Global
Costa Rica paves the way to end single-use plastics | Edgar Gutiérrez, María Esther Anchía and Alice Shackelford

On 5 June, World Environment Day, the country officially launched its National Strategy to replace the consumption of this type of plastic for renewable and water-soluble alternatives: those that biodegrade within six months.

Peru
Perking up the coffee business

In Peru, family producers are blazing a path toward green growth

Guatemala
Chocolate is my business

Strengthening livelihoods and climate-resilient ecosystems in Guatemala

Brazil
Effective conservation and sustainable use of mangroves ecosystems in Brazil

Brazil has approximately 1,4 million hectares of mangrove (“manguezais” in Portuguese). This number leads Brazil to be ranked 2nd (right after Indonesia) in terms of extension of conserved area of this ecosystem in the world.

Global
Ecuador to receive over US$80 million to curb deforestation

South American country to receive Green Climate Fund’s first support to UN programme to reduce emissions from deforestation

Ecuator
Ecuator Prize 2017 winners announced

40% of winners of global prize for local innovative solutions to tackle poverty, environment and climate change challenges are from Latin America and the Caribbean

Global
More than 700,000 Colombians benefited from UN Post-Conflict Fund initiatives

The first report of the United Nations Multipartner Trust Fund for the Post-Conflict reveals results to improve institutional capacities and territorial development

Latinamerica and the Caribbean
Social and economic costs of Zika can reach up to US$ 18 billion in Latin America and the Caribbean

The epidemic will have a long-term impact, disproportionately affecting the poorest and most vulnerable communities, and could contribute to widening inequalities in the region.