Regional brief on NAPs: Latin America in focus
With a growing percentage of the population living in conditions of extreme poverty and facing situations that limit the environment, the development agendas of Latin American countries require an urgent turn of their growth approach towards sustainability and resilience in case they intend to increase the capacity to adapt to climate change. It should be recognized that land use change accelerates climate change and reduces the ability of ecosystems to provide environmental services essential to achieve the SDGs, this is a good starting point. This change in land use can be contained by strengthening the role of the State and harmonizing a number of its policies. One way is to incorporate adaptation into government policies that have not traditionally considered climate change, such as fiscal policy and land use regulations. This opportunity opens a series of challenges as well as a range of possibilities of action to contribute to adaptation.