Apr 08, 2016
The Caribbean and Latin America are highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, with three out of four residents living in coastal areas. However, a few countries are using innovative policies and strategic investments to increase resilience and improve livelihoods. This panel will explore new ways the region is defending the coast from the effects of climate change and urban development. In a region that is urbanizing quickly, how do we stabilize shorelines, reduce flooding, improve public access and protect the resilience of coastal and marine ecosystems? More than ever, we need to balance investments in infrastructure with the protection of sensitive coastal resources, implementing what is being called a Blue Urban Agenda. This event is part of the Inter-American Development Bank's Annual Meeting.