Few events have had an impact as the global crisis caused by COVID-19. However, prior to the pandemic, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries already had severe problems in terms of inequality, environmental degradation, and dysfunctional political systems. Added to this are the growing challenges that climate change poses for this highly vulnerable region. This historic turning point represents a new call to consider future studies to re-imagine and reinvent alternative futures for the LAC region. For this paper, we conducted an in-depth qualitative futures study to identify how Latin American and Caribbean countries could build long-term resilience, focusing on adaptability to climate change risks, considering existing sustainable development challenges and the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic, environmental, and social aspects. This study's findings provide recommendations for policymakers and decision-makers to achieve sustainable futures for LAC. Finally, it reflects on the value of collective action for a future-proof region.
This paper summarises the main findings of a study on climate action funded by the Center of the Sustainable Goals (CODS) at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). The authors of this paper gratefully acknowledge the participation of the 269 people who participated in the 28 future scenario building workshops in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru. We also acknowledge the support of the research assistants.: Itzel Zárate Solis, José Luis Rojas Vázquez, Bruce Lezana, Javiera García, Yanniré Cid, Larissa Marchiori, Ana Julia Santiago, Pablo Leão, Fátima Huamán, Ruth Powosino, Thais Liñan, Johnny Davy Ruiz Ayala, Aaron Hoilett, Tameka Claudius and Latoya Lambert.
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