Environment & Climate Change
The growing severity of the climate crisis is causing human suffering on immense and alarming proportions. Millions of people were affected by extreme weather events in 2022, made more likely and intense by climate change, such as catastrophic floods in Pakistan and West and Southern Africa, severe drought in East Africa, heat waves in China and India, the summer temperature records throughout Europe and the devastation caused by hurricanes in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNCOP 27, 2023).
2022 was the fifth warmest year on record and the eighth consecutive year in which global temperatures rose at least one degree above pre-industrial levels, driven by steadily increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases and accumulated heat in the planet (UN, 2023).
The Amazon region, which provides between 35% and 40% of Latin America's drinking water, is crucial to global ecosystems, regulating air quality, storing carbon emissions, and regulating South America's nutrient and hydrological cycles. The Amazon region is also home to more than 30 million inhabitants, including around 1.5 million indigenous people and more than 5 million Afro-descendants (CAF, 2021, IDB, 2022).
Chronic water scarcity and extreme weather events are among the biggest threats to global prosperity and stability. Estimates from different international cooperation organizations indicate that, with current practices, by 2030 the world will face a gap of 40% between forecast demand and available water (WB, 2023).
In this section you will find some of the recent projects, publications and activities from our network that provide evidence on the circular economy, the bioeconomy and other policy tools to mitigate climate change.