Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has the most biodiverse habitat in the world, the Amazon rainforest. In addition, this region is the most humid in the world, contains the most extensive wetlands on the planet and has more than 30% of the world’s drinking water reserves. Over 10% of its land surface is protected (211 million hectares).
Unfortunately, this region suffers from an increasing pressure on biodiversity due to poor development management, including unsustainable use of natural resources, pollution, degradation and change of land use.
Given this situation, is it possible to adequately manage impacts of development projects on biodiversity and promote its conservation? How? The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has developed short videos in response to these questions. These videos explain in an entertaining and didactic way, but with a high level of detail, how to integrate biodiversity in studies prior to development projects. The videos present online tools for the identification of threats and explain how to apply the mitigation hierarchy when managing impacts.