Latin America is a highly heterogeneous region, with differences in levels of economic development and social and indigenous history, both among and within countries. The impacts of climate change, in particular glacial melt and changes in river flows, extreme weather events and risks to food production systems affect development in both rural and urban areas in the region (World Bank, 2014). Climate finance in the Latin American region is highly concentrated, with Brazil and Mexico receiving half of the region’s funding. Mitigation activities, including forestry, receive more than six times that of adaptation from multilateral climate funds, at USD 3.1 billion and USD 0.5 billion respectively. Since 2003, a total of USD 3.7 billion has been approved for 397 projects in the region from multilateral climate funds tracked by the CFU website and 43 new projects were approved in 2018 totalling USD 659 million. The Green Climate Fund funded 64% of these new projects.
This is a 2018 update of Climate Finance Fundamentals Brief #6.