Latin America, where the languages spoken are primarily Spanish and Portuguese, represents 14% of the Earth's surface. It is the home to approximately 580 million people of a variety of ancestries and races. Some of the biggest cities in the world, like São Paulo and Mexico City are in this region. It's cultural heritage is mainly a mixture of european (Spanish, Portuguese and French), african and indigenous cultures.
Five of the world's most biodiverse countries in the world are here: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. As richly diverse as the area is, it is also under very serious threats. Fifteen of the countries where fauna is threatened with extinction by deforestation, overfishing and urban pollution are in Latin America.
We work in 16 countries in Latin America.
What Latin American challenge could bring together more than 30 CEOs and political leaders? Conservation, of course! The Nature Conservancy has convened an unprecedented group of influential individuals who will collaborate on the design and implementation of a set of projects aimed at addressing the region’s most pressing issues: water security, food security, and infrastructure development. Learn more about the Latin America Conservation Council
The Conservancy is collaborating with corporate partners across the region.
The Nature Conservancy is revolutionizing the way people value their water by launching water funds across South America.
Meet Dr. Paulo Petry, the Conservancy’s freshwater specialist in Central and South America.
See a slideshow of places where we are helping conserve freshwater resources in Latin America.
1 in 8 people in Latin America lack access to clean water.
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