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Latin America

Latin America

Latin America is characterized by rich ecosystem services and biodiversity, both in the natural environment and in agricultural systems. Maintaining these ecosystems requires governance structures that incentivize benefit sharing and good practices. Especially as urbanization leads to increased pollution and inequality, research into how to improve ecosystem conservation and use will become more critical. 

Farmers in the Cañete River basin, Peru.

Benefit sharing

Creating political and social mechanisms to foster healthy ecosystems can lead to long term sustainability and increased equity. These kinds of schemes succeed because the costs and benefits of conservation are shared, as evidenced by work done by WLE in Latin America, especially Peru.

Urbanization and waste reuse

Like in much of the world, populations are urbanizing in Latin America, creating the dual logistical challenges of feeding growing urban populations and disposing of their waste. Work on city food systems and resource reuse has been done in the region to help recover costs and improve food security.

  • The Bridge Collaborative

    City Region Food System Indicator Framework read original article on external website

  • Bio-ethanol from cassava waste (ETAVEN, Carabobo, Venezuela) - Case Study

    Watson, P.; Rao, Krishna C. 2018. Bio-ethanol from cassava waste (ETAVEN, Carabobo, Venezuela) - Case Study. In Otoo, Miriam; Drechsel, Pay (Eds.). Resource recovery from waste: business models for energy, nutrient and water reuse in low- and middle-income countries. Oxon, UK: Routledge - Earthscan. pp.286-295.