TOP 10 posts on private sector development in 2012

Just before the year comes to an end, I would like to share with you some highlights from the new MIF blog, launched in May. We have started this blog to open a conversation between MIF experts and all others interested in finding innovative solutions to support the development of small businesses, farmers, and entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

jueves, 27 de diciembre de 2012/Author: Georg Neumann/Number of views (5490)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Categorias: Blogs

Climate Resilience and Value Chains



An increasing number of the world’s largest companies are recognizing their vulnerability to climate change and are acting to improve the climate resilience of their firms and value chains.  In addition, companies are beginning to see business opportunities related to the need for greater climate resilience.  

A recent publication of the Partnership for Resilience and Environmental Preparedness (PREP), “Value Chain Climate Resilience: A Guide to Managing Climate Impacts in Companies and Communities,” outlines a “value chain approach” to building climate resilience in firms and local communities. The PREP group is comprised of large global companies with extended value chains or with a compelling business interest in value chains, such as the reinsurance industry. Many of the firms in their value chains are small companies. The report was prepared by Acclimatise, Oxfam America, and BSR, on behalf of PREP members.  

viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2012/Author: Steve Wilson/Number of views (8359)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Can small businesses help conserve biodiversity?


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.

martes, 13 de noviembre de 2012/Author: Jennifer Baldwin/Number of views (7501)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

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

 
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.

miércoles, 19 de septiembre de 2012/Author: Steve Wilson/Number of views (10629)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Etiquetas: climate change

Lessons from Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

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. 

lunes, 6 de agosto de 2012/Author: Steve Wilson/Number of views (12389)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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