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¿Qué tan inclusivo es el reciclaje en tu ciudad?

Por Guest

Estrella Peinado-Vara  y Diana Rodriguez Velosa 

Si vives en una ciudad en América Latina y el Caribe (ALC), seguramente has visto recicladores informales en las calles y avenidas recuperando materiales reciclables en contenedores o bolsas de basura para luego venderlos o aprovecharlos. La separación y recuperación de residuos reciclables en la región está liderada por estas actividades informales. Del total de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos (RSU) que se producen en ALC, se estima que solamente el 
2,2% se recicla bajo esquemas formales. El resto lo recolectan los recicladores informales (o recicladores de base). Pero, ¿qué tanto sabemos de estos hombres y mujeres que trabajan diariamente en esta actividad? ¿Cómo se compara tu país con otros países de la región?

PPP models address the region’s urban challenges

Por Guest

Imagine if all large and medium sized cities of Latin America had good quality, sustainable, modern and affordable transportation choices: metro lines, bike sharing systems and light rails. Envision cities with ample access to green, safe, well maintained public spaces and where most of the energy used is generated by biofuels originated from the recycling of municipality waste, and where information about these services are only one click away. All that functioning via innovative, transparent, sustainable and efficient Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) models, where the private sector builds and/or manages these operations, assumes risks and its remuneration is linked to performance. Sounds like a dream? As of today, it may sound that way but the dream is getting closer to reality in various Latin American and Caribbean cities.

Más allá del reciclaje: un modelo de economía circular para América Latina y el Caribe

Por Estrella Peinado-Vara

En América Latina y el Caribe viven 625 millones de personas y en pocos años cerca del 80% de la población se concentrará en áreas urbanas. Para alimentar a una población que crece a este ritmo se deberían producir un 50% más de alimentos, 45% más de energía y un 30% más de agua en 2030. Lo cierto es que el sistema económico actual no contempla los limites naturales de nuestro planeta y esto nos lleva a la degradación del suelo, polución, emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, consecuencias ambientales que terminan siendo económicas y sociales.

Measure What You Value, Don’t Just Value What You Can Measure

Por David Bloomgarden

At the 3rd annual 2017 Winter Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, from January 25–27, I had the opportunity to interact with many of the leading thinkers, policymakers, funders, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and academics from around the globe. Key themes included social impact investment, the role of data and evidence, communications, public-private partnerships, impact measurement, and research-based best practices in social services. 

Smart meters and water footprints: How to increase climate resilience in Mexico and Belize

Por Svante Persson

Increasing climate variability and related extreme weather events are significantly adding to the vulnerabilities of households and businesses due to deteriorating water sustainability, especially in climate sensitive areas with either lowlands adjacent to the ocean or in urban areas with large populations. Businesses will have to improve their resilience to climate change to protect their value chains. Actions to address these vulnerabilities should begin by focusing more on resilience and adaptation than on mitigation. Water management, affected by climate change, could be both a risk and an opportunity to livelihoods and businesses.