The Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region is a "Land of Contrasts and Disparities" and contains some of the areas with largest year-to-year climate variability in the world. Such variability and the expected longer-term changes in climate are putting significant pressures on agricultural production, water-resources management and human health.
The LAC Regional Program seeks to introduce IRI's Climate Risk Management approach and tools to stakeholders so they can incorporate climate knowledge into key socioeconomic sectors. The sectors we focus on include health, water resources, agriculture and fisheries. Our collaborative activities throughout the region aim to inform decision making and planning through the development of research, education and outreach networks. We partner with key national, regional and global organizations.
The growth of such networks is based on the general approach the IRI currently applies to all its regional programs: establishing demand-driven research projects with the ability to demonstrate improved climate-related outcomes and emphasizing education and training activities.