Latin America and Caribbean are ‘Biodiversity Superpower’, says UNDP Report

Dec. 3, 2010 — An extraordinary array of goods and services provided by the rich plant and wildlife of Latin America and the Caribbean hangs in the balance unless governments in the region take hold of their full potential as biodiversity superpowers, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The report, ‘Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower’—launched today during the Ibero-American Summits of Heads of State and Governments— urges policymakers to assess the economic contribution of the biodiversity and ecosystems services to areas such as food production, disease control, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and tourism, among others, also making the case for sustainable business investments and contributions.

Consolidating two years of research on the region’s long-term potential as a biodiversity superpower’, the report highlights the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems services for the region’s sustainable development and long- term competitiveness.

The report ‘Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower’ is available online:



Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower: This initiative has been sponsored by UNDP in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and with the generous support from the government of Spain. The reports are informed by the work of the Technical Team, stakeholders consultations, and by strategic guidance provided by the UNDP Commission on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Finance, and Development. The authors are responsible for the content of this report. The views expressed in this publication are those of its authors and do not necessarily represent those of UNDP, or of the governments or organizations sponsoring the initiative.



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