extractive industries can provide crucial resources in this effort, according to a new report by the Inter-American Dialogue.
Countries in the Amazon Basin are falling behind on their targets to cut deforestation. Environmental enforcement combined with economic incentives could provide a way forward, write Lisa Viscidi and Enrique Ortiz in this op-ed.
Deforestation rates in the Amazon River Basin have risen to near-record levels in recent years, threatening biodiversity and indigenous lands as well as global climate change efforts and weather patterns in the Amazon region and beyond. The lack of governance across Amazonian nations is a primary factor behind countries’ failure to stem forest loss, said experts at an event launching a new Inter-American Dialogue report on May 29.
The largest tropical rainforest on the planet, the Amazon plays a critical role as a storehouse of carbon and mediator of the global water cycle and holds a greater share of the world’s known biodiversity than any other ecosystem. However, unchecked development is placing the Amazon under threat, pushing deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the region.
How well is peace taking hold in Colombia, two years after the signing of the peace accord?
El 7 de agosto Iván Duque asumió la presidencia de Colombia. Se enfrentará a muchos desafíos, entre ellos el narcotráfico, las tensiones con Venezuela, el proceso de paz con las FARC y un conflicto en marcha contra el ELN. ¿Cómo colaborarán Colombia y los EEUU frente a estos temas durante la presidencia de Duque?
As the first Colombian election after the historic signing of the peace deal approaches, the good news is that the conflict has blessedly ended, but the implementation of the accord has been complicated and contentious. It does not help that the political establishment stands fractured and discredited. The risk is that the country’s unsettled politics could upend the peace.
On November 17, the Dialogue cosponsored an event with General Oscar Naranjo, Vice President of Colombia. During the conversation, which took place at the Wilson Center, General Naranjo discussed the new economic and social opportunities that the peace process will make available to the country.
On July 7, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Inter-American Dialogue invited Fernando Carrillo Flórez and Edgardo Maya Villazón, the respective Colombian Inspector and Comptrollers Generals, to address the growing issue of corruption in Colombia and their plans to solve it.
On May 24th, the Inter-American Dialogue invited Sergio Fajardo, former governor of Antioquia and mayor of Medellín, to discuss his perspective on Colombia’s current political climate and future challenges. The event focused on long-standing issues, including the peace process and citizen security, and new challenges facing Colombia in the context of the upcoming 2018 presidential elections.
Michael Shifter es entrevistado por Juan Carlos Iragorri desde Madrid sobre la crisis en Venezuela y la próxima visita de Juan Manuel Santos a Washington.
La victoria de Donald Trump en Estados Unidos sacudió las cancillerías de varios países en Latinoamérica que miran con inquietud el acceso a la presidencia del multimillonario. Pero, ¿podrá Donald Trump aplicar sus propuestas como la de construir un muro de separación entre México y Estados Unidos o renegociar los tratados comerciales?
Will the government’s new agreement to deescalate bring renewed faith — or just more skepticism?