A Latin American perspective on climate change
Latin America contributes relatively little to greenhouse gas emissions - together with the Caribbean, it produces about ten percent of total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Rich countries produce five times that amount, with only twice the population size - but is one of the regions that is most vulnerable to climate change and its impacts.
But Latin American countries are not standing idly by whilst climate change occurs; they are developing adaptation plans and projects to overcome its effects.
A Latin American Perspective on Climate Change looks at some of these measures being taken in various countries.
This paper was produced following a meeting of the Latin America Partnership Programme Arrangement (LAPPA) where representatives of twelve UK Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working with civil society in Latin America, along with representatives from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), met on 17-19 June 2009 in Lima, Peru.
The purpose of the event was to share experiences from the region and discuss ways of addressing climate change, looking ahead to the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen in December 2009 and beyond.