The Challenges of Climate Change in Central America: Opportunities for the Biden Administration
Central America is acutely vulnerable to climate change. The impacts of temperature increases, extreme weather events, flooding and drought are magnified by the continued degradation and loss of soil cover, the growing influence of criminal organizations, fiscal constraints, and a rights crisis reflected in forced displacement and the killings of indigenous, Afro-descendant, and other local populations. These phenomena are particularly evident in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
As the Biden administration looks to enhance climate resilience in Central America, understanding how climate change is interacting with the multiple drivers of migration in the region is critical to developing responses that reduce inequalities and build the capacity of communities on the ground.
Please join us and our co-sponsors, the Ford Foundation and Fundación PRISMA on Friday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EST, for a discussion with senior Latin American and U.S. experts on the challenges and opportunities for the Biden administration as it develops policy responses to the climate-related crises that affect the region.
Víctor López Illescas
Adoniram Sanches Peraci
Latin American Program
The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action. Read more
Environmental Change and Security Program
The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. Read more