Biodiversity

Fostering Sustainable Tourism Development in Latin America

The tourism industry in Latin America represents approximately 8.5 percent of regional GDP and is expected to grow in future years. Competition among countries to gain a greater number of international visitors is also on the rise.

While economic growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, the burgeoning tourism industry in Latin America raises questions about how countries can best manage their natural resources and patrimony. This is especially important for the Latin American region, which holds more than half of the world’s biodiversity.

Warzone Conservation in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Alex Dehgan

“For people who have been refugees for the last 30 years, protecting Afghan wildlife was a way of protecting your own identity,” said Alex Dehgan, CEO and founder of Conservation X Labs, who recently spoke at the Wilson Center at the launch of his book, The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation.

Towards a Coordinated Approach to National Biodiversity Monitoring and Management

Background/Question/Methods

Analyzing and potentially managing global biodiversity change is a high-level policy priority included in frameworks such as the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Targets and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A necessary precursor to managing change is understanding it, and the framework of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) was recently proposed to drive coordinated biodiversity data collection, sharing, and reporting across 22 Candidate EBVs.

Development Banks and Sustainable Development in the Tropical Andes

Over the past ten years, international development banks--the Development Bank of Latin America, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, and increasingly Chinese policy banks--have rapidly mobilized to fund new infrastructure projects in the Andean Amazon, a biodiversity hotspot that is home to sensitive watersheds as well as threatened indigenous communities.

Criminal Elements: Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, Organized Crime, and National Security

“The same criminals that are trafficking in drugs, guns, and people, traffic in wildlife,” said Christine Dawson, the director of the Office of Conservation and Water at the U.S. Department of State, at a recent event in the Wilson Center’s “Managing Our Planet” series.

Securing the Third Pole: Science, Conservation, and Community Resilience in Asia’s High Mountains

“Change is everywhere where snow leopards live,” said World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vice President Kate Newman at a recent Wilson Center event. “The life of the snow leopard is intimately intertwined with the lives of the people in these high mountains,” she said. If you care about water security and climate resilience in Asia, you should also care about the integrity of the snow leopard’s habitat, added Koustubh Sharma of the Snow Leopard Trust.

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