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Can small businesses help conserve biodiversity?

By Jennifer Baldwin


By Jennifer Baldwin

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is a biodiversity “superpower” according to a recent report from the United Nations. From tropical rainforests to coral reefs, to high-altitude plains to vast savannas, this region contains a variety of unique ecosystems that support a stunning diversity of flora and fauna. Many small producers and businesses in the region are dependent upon this endowment of natural capital for their livelihoods. But growing natural resource consumption and infrastructure expansion threatens these ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Connecting the Dots: Climate Change, Extreme Weather and the Imperative for Climate Resilience

By Steve Wilson

 
The great majority of climate scientists have avoided linking specific extreme weather events to global climate change. A typical disclaimer goes something like this: “We must emphasize that one cannot attribute the cause of any specific weather event, such as a heat wave, drought or other occurrence to global climate change.”

This convention may be changing.

Lessons from Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

By Steve Wilson

As Carmen Lacambra noted in her previous post, there are a growing number of enterprises in various sectors implementing adaptation strategies in Latin America.  Indeed, the private sector everywhere is undertaking increasing action in response to the demands of climate change.

But for the great majority of companies, these actions are not described as “climate adaptation” or “climate resilience,” but simply as a part of the “doing business.” This is changing. 

¿Cómo adaptarse a la realidad del cambio climático?

By Steve Wilson

El cambio climático es una realidad  que influye en la actividad económica de las empresas, sin importar a cual sector de la economía pertenezca. En Perú por ejemplo las inundaciones del 2010 afectaron fuertemente a los habitantes de Cusco y al turismo, varios turistas tuvieron que ser evacuados de la zona de Machu Picchu y durante varios meses la zona Arqueológica permaneció cerrada afectando severamente la economía de Cuzco.

La realidad es que el cambio climático ya no es una teoría sobre el calentamiento global y algo que va a pasar. 

Welcome to AdaptAmericas

By Steve Wilson

Welcome to AdaptAmericasa forum for the exchange of ideas, models and knowledge on climate adaptation for smaller enterprises and their local communities. By climate adaptation, we mean practical actions taken to protect private and public assets and local communities from the destructive impacts of climate change. Climate change is a serious threat to enterprises, but for those with the right business models and know-how, climate adaptation is a market opportunity.

This blog will share practical models and tools for improving climate resilience and identifying opportunities presented by climate adaptation, especially for micro, small and medium sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean and other developing regions.

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