During the COP26 de Glasgow, CAF -development bank of Latin America– announced his commitment to allocate $ 25,000 million over the next five years for green operations that help the countries of the region to increase climate resilience, promote the energy transition, achieve low growth in greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the conservation of natural ecosystems and biodiversity.
The institution also plans to strengthen the mobilization of third-party sources of financing, such as the issuance of bonds and green and climate funds, and will promote strategic alliances that allow to promote coordinated work between governments, civil society, international organizations, NGOs and the sector. private.
This will help conserve biodiversity, design public policies for adaptation and mitigation, strengthen government capacities, and encourage inclusive and environmentally friendly economic growth.
“The planet needs the leadership of Latin America to guarantee its own survival, and the region must take advantage of its position to achieve sustained economic growth that helps it to overcome structural gaps in poverty, competitiveness and inclusion. To face climate change, it is essential that we adopt new financial instruments that guarantee current financing and attract new investment from the private sector, ”he said. Sergio Diaz-Granados, executive president of CAF.
One of the first actions related to CAF’s new green strategy is the contribution of $ 1 million to reinforce the agreement between Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama to preserve the Marine Corridor of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, an ecosystem that generates $ 3 billion annually derived mainly from fishing, tourism and maritime transport.
What’s more, CAF will build a platform for mobilizing climate and environmental funds that in the 2021-2026 period will make it possible to mobilize at least $ 1,500 million of concessional financing to the region, and, in parallel, will create a HUB for the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago, that will give special emphasis to environmental issues and prevention of natural disasters in the region.
CAF plays a leadership role in the IDFC (International Development Finance Club), an organization that has 26 members who work together in the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals SDG and the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement, joining forces to promote and harness Investment in Sustainable Developmente all over the world. It is also accredited to the main green funds for global financing, such as the Adaptation Fund, of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Green Climate Fund (GCF), thus supporting its member countries in the implementation of projects that contribute to the fulfillment of their environmental and climate commitments.
Strategic lines of the green bank of Latin America
CAF is committed to becoming the green bank in Latin America, through a series of strategic lines, which are summarized in the following points:
Portfolio of green operations that include interventions in natural capital and mitigation and adaptation measures to climate change. This implies credit lines granted to the intermediary financial institutions with which CAF works in its shareholder countries.
Strategic alliances with investors and international allies, such as specialized funds, banks and the private sector to attract and mobilize new resources.
Innovative financial instruments that allow optimizing the use of capital.
New alliances with universities, foundations, NGOs, subnational governments to exchange knowledge and best practices.
Creation of a regional platform to face the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity.
Coordination with local actors as the basis for climate action.
Green financing in the capital markets under the framework of CAF’s Green Bonds Program.
Transition of the business fabric towards sustainable and resilient production models that comply with the commitments to reduce greenhouse gases and enhance productivity, innovation and digitization. sustainability benefits.
Support in the formation of a regional carbon market that channels international resources in favor of the productive, sustainable and resilient transformation of Latin America and the Caribbean.