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International Development Bank’s Climate Change Projections


Highlights

  • How do you assess climate change impacts with limited funding and diverse stakeholders?
  • Abt developed model projections of climate change and associated reports.
  • These reports are broadly available to provide technical assistance to other countries.
The Challenge

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) works primarily in Latin America, the Caribbean and South America to advance infrastructure in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. One of IDB’s current focus areas is climate change and environmental sustainability in this region. How do you assess potential impacts and vulnerabilities to climate change with limited funding and a diverse set of stakeholders?

The Approach

Abt conducted research to develop model projections of climate change in average annual and extreme temperature and precipitation variables, as well as change in sea level rise for 26 coastal countries across IDB’s targeted regions. Abt designed a series of IDB-branded country reports using geographic information system (GIS)-generated maps to showcase projected changes over time and to pinpoint areas to consider for climate adaptation strategies in the future.  

The Results

Countries can use these reports as a baseline for strategic planning, public sector financing, and operational policy development. IDB is sharing these reports broadly to provide technical assistance to countries engaged in ongoing environmental sustainability efforts.

Regions
Latin America & the Caribbean