SUSTAINABLE FUTURES FOR LATIN AMERICA
Region360 is a multi-disciplinary, international initiative spearheaded by the Environic Foundation International that promotes sustainability and climate change education in Latin America by applying rigorous, data-driven analytical methods and promoting educational and policy initiatives to achieve resilient, healthy, and sustainable societies.
We have a multidisciplinary, international team with presence in Washington, DC, San Salvador, Guatemala, and Brazil.
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Research and data are at the core of our program. We have developed a sophisticated, and comprehensive approach that will generate analysis, and interpret data, along three axis that include water and climate, policy and climate justice and education on sustainability.
In our technical, quantitative axis, our hydrology and climatology lab will develop analysis of water systems and deploy state-of-the art climate modeling data to yield actionable water and climate models that will serve as inputs to stakeholders.
In the qualitative axis, our policy program and justice labs synthesize all the data produced in the technical units and analyzes it to develop conceptual materials that include policy and position papers and research products that will seek to inform and influence policy actions in the region. All along, we will seek to develop and distribute accessible, interactive, and locally- adapted educational materials for non-technical sectors, including social movements, secondary and college-level educational sectors, and small-scale agricultural sectors and communities.
We believe Latin American societies have the human and technical capacity to re-envision current development paradigms towards more sustainable models that take into account the immediate and long-term threats posed by climate change and unsustainable elements of current economic development models. We believe Latin American communities, social groups, and entrepreneurial innovators hold the keys to transformation in the region. At the social level, we value diversity in world-views, identities, and social visions; at the level of practice, we favor transformative work anchored in collaboration, integrity, and a pursuit of technical excellence.
A Long-Term Vision
Our vision is to inspire, promote, and generate sustainable development approaches in Latin America by working along three axes of action, from scientific intervention to educational and policy analysis and consulting.
We are a leading initiative in the promotion and development of technical capacity, educational programs, and policy changes in environmental and sustainability practices in Latin America.
Spearheaded by the Environic Foundation in Washington, DC. Our program takes Latin America as its whole are of long-term concern and it is currently developing prototypes and case studies based in Central America to scale to the rest of the continent.
We are developing a strong collaborative link or platform between North American and Central American academics, policy experts, students and concerned citizens interested in approaches for sustainable development.
We are establishing a research practice in sustainability policy approaches in Latin America through the development of policy research, social analysis, and public education.
Water Justice Lab
Our Water Justice Lab’s overarching goal is to deliver educational materials and policy recommendations which can be used by local and regional leaders to mitigate threats to water security in Latin America. The Water Justice Lab will accomplish this goal by working with Region360’s Hydroclimatology and Policy Labs to analyze climate, social, and hydrological data with the goal of predicting water futures, providing accessible information, and proposing solutions for community and political leaders. Key to our mission is providing practical and actionable recommendations which can empower local and political actors throughout the region, including indigenous populations; we recognize that this empowerment requires a hybrid vision, which exists at the intersection of foreign and endogenous notions of justice, rights, and vulnerability. Learn more…
Our Policy Lab develops research projects to analyze the conditions of environmental and sustainability policy in Latin America. Based on this landscape research and the data produced by our technical programs we develop and disseminate new knowledge to promote sustainable practices in the social, enterprise, and public sectors. Our Policy Lab generates important qualitative inputs to our technical programs to inform the development of quantitative analysis informed by local realities. We combine research, data development, and policy analysis to educate and inform societies to promote sustainable solutions to climate change challenges. Currently the Policy Lab is conducting work along three broad themes: SDG’s and Agenda 2030 progress; climate change ethics and justice; and implementation of sustainable economy approaches in Latin America (LCA, industrial ecology, circular economies, green economies).
Our Lab surveys regional water basins to determine anthropogenic pressures on surface water systems and the feedbacks between these natural and human-made systems. With this work we aim to promote awareness of integrated water resources management in the highly vulnerable Central America region. In addition, through the deployment of complex datasets of high-spatial resolution we are establishing a pilot program surveying and modeling water and climate change processes in Central America. Our modeling and water programs will provide important knowledge for ecological, agricultural, and hydrological projections for the Central America region to guide our policy and justice Labs. With this Lab, we seek to bridge the gap between highly technical climate data and public awareness of this information by generating accessible, interactive tools to support policy and education sectors as well as social and citizen groups in the region.
WHITE PAPERS | CONFERENCES
Life Cycle Thinking Mapping
We are currently mapping the history of implementations, approaches, and projects utilizing Life Cycle Thinking in Latin America to better understand challenges and opportunities.
Survey of Sustainability Policy
A regional survey of national sustainability and environmental policy implementations and projections.
Central American Water Basins
A survey of regional water basins and anthropogenic pressures on surface and groundwater systems and the feedbacks between the natural and human-made systems to promote awareness of integrated water resources management.
Region360 is a project of the Environic Foundation International (EFI) in Washington, DC. EFI enjoys special consultative status with UN’s ECOSOC and is a member of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
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